Spring Cleaning Tools
The months of March to May are the perfect time to do some much-needed spring cleaning. The weather is usually milder, so it’s more comfortable to clean both inside and outside your home. You may also have some extra time off from work or school during this season. And since many of us have been cooped up inside our homes during winter, home cleaning gives us a chance to freshen up our living spaces. But in order to do a thorough job, you need more than just a mop and a dust cloth. Here is a list of essential tools you need for spring cleaning:
A sturdy, well-made broom is a must for everyday maintenance and serious spring cleaning sessions. There are many different types of brooms on the market, and each one is designed for a specific purpose.
A straw broom is perfect for dry debris, like dust and sand. A rubber broom is ideal for sweeping up wet debris, like mud or spills. It’s also great for homes with furry or hairy pets. A broom with a stiff-bristled brush is best for sweeping away stubborn dirt and grime but make sure it’s not so stiff that they scratch your floors.
Then there’s the broomstick. This one is used mainly for cleaning outdoor spaces like sidewalks and driveways. It also works as a Halloween decor or when you’re cosplaying as Harry Potter with his trusty Nimbus 2000.
Never sweep the dust under the rug again! That’s just lazy and the dust that accumulated in your home may contain some harmful inorganic contaminants. Do yourself and your loved ones a favor and keep your home clean.
Every time you sweep your floor, make sure to pick everything up with a dustpan and dispose of the dust and debris properly. Choose a dustpan with a wide mouth, a comfortable handle, and a rubber edge that rests as flat as possible on the floor so you can collect all the dirt and dust in just a few sweeps.
3. Vacuum Cleaner
A vacuum cleaner is a must if you have carpets or rugs in your home. But even if you don’t, a vacuum can be handy for quickly cleaning up dust and dirt. There are many different types of vacuum cleaners on the market, so choose one that suits your needs. If you have allergies, go for a vacuum with a HEPA filter to trap dust and allergens. If you have pets, look for a vacuum with a pet hair attachment to help remove all the fur from your carpets and upholstery.
A good mop will make cleaning your floors much easier. Just like brooms, there are many types of mops on the market, each designed for a specific purpose. A sponge mop is perfect for cleaning up liquid spills and wet spots on your floors. A string mop is best for general cleaning and can be used on both hard floors and carpets. A dust mop is ideal for collecting dust bunnies from hard floors and walls.
5. Dust Cloths
A microfiber cleaning cloth is an essential tool for cleaning any surface in your home, from countertops to windowsills. Look for one that’s made of a soft material like cotton so it won’t scratch your surfaces. Make sure you have more than one dust cloth since you’ll need to wash them often. Plus, you will want to use different dust cloths for different surfaces.
6. Lint Roller
A lint roller is another must-have cleaning tool if you have pets or if tend to find lots of lint and hair in your home. A vacuum cleaner can easily collect hair and lint from upholstery but it’s still a good idea to have a lint roller at your disposal.
7. Blind Cleaner
If you use blinds at home, you should also have a blind cleaner. It’s not enough to use just a dust cloth - you need something that has multiple attachments so you can easily reach all the nooks and crannies where dust and dirt collect.
A squeegee is a great tool for cleaning windows and mirrors. It can also be used to remove water from shower doors and tile walls. Look for a squeegee with a comfortable handle so you can easily reach all the areas you need to clean.
For windows that are too high and hard to reach, you may have to hire a professional contractor. It’s better to pay for professional help than to risk your life and limbs.
9. Cleaning Caddy
A cleaning caddy is a handy tool for carrying all your cleaning supplies from room to room. Look for one that has multiple compartments so you can easily organize everything.
10. Scrub Brushes
For that stubborn dirt and grime, you’ll need scrub brushes. Choose a brush with stiff bristles for tough scrubbing jobs. Have one with a softer brush on hand, too, for some gentle cleaning.
11. Toilet Brush
You need a separate brush for your toilet. A toilet brush is essential since it’s easy for grime to accumulate in the nooks and crannies of your toilet. Choose a brush with a long handle for hard-to-reach spots.
12. Garbage Bags
You need somewhere to keep all the trash you collected. Garbage bags come in handy for everything from collecting trash to storing cleaning supplies.
13. Disposable Gloves
Since you’re bound to get dirty while spring cleaning, you should wear disposable gloves. They protect your hands from harsh chemicals and keep them clean while you work.
Home Cleaning Products
Tools are not enough to keep your home spic and span. You’ill need to invest in some quality cleaning products as well. Here are some of the most essential:
1. All-Purpose Cleaner
An all-purpose cleaner is a versatile product that can be used on a variety of surfaces, from countertops and sinks to floors and windows. Be sure to choose a cleaner that’s safe to use for the type of surfaces in your home and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
2. Glass Cleaner
Window cleaner or glass cleaner is a necessity for giving your windows and mirrors a streak-free shine. You can also use it to clean other glass surfaces around your home, such as tabletops and cabinet doors.
3. Carpet Cleaner
If you have carpets in your home, you’ll need a carpet cleaner to keep them looking their best. Carpet cleaners remove dirt, dust, and stains from carpets and upholstery. Some carpet cleaners also have attachments for cleaning stairs and other hard-to-reach areas. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully before using a carpet cleaner.
4. Furniture Polish
Furniture polish helps to clean, protect and shine wood furniture. You can use it on all types of wood, including finished and unfinished pieces. It also helps protect laminated and leather furniture. Be sure to choose a polish that’s appropriate for the type of wood you’re cleaning.
5. Toilet Cleaner
The toilet is one area in your home that regularly needs a thorough cleaning. To do this right, you need a good toilet cleaner that not only cleans but disinfects surfaces and fixtures. You may need a different cleaning product for the tiles, sink, and toilet bowl.
Most bathroom cleaners contain chemicals that can cause irritation to the skin, throat, nose, and eyes. If you can’t trust yourself to handle these home cleaning products properly, there’s no harm in asking help from a professional. These cleaning experts have the right tools and gear as well as the proper training to handle them.
6. Kitchen Cleaner
Your kitchen can get dirty quickly. In fact, this is where you’ll find the dirtiest things in your home. To keep your kitchen clean of bacteria and viruses, you’ll need a good quality kitchen cleaner on hand. Like bathroom cleaners and all-purpose cleaning products, kitchen cleaners may contain ingredients that can cause irritation. Use them as directed and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.