Spring Cleaning 101

Posted by Bartlett Real Estate Group on Wednesday, April 14th, 2021 at 10:31am.

With Spring arriving, many of us are kicking into spring cleaning mode. As you get ready to tackle household tasks, you may be asking yourself what products are best to use throughout your house. With so many different types of surfaces in your home, you will want a variety of products. There really is no “one size fits all” when it comes to cleaning. Take a look at some of these recommendations when it comes to cleaning in your house…

 

Wood Surfaces

It’s best to start your wood surface cleaning process with dusting. Pick up any small particles with a duster or vacuum. You will want to be sure the wood is also sealed. Most new wood floors nowadays have a protective sealant on them. If you are unsure if your floor is sealed, try taking a small drop of water and placing it on the wood. If the water stays beaded on top of the surface, your floor is sealed. But, if it sinks in, the floors are not sealed and therefore you need to be much more careful when selecting a wood floor cleaner. You’ll want to be very careful when cleaning an unsealed floor. You will want to either use a dry mop only or lightly damp mop to ensure that there is not an excess of water leftover. In addition, use a natural cleaner like white vinegar. Commercial cleaners will be harsh on the exposed wood and lead to damage over time. On the other hand, sealed floors can be exposed to commercial cleaners without great risk. One of our favorite low chemical products to clean with is Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner Spray.


Granite Countertops

Granite, while beautiful, is highly sensitive. When cleaning your granite surfaces avoid harsh chemicals, acidic cleaners, and abrasive scrubbing tools. The best method is warm water and mild dish soap, applied across the surface with a soft microfiber cloth. Be sure the cloth is not overly damp, as you will not want excess water to seep into the surface pores. After a good wipe down of your soap solution, follow up with a dry microfiber cloth to pick up any extra water. If you prefer to use a cleaning product, we recommend Method Daily Granite Cleaner or Seventh Generation Granite Cleaner.



Glass & Mirrors

Nothing is more satisfying than a streak-free mirror. But how do you achieve that perfect glass look? Try this home made recipe for success:

  • 1 ½ cups water

  • 1 ½ tablespoons white vinegar

  • 1 ½ tablespoons rubbing alcohol

  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil

Mix all ingredients together in a spray bottle, spritz the solution onto a microfiber cloth (instead of directly onto the glass), and use it to wipe down any glass surfaces.


It is also recommended to create an “S” shape pattern rather than circles when wiping the surface. This will ensure that you aren’t re-depositing any dust the cloth has already picked up back onto the surface.


Painted Walls

If you have kids or pets, this one's for you. Crayon marks, orange Cheeto hands, dirt smudges tracked in from outdoors… the list goes on. There are so many ways to mark up the walls! A great trick for cleaning painted surfaces is a Magic Eraser. Lightly wet the eraser and test it on a small area of the wall first to make sure it doesn’t fade the paint. After that you’re ready to wipe away! For a more extensive cleaning of a dirty wall, use a dust mop to first remove extra debris. Then, using a microfiber cloth, clean the walls with a mixture of warm water and mild dish soap. 


Ceramic Tile

To keep your floors in the best possible shape, sweep or vacuum them once a week. Sand and grit that sits over a long period of time can scratch and dull the surface. After vacuuming, you are ready to mop. Avoid sponge mops as they can push the dirt further into grout and soil it. A chamois mop or rag are better suited for cleaning tile. If the floor is very dirty, be sure to occasionally change the bucket of water so you’re not dragging dirt over the surface. If you’re going for a really deep clean, try an electric floor washer or polisher-scrubber. We like the Bissell Spinwave Powered Floor Mop!


These are just a few of the most common surfaces that you will find yourself regularly cleaning in your house! For a professional cleaning reference, reach out! We are happy to set you up with our best here in town.

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