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By: Michelle Tunquist

Spring is right around the corner, bringing sunshine, flowers, rain…and cleaning. That’s right, it is almost time for spring cleaning. The warm air makes spring a great opportunity to air out your home and get it cleaned up after a long winter indoors. This checklist will help you make your spring cleaning a success.

Throughout the House

  • Clean Carpets and Rugs. Springtime is the perfect time to have the carpets and rugs in your home professionally cleaned. This should happen at least once a year, and more often if you have pets or a lot of traffic in the home.
  • Reseal Grouts. Grouts are made of porous material that can easily absorb spills. Sealing grouts keeps dirt and stains off the grout, but they do need to be resealed periodically.
  • Clean Upholstery. Make your furniture look new with a professional upholstery cleaning.
  • Clean Window Curtains. Many curtains can be washed. Look at the tags and follow their directions.
  • Clean Walls & Ceilings. Use a vacuum to remove dust and cobwebs. In the kitchen use a degreasing solution to remove stubborn grime.
  • Dust Shelves & Books. Remove items from shelves and dust. Wipe each book, and replace.
  • Clean Doors & Windows. Wash screens & windows, and wipe down doors.
  • Wax Wooden Furniture. Follow directions on wax products carefully.
  • Check Fire Alarms. Make sure all batteries are charged and that the alarms work.


  • Clean Refrigerator. Remove all items. Toss out spoiled food. Wipe down all surfaces.
  • Clean Above & Below Fridge. Wipe down the top of your fridge. Move the fridge, and clean the floor below. These are seldom cleaned areas that can build up dust and dirt.


  • Rotate Blankets. Replace heavy blankets with lighter blankets. Remove extra bedding.
  • Rotate Clothing. Go through drawers, and remove winter items. Put winter items in storage, and replace with seasonal clothing.


  • Discard Old Makeup. Makeup doesn’t last forever. As it is used, bacteria can build up, and it must be replaced every few months. Use springtime as a reminder to go through your makeup, and toss older supplies.
  • Update First Aid Kit. Replenish used supplies, and check expiration dates on medications.

Home Office

  • Clean Out Files. Shred old documents and organize files.


  • Donate Unused Clothing/Items. If something hasn’t been worn in a while, consider giving it to someone that will use it. Sometimes things sit in closets for a long time without being used. If you’ve done fine without it, you probably don’t need it. Save some space, and give it away.
  • Rotate Clothing. Switch out clothing and coats for seasonally appropriate clothing and outerwear.

Storage Spaces

  • Donate Unused Items. Look through your storage and determine whether it is necessary to keep storing unused items. If it hasn’t been used all year, chances are it won’t get used ever.


  • Wash Siding. Dirt and grime can accumulate throughout the year. Give siding a good cleaning, and make your home look like new.
  • Clean off Deck. Clear off debris, and prepare it for use.
  • Wash Outdoor Furniture. Wipe down all outdoor furniture.
  • Check Light Fixtures. Wash covers, and check for damage.

The Checklist to Replace the Spring Checklist

If this list is overwhelming, don’t worry. The following checklist can replace the previous one, and it is just one simple step.

  • Call Tobin Cleaning and Restoration. Tobin Cleaning and  Restoration can take care of your spring cleaning for you. Not only do we provide professional carpet cleaning, but we can also clean the rest of your house too. Call us today to schedule your cleaning services.

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