Summer is finally here! It’s time to put away those winter wardrobes, open up the windows and start enjoying some nice weather for a chance. If you’re like us here at SpongeOutlet, you know that the summer is a great time of year to do a special, seasonal deep clean of your home. After everything’s been closed up for the winter, it’s time for a whole house refresh when the summer rolls around!
If you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry: we have your essential summer cleaning checklist here.
Check it out and get started by ordering your cleaning supplies from SpongeOutlet.
Summer Cleaning Checklist Tip 1: Lemon Fresh
Let’s start in the kitchen: chances are, during the start of the summer months, you’re stocking up on seasonal citrus like lemons. If you have a few left over after making a round of cocktails one evening, use it to clean the stainless steel in your kitchen. According to House Beautiful, a few strokes with a lemon wedge, followed by a microfiber cloth is sure to get your kitchen and bathrooms sparkling. Plus, think of the delicious lemony scent you’ll enjoy post clean!
Summer Cleaning Checklist Tip 2: Outdoor Prep
It’s important to give the exterior of your home a good once-over when the summer starts, and we’re not just talking about power washing the siding. You’ll start to make use of your outdoor space during the warmer months, so make sure your home is all ready to go. Clean off the grill, dust and sweep your porch and deck, and make sure your porch furniture is wiped down before you have the neighbors over for a barbecue. You might be surprised how much dirt and grime they collect in the shed each winter!
- If you have a pool, make sure you have a professional come by and check out the chemical levels before you let the kids go for a dip. And if you keep their swimming gear, like noodles, floaties and pool games, in storage during the winter, make sure to wipe them down before your kids get their hands on them.
Summer is the perfect season to clean your windows, inside and out. You’ll let in a little extra sunlight once you get rid of that built-up dirt, and the milder weather means that rain and snow won’t mess up your sparkling clean windows! If you have out of reach windows in your home, you may need to call in a professional, but a strong microfiber cloth and a bottle of glass cleaner will do the trick for the windows you can reach.
Summer Cleaning Checklist Tip 3: Laundry Room
If you live in an area with lots of humidity, you might notice your washer and dryer giving off a mildew-y odor in the summer. To get rid of the smell, run an empty load with detergent, and then leave the door open so that the drum can dry out.
The same goes with garbage disposals and trash cans. You should pay a little extra attention to moist areas during the summer, to prevent mold growth and unsavory smells.
- In the bathroom, pull the curtain back in place and leave the door open to air out the room. If you have a vent, make sure it’s open when you’re showering.
Summer Cleaning Checklist Tip 4: High-Traffic Flooring
Chances are, you entertain a bit more in the summer, so you might find your floors looking dull and in need of a deep clean more frequently than you would in the fall and winter. Vacuuming a bit more frequently can help to prevent drab-looking carpet, but you may need to call in the professionals.
- A pre-summer wash and a post-summer wash will keep your carpets looking fresh. Ask about steam cleaning for hardwood and tile while you’re scheduling your carpet clean!
Summer Cleaning Checklist Tip 5: Pantry
Angie’s List says that summer is a great time to go through your pantry. Toss any expired items, and make sure everything is sealed up tight so that it doesn’t attract pests.
Summer Cleaning Checklist Tip 6: Nooks & Crannies
Summertime will likely see tons of neighborhood kids running through your house, late nights outside, and muddy hands and feet. It’s the best part about being a kid, but it makes keeping a clean home a little stressful! Don’t forget about the corners of the walls, light switches, and other highly trafficked areas this summer.
- For stubborn spots and grime, pick up a pack of eraser sponges and get to work. Once you get started, you’ll discover tons of uses for these sponges, so we like to have a bunch on hand, whether we’re spring, summer or even winter cleaning our home!