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Top Ten Tips for the Best Spring Cleaning Experience

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There is something wonderfully fresh about a home that has just been given a thorough seasonal cleaning. In addition to making our homes look more organized and welcoming, this type of cleaning also makes them healthier by removing accumulated dust, dirt and bacteria. If you want your family to enjoy all the benefits of spring cleaning but worry about the amount of time it will take, these ten tips will help you have the best spring cleaning experience ever!

One: Assemble Durable, Functional Supplies

Avoid frustration during cleaning by gathering the supplies you will need before you begin. Remember to choose basic, multi-purpose supplies to make the entire cleaning process fast and easy. You will need:

  • A supply of microfiber cloths and mop pads. These tools are absorbent and able to attract and hold dirt, instead of just pushing it around
  • A good HEPA filtration vacuum with attachments for upholstery, crevices, drapes and an extender wand
  • Vinegar solution, baking soda or a non-abrasive and natural cleanser, like Bon Ami
  • Steam mop for hard surface flooring and tile
  • Lemon oil for polishing wood

Two: Plan For Efficient Cleaning

Avoid creating extra work by cleaning from top-to-bottom, so that any dust and dirt that falls from walls or furnishings will be picked up with the final vacuuming. Likewise, always begin vacuuming or mopping floors opposite to the doorway where you will exit so that dirt is not tracked over freshly cleaned areas.

Three: Use Tools Effectively

Make short work of wiping down walls and ceilings by swiping them clean with a microfiber mop. The long handle and wide mop head will allow the microfiber pad to quickly wipe away cobwebs from those high corners while you stand safely and comfortably on the floor. In addition, you can use it to easily dust behind heavy furnishings, instead of dragging them about.

Four: Window & Window Treatments

Remove curtains and put them into the dryer on a cool setting to freshen them and remove dust. While the curtains are in the dryer, make the windows sparkle by washing the glass, sills and frames with vinegar and water and using a clean microfiber cloth to buff them dry. Don’t forget to wipe the blinds with a damp cloth to remove accumulated dust and grime.

Five: Lampshades and Decorative Items

Use your vacuum’s upholstery attachment to easily remove dust from lampshades and soft decorative items.

Remove wall art, framed pictures and mirrors from the wall. Wipe them clean with a dry microfiber cleaning cloth and then wipe the wall down, too, before rehanging them. It is important to never spritz any type of cleaner directly on framed pictures, mirrors and wall art, because the moisture can seep through the frame and ruin the photo or artwork behind the glass.

Six: Cleaning Floors

Clean the floors of your home quickly and completely with these tips:

  • Vacuum carpets thoroughly using the edger attachment to clean the seam where the carpet meets the baseboard.
  • For large area rugs, remove the furniture on one half, then roll that section of rug up out of the way, vacuum thoroughly beneath it and then unroll and vacuum the surface. Repeat with the other side.
  • Use a steam mop to clean hard surface floors, like tile, hardwood, vinyl and laminate.

Seven: Mattresses & Upholstery

Working from the top down, vacuum mattresses, box springs and upholstered furnishings with the bristled, upholstery attachment, taking extra care near seams, welting, tufts and pleats.

Eight: Furnishings

Using your microfiber cleaning cloths, wipe down all furnishings as you clean each room. Fine woods will look lustrous and smell wonderful when buffed with a bit of lemon oil after cleaning.

Nine: Appliances

Spritz your vinegar solution onto a microfiber cloth to clean the exteriors and tops of kitchen and laundry appliances, then buff to a shine with a second, dry microfiber cloth.

Use the microfiber mop to dust behind appliances like the stove, washer and dryer. If possible, pull the fridge away from the wall and vacuum the back of the appliance thoroughly to remove dust and dirt.

Ten: Opt for A Pro

If your work schedule or family commitments prevent you from giving your home a thorough spring cleaning, opt to hire the eco-friendly cleaning professionals, instead. In just one Deep Clean Service Visit, Mopfrog’s team of cleaning experts can take your home from winter blah to springtime fresh. Call today and then relax knowing that our locations, like Mopfrog of Brooklyn, have all your home cleaning needs covered!

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Spring Cleaning Myths Got You Down? Clear Them Out With These Smart Tips!

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Cleaning up after meals, running the vacuum and wiping bathroom surfaces are daily or weekly chores that most of us perform on auto-pilot, just to keep our homes looking reasonably neat and clean as we go about our daily lives. A truly clean, fresh home, however, requires a deeper periodic cleaning – popularly known as spring cleaning.

Dispelling the Myths About Spring Cleaning

Many popular cleaning myths make it seem like an effective spring cleaning process has to be done with scary chemicals, as well as being both time consuming and physically exhausting in order to achieve good results. Thankfully, these myths are falling by the wayside as more and more families adopt natural, more healthful cleaning methods that really work.

Ban the Bleach

Bleach has been one of the most widely used household sanitizers and stain removal agents for past generations and many myths exist that proclaim it to be perfectly safe for use in the home. Truthfully, however, using bleach for cleaning can result in respiratory issues, skin irritation and even poisoning, if ingested. Not to mention the damage it can do to septic systems and the environment.

Hydrogen peroxide is just as effective for home sanitizing and stain removal as bleach, yet it produces no chemical fumes, unpleasant odors and it doesn’t irritate the skin. Use it in the laundry to remove stains and whiten whites and to safely sanitize surfaces throughout the kitchen and bath.

Cut the Chemicals

Commercial polishing agents for furniture are filled with ingredients that build up and dull the surfaces of fine wood furnishings. Cut the chemicals and make safer choices by turning to naturally effective polishes like lemon oil to clean away residue and restore wooden surfaces to a natural luster. As a bonus, the natural lemon scent will help to freshen the entire home.

Go After Grungy Grout

Harsh chemical grout cleaners can mar the surface of your tile and grout, and make it even more difficult to clean. Take the easy, more natural route to clean your grout and tile surfaces by mixing baking soda and white vinegar to form a thin paste. Apply the paste to tile and grout surfaces and allow it to soak them clean while you attend to other chores. Then quickly brush the area clean and rinse thoroughly to enjoy sparkling tile and gleaming grout lines, once again.

Pick a Professional

Some deep cleaning chores can result in disappointing results or additional problems, if not done correctly. DIY carpet cleaning is one example that can contribute to unhealthy mold issues in the home due to excess moisture. Save time and ensure a healthier home by leaving carpet cleaning to the professionals who can clean the carpets effectively and remove nearly all traces of moisture in the process.

You work hard to keep your home neat all year long, so why not treat yourself this spring by hiring trusted professionals to deep clean and freshen every room. Mopfrog, a nationally recognized eco-friendly cleaning service, uses natural cleaning methods and a staff of expertly trained professionals to give your home that spring clean appeal, anytime of year. 

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Speed Up Your Spring Cleaning

The winter months are the time of year where most of us keep our windows closed tight. While this has the benefit of keeping chilly drafts at bay, it also means that you’re living and breathing in a sealed environment until longer days and warmer weather signals the onset of spring. By the time spring rolls around, your home could certainly use a good day (or two, or three…) of cleaning. If you want to speed up your spring cleaning, there are a few key things that you should keep in mind.

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Dry Naturally

After washing all of your linens, duvets and blankets, you can seize the opportunity of a warm day and hang them outside on a clothesline or drying rack. This lets you enjoy the sunny outdoors all while tending to this traditional household chore. It also has the added benefit of leaving your clothes and other items smelling naturally fresh.

If you’re battling allergies, if April showers are making things difficult or if it’s still just a bit too cold outside, you can forgo the outdoor approach and use an indoor drying rack instead. Regardless, air-drying reduces energy consumption, curbs emissions and helps you save money. 

Spring is also a great opportunity to swap out your heavy bed sets for lighter comforters adorned with great spring colors and patterns, too.

From Top to Bottom

Once you’ve taken care of those types of items, you’ll next want to dust and vacuum every room in your house from top to bottom – literally. To help with your indoor air quality, open the windows and let the fresh air circulate. It is truly amazing how much difference even one day of natural air circulation can make to a house that’s been shuttered all winter.

The Kitchen

When it comes time to tackle your kitchen, always remember to clean the inside of your appliances. If you haven’t been giving your microwave a weekly scouring, you may assume that this will be easier said than done. Don’t worry, however – put two cups of water into a microwave safe bowl, add in two lemon halves and turn on high for a few minutes. The steam will loosen the food splatters and make it easier than ever to clean. The lemons will also make your microwave smell naturally fresh.

Next, take a clean, microfiber cloth and scrub the rack, walls and ceiling using a DIY vinegar and water solution. When it comes time to hit the refrigerator, toss all the food that now more closely resembles a science project than a home-cooked meal. Once each self is wiped down with your vinegar solution, add a box of baking soda to eliminate any potential unwanted odors.

Professional Services

Taking a day (or even a weekend) to clean your home from top-to-bottom can take both a lot of time and energy. If you’d rather not add to your to-do list, lighten your load by hiring the professional services of Mopfrog. You’ll get a deep, comprehensive green clean and will also have fewer chores in the long run thanks to a customized cleaning regimen that will keep your home naturally healthy and sparkling all year long.

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