We know it’s still only February, you don’t need to remind us. But we are pessimists and are looking forward to spring and the warmer weather and longer days. It will be here before you know it. And when it does, you are going to want to do some serious spring cleaning.

No, seriously, you will want to do some spring cleaning. We know what has been happening at your home all winter. You have dug-in dirt and grime from the fall and winter, you have hibernated on your couch for four months eating popcorn, pizza and nachos and you have failed to vacuum under the dining room table since before you had everybody over for Thanksgiving.

In other words; your home is a hot mess and it needs a thorough cleaning this spring. You also need to call Total Care Heating and Air, your AC repair service in Riverside, to have a look at your air conditioner before you crank it on this season. But we can talk about that a little later. Right now, here are a few spring cleaning tips.

Clean Upholstery as Well as Carpets

The fabrics in your home get full of all sorts of dirt and grime over the winter. This includes your couch and chair that is probably full of body oil, germs and pizza sauce. And we hate to think about the gross mess that is under your dining room table.

Think about it; you had two holiday meals served there and you know that people were dropping scraps under the table for Fido. So, basically, there are dried remnants of your Thanksgiving Day meal stuck to the carpet under your dining room table. That is pretty gross.

We suggest you move the table out of the way and hit that carpet with an industrial-strength carpet cleaner.

Drab Drapes

If your drapes are looking rather drab, as we are sure they are, take them off and toss them in the washing machine. Make sure you read the label first so you don’t destroy them in the washer or dryer.

At the very least, you should wipe your drapes down with a damp cloth.

Ceiling Fans

Want to ruin your day? This can be done by simply running your finger along the top of the blades of your ceiling fans. Yup, that is disgusting. You probably have about a half an inch of matted down dust up there.

You certainly need to wipe these down. If you want to do a more thorough job, remove the blades, take them outside and blast them with water from the hose.
Bedspread and Blankets

If you are like many people, you wash the sheets on your bed on a fairly regular basis. And if you are like many people, you can’t remember the last time you washed the blankets and bedspread on your bed.

We would be willing to guess that the bedspread and blankets on your bed could use a good washing. Stop for a moment think about what has been spilled on them and the amount of pet hair that is on them. That should prompt you to get up and toss them in the washing machine.

Don’t forget about the blankets you have on the couch in the living room that you have been using all winter to keep warm. Those have got to be dirty as well.

Your Refrigerator

Cleaning your refrigerator is more than just wiping down the outside of it. That’s right, you need to actually open it up, pull everything out and wipe down the inside of it as well. This is also a good idea because we have a sneaky suspicion that there is leftover food from Thanksgiving lurking in the depths of your refrigerator that probably need to be tossed.

This is also a great time to check and clean your refrigerator’s condenser coil. Which is usually found behind the toe grill. Use a vacuum with a long attachment to remove lint, dirt and dust. Make sure your refrigerator is unplugged before you do this.

Your Closet

If you were to clean and organize your bedroom closet, you would be surprised at what you will find. You totally forgot about that shirt or that pair of shoes that got pushed to the back and hasn’t been seen in ages.

The other closets in your house need to be cleaned and organized too.

Shower Curtain

Without a doubt, mold and mildew have attacked your shower curtain and stuck to it. You might want to throw it in the washing machine. If you have a shower curtain liner, throw it away and fork out a few bucks on a new one.

Light Fixtures

Like your ceiling fans, your light fixtures have likely been neglected for some time and have been collecting dust. Spring cleaning gives you the perfect opportunity to get your light fixtures clean and sparkly.

A few minutes on a stepladder with a sponge and some cleaner and you breathe life into your light fixtures. Make sure you are careful on the ladder, we preach safety first.

Address Your Drawers

Most people have drawers full of clothes that they never wear and probably don’t even know they have. Because of this, they don’t have enough room in dresser drawers for all of the new clothes they buy.

When spring cleaning, organize your dresser drawers and take out everything you don’t wear or will never wear again and donate them to a good cause. You will feel good about yourself and have plenty of room for that new spring wardrobe you are in the process of piecing together.

Use the Attachments

In all likelihood, your vacuum cleaner has attachments so you can clean small areas and get in tight spots. We suggest you use these attachments in every room of your house.

In each room you vacuum, begin in the farthest corner and work your way towards the door. Don’t forget to vacuum behind the door as well. If there is furniture or another object in the way, either move it or vacuum underneath it.

Update Light Bulbs

OK, this really isn’t cleaning, but good lighting will make your home look and feel just wonderful. A room with low-wattage light bulbs is a room that looks dark and dingy. You don’t want rooms that look dark and dingy.

Shop for bulbs that have a higher wattage and that mimic natural light. These will brighten up your rooms and make them look great.

And like we stated earlier, spring isn’t just a time to clean, it is also a time to have your air conditioner serviced. So go ahead and call Total Care Heating and Air and schedule an appointment today.