Memorial Day Cleaning Tips

Memorial Day Cleaning Tips

Memorial Day Cleaning Tips

Memorial Day is more than just a day to honor and remember; it also marks the unofficial start of summer. It’s the perfect time to get your home in tip-top shape for the season ahead. Whether you’re planning to host barbecues, have guests over, or simply want a fresh, clean space, these Memorial Day cleaning tips will help you achieve a sparkling home.

1. Declutter First

Before you dive into deep cleaning, take the time to declutter each room. Go through your belongings and separate items into categories: keep, donate, recycle, and trash. This will make the cleaning process easier and more efficient. Donate or recycle items that are still in good condition but no longer needed, and dispose of anything that’s broken or unusable.

2. Dust from Top to Bottom

Dust has a way of accumulating in the most unexpected places. Start at the top and work your way down:

  • Ceiling fans and light fixtures: Use a microfiber cloth or an extendable duster.
  • Shelves and furniture: Remove items before dusting surfaces thoroughly.
  • Baseboards and vents: Don’t forget these often-overlooked spots.

3. Window Washing

Clean windows can make a huge difference in how bright and fresh your home feels.

  • Windows and tracks: Use a glass cleaner or a homemade solution of vinegar and water. Don’t forget to clean the window tracks and sills.
  • Curtains and blinds: Wash curtains according to their care instructions, and wipe down blinds with a damp cloth.

4. Kitchen Deep Clean

The kitchen sees a lot of action, especially during summer gatherings. Ensure it’s spotless with these tips:

  • Appliances: Clean the inside and outside of your fridge, oven, and microwave. Don’t forget to vacuum the coils behind the fridge.
  • Cabinets and counters: Wipe down all surfaces, paying special attention to high-touch areas like handles and knobs.
  • Sink and garbage disposal: Clean the sink thoroughly and freshen up the garbage disposal by grinding ice and lemon peels.

5. Bathroom Blitz

Give your bathroom a thorough scrubbing to ensure it’s ready for guests:

  • Tubs, showers, and sinks: Use a scrub brush and a suitable cleaner to remove soap scum and grime.
  • Toilets: Clean inside and out, including the base and behind the toilet.
  • Mirrors and fixtures: Shine up mirrors and wipe down faucets and handles.

6. Floor Focus

Different types of floors require different care:

  • Hardwood floors: Sweep and mop with a cleaner designed for wood.
  • Carpets and rugs: Vacuum thoroughly and consider renting a steam cleaner for a deep clean.
  • Tile and grout: Mop tiles and use a grout cleaner or a mixture of baking soda and water to scrub the grout lines.

7. Outdoor Areas

Don’t forget to spruce up your outdoor spaces as well:

  • Patio and deck: Sweep and wash down these areas. Inspect for any needed repairs or repainting.
  • Outdoor furniture: Clean furniture according to its material. For fabric cushions, check if they are machine washable or need spot cleaning.
  • Grill: Clean your grill grates and exterior to get ready for barbecue season.

How To Get Your Home Ready For Memorial Day Weekend In 5 Easy Steps | Across America, US Patch


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