Thursday is the day we’ve all been waiting for: the official start of spring! Not only does it mark a change of seasons but it’s also time for a rite of spring: the annual cleaning. Sure, we clean on a day-to-day basis but spring means a time to roll up our sleeves and really do a thorough cleaning including a clearing out of things we no longer use.
More than just a clean house, spring cleaning is also an opportunity to create a healthier home for you and your pets. Cleaning bacteria, mud, and dander, this annual deep clean is especially important in pet households because the warmer weather and longer days are a signal for our pets to shed their winter coats.
Over the next few days, we’re going to be taking a room-by-room look at spring cleaning in your pet household with tips on cleaning your pet household with green products, a little elbow grease, and some time.
Today we take a look at the first room I always clean during spring cleaning: the bedroom. Because of my allergies and asthma, I try to really keep the bedroom free of as much fur and dander as possible (well, as possible with six pets in the house!) Here are my tips:
- Close the bedroom doors so the pets are in another part of the house while you’re cleaning. Open the windows and exterior door in the bedroom, if you have one. Fresh air is great while you’re cleaning and stirring up that dust.
- Remove the curtains and take them immediately to the laundry room.
- Remove any blinds or shades. We have a Roman shade and take it outside for a good vacuuming to remove all dust and fur.
- Turn off the air filter. I use an air filter beside the bed; to save the filter from all the dust I’m stirring up during cleaning, I turn it off until I’m done.
- Start work at the top of the room and work down so all dust and fur fall to the floor. First, use a broom to remove any cobwebs from the corners or the ceiling.
- Dust the ceiling fan. I like a microfiber cloth that’s damp with a vinegar and water solution.
- Using the vacuum cleaner extension, vacuum the window facings, picture frames, and walls themselves.
- Use a soft cloth with no cleaner to dust lamps and bulbs.
- Wash the windows and mirrors using a vinegar solution (one part white vinegar, one part hot water). Wipe with lint-free cloth.
- Remove bed linens.
- Vacuum the mattress then flip the mattress. Vacuum the mattress again.
- Vacuum the pet beds. Our dog beds are large so they’re easy to vacuum. The smaller cat beds are best to toss into the dryer to remove loose fur.
- Pick up all pet toys for evaluation later in the week. (Stay tuned!)
- Move the bed and vacuum beneath the bed, mopping if it’s a wood floor. Reposition bed.
- Vacuum and/or mop the floor.
- Deep clean the carpet. (I use the Rug Doctor to deep clean carpets in my carpeted office.)
- Close windows, turn on air filter, and enjoy the clean room!