Unfortunately, your home isn’t concerned about how you’d prefer to spend your time, and the chores that make your home a lovely place to live still must be done as well as the special summer-specific tasks that roll around once a year. Don’t let the cleaning blues keep you from enjoying the warm weather. We’ve got summer cleaning tips and tricks that will make this sunny season even more enjoyable.
Use these five tips to keep your house clean and organized throughout the hot season.
Follow this procedure, and you'll have a summer-fresh bathroom in minutes, rather than hours:
Sanitize the bowl. Squirt toilet bowl cleaner around the inside of the bowl and under the rim. With a long-handled toilet brush, swish the cleaner around the bowl, under the rim and as far into the trap as possible.
Let the solution stand while you clean the seat, lid and outside of the bowl with an all-purpose cleaner and a sponge, cloth or paper towels. Paper towels are best: No rinsing is needed, and there's no chance of spreading germs since you'll toss out the paper towels immediately after use.
Tame the scum. Soap build-up makes for icky bathrooms, not what you want guests to see as they change into swimsuits. Spray the shower, tub and sink with a tub, tile and sink cleaner. Let it sit while you complete the remaining steps.
Clear the deck. Clear the countertop of personal items, and spray the surface with an all-purpose cleaner. Wipe clean with a sponge or paper towels and replace your toiletries.
Shine on. Spray glass cleaner on a cloth and clean the mirror. Squeegee dry. Use glass cleaner to make faucets sparkle, too.
Scrub duty. Use a scrubber sponge to loosen and remove soap scum and build-up on the tub or shower. Rinse clean. To make this task more manageable in the future, keep a squeegee in the shower or a sponge in the tub. Wipe down the shower door and walls or sides of the tub after each use to help prevent soap-scum build-up. To keep mildew in check, open the shower door or curtain after use to let it air-dry. If mould already has a toehold, scrub the surface with 3/4 cup bleach in 1-gallon water; rinse clean.
Now for the floor. Vacuum or sweep, then mop.
Garbage detail. Empty the trash can and takes the bag with you.
2. Patio/Deck Furniture
The beautiful summer days and balmy summer nights lead to more time spent outdoors. Unfortunately, your patio furniture spends its time outdoors all day and all night, where it’s subjected to dirt, debris, and bird droppings. Your backyard patio may have taken a beating over the long winter months. Bring it back to life this summer with these house cleaning tips from the pros.
Cleaning the patio is simple. You only need 30 minutes and a little elbow grease, and you’ll be on your way.
To clean your patio furniture, spray with water, scrub with a solution of water, and then use a soft brush to work the cleaner into any dirt.
If you find any rust on metal furniture, sand it down and rinse it off. This might require multiple rounds depending on how much rust there is.
3. Laundry Room
The key to prepping the laundry room for a summer full of washing, drying and folding grass-stained T-shirts and shorts is organization.
Clear the laundry room of empty bottles and boxes that may have accumulated, and be sure to pack away any cold-weather clothing.
Since summer presents an entirely different set of stains you’d encounter in most other seasons before you sort by whites and colours, sort clothes by those you need to pre-treat and those you don’t.
Kitchens are a potluck of dirt, grease, and germs. To make this room a sunny haven, you'll need an all-purpose cleaner, a glass cleaner (or the vinegar and water mix), hand dishwashing detergent, a clean, dry cloth, a scrubber sponge and a scourers (the ball-shape, woven-plastic kind).
De-clutter. Put everything in its place, from the dishes languishing in the sink to the kids' drawings on the kitchen table. Remove everything from the counters. Put oven mitts and dish towels into the wash. Toss anything in the fridge that's past its prime or that the troops are unlikely to eat.
Spot patrol. Don't waste precious summer moments scrubbing dried-on foods or baked-on spills on counters and the stovetop. Give them a generous spritz of all-purpose cleaner and allow the cleaner to penetrate the grime while you move on.
Oven duty. Remove the oven racks. Scrape off any burned-on stains with a dull knife held at a 30-degree angle. Use an oven cleaner for manually cleaned ovens. If you have a self-cleaning oven, turn it on and let the appliance clean itself. Don't use an oven cleaner in a self-cleaning or a continuous-cleaning oven, however. It may damage the surface. To eliminate the need for frequent deep cleanings for the rest of the summer, sponge away oven spills before they dry or are burned to a crisp.
Surface duty. Work your way around the kitchen, cleaning all the surfaces. First, wipe up the spots you sprayed earlier, and then use an all-purpose cleaner for a general wiping of countertops, the oven exterior, cabinets, the dishwasher, and refrigerator. By making one thorough cleaning trip around the room, you're sure to hit all the surface hot spots. Finally, spray a disinfectant cleaner on the countertops and refrigerator handle and let it sit for at least 10 minutes.
Clean the sink and faucet with a sponge and dishwashing liquid or all-purpose cleaner. To make the faucet sparkle, spritz it with a glass cleaner and polish dry. Wipe the countertops and refrigerator door handle clean of disinfectant.
Floor it. Sweep, and then mop the floor.
5. The Pantry
Cleaning the pantry is more than organizing. Pantries are renowned for collecting mysterious crumbs and debris.
Throw away the expired kinds of foods.
Organize all the usable items for easy access.