We know. It’s hard to keep up with the cleaning around the house. You do what you have to do just to get by. Meanwhile, dirt and grime and little “science experiments” are growing in those nooks and crannies you don’t like to think about.
That’s what spring cleaning is for!
Those surfaces you don’t like to think about are waiting for you. Here’s Dalton’s Top 5:
- Brooms & Mops
Yup, number 1 on the list is cleaning what you clean with! You can vacuum your broom out or swish it around in warm, soapy water first if it’s really nasty. Soak your mop in a bleach solution overnight for cotton string mops (1/2 cup to 1 gal. water) or vinegar solution for synthetic mops (1 cup to 1 gal. water) to disinfect it.
- Range Hood & Kitchen Cabinets
Dust is bad enough for your health and comfort. Add grease to it and it becomes a heavy, grimy plague on your kitchen surfaces. Throughout the year you’re wiping down the countertop and maybe even the cabinets. Now’s the time to really scrub the range hood on the inner and outer surfaces and to go deep into cabinet, drawer and appliance crevices.
Recommended Product: Jaws Multi-Purpose Cleaner/Degreaser
- Toilet, Inside & Out
You can’t ignore that wet, hairy, dusty buildup in the back, around the base and on the tile forever. Your multi-purpose cleaner should be fine for that. Meanwhile, this is a great opportunity to take care of those hard water stains inside the bowl. For that, draining the bowl, then soaking it in plain old vinegar overnight and scrubbing it out in the morning ought to do the trick.
Recommended Products: Distilled White Vinegar, Tampico Toilet Brush
- Ceiling Fans & Fixtures
Pull out the drop cloths because that dust buildup is coming down. For those fixtures that you haven’t gotten to for a year (or longer), it can help loosen up the dust by filling a spray bottle with about 9 parts water and 1 part vinegar and spritzing your duster. An angled duster lets you step aside and avoid wearing those dust bunnies as a hat.
Recommended Product: Angled Hi-Duster
- Mattress & Bedding
You might not want to know … but we’re going to tell you anyway. Dust mites love mattresses and pillows because one of their favorite foods is dead skin. You’re washing your sheets and pillowcases often enough, but don’t forget about what’s underneath. As part of your spring cleaning, spend time vacuuming your mattresses thoroughly and wash all the pillows to kill those pesky, sneeze-inducing pests.
Recommended Product: Premiere Laundry Powder
Of course, there will be a lot more items on your personal spring cleaning list. We just wanted to give you a start. Dalton & Co.’s retail store and warehouse at 1901 W. Kilgore in Muncie is open to the public and has over a thousand products. So yeah … we should be able to get you what you need!