An annual rite of spring is a big, blowout cleaning session. And while spring cleaning isn’t exactly the most enjoyable task, the after effects (a sparkly, inviting abode) will help you head into the new season feeling lighter, brighter, and more centered. To make this yearly project more manageable, turn to this helpful hit list to spark some cleaning inspiration.
Clean Upholstered Furnishings
After a winter filled with Netflix binges, your plastered furniture is due for a springtime refresh. To make your furnishings look almost new again, remove the cushions, take them outside and gently beat them by hand to remove dust. If there are stains, check the pieces for care labels—depending on the fabric, toss the covers in the washing machine to remove any lingering dirt and odors. Finally, use a vacuum’s upholstery and crevice tools to clean under seat cushions.
Clean Your Grill
We can hear you groaning, but you’ll be thanking us come BBQ season when your outdoor grill is spic-and-span. To get the job done right, you’ll need work gloves, dish soap, foil, paper towels, a grill brush, a bucket, stainless-steel wipes, and a whisk broom. Safety first: Make sure all dials are turned off and the propane has been disconnected. Slip on your gloves and remove the grates and the metal plates under them. Place both in a bucket of hot water mixed with dish soap. Place a large piece of foil over the heating elements to protect them during your clean sesh. With the grill brush, scrub the underside of the hood and on the base. Remove the drip pan and add it the bucket to soak. Once the soap and water has successfully removed any debris, replace the metal plates, the grates, and the drip pan and reconnect the propane tank. Grab a few stainless-steel wipes and clean the grill’s exterior and the inside of the cabinet.
Store Winter Clothing
Now that warmer, sunnier weather is in sight, you’ll want to pack away that ski gear and winter apparel. Before storing your items, make sure they are clean. Lingering deodorants and perfumes can discolor fabrics over time, and food stains will attract moths or worse—bed bugs and mites. Once your items are clean, store inside a breathable canvas garment bag, vacuum-sealed bags, or clear storage bins.
Steam Your Curtains
After a season of use, you’ll want to give those curtains a good tidy. Take down, and wash your curtains. Then, re-hang while they’re still slightly damp to get out the creases. If the fabric is dry clean only, invest in a hand held steamer and gently steam each panel. While this may seem like overkill, we promise you’ll love the results.
Spiff Up Your Cast-Iron Skillet
No home is complete without a trusty cast-iron skillet to whip up tasty pastas, risottos, and more. To keep your skillet in tip-top shape, follow these instructions. Heat the pan, and while it’s still slightly warm, wash by hand using hot water and a sponge. Avoid using the dishwasher, soap, or steel wool, as these may strip the pan’s seasoning. To remove stubborn food residue, scrub the pan with a paste of coarse kosher salt and water. Thoroughly towel dry, then apply a light coat of vegetable oil or melted shortening to the inside of the skillet. Buff and store the skillet in a dry place.
Now’s the perfect time to take advantage of cleaning! If you haven’t already done so, here’s a great place to start!