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The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Guide for Luxury Santa Clara Apartments


April 29, 2016

Getting ready to clean your apartment this season? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Sure, spring-cleaning can be challenging. But today we’re going to make it easier by explaining the best way to approach spring-cleaning your luxury Santa Clara apartment.

Whether you’re new to spring-cleaning or a pro cleaner looking to pick up some quick tips, this post will help you accomplish all of your spring-cleaning goals.

Stock up on the right supplies.

Before you ever start cleaning, you’ll want to pick up a few things to make the job easier. Here’s a list of supplies you’ll likely need while cleaning:

  • All-purpose cleaner
  • A scrub brush
  • Sponges
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Rubber or latex cleaning gloves
  • Laundry detergent
  • Trash bags
  • A mop and bucket
  • A broom and dustpan
  • A dusting wand
  • Glass cleaner
  • Bleach
  • Oven cleaner
  • A toilet brush
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Tile cleaner
  • Boxes and/or storage containers
  • Wood polish
  • Air freshener spray
  • A vacuum
  • Dishwashing soap

Of course, you’ll want to decide what to buy based on your specific cleaning needs. For example, wood floors require different cleaning supplies than carpeted floors.

Plan ahead based on your apartment’s amenities, and make a list of what you need before you shop so you only have to make one trip to the store.

Reduce clutter and pre-clean your apartment.

Once you have your cleaning supplies, you’ll need to start reducing clutter by eliminating any items you don’t need anymore. You can do that by throwing the items away, donating them, or selling them.

The first thing you should do is go through your apartment room-by-room and start placing unnecessary items in trash bags. If you’re unsure of whether or not to get rid of a specific item, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I use this item regularly? If the answer is no, and you don’t see yourself using the item in the future, you should probably get rid of it.
  • Would I buy this item today at full price? If you wouldn’t, then the item likely isn’t important enough for you to keep. Consider getting rid of it.
  • Do I love this item because it has sentimental value? If an item brings back happy memories or holds a special place in your heart, you’ll probably regret getting rid of it. Consider keeping it if it really means a lot to you - otherwise, it may be time to get rid of the item.

The idea here is to eliminate anything that isn’t useful or important in your apartment before you clean so you don’t have to work around the clutter. 

Once you’ve eliminated clutter, perform simple pre-cleaning tasks like washing dishes and dirty clothes. By doing so, you’ll set yourself up for an easier deep cleaning process later on.

Create a plan of action.

If you’re dreading the spring-cleaning process, there’s a good chance you’ll put it off until it never gets done. That’s why it’s important to create a plan of action and pinpoint, which days and times you’ll work, on cleaning each room in your apartment.

You might be able to knock out all of your spring-cleaning tasks in a couple days, or it might take a couple weeks. It all depends on your work schedule and how quickly you want to clean your apartment. Create a schedule that works for you, and remember to take everything one step at a time so you avoid becoming too overwhelmed.

If you have roommates, a spouse, or anyone else who is willing to help, create a separate spring-cleaning schedule for them. That way, everybody knows what their responsibilities are and when you expect the cleaning tasks to be completed.

Start cleaning one room at a time.

Once you’ve gathered your cleaning supplies and created a plan of action, it’s time to start cleaning! Start with one room, and try to finish cleaning it before you move to the next room. Doing so will help you remain focused throughout the process and remember all of your cleaning tasks for each room.

Keep in mind, that you should work left to right, top to bottom when cleaning any room in your home.dddd your apartment.

Bedrooms

Your bedroom should be a relaxation zone, but you’ll find it hard to relax there if you’re surrounded by clutter and dust. Here’s what you should do for best results:

  • Remove curtains, sheets, and linens, and wash them. You’ll want to cover your bed afterward to protect it from dust and other residue while you clean.
  • Wipe down any blinds and clean your windows with glass cleaner.
  • Vacuum carpets. You may want to buy a carpet odor eliminator before doing this if you have pets or notice unpleasant smells in the room.
  • Use a damp cloth to clean surfaces like door handles, window sills, and bed frames.
  • Dust electronics, knick-knacks, ceiling fans, and anything else that has collected dust.
  • Clean out any drawers and organize items on top of dressers, desks, and bedside tables. This step should be easy if you de-cluttered before you started cleaning!
  • Clean out and organize all closets. You may want to consider placing out-of-season clothing items in storage until you need them.
  • Shake out and clean all rugs. If any of them are particularly dirty, have them professionally cleaned.
  • Dust and wipe down all of the walls.
  • Remove and clean any items hanging on the walls.

Since this list is full of good general cleaning tips, you can use it to guide your cleaning process in other rooms, like the living room and the dining room.

Then, light a candle or spray your favorite air freshener to make your apartment smell as fresh and clean as it looks!

Bathrooms

No one likes cleaning bathrooms, but it’s a necessary part of spring cleaning. Use this bathroom cleaning task list to stay on track and make the process easier:

  • Remove all towels, clothing, shower curtains, and linens from your bathroom and wash them.
  • Empty the trash and clean your trash can.
  • Wipe down all mirrors with glass cleaner.
  • Clean countertops and sinks with all-purpose cleaner.
  • Remove and clean all bath mats.
  • Use a toilet bowl brush and toilet cleaner to clean the inside of the toilet.
  • Clean the outside of the toilet with a damp washcloth.
  • Organize any belongings inside of your drawers and cabinets.
  • Dust vents, fans, and any other surfaces that need it.
  • Clean and re-fill/replace hand soap containers.
  • Sweep and mop the floor.
  • Scrub the inside of your tubs/showers.

If you use bleach or another strong cleaner in your bathroom, open a window or take other steps to ventilate the area. Also, be sure to wear long cleaning gloves to protect your hands and skin.

Kitchen

A dirty kitchen can attract pests and create an unsafe environment for food preparation, so it’s important that you clean your kitchen thoroughly. Here’s how:

  • Remove everything from your countertops and disinfect them.
  • Clean all small countertop appliances (microwave, blender, coffee maker, etc.) inside and out. Just make sure you unplug them first!
  • Clean and polish the stovetop and the exterior of the oven.
  • Get rid of old food in your pantry and wipe down all shelves.
  • Remove old food from your refrigerator and wipe down the interior and exterior.
  • Organize any remaining food items.
  • Empty and clean out all trash cans.
  • Sweep and mop the floor.

Once you’re done cleaning the inside of your apartment, walk through each room to make sure you didn’t miss anything. If everything is good to go, it’s time to clean the exterior!

Exterior

One of the many good things about living in luxury apartments in Santa Clara is that they rarely require tons of exterior upkeep.

If you have a balcony, simply sweep it off and clear it of any trash. If you have a small garden full of plants, make sure you water them and remove any dead leaves.

Do you have an outdoor grill? Clean it inside and out.

If you have any outdoor furniture like tables and chairs, wipe them clean of any dirt or debris, and don’t forget to remove any cushions from your furniture so you can wash them!

Now that wasn’t so difficult, was it?

Spring-cleaning might have seemed a little intimidating at first, but now that you know exactly what to do, you can grab your cleaning supplies and get to work. You’ll have a spotless apartment in no time!