Living in an apartment is easy because there’s not much room to create a mess. If you live in one of our affordable apartments in Pretoria or Johannesburg, you know that apartment maintenance is a breeze thanks to the smaller floor space compared to regular suburban houses.
However, while keeping an apartment clean is much easier, you might still want to do the occasional spring cleaning. Here’s a spring cleaning checklist to help you ensure that when you do carry out some spring cleaning, you don’t miss a spot.
Start by decluttering the entire apartment. The likelihood of dust and spider webs grows when a space is cluttered, making the apartment seem more messy and untidy.
Once you’ve decluttered, dust all the surfaces, especially in places that you don’t often touch, such as shelves or window sills. Next, vacuum carpets, rugs, and upholstery, and sweep and mop hard floors, such as tiles.
A good spring clean will also include disinfecting light switches, doorknobs, and any other surfaces frequently touched to prevent the spread of germs. Finally, wash all windows and mirrors to make them sparkle.
Kitchens require regular upkeep. However, a spring clean should involve a thorough disinfecting job on the countertops as well as appliances such as the microwave and refrigerator.
You should also empty and clean out old cabinets and drawers, vacuum, and wipe inside to ensure everything is clean. Wiping down and organising pantry shelves is always a good idea, as food spills can create a sticky mess inside, which can attract ants. It’s also a good idea to go through your pantry and dispose of any expired food items to declutter your cabinets.
In the bathroom, scrub and disinfect your toilet, as well as the shower, bathtub, and sink. Wiping down all bathroom surfaces with a disinfectant is a good idea, as bacteria love to grow where it’s moist. Lastly, wash and disinfect the bathroom floor and scrub any mould from between the tiles.
Bedroom and Living Room
To spring clean your bedroom, wash all your bedding, including pillowcases, sheets, and duvet covers. You should also vacuum your mattress and flip it over.
Decluttering is critical in these sections of the home, as these are the most common places where items get dumped. Now is also a good time to clean out closets and drawers. Ensure to disinfect those frequently touched surfaces. Then, vacuum your upholstered furniture, such as couches, fabric headboards, or chairs, and give those couch covers and throw pillows a wash.
Dust all your electronics and clean them to ensure they function optimally. Dust particularly accumulates on entertainment centres and bookshelves, so remove everything from the shelves before dusting to ensure thoroughness.
Other Things To Do
It’s a good idea to use an air freshener or a scent diffuser to freshen up the air in the apartment. Replacing burnt-out light bulbs and cleaning odd items like ceiling fans or light fixtures is also a worthwhile endeavour.
To keep on top of all of this, it’s a good idea to develop a cleaning schedule that can help you maintain your apartment year-round so that your annual spring clean is not as arduous.
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