10 Tips for Spring Cleaning (and a Contest!)

House and Home

We’ve been bitten by the Spring Cleaning bug. From windows and floors to laundry and closets, suddenly we want it all to sparkle. The only drawback to our binge cleaning is that we hate lugging heavy cleaning supplies home from the store — it wears us out before we’ve even gotten down to de-gritting the nitty gritty.

That’s where Mr. Case comes to the rescue (picture us, tied to the train tracks and Mr. Case as our handsome hero on his white horse) by bringing those heavy items directly to our homes or offices by the case. They’re also helping out by sharing their top 10 tips for spring cleaning with us…which we are very quickly turning around and sharing with you, natch (you can thank us later).

Mr. Case’s 10 Tips for Spring Cleaning:

1. Work from the top down, inside to outside, to avoid getting what you just cleaned dirty again.

2. Do one room, even one area of one room, at a time to avoid unfinished jobs. The satisfaction of seeing one room sparkle will make the hard work feel like it’s worth the effort.
3. When tidying, reduce trips around the house by temporarily depositing items in one spot en route to but not at their final destination.

4. Do two things at once. While laundry is going, scrub the shower stall.

5. Make small repairs. If you’re not handy, hire someone.

6. Invest in good rubber or vinyl gloves to protect your skin and nails.

7. Dust before vacuuming or cleaning the floor. Try feather or lambswool dusters, especially extendable ones for reaching above window and door casings and into corners. Household rags are invaluable for jobs requiring a damp cloth – natural fibres work best.
8. Buy mops with a squeeze mechanism (great for vinyl, linoleum or ceramic tile floors) and a decent-size heavy-duty pail – one with a measuring scale helps get soap-to-water ratios correct.
9. Don’t stand your brooms on their bristles. It will destroy their shape and diminish their effectiveness.

10. Use a Swiffer for light dusting, or your favourite broom or vacuum attachment to clean hardwood floors. Then damp-mop with a mild  cleaner such as Murphy Oil Soap.

If you want some help with your spring cleaning this year, we’re having a great contest, courtesy of Mr. Case for $150 worth of cleaning products (or any other products from Mr. Case!)

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