Zen and the Art of Spring Cleaning

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The spring is sprung, the grass is riz, time to get on the cleaning biz. The birds are singing, flowers are popping and the world’s getting a fresh start. Spring is the season of renewal and rebirth, so why not do the same for your home? The practice of cleaning is a powerful force for happiness.

If the mere thought of spring-cleaning seems overwhelming, take a deep breath and relax. Below are a few tips to help you establish a plan of attack.

Clutter Be Gone!

You know what we’re talking about. Clutter can cause stress, and dealing with it is instrumental in creating a calming environment. Om…

Now is a great time to purge your space of unnecessary stuff. So before you begin deep cleaning your home, first get rid of unnecessary clutter and voilà! Just the thought of spring cleaning becomes less intimidating. The less you have, the less you have to clean.

Room-by-Room

A smart, strategic spring cleaning battle plan is to methodically go through the house room by room. Make a schedule and start from the top to the bottom of your home. Be realistic and don’t try to tackle it all in a day. Make a checklist for each room, zero in on areas that have been neglected and deal with the easy stuff later. Here’s a terrific room-by-room cleaning breakdown.

Pay attention to the things that you normally wouldn’t bother with. Like the baseboards, cabinets, overhead fixtures and light switches. The Zen philosophy is to be mindful and present as you clean — that means noticing all the little details. It can be very relaxing.

Spring Clean Green

It’s spring and fresh, a new start to the year — you don’t want to expose yourself and your family to toxic chemical cleaners. There are so many ways to deep clean your house naturally, freshen the indoor air and save money by using easy-to-prepare natural cleaning formulas. Guaranteed, you’ve already got most of the ingredients for natural cleaners in your pantry.

There’s No Cheat Sheet

So, you’ve made up your mind and you’re bound and determined to tackle the job head on. No more procrastinating. But before you dive in and start the good fight, don’t make these common mistakes:

Wait: Just a quick spritz will do it, don’t rush and scrub — spray and walk away. Bathroom mold, grout buildup and rust may seem impossible to clean no matter how hard you scrub. Let the cleaning agent soak into the surface for a while before scrubbing, it works much better.

Make a Plan:  We’ve already mentioned the importance of having a plan, so do it! Why waste your time flitting from one job to the other, only finishing half of one and dashing off to another? Decide on the rooms you want to clean, in what order and on what day, and methodically do it. Hint: Clean the most difficult rooms first.

Sunny Day Window Cleaning: Nope, don’t do it when the sun is shining, do it another day. Window cleaner dries really fast in the heat of the sun, creating streaks across the glass and it doesn’t matter how fast you wipe it off. Wait until the temperature is below 18c degrees and a tad overcast.

Wait, There’s More!

As the sun shines through your crystal clear windows and the warm breeze wafts throughout your sparkling clean home, you hear the songbirds singing and you look outside  — remember, at Allcare, we care about clean.

Contact us to find out how we can make your business sparkle.

Another Reason to do Spring Cleaning: Keeping Allergens at Bay

The coming of spring is a time when the Toronto area wakes up from a snowy winter and enjoy warmer weather. But for one in six Canadians who suffer from hay fever or seasonal allergies, this is the time of year when some of us have allergies that make us cough, scratch our eyes, wheeze, and become irritable. We don’t want that.

As we wrote before, spring is the time when we make it a priority to do a deep annual clean involving steam cleaning carpets, cleaning windows, and stripping and waxing floors. Spring cleaning also helps remove allergens that make their way into the work environment, which helps those with allergies breathe easier.

When it comes to vacuuming, it’s important that vacuums get the very tiny particulates that cause allergies. Allergy Consumer Review explains that a good vacuum should have a high air flow rating, which means that it pulls out allergens from carpets and upholstery faster and penetrate deeper. It should also have a HEPA filter positioned after the motor and sealed so that allergens don’t leak out.

Eliminating airborne dusts and allergens helps improve indoor air quality, which, in turn, helps reduce building related illnesses. When employees aren’t suffering allergies, they tend to be happier and more productive taking fewer sick days. This helps save organizations money.

We care about clean, and we’re sure that any allergy sufferers at your workplace also care about clean. There’s no way to eliminate all allergens, but regular cleaning definitely makes a difference. Make it a priority this spring to schedule a deep spring clean and regular cleaning to keep allergens at a minimum.