If there’s a single season in the public consciousness associated with cleaning, it’s undoubtedly spring. New beginnings, fresh starts, and a clean house are all part of the typical spring spirit. Summer is also a time of fresh starts and exciting new chapters in life, and also brings with it a whole new set of cleaning opportunities and techniques.
Here are a few facts about summer cleaning and some tips to make this summer your freshest one yet:
Spring Cleaning vs. Summer Cleaning
Spring cleaning is said to originate from the house cleaning traditions of the Persian new year, which takes place on the first day of spring. It is also theorized to stem from the Jewish tradition of cleaning the home before the spring-time feast of passover. Whatever the truth of spring cleaning’s origins, it’s a tradition that goes back far enough to be completely ingrained in contemporary tradition as well. This doesn’t mean, however, that spring cleaning doesn’t have its own merits, especially in areas where spring means coming out of an especially cold winter. When the cold weather thaws, spring is a perfect time to clean the house from top to bottom, inside and out.
However, despite the popularity and efficiency of spring cleaning, having a summer cleaning routine can be highly beneficial as well. Though you may have refreshed your home in the spring with a thorough spring cleaning rundown, all of that work can be undone without a conscious effort to keep the grime, dust, and dirt at bay. While most homeowners clean their homes on a regular basis, taking the time to deep clean and scrub specific areas and appliances that tend to get dirtier in the summer can make all the difference in preparing your home for summer traffic. The trick is knowing what should be given extra attention. Summer cleaning shouldn’t be simply a “Round 2” of spring cleaning, but rather a separate series of steps that will give your home a summer sparkle.
There are a great many trouble spots and areas of your home that you can focus on for summer cleaning. When deciding what to clean, think about what areas and appliances endure the most wear during the summer months. You should also factor in natural wear and tear that comes from summer weather.
If you’re in an area where the summer heat brings humidity, you’ll have to be especially careful of the moisture that develops on your blinds. Consider giving them a thorough cleaning, or even replacing them with blinds that fare better against humidity like these.
You may also be using your grill considerably more than you did in the spring months prior. Even if you included a thorough pre-emptive scrubbing of your grill in your spring cleaning routine, taking the time to do so again in the summer can reduce grime build-up significantly.
Another place to look out for is your smaller appliances, as well as windows, doors, and countertops. Whether you have small children in the house or not, summer causes an extra layer of sweat and sticky fingerprints on every surface.
If you’re not careful, summer is also a time when mildew and mold can get out of hand. Washing machines and showers are especially susceptible. In addition to properly airing out your washing machine, dishwasher, and bathing areas immediately after extensive use, take the time during your summer cleaning to thoroughly check for mildew and mold. You may also want to preemptively make sure that summer items that are frequently used for swimming don’t get moldy.
Give all of your swimwear a thorough washing and consider drying it on a clothesline outside and make sure to wash and dry other frequently wet items with care. In addition to avoiding mold and mildew, you might want to take the time to make sure that water rings and marks don’t get out of hand.
Showers and countertops are especially vulnerable to water spots in the summer. Take the time to thoroughly check for them before they develop beyond the point of removal.
These cleaning tasks may already be integrated into your weekly cleaning routine, but if you make a conscious effort to add “summer cleaning” to your seasonal activities, the effort will pay off dramatically.
Andy Andersen is a writer who explores his craft through a wide variety of mediums. When he’s not working on various writing projects, he’s probably working on his music, listening to stand-up comedy, delving into the pantheons of American and English literature, or enjoying anything sci-fi with his wife. Andy believes in the aesthetics and beauty of the written word, and strives to provide well-written, useful content for his readers.