Summer is the perfect time to deep clean your Chicago apartment. There are many ways to freshen up your space besides the usual maintenance of cleaning surfaces and windows. If you’re looking to do a deep cleaning of your apartment without spending too much money, here are a couple forgotten things you should consider doing:
Clean the blinds or wash the curtains.
Windows are an obvious area to clean, but people tend to forget about the blinds and curtains that cover the windows. Since they accumulate a lot of dust, take care of your blinds or curtains regularly so you’ll improve the air quality in your apartment and limit the dust buildup in these areas.
Wipe down fans, light fixtures and baseboards.
There is truth to the “out of sight, out of mind” saying. Dust may be everywhere, but it specifically accumulates above and below eye level so don’t forget about these hard-to-see areas. Just because we don’t see the dust, doesn’t mean it’s not there.
*You can use items you most likely have around your apartment to clean these non-eye level areas. Use dryer sheets to catch dust in the corners of the room and attach a sponge to the end of a broomstick for those high, hard-to-reach places.
Clean out the fridge.
Get rid of any expired items like that jar of you-don’t-know-what hanging out in the back of the fridge (you know you have one), and wipe down all the shelves before reorganizing your foods.
Refresh the rugs or restore the hardwood floors.
Depending on how long it’s been, you may want to hire or rent a carpet cleaner to shampoo your rugs. But if you don’t want to spend a lot of money and time on that, refresh your carpet by sprinkling a mix of baking soda and dried lavender over it. It’s a natural carpet refresher that’s not too expensive.
For wooden floors, vacuum first before wiping them down. Afterwards, use boiling water and teabags to clean hardwood floors as tannic acid in tea makes wooden floors shine. Pour the made tea into a bucket and dip a cloth or mop into it before wringing it dry and applying to the hardwood floors. The cloth or mop should always be damp and never soaked.
Declutter each room.
Get rid of any clothing, furniture or other unused items to clean your apartment and create more living space. You can donate or sell your items online. You win either way since you’re organizing your apartment while helping others, making some extra cash or both.
These five tips will have your apartment in Chicago looking clean and smelling fresh in no time!