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Time for Spring Cleaning?

Saturday is the official first day of spring! Flowers are blooming, trees are sprouting leaves … it’s a great time to live in Fresno!

It’s also a great time to think about SPRING CLEANING!

I looked it up and found that the origins of spring cleaning may be linked to the Persian new year — the Iranian Norouz — which falls on the first day of spring.  According to Wikipedia, Iranians carry on the practice of “khooneh tekouni,” which means “shaking the house,” in which everything in the house is thoroughly cleaned just before the new year.

An alternate theory is that spring cleaning can be traced back to the ancient Jewish practice of thoroughly cleaning the home for Passover — a holiday that is celebrated in spring. In Greece and other Orthodox nations it is also traditional to clean the home in spring for Lent.

Wikipedia has this to say about spring cleaning in America:

During the 19th century in America, prior to the advent of the vacuum cleaner, March was often the best time for dusting because it was getting warm enough to open windows and doors (but not warm enough for insects to be a problem), and the high winds could carry the dust out of the house.

Regardless of the origins, we think of spring cleaning as the job of thoroughly cleaning a house — top to bottom. This means light fixtures, ceiling fans, heating/air conditioning vents, window coverings (drapes, blinds, shutters, etc.), windows, doors, door frames, window sills, baseboards, furniture, bookshelves, ledges, floors … I get tired just writing about it!

But it’s a good thing to do, and if you’re going to do it, you should have a plan. So here’s my suggestion:

  1. Pace yourself! Do one room at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed with how big of a job it is.
  2. Move everything that’s movable to the middle of the room so you can get into all the corners and edges of the room (that’s where those dust bunnies like to live!).
  3. Work from top to bottom. Remove cobwebs from the ceiling (don’t forget the corners) and clean the light fixtures and ceiling fans FIRST. Any dust that falls will fall on the still-dirty floor and furniture, not on something that you’ve just cleaned.
  4. Vacuum around the edge of the room so you can move everything back.
  5. Clean items as you put them back to their normal spot (or alter your room layout if you’re feeling adventurous!).
  6. Vacuum or otherwise clean the floor last. Then, if it’s a room with a door, close the door so that the dust you raise during cleaning the next room won’t settle back into your newly cleaned space.
  7. Celebrate! You’re one room down!

 The other obvious option would be to hire a professional housecleaning service — cleaning experts. We at Mini Mops, Inc. encourage you to look around to find a company that is a good fit for what you need done. You should expect to pay more for a company than for a private individual since companies carry the added operating costs of insurances (liability as well as worker’s compensation) and payroll taxes, among other costs of doing business.

And before you make your final decision about who to hire … always check references, including Better Business Bureau!

Here’s a link to Better Business Bureau’s report on Mini Mops, Inc.:

And if you want to read more about spring cleaning on Wikipedia, here’s that link:

Good luck with your own spring cleaning! HAPPY SPRING!


Sparkling, Bright Lights Help Banish Winter “Blahs”

Posted in Cleaning Tips by Michele Peterson on February 9, 2010
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It’s mid-winter … dark and gloomy. But it doesn’t have to be that way inside!  Now’s the time to clean your home’s light fixtures, dust off those lamp shades, maybe even change a few light bulbs to the kind that emit full-spectrum light.

There have been numerous studies that show that the darkness of winter can affect your mood. Of course, like everything, this is true for some people more than others.  If you’re someone who gets mildly depressed or just “down” in the gloomy days of winter, why not try brightening up your home. You could paint the walls; you could change your furnishings; or (the least expensive and least time-consuming option) you could simply CLEAN!

Take down any light fixtures that are removable, and wash them! Run them through the dishwasher if they’re dishwasher safe, but perhaps the best way is to just wash them in warm soapy water. Then dry them well with a soft, lint-free cloth to make them sparkle and shine.

If you have fabric lampshades, dust them off. You’ll get the best results by using the soft brush attachment to your vacuum, but you can also use a clean, dry lint-free cloth. If your shades are glass or plastic, wash them!

When your light has to pass through dirty fixtures or lampshades, it’s like the sun trying to shine through heavy clouds or fog … it just doesn’t quite get there. You’ll be amazed by what a difference clean and sparkling lights can make.

Try this out and let us know if it helps to improve your winter mood by sending us a comment.


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