During a long, cold winter, dust accumulates, papers pile up and junk can take over your elegant home. Spring is a great time to fling open the windows, turn up your favorite music and do some deep cleaning so that your home feels elegant once again. Here are some cleaning tips to brighten up the things in your home that often go neglected.

Clean Appliances

Appliances in the kitchen easily attract grime and grit. We often wipe down the surfaces so they look shiny on the outside, but spring is the perfect time to give them a deep clean. Clean the inside of your oven. Pull out your appliances and vacuum behind them. Clean the floors underneath them. Lift up your microwave and clean the counter underneath it. Bob Vila recommends running your dishwasher empty with a cup of white vinegar in a dishwasher safe container on the top rack. Follow this by sprinkling baking soda on the bottom and running it again. You dishwasher will sparkle and smell fresh.

Deep Clean Grout

Country Living suggests deep cleaning the grout in your bathroom by using a toothbrush and a solution of a half cup of bleach in a gallon of water. If your grout is beyond cleaning, consider regrouting. Clean grout will help your bathroom feel fresh and bright again.

Launder Bedding

Look around your home for items you don’t wash very often. This includes comforters, duvet covers, pillow shams, mattress pads, and even window dressings. You may want to consider taking these items to the dry cleaner or a laundromat to wash because heavier items, such as comforters, can damage your washing machine. Washing these rarely cleaned items will help remove dust and eliminate odors from your home.

Wash Windows

Spring is the perfect time to wash windows inside and out. Vacuum any screens and then wash them down with mildly soapy water. Clean windows will help you enjoy the springtime sun.

Special Attention

This spring take time to give special attention to the neglected areas in your home. When you are done with you deep cleaning you can enjoy sunny days in your beautiful home. The clean and fresh feeling will help your home look and feel elegant.