Today I actually opened the windows for longer than a few minutes. The sun has been out, the weather warming, and with it my energy level has been increasing! It’s time for spring cleaning! This year I’ve discovered the secret to spring cleaning…at least for me.
In my house, spring cleaning doesn’t consist of a long list of to dos. It’s more like using the extra energy of Spring to tackle one or two things that have been neglected. This particular Spring Saturday…I’m tackling mopping the floors. If you are a domestic whiz, you may want to skip this post – it will probably aggravate you more than help you. You’ve been warned!
Why I Consider Mopping Spring Cleaning
To a lot of you, mopping may be on your weekly household chores. I remember when I lived in a household where every Saturday we all had our different household chores, and mopping was one of them. That wasn’t the household I grew up in…and I only experienced that for a year. I also wasn’t the one mopping. I think I had bathroom duty.
We haven’t had a mop of any kind in years and I’m afraid that mopping our floors has been something we haven’t made a priority. We’ve done spot cleaning, and spill cleaning (you know…when the kids spill water on the floor and you use an old rag to clean it up) but mopping was never a weekly task.
I’m explaining all of this so you’ll understand that mopping our floors is a seasonal or sporadic event. We don’t wear shoes in the house so it doesn’t get as dirty as it might in other homes, but it could still use a good cleaning.
Spring Cleaning Made Easy with the Wonder Mop
I decided to get the Wonder Mop because of the Microfiber GRIPSTRIPS™ that lift up to 20% more dirt. I know I love my microfiber cloths for other household cleaning chores, so why not try them on the kitchen floor!
Because we don’t mop, we didn’t really have a bucket. I improvised and decided to plug up the kitchen sink and use that as my bucket. I dumped in some cleaner, filled it with some water and we were ready to go!
Our linoleum floor before:
I loved the power wringer that allows you to wring the mop out so easily. You don’t have to bend over and use your hands. You just push the ringer down and twist.
The Wonder Mop is amazingly light which will make it easy for my kids to use. You can also disconnect it and put it in the washer up to 50 times before it needs to be replaced!
Our linoleum floor after:
I’m afraid that this design doesn’t allow a dramatic after effect. But here’s the cleaning water after photo which shows how much dirt was lifted:
The Secret to Spring Cleaning
Okay, so what’s the secret? If your baby step in spring cleaning is mopping, you may want to try a Libman mop; but the real secret is to just get started.
- Sometimes the right tool helps motivate you to do the cleaning task you haven’t been able to do.
- It may not be a tool, but it may be the right music playlist.
- It may not be a playlist, but it may be the right companion to keep you company or help.
- It may not be company, but the time blocked out on your calendar.
Once you get started, I think you’ll find that spring cleaning momentum takes over. I know I did.
Spring Cleaning Momentum
I’ve experienced this with decluttering – I tell myself I’ll just do 5 minutes of decluttering in a drawer, and then pretty soon find myself decluttering for way longer.
After mopping, I started noticing the cabinet doors were filthy and scrubbed them down.
After the cabinet doors, I wiped down the outside of the oven…which led me to scrub the inside of the oven door and then the bottom of the oven.
After the oven, I finally moved the microwave to retrieve a few items that had fallen behind it. It wasn’t a pretty site:
I scrubbed that area down and it looks so much nicer:
Then I cleaned the exterior and interior of the microwave and moved it back in place.
Then…my hand was tired and I called it a day.
Spring Cleaning Baby Steps
Okay, so now it’s your turn. What is one thing that you’ve been meaning to do in your household?
Here are some things you may want to consider:
- ceiling fans
- curtains or blinds
- wash your couch covers
- wash your winter gear and store them away
- thorough clean out and cleaning of your refrigerator and freezer
And if mopping is on your spring cleaning list, check out the Libman products! Get a $3 off coupon if your sign up for their newsletter!
Let me know in the comments what you plan to do! I’d love to know!