Keeping a beach house spotless requires more cleaning effort than most other houses. Guests and pets track in sand and dirt that ends up in places you might never expect. Check out some of our tips and tricks to make sure that your place is spick and span after guests have checked out.
Wipe Down Bookcases
Bookshelves and the tops of books in particular hold a lot of dust and dirt if not cleaned regularly. For a thorough cleaning, remove all books from your bookcase, then swipe the edges and spines of books with a magnetic cloth. After your books have been cleaned, wipe down the shelves with a damp cloth to remove any remaining dust and debris.
Wash Shower Curtains and Bathtub Walls
Send your shower curtain and liner through the washing machine to remove any mildew and grime that has built up. Make sure to air dry plastic liners instead of using a machine dryer. While those are being cleaned, take the time to scrub down your bathtub walls with vinegar, dish soap, and water to remove tough stains. Use the shower head to rinse off walls after scrubbing.
Scrub Entryway Base Boards
Baseboards can take a beating if guests are marching in and out of the house throughout the day. Scrubbing them with warm soapy water will remove grime and scuff marks, making your hallway look much nicer.
Wash Bedding and Mattresses
Most of us will wash the pillowcases and bed sheets after each guest leaves the house, but cleaning the duvet and mattress will help keep bed sheets clean longer and remove any odors left by tough stains.
After removing all bed sheets, go over your mattress with a vacuum hose to suck up dust. Use an upholstery cleaner to remove stains and odors left from pets. Sprinkle baking soda and essential oil and let sit for an hour. Vacuum over one more time and you’re ready to put those bed sheets back on.
Scrub the Outside of Kitchen Cabinets
The kitchen is one of the most frequent places that guests leave stains. Liquids and food spill off the counter during meal preparation and leave streaking stains on cabinets. Scrub the outside of your cabinets to give your kitchen a facelift
Clean Window Tracks
Window tracks accumulate dust, dirt, and even dead bugs over time. Leaving your window tracks untouched for a couple of months can have them looking very grimy. Spread baking soda over the dirt, then top that with some vinegar. Allow the mixture to sit for a couple of minutes, then wipe down with a cloth or paper towels.
Clean your Blinds
While you’re allowing the vinegar on your window tracks to sit, take the opportunity to wipe down your blinds. You can dip a cloth or sock in a mixture of water and vinegar and wipe across the blinds. Twist the blinds to face the opposite direction and swipe down one more time. This gives your blinds a fresh face and keeps your window tracks from accumulating dust so quickly.