Quick Tips

Make Your Home Shine

CleaningTime to clear the cobwebs and get organized. Our easy tips will help you make a clean sweep in no time. Plus, you’ll find all the products you need at BJ’s to make the job easier.

Be sure you have the items on hand that you’ll need to accomplish your spring clean-up jobs:

All-purpose cleaners
Cling duster with extended handle
Dish cloths
Furniture polish
Hard-bristle brush or toothbrush
Lint remover roller
Microfiber cloths
Paper towels
Rubber gloves
Sponges
Steam mop
Tile and grout cleaner
Vacuum cleaner (and bags)
Window or glass cleaner

Organized Approach
Clean from the top level of your house to the bottom. In each room, clean from the top to bottom starting on the left and moving right.

Dust First
This way any bits of dust or dirt that fall to the floor as you’re dusting will be picked up by the vacuum cleaner. Use a damp, clean, microfiber cloth. To dampen, hold the cloth by a corner and lightly mist with furniture polish or all-purpose cleaner for other areas.

Removing Pet Hair
Use a damp microfiber cloth, rubber glove or lint remover roller to easily remove it from upholstery. (Bonus Tip: This approach is also good to use for cleaning lampshades).

Damp Mopping Floors
Sweep or vacuum floors first to collect crumbs and dirt. Then, always start washing the floor in the farthest corner of the room and work your way toward the door. Use a cling duster with extended handle to reach the narrow space between appliances. This will also help to get rid of cobwebs. For best results, use a steam mop to sanitize floors.

Cleaning Inside the Microwave
First soften the splatters by filling a cup with water and microwave on high for a few minutes. The steam will loosen any baked on food so you can easily wipe it clean. Before wiping the microwave, remember to be extra careful when removing the cup of water as it will be hot.

Dishcloths and Sponges
Eliminate germs by using fresh dishcloths every day, and microwaving damp sponges on high for several minutes to kill bacteria. Sponges can also be cleaned in the dishwasher. Remember to replace these cleaning essentials with new ones regularly.

Kitchen and Bathroom
Use a hard-bristle brush or toothbrush for hard to reach areas in the bathroom and kitchen (for example, around the soap holder, taps and drain).

Grimy Grout
Use a hard-bristle brush and grout cleaner to remove dirt and germs in floor, bath or kitchen tiles. After cleaning the grout, you will need to use an all-purpose cleaner to sparkle up the tiles. And remember to have plenty of paper towels to mop up the damp areas (floors should dry quickly on their own).

Cleaning Windows and Glass
To eliminate streaks, spray window or glass cleaner  onto a paper towel. Then wash the interior side of the glass horizontally and the exterior side vertically. This way, it will be easy to determine if the streaks are on the inside or outside. Use a clean piece of paper towel as soon as you see that there is dirt building up on the one you are using. This will eliminate any streaks.

Clearing the Cobwebs
Get rid of them quickly and easily with a cling duster with an extended handle. Be sure to clean the tops of ceiling fans, doors and door casings, wall décor and other hard-to-reach spots.