It is that time of year again when lawns have to be cut more frequently, yard sales are taking place and the windows are being opened to let the spring breezes flow throughout the house! Something else that takes place this time of year is spring-cleaning.

We have some helpful tips to assist you with your spring-cleaning this year. So open your windows, crank up your favorite tunes and break out those cleaning supplies for an annual spring-cleaning!

The Simple Things:

  • Make sure to replace your furnace filter(s). This will help reduce your energy bill, as well as improve the airflow throughout the house.
  • Replace batteries in all smoke detectors every six months.
  • Check expiration dates on all cosmetics, suntan lotion, medicines and other products throughout the house. If it is over a year old, it is time to throw it out.
  • Wipe down baseboards since dust is collected quickly here and is often over looked.
  • Flip/rotate your mattresses; and while you’re at it, update the bed linens. This gives the room a quick makeover, and it gives a refreshing/relaxed feeling when lying on new sheets.
  • Unscrew light bulbs and polish them with a damp microfiber cloth; avoid the metal screw bases. Cleaning your light bulbs will help with the brightness of the lighting throughout your home.

Windows:

  • Once or twice a year your window treatments should be cleaned.
  • Wood/faux wood window treatments can be cleaned with wood polish and a dust cloth.
  • Vinyl or aluminum window treatments can be cleaned with a noncorrosive cleaner and then dried with a cloth or towel.

Ceiling Fans:

  • Rotate the ceiling fan blades to spin counterclockwise. During the winter, clockwise is used to help bring heat to the lower levels in the room; for the warmer months, have the blades going counterclockwise so the cooler air is pulled down.
  • Don’t forget to dust the blades of the fan as well.

Fridge & Dishwasher:

  • Throw out any old or outdated food in your refrigerator.
  • Combine 2 tablespoons of baking soda with a quart of warm water to help get those sticky spills and stains off the racks. Use an old toothbrush to help clean off spills, if needed.
  • Combine baking soda with warm water to wipe down the interior of your dishwasher. Some newer models may have a “clean” cycle that can be used as well.

Carpet/Rugs:

  • Rent or buy a shampooer/extractor to clean your carpets and rugs.
  • Call a professional for cleaning, if your carpets or rugs are made from wool or other valuable/delicate material.
  • Open the windows and place a fan near the carpet/rugs to help speed up the drying process.

Laundry Room:

  • Attach a hose to your vacuum cleaner and then use it to clean out the lent tray in the dryer.
  • Similar to cleaning the dishwasher, use a cloth and baking soda mixed with warm water to clean the interior of your washer. Newer models may have a “clean” cycle that can also be used.

De-Clutter:

  • Go through your closets and dressers and bag up any clothing you no longer wear.
  • Every house has a junk drawer or two. Go through them and get rid of that junk!
  • Clean and empty out cluttered garages, attics and basements; then bag up all of these items and donate them to a local charity or have a yard sale.

Spring-cleaning also includes the regular chores throughout the year, such as: vacuuming, dusting, checking/dusting corners for spider webs and cleaning bathrooms. Taking on the task of spring-cleaning will also help you be prepared for your next renovation project! Happy Cleaning!

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