End of Winter Maintenance

The weather report doesn’t seem like it, but spring is on the horizon. Before we welcome warm temps, take advantage of the cold weather and finish up your winter home maintenance. Here are three projects to tackle over these last few weeks of winter:


1. Declutter your closets. Before you bring out your spring and summer clothing, make room by donating, recycling or setting aside clothes for a garage sale.


2. Clean your grout. Whether it’s in your kitchen backsplash or bathroom floor, grout can become stained or discolored over time. Try warm water and a stiff bristled brush. If that’s not enough, create a paste of baking soda and water. Spray it with an equal parts solution of vinegar and water. Persistent stains might need a little hydrogen peroxide.


3. Maintain smoke alarms. Spring and fall are good times to change the batteries, but you should also test your smoke alarm. Strike a match and blow it out. Place it underneath the smoke detector and make sure it works.


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