It’s spring-cleaning season. The time of year to refresh and renew your home so it glistens in the warm sun! Here are three often-overlooked tasks to put on your schedule this week:
1. Baseboards. While you probably vacuum or sweep regularly, the baseboards can easily become forgotten, left to collect dust and scuff marks. Vacuum them first, then wipe down with warm water and a mild detergent. Remove stubborn spots with a “magic” eraser like the ones from Mr. Clean.
2. Pet hair. If you’ve got animals, you’ve probably got fur. This can be difficult to remove from furniture. Sticky rollers are OK, but what works even better is a rubber dishwashing glove. Simply get it damp and rub your hand over the surface you want to clean. The pet hair will clump together and then can be easily removed.
3. The wall behind appliances. You might think your kitchen is clean, but there’s probably dirt and grime hiding behind your refrigerator and stove. Unplug your appliance, and pull it out to vacuum in those unseen places, making sure to vacuum the grills and coils, too.
It’s time to get your home ready for Spring. Let’s tackle the home office next. Here are three tasks to do create a more pleasant work area:
- Vacuum Your Window Treatments. Get out your attachments and remove winter dust from your curtains, blinds and shades. You’ll be surprised at how much dirt can collect there.
- Wipe Down Your Computer. Keep your attachments out and vacuum your keyboard to remove crumbs and dust. Then wipe down your screen and mouse with a microfiber cloth.
- Clean Out Your Files. After you’ve filed your income taxes, get rid of any receipts or papers that aren’t needed. Shred any documents that include sensitive information, such as your social security number, date of birth or account details.
The calendar says “Spring” and that means it’s time to renew and refresh your home décor. It’s also time to do some simple spring maintenance tasks. Here are three kitchen tasks to put on your schedule for the week:
- Clean Your Microwave. This small appliance is often overlooked when it comes to a regular household cleaning routine. Fill a microwave-safe bowl with water and heat on high for two to three minutes. The steam will soften any stuck-on food, making it easy to wipe up and clean.
- Raid the Fridge. Remove everything from your refrigerator and wipe down its shelves. Then put things back one by one, tossing unwanted leftovers, expired food, and last summer’s condiments and marinades.
- Wash Your Trash Can. Wipe down the inside and outside of your trashcan to keep it smelling as fresh as possible. If it is extra dirty, take it outside and hose it out. Let it dry completely before you line it with a bag.
March is the time when Midwesterners daydreaming about Spring and all of the outside activities it brings. If you brought your aluminum or wrought iron outdoor furnishings inside for the winter, it’s take time to get them ready for their seasonal debut. Here are three things to do to be ready for the sunshine:
Clean. Wash and rinse aluminum frames with mild liquid detergent and warm water. This will remove any surface dirt left from last season.
Protect. Apply a coat of automobile wax to aluminum frames with smooth finishes to help extend their life. For textured finishes, you can periodically apply mineral or baby oil.
Check for damage. To keep rust away, check your furnishings for chips and scratches. This is the most common cause of rust because it exposes the bare metal to the elements. Touch up any chips or scratches by first gently sanding the area with fine steel wool, then applying a primer and paint. Follow up with a topcoat of wax or clear sealer for added protection.
Your upholstered furnishings are probably the most used furniture in your home. Soft and comfortable, it’s where family and friends hang out and gather. Keep it looking its best by adding these three routine tasks to your housekeeping schedule:
Vacuum. Using the soft brush attachment and crevice tool or a hand-held vacuum, remove surface soil each week. This will prevent the dirt from being embedded in the fibers and causing further damage. Be sure to clean under the cushions, as well. Or use a soft-bristled brush, gently sweeping dirt to the floor where you can vacuum it away.
Flip the cushions. You can extend the life of your upholstered furniture by periodically turning over the loose cushions to provide a more even distribution of wear and tear. You can also move cushions from one part of your sofa or loveseat to the other, so they get even usage.
Spot clean. Spills happen and when they do, blot them immediately with a clean white towel. Never rub as this will distribute and embed the stain, and damage the fabric. And remove using water only. If this isn’t enough to remove the spot, refer to manufacturer care guidelines before using any kind of cleaning solution. When purchasing new furniture, consider adding Art Van Furniture’s Fabric Stain Protection Program that will give you peace of mind.