Spring looks like it’s finally going to arrive with weather that will make us want to spend more time outdoors. If you haven’t moved your spring cleaning outdoors yet, it’s time to put these three tasks on your calendar:
- Inspect your roof. Look for missing, loose, or damaged shingles. Also check the flashing, eaves, and soffits for signs of damage that can happen during the winter. If you see anything that needs to be repaired, tackle the job or hire a professional.
- Clean your gutters and downspouts. Clean out any leaves or debris that may have collected during the fall. You can also use a hose to check for possible clogs. Also make sure that rain water flows away from the house. If it collects or moves toward your home, it could lead to foundation problems.
- Check your exterior. Check your siding or brick for areas that might need to be repaired. Power-wash the exterior to remove all of the dirt and debris that can collect during winter. Then paint or caulk any sections that need some TLC.
This is the time of year when it’s great to open the windows and let in the fresh air and sunshine. It’s also the time you realize that you need to clean your windows. Here are five steps that will brighten your day. Literally!
1. Remove and wash your screens.
2. Wipe down the window tracks; they can collect a lot of dirt and debris.
3. Wipe down your windowpanes inside and out. Use a window cleaner or make your own by mixing two cups of water, ¼ cup of vinegar and ½ teaspoon of dish detergent.
4. Clean windows treatments. Instead of framing clean windows in dingy treatments, dust your blinds, and launder or vacuum your curtains.
5. Enjoy the view!!
When it comes to spring cleaning, you might not think about cleaning the appliances that clean other things – namely the dishwasher and the washing machine. But these two workhorses can absorb dirt and smells in the process. A little TLC (and some vinegar and baking soda) can help keep them doing their job.
1. The dishwasher. Run a cycle with one cup of vinegar in a dishwasher-safe bowl on the top rack. When the cycle is complete, sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of the washer and run it again. The two-step process will leave your dishwasher smelling fresh and clean.
2. The washing machine. Set the washer to the highest level and the hottest setting. If you have a top-loader, add four cups of white vinegar to the inside of your machine and if you have a front-loader, add two cups of white vinegar. When the wash cycle starts, pause the machine and allow it to sit for an hour, then continue and finish the cycle. Next, run another wash cycle adding a cup of baking soda to the machine for top-loaders and a half-cup for front-loaders. At the end of the cycle, wipe the top inside of the washer tub to remove any scum.
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.