Spring Cleaning Tips

You’re probably ready for spring – but is your home? Spring cleaning wakes up your rooms and get them ready to shine in the sun. Here are three tasks to put on your to-do list this week:

1. Dust your drapes

Window treatments can collect lots of dirt and dust from the air. Put them in your dryer with a wet towel, and turn on the air-fluff cycle for 15 minutes. Hang them back in the windows immediately.

2. Clean your ceiling fan

This, too, can collect lots of dust on the blades. Using your favorite furniture polish, wipe them down and lightly buff.

3. Air out your linens

If you have a backyard clothesline, shake then out and let them hang in the sun for a few hours. Sunlight is a natural germ killer.

Spring Cleaning Tips

Are you ready for spring? This is the time of year to open the windows, dust away winter and get your home spic and span. Here are three tasks to put on your to-do list to prepare your home for summer fun.

1. Clean your refrigerator

Remove the shelves and drawers, and wipe away spilled food. An eco-friendly cleaner is a combination of salt and soda water, according to HGTV. The bubbling action of the soda water combines with the abrasive texture of the salt to make a great cleaner.

2. Get rid of lime deposits

They can build up around your faucets and your refrigerator water dispenser. Place a paper towel over the area and soak with vinegar. Then let sit for an hour. The deposits will become soft and easy to remove.

3. Clean screens your screens

HGTV suggests using a scrap of carpeting, which acts like a soft brush, removing dirt.

3 Tips For Prepping Your Outdoor Furnishings


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:

Step One: Clean

Wash and rinse aluminum frames with mild liquid detergent and warm water. This will remove any surface dirt left from last season.

Step Two: 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.

Step Three: 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.