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Spring Cleaning Tips
Now that the weather is warming up and the days are getting longer, it’s time for a little spring cleaning. Spruce up your home in anticipation of the change in seasons – no one wants a musty house when spring is in the air. Here are some tips and tricks that’ll get your house spring-ready in no time!
1. Clean Your Refrigerator
The easiest way to get your refrigerator sparkling clean is a combination of salt and soda water. It’s a gentle, natural abrasive and the bubbling action of the soda water will lift dirt right off.
2. Make Your Windows Sparkle
Clean your windows inside and out with a rag and soapy water to get off all the grime left by the winter weather. You can dry your windows with another rag or use a squeegee, available at most auto parts stores.
3. Pay Attention to Your Floors
If you have carpets, this is a great time to rent a carpet cleaner and give them a good shampoo. For non-carpeted floors, you can wax or apply a sealer, or for no wax floors, use a wood cleaner or floor cleaner appropriate for the material.
4. Wash the Walls
Dust and soot can cling to your walls, so it’s a good idea to give them an annual scrub. All you need is a sponge and hand dishwashing detergent. You can use a sponge mop for higher spots. Don’t forget to dry your walls with a clean cloth when you’re done.
5. Dust Your Light bulbs
Bring new light to your home by polishing your bulbs with a microfiber cloth. If you have more elaborate lighting fixtures, you can also clean them with all-purpose cleaner, a sponge and your microfiber cloth.
5. Clean the Blinds
You can also let more light in by wiping down your blinds. Wooden blinds can be wiped with a few drops of wood cleaner and a sponge. If you have aluminum blinds, you can wash them outdoors with a hose and noncorrosive cleaner.
5. Switch Your Fans
If you have ceiling fans, change their direction so they run clockwise in the summer. This redistributes the warm air near the ceiling by creating an upward draft and can help you save on air conditioning bills.
5. Replace Your Batteries
Smoke detector batteries should be replaced every six months. An easy way to remember is to change them when you reset your clocks for daylight savings time in the spring and fall.