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Spring cleaning tips

Posted by Hammond Knoll on Mar 16, 2018 3:35:18 PM

Spring Equals Clean 12 Quick Home Cleaning Tips

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Why we love Spring:

  • Smiling at the tulips on the entry table
  • Walking out the door with a sweater, not a parka
  • Opening windows to clear out the stale of winter
  • Rejuvenating spring cleaning!

Good riddance to the grey skies and rain, welcome back beautiful sunshine.  With spring comes energy for a fresh healthy rejuvenated home.  After all, a clean home relieves stress, creates a healthy environment for our family, and fills our heart with pure happiness.

Happy Spring Cleaning...

#1 Clean Carpets

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You would be surprised at how much pet hair and soiling are found in the fibers of carpet, not to mention the millions of dead skin cells, which cause the sniffles in most people.  Have your carpet professionally cleaned at least every 6 to 12 months.  Vacuum carpets around furniture weekly and underneath furniture monthly to remove dust and debris from carpet.

#2 Bedding

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Washing your sheets every week is a given, but spring time is the perfect time to wash the mattress pad, vacuum the mattress and most importantly replace pillows with new ones.  Pillows are the number one trap for dead human skin which attracts dust-mites that can lead to allergies.  Mattresses can also be professionally steam cleaned and anti-allergen treated, leaving the mattress dust-mite free and your nose clear.

#3 Clean the dishwasher

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To ensure this heavy-duty cleaning appliance gets all the tomato sauce stains off your dinner plates, you have to clean it too. First, remove any bits of food on the bottom. Then, run a cycle with a specialty cleanser, like a Cascade Platinum Dishwasher Cleaner

#4 Seal Counter Tops

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Porous stone such as granite, marble and limestone (as shown above) to name a few should be sealed immediately after installation or when water no longer beads up on the surface.  To prevent staining wipe up spills immediately and have the surface professionally cleaned and sealed annually to remove unwanted stains and make kitchen surfaces sanitary. For more information on how to maintain tile, grout and stone click here

#5 Kitchen Cabinets

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Over time build-up can collect on your kitchen cabinets — especially if you don't run the exhaust hood over your range while you cook to keep grease from settling. To remove, use Parker & Bailey Kitchen Cabinet Cream to cut through the dirt and leave wood moisturized

#6 The "Fridge"

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This means the outside and inside. Pull out all of your fridge's interior shelving and wash them with warm soapy water. Then wipe down the surfaces that can't be removed on the inside with a sponge before putting shelves back in their place.

#7 The Washing Machine

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It doesn’t make sense to wash your clothes in a musty machine.  Disinfect it with distilled white vinegar and baking soda to keep it fresh and high-functioning.  Run the machine with hot water, then add the cleaning agents, and let it sit for 30 to 60 minutes. Afterwards, restart your machine, let the water drain, and wipe it dry.

#8 The Oven

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Oven cleaning is a time-intensive task, but a small amount of bicarbonate of soda can go a long way. Add bicarbonate of soda to water in a spray bottle and you've got your own handy oven-cleaning solution. You just need to spray the solution on the interior surfaces of your oven, avoiding the heating elements. Leave overnight and wipe clean the next day. If any soda remains, spray with vinegar to remove it.

#9 Upholstery & Leather

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Family room furniture especially takes a beating from pets, kids and yes even us adults.  A thorough vacuuming should be done quarterly with a professional cleaning and fabric protection (to protect against stains) on an annual basis for busier households or up to three years to remove dust and soiling, which can cause pesky allergies.

#10 Area & Oriental Rugs

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Just like carpet and furniture area rugs are a trap for pet hair, soil and dead human skin and should be cleaned once a year if they are in the kitchen, family room or hall.  Rugs that are seldom used can be cleaned less frequently such as every two to three years.  Vacuuming rugs from side to side (avoiding the fringe on the ends with the vacuum) weekly to remove dust and standard soiling.  

#11 The Microwave

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Dirt and food grease can easily build up in your microwave it's one of those appliances that you use so often that you take for granted. Using a combination of vinegar and water, you can create a solution that will help you tackle those stubborn stains. Heat a measuring jug with a fifty-fifty solution for ten minutes in your microwave, until it steams up. Remove the jug and then use a cloth to wipe away the moisture and dirt.

 #12 Tile, Grout & Stone Showers

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Showers take a beating as they collect mineral deposits, soap scum, mildew and bacteria if not properly maintained.  Spring is the perfect time to have it professionally cleaned, the caulk replaced and stone and/or grout sealed.  The longer you put off the process the more costly and intensive the restoration will be.  For more tips on maintaining your tile click here.

Happy Spring Friends!!!

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