Spring Cleaning Tips
It’s that time of year again: After being cooped up in a stuffy house all winter long, it’s finally time to fling open the windows, shoo away the cobwebs, and take on your annual spring cleaning. Spring is the season owners naturally start turning attention to cleaning and updating their homes. Here are some easy Spring Cleaning Tips to prepare your house (and yourself) for the always-busy spring and summer months ahead.
1) Deep Clean Carpet and Rugs
Keeping carpets clean and stain free is a challenge, especially in high traffic areas that become the stomping ground for winter’s mix of slush and sand.
Before you know it, your carpets are shades darker than they were just one season ago. Here are our favorite natural spring cleaning tips to liven up your carpeting:
a) Always vacuum first
It’s important to vacuum regularly – try for once a week if you can – which keeps deeply embedded dirt, sand and dander to a minimum. Use the changing of the seasons to do a thorough, detailed vacuum of the nooks and crannies: Under furniture, around furniture legs and across your baseboards.
b) Removing Stains and Odors
While we all do our best to deal with carpet stains as they happen, there are always those pesky spots we didn’t have time to tackle or that take several treatments.
To remove stains and odors, blot up as much of the smelly mess as you can right away. While you’re blotting the upholstery, put a plastic liner or a garbage bag between the cushion and the fabric so you don’t push the contaminant into the cushion. Then flush with cold water as best as you can. Blot and flush again. Cold water doesn’t set stains as much as hot water. You can also use a spot cleaner or wet/dry vac. If there’s still a residual odor, use a half vinegar, half-water solution and rinse again. Depending on how long the stain has been there, you might have to repeat these steps, but it’s an impressive transformation. If it doesn’t work, call in the professionals.
c) Daily Maintenance
To keep carpets looking nice, we suggest to take your outdoor footwear off when you get home. Walking around bare feet leaves natural oils that can darken your carpet by attracting dirt. Wearing socks are better but can act as dust and particle collectors spreading and grinding dirt into the fibers of your carpet. Ideally it would be best to have a pair of rubber-soled shoes/slippers just for the home to minimize dust, dirt, oils and odors from being tracked around the home. Spot-clean rugs and carpets as stains occur, and deep clean once or twice a year.
2) Refresh Upholstered Furnishings and Window Treatments
Start by removing cushions from furniture. Give the sofa a vacuum using the crevice attachment to reach into folds and corners. Gently beat cushions outside to remove dust and pet dander. It is best to have a professional clean your upholstered furniture every couple years or so. Experts recommend having this done on a regular basis and not wait for it to be visibly dirty. The dirtier a sofa or chair becomes, the harder it is to restore to its original glory.
Take down your draperies and launder or dry-clean them; dust off blinds and clean with a sponge. Freeing these areas of dust helps to refresh the air in your home so you can breathe easier.
3) Eliminate Clutter Where You Can
Freshen up your rooms by removing unnecessary objects from tabletops and shelves, and storing them. Replace them with a single arrangement of fresh flowers.
4) Replace Outside Doormats
Give your front door a fresh new look for spring. Replace your winter-ravaged doormat with a new one.
5) Clean The Gutters
It’s time again to clear gutters of leaves, twigs, and debris left in winter’s wake. It’s important to keep gutters clear so they won’t clog and drive water under the house eaves and into your walls.
6) Prune away dead and damaged branches
Where tree or shrub branches have been damaged by cold, snow, and wind, prune back to live stems; use a handsaw for any larger than ½inch in diameter. Shaping hedges with hand pruners, rather than electric shears, prevents a thick outer layer of growth that prohibits sunlight and air from reaching the shrub’s center.
Yes, March is notoriously unpredictable. Still, some early spring cleanup tasks are sure things this time of year. Often, the chemicals found in conventional cleaning products can be more dangerous than the dirt they’re intended to clean. And the way some people clean (with lots of disposable paper towels) isn’t exactly earth-friendly. Thankfully, there are many alternatives available that can help you make your home squeaky clean—and green.
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