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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Spring is in the air!


Well it's that time again....the snow is melting, the sun is shining and soon the flowers will be in bloom but now that the spring is here it's time for a good spring cleaning. This is a great time to purge and also take care of some small projects around the house before the summer arrives and the weather is just too beautiful to stay inside. Spring cleaning is essential if you are moving or putting your home up for sale.

If you don't know where to begin, here's a breakdown of essentials for spring cleaning.

Rugs and carpets
If your house is for sale, try and vacuum 2 to 3 times a week, especially if you have pets. If you have stains you can try spot treatment with supermarket cleaners or rent a carpet steamer from your local grocery store to get a good thorough cleaning - you will be amazed at what can get trapped in your carpet and how clean a steam clean can feel. If you decide to steam clean, do it when the weather is a bit warmer (think late spring or early summer) you will want to keep the windows open to help speed up the drying process.

Upholstery
You can use the steam cleaner with a different attachment but if it is just spot cleaning that is needed use soap and warm water and for deep stains try warm water and some laundry detergent. Be sure to flip the cushions of your couch and occasional chairs.

Drapery
Yes, that is what all of those vacuum attachments are for! Sucking up dust between the curtain pleats. Drapes should be taken to the professional cleaners every two years.

Air
Be sure to check your air/furnace filter to see if it needs changing. How do you know? If you cannot see through it due to the collection of dust and pet hair, it must be changed. This is imperative for anyone that has allergies or respiratory problems. You will notice less dust in your home if you change your air/furnace filter regularly.

Exterior
Now that the snow has melted you are probably seeing some garbage on your property. On a sunny day, get out there, enjoy the sun and fresh air and clean up! If you are looking to sell, curb appeal is very important. You want to present an image of pride and care. Pick up all or the garbage including pet waste, even though your flowers aren't in bloom yet, a clean property presents so much better to potential buyers.

Spring cleaning can feel like a lot of work but it doesn't all have to be done in one day or one weekend. Put a to-do list together and get the whole family involved. Once your house is clean, you will notice a huge difference and feel better knowing your home is ready to go on the market.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Discount said...

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April 3, 2009 at 12:27 AM  
Blogger Kristi Blok said...

I am a seasonal allergy sufferer and the early fall is just brutal for me, but it can be difficult to remove the source (especially if it is a natural element(s))but I do find that chaging my air fliter regularly really helps and in the months of August and September I keep my windows closed and the A/C on so the source of my allergy is not circulating throughout my home.
An air purifier is also a great option.

April 26, 2009 at 3:52 PM  

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