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April 26, 2018

Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Home

The switch to Daylight Savings Time is a harbinger of longer daylight hours and fairer weather. It’s time to throw off the gloom of the previous season and welcome the coming warmth with a bit of spring cleaning.

Surfaces

You obviously have to use a variety of solutions to clean the different surfaces around your house. Carpeted areas require professional cleaning three or four times a year if they’re in high-traffic areas like a hallway. Low-traffic locations, such as a bedroom, may only require such efforts once a year.

Wooden floors demand more frequent attention. Try wet-mopping them every one or two months with a cleaner specifically developed for them. Then use furniture protectors and prevent water damage by ensuring that plants have trivets.

Granite countertops are virtually care-free beyond having to wipe up spills as they occur. But they need protection to prevent liquids from penetrating. Have them professionally sealed once a year.

Appliances

Remove the contents of your refrigerator including the shelving, which you should wash with warm water and soap. Then wipe down the interior and exterior surfaces with a mixture of salt and soda water, which attacks stains and dirt through the bubbling of the water and abrasive texture of the salt.

Remove the contents of your refrigerator including the shelving, which you should wash with warm water and soap. Then wipe down the interior and exterior surfaces with a mixture of salt and soda water, which attacks stains and dirt through the bubbling of the water and abrasive texture of the salt.

Clear your dishwasher of any food and other debris that may have caked at the bottom. Then use a specialty dishwasher cleanser to run a cycle about once a month.

When you smell burning coming from your oven, its interior surfaces have too much food caked on them, which then require deep-cleaning. Chip and remove any pieces that are stuck to the interior. Then spray any residue with ammonia. Next, use a mixture of baking soda with some white vinegar on the bottom. Wait for it to bubble before wiping it up with a sponge.

If your washing machine is starting to smell, start the machine with hot water and then add a mix of distilled white vinegar and baking soda. Let the whole solution sit in the machine for about an hour. Allow the machine to drain and then wipe it to eliminate any remaining solution.

Other Areas to Clean

Clean all the areas of your home that you don’t normally touch during your regular chores including the tops of ceiling fans, behind tall pieces of furniture, and the tops of doors and window frames.

Use a glass cleaner to take care of your windows both inside and out. Doing this on a cloudy day prevents the sun’s rays from drying the cleaner before you’re finished.

Act quickly to remove stains from area rugs such as red wine, pet droppings, or orange soda. Otherwise, you can have them cleaned professionally every few years.

Now that you’ve got a clean home, you can celebrate your achievement by filling it with a new piece of furniture or two. Come to Wickmans Furniture where you’ll find a large selection of exciting possibilities.

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