With spring finally here, it’s time to bust out that duster and vacuum. The warming season emits gratuitous sunshine, pouring through your windows and making the streaks and grime on the glass much more noticeable. As you take a closer look around, you see that the rest of your home is living proof that your family has been trapped inside a dust box during the cold winter season.
Start fresh this spring. Begin with a deep-down cleaning, focus on a few prime exterior projects, throw in a little organization, and your home will feel like new. Here are 3 tips as you dive in to your spring cleaning this year.
Removing Stains & Odors
When removing stains and odors, speed is your ally as you should blot up a mess as soon as you can before it begins to soak into fabric. When blotting up upholstery, put a plastic liner or a garbage bag between the cushion and the fabric so you don’t get any contaminants into the cushion. Wash with cold water as best you can. Blot and wash repeatedly. Note that cold water doesn’t set stains as compared to hot water. You should also use a portable spot cleaner or wet/dry vacuum. If there’s still a residual odor, use a half-vinegar, half-water solution and rinse again. There’s always the option to use an all-purpose stain remover like Oxiclean, which is good for fighting dried set stains.
Disinfect & Sanitize the Sink
Did you know that a dirty kitchen sink has more bacteria than a toilet seat? To disinfect & sanitize, use a product labeled as an EPA-registered disinfectant or make your own. Clean your sink with soap and water first, then spray a mist of vinegar followed by a mist of hydrogen peroxide, and finally let it air-dry. Don’t mix the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide together—spray one after the other. If you have a stainless steel sink, you can make it sparkle by adding a few drops of mineral oil on a soft cloth before buffing it. This prevents water buildup, which deters mold and keeps the sink looking clean longer.
Don’t Neglect Your Electronics
Let’s not forget those electronic devices that sustained us through the cold, unbearable months. They deserve a little spring cleaning too. Clean the dust and dirt off your electronics with a microfiber cloth, which is especially effective on display screens. To manage the clutter of wires behind your computer desk, TV set, and gaming consoles, consider using a cord control product like cord straps from Cordotz. They keep the cords packed together and labeled with a variety of colors. Also consider buying an HDMI receiver, which acts as a single box you can plug all of your devices into with just one cord connecting it to your TV. When disposing of old electronic, contemplate donating to Goodwill or passing it down to a younger generation. You can also recycle electronics at one of the many e-recycling facilities across the country.
You won’t get all your spring cleaning completed in one go and having help with make it easier. If you have kids around, be sure to utilize their nimble hands for hard to reach areas. Although it’s tempting to put it off, the sooner you start your spring cleaning project, the sooner you will get to sit back and enjoy the benefits of a sparkling clean home.
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