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6 Essential Tasks to Make Your Home Sparkle this Spring

07 March 2018
Kevin Hartley

If you don't jump for joy at the first thought of a total spring cleaning in your home or condo, you aren't the only one. To help you start this annually dreaded task, here is a list of my top 6 must-do Spring-cleaning tasks.

  1. Organize cold-weather clothes:   Pack up those winter clothes! Heavy coats, bulky sweaters, and anything else you won't be wearing for a while. Inspect it, clean it, and then pack it away. Be sure to keep them somewhere clean and dry that won't expose them to harsh light or hot temperatures.
  1. Wash your curtains and blinds:   If you knew how much grit and grime you would be cleaning off of your windows in Spring, you would probably have done it sooner. Strip the windows down and wash everything while you're at it-blinds, curtains, and anything else you have hanging up. Some you can clean at home and others might need to go to the dry cleaners. Don't forget to wipe down the window frame, sills, and any hardware.
  1. Clean your carpets and upholstered furniture:   You shouldn't avoid deep-cleaning all of the soft surfaces in your home each Spring. There is a whole winter's worth of dust mites and dirt clinging to them. Have your cloth furniture professionally cleaned, and your carpet shampooed. If you do it with the windows open on a sunny day, it should take less time, but still might be a day or so.
  1. Wash the woodwork, walls, and cabinets:   Walls are usually dirty even when they don't look like it. If you think the walls of your home don't need a good cleaning, think again! The dust has a habit of sticking to vertical surfaces, so wiping them down each season is a huge help. You don't need anything fancy-just use a typical sponge and dish soap. You can tackle it in sections to make sure you don't miss anything.
  1. Clean the cob-webs off of your light fixtures:   You'll need to take the light bulb out of the fixture to clean them (if at all possible). Wash the glass using just dish soap and water. If you can't take the fixture or bulb down, just use a cloth to wipe it down while still attached. For ceiling fans, just use your vacuum with the right attachment.
  1. Don't forget to check your refrigerator coils:   It is easy for a refrigerator to overheat if there is a thick layer of dust on the coils, so make sure you don't miss that in your Spring-cleaning. You should be able to locate it behind the toe grille. Use a bottle brush and vacuum cleaner, and it will be as good as new in no time.

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    Kevin Hartley, Broker is a Toronto based real estate Broker with Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate | Signature Service, Brokerage. @Home is his lifestyle blog, an expression of his passion for home keeping though MAKING (Recipes), DOING (DIY), BEING (Health/Wellness) and DWELLING (Home Ownership, Sales & Maintenance).  Content not intended to solicit clients under contract.

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