SPRING CLEANING TIPS and TIP
ON PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR SALE
summer is almost here, time for a major Springs Cleaning!
this is the time of year that if you plan to move you may be
getting ready to put your house on the market? Here are some
hints on getting your home in ship shape for the summer! If you
don't have the time or energy to do this Deep Cleaning yourself
then call us. We can help you clean it up and help it look great!
House Cleaning is our passion and we are GOOD at it! Remember, if
you plan to sell your home a clean home will always sell for more
than a dirty one. Let us help you clean your home in
for sale! And when you finally sell your home we can also do your
Move Out cleaning at your old home, and your Move In cleaning at
your new home. We also do weekly, every other week, monthly and
occasional service .. call us to discuss your needs!
you plan to clean
your own home here are some Spring Cleaning / Deep Cleaning
Spring is here!
It's time to get rid of a
winter's worth of dust and grime. Unfortunately, it's also the
time of year when we all want to be outside enjoying the fresh
air. The last thing on our minds is cleaning. But the good
is that with a thorough spring cleaning, all of the fragrant
crispness of spring time can be felt throughout the house. And
with the following gameplan to guide you, you'll be able to clean
up quickly and efficiently, with plenty of time left over to stop
and smell the newly budding roses.
Even before you clean, there are a few precautions you should
take so that cleaning can be finished as painlessly as
-- Wear comfortable, old clothes that you won't mind staining or
-- Take stock
of your cleaning needs and
supplies. Don't wait until you're about to clean the oven to find
out that you don't have any oven cleaner left. Have everything on
hand and ready to go for a smooth time.
-- Prepare one bucket of supplies to bring with you to every
room. All you really need are a few rags, some paper towels,
furniture polish, and one good all purpose glass and counter
cleaner. These items will do the trick for most cleaning jobs.
Also, grab two empty garbage bags: one to carry garbage you find
along the way, and the other to fill with things you no longer
want but are still useful. You can give these items away or
them at a later date.
--Turn off the TV and the phone! The quickest cleaning is
accomplished without any distractions.
--Get organized. Make a list of the rooms you want to tackle,
then clean each room fully before moving on to the next.
--Let the sun shine in! Open the windows and let the clean, green
aroma of spring's new flower and plant life enter your home. Not
only will the mustiness of winter be removed, but you'll also
protect yourself from inhaling dust and dangerous fumes from
--Play some fun, lively music. Before you know it, your
adrenaline will start pumping and you'll be dancing your way
through the house.
--Toss away everything you don't use. I mean everything! Be
ruthless. Less clutter not only makes future dusting easier, it
also has a tendency to give us a freer, more relaxed frame of
mind when we enjoy these rooms. Feng shui, the art of uncluttered
living, has long been practiced by Chinese people. It is believed
that if the universe's energy, or chi, can easily flow through a
room, our lives will be more harmonious and joyful.
Decorators worldwide are now embracing the simple beauty of barer
rooms for easier living.
--Gather the extra items in your life and give them to charity,
or sell them at a spring-time yard sale. Get the whole family in
the act by telling kids that they can keep the profits from
selling toys they no longer use.
--Work around the room in one direction, either left or right.
This way, there won't be any time wasted in criss-crossing the
room, or vacuuming that same spot twice.
--Clear it off and put it away. This is really the first step to
cleaning any room. In the livingroom this means putting away
books and recycling old magazines. Clear away all knickknacks and
family photos so that dusting and polishing can be finished in a
snap. In the bedrooms, remove items stored under the bed, and
file away or throw out papers. In the kitchen, remove everything
from counters and take down curtains. In the bathroom, clear away
potpourri holders, magazines, and waste baskets. Take down the
shower curtain and liner for laundering. Just remember to tackle
one room at a time. Remove these items and cleaning will be much
-- Wear rubber gloves! Even though it is harder to grip things
with gloves than it is with bare hands, it is worth using them to
protect your skin from the harshness of hot water and drying
When you're finished cleaning, it's time to put back those items
you need and love. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
--The only necessary appliances on kitchen counters are the ones
that you use daily or weekly. Stash anything else in cabinets or
cupboards. Also, if you have a counter full of cook books you
seldom use, you may want to put them on a shelf for more living
and cooking space.
-- Try putting treasured knickknacks and photos on different
tables, shelves, or even in different rooms. This will give your
home a fresh new look.
GAMEPLAN FOR EVERY ROOM
Following a list makes everything in life easier and more
efficient. Here are some spring cleaning tips and techniques for
every room in your home.
1. Dust and vacuum corners and crevices from high points to low.
Remember dust falls downward so you want to clean from the top to
the bottom of any room.
2. Vacuum furniture, lampshades and pictures. Remember all those
gadgets that come with your vacuum cleaner? Use them here, and
experiment with different attachments for furniture and corners
3. Vacuum or wash curtains.
4. Dust wood furniture.
5. Dust mop floors.
6. Vacuum carpet.
7. Take plants outside for a gentle washing with a fine spray
from your garden hose. Plants and their pots get dusty over the
1. Wash, or dry-clean curtains.
2. Take blinds outside and wash them with a mild ammonia solution
Rinse with that good old stand by--the garden hose!
3. Strip bed linens and dust ruffle.
4. Vacuum your mattress and box spring. Flip and rotate the
mattress before putting on new sheets. This will prevent dips
from forming on the mattress, and keep it firmer longer.
5. Polish wood furniture and dust knickknacks.
6. Vacuum everything, from the floor behind and under the bed to
the carpet, lampshade and pictures.
7. Clean mirrors and wipe down light fixtures and lamps.
8. Dust mop wood floors.
1. Let cleansers do the scrubbing for you! Spray your oven with
cleaner the night before you plan to spring clean your kitchen
This will literally "marinate" the grease and grime, making it
simple to sponge off.
2. Here is a great microwave cleaning tip: fill a paper cup with
water and a few tablespoons of baking soda. Nuke it for about 30
seconds, or until you see the contents explode! Then just take a
paper towel and wipe it all
off. The explosion spreads the cleanser over the entire area, and
you can even use the moistened rag or paper towel to wipe outside
the microwave and its surrounding area.
3. Vacuum stove vents, refrigerator coils, floor, and
4. Defrost that freezer. A blow-drier aimed at the ice will speed
up the process. Get rid of old foods, or those jars of things you
thought you'd like but never ate. 5. Clean the inside of freezer
and fridge with a
solution of three tablespoons of baking soda and one quart of
6. Clean outside of fridge with glass cleaner.
7. Clean counters, appliances and stove top with an all purpose
glass cleaner or the baking soda solution listed above.
8. Wash out the trash can and spray it with a good disinfectant
before putting in a new lining. Leave it outside the kitchen for
the next step.
9. For linoleum floors, spray a foaming tile cleaner and take a
five minute break, (you can change the CD, or start clearing out
items in another room). When you come back, you just need to
sponge mop the floor. The
foaming cleanser will have already lifted up the dirt so you
don't have to.
1. Spray shower and tub with strong cleanser.
2. Pour cleaner into the toilet bowl, and spray the outside with
the same cleaner. Let the chemicals do the cleaning while you do
the next steps.
3. Clean mirrors, chrome, bathroom scale, and light fixtures with
4. Vacuum everything! This will remove dust and hair that is so
hard to get up when surfaces are wet.
5. Empty and clean the wastepaper basket.
6. Clean the sink and wipe off the cleanser you already applied
to the shower and tub.
7. Working from the top of the toilet down, clean the outside,
and brush and flush the inside.
8. Scrub the floor with a strong cleanser. Tough tile floors can
be most easily cleaned by hand with the scrub-brush side of a
9. One more tip: spaghetti mops are more efficient at getting
into tough corners than sponge mops. Many types can even be
thrown in the washing machine between cleanings.
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