Follow these tips to ensure a clean sweep for spring!
WHERE TO BEGIN
Always start at the top of the room and work your way down.
Remember, plants get dusty too. You can clean small plants in the kitchen sink, and larger ones enjoy a shower in the bathroom.
Remove filters in furnaces and air conditioners, and either clean or replace them. Vacuum and clean out grates, coils, refrigerators, stoves, and air conditioners. Not only have we found that small vacuums are good for people lacking in storage space, they are also brilliant for getting into small spaces such as your grates, refrigerators and stoves. I don’t think I would be able to use my big vacuum to get into these spaces.
Give old clothes and furniture to charity. Vacuum floors. Dust shelves. Hang cedar blocks to freshen the areas.
Wash windows on a cloudy, but not rainy day. This is the best time to vacuum the frames and sills. Cool, clear water is the choice of most professional window washers. If windows are very dirty you can add 2 to 3 tablespoons of vinegar per gallon of water. For drying windows, a wad of crumpled newspaper works just as well as expensive paper towels. Wear rubber gloves to keep your hands free of ink.
Vacuum draperies. Wash blinds. Replace heavy drapes with lightweight or sheer curtains.
Slip your hands into a pair of socks for cleaning the mini blinds. Dip one hand into a bucket of warm, soapy water and hold the blinds between your two hands. Rub back and forth until you’ve cleaned the whole surface. Then reverse sides so the dry sock dries the blinds.