10 Tips for preparing your home for Spring and Summer!
1) Deep Clean Carpet and Rugs
Spring is the season we naturally turn our attention to cleaning and updating our homes. Follow these effective and easy ideas to prepare your home (and yourself) for the always-busy spring and summer months ahead. Spot-clean rugs and carpeting as stains occur, and deep clean once or twice a year.
2) Clean Window Treatments
Take down your draperies and launder or dry-clean them; dust off blinds and clean with a sponge. Freeing these areas of dust helps to refresh the air in your home so you can breathe easy.
3) Replace Outside Doormats
Give your front door a fresh new look for spring. Replace your winter-ravaged doormat with a new one.
4) Check Batteries in Smoke Alarms
Fire safety includes doing a battery check every six months. A great way to remember this task is to do it when you reset clocks for daylight savings.
5) Clean Your Gutters
It’s time again to clear gutters of leaves, twigs, and debris left in winter’s wake. It’s important to keep gutters clear so they won’t clog and drive water under the house eaves and into your walls.
6) Organize Your Home Office
Go through files and shred unnecessary papers. Give your computer the once-over, sorting folders, deleting outdated files, and backing up important data onto an external drive.
7) Service Air Conditioners
Inspect your air conditioning units. Remove and clean filters (or replace if disposable), and vacuum vents on window units. If you have central air, have a professional service it.
8 ) Prevent Bugs
As the weather warms, insects return in search of food. Don’t put out the welcome mat. Instead, make sure all dry goods are stored in airtight containers. Wash your pet’s dishes as soon as they finish meals. Check seals on trash receptacles and wash all containers and bottles before recycling.
9) Clean House Siding
Most common types of siding (wooden, aluminum, and vinyl) should be sprayed down twice a year with a garden hose to remove grime.
10) Clean Coffee Maker
Once a month, remove mineral deposits by pouring equal parts white vinegar and water into your coffee maker’s tank. With carafe in place, run the machine for half a cycle, switch off, let sit for an hour, then finish. Run several cycles of water to remove any aftertaste.
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