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Spring Cleaning Tips to Freshen Up Your Home

If you’re doing springtime right in our area, you probably aren’t spending too much time indoors. With so many great parks, bike paths and walkways (not to mention lots of restaurants and bars featuring patios and balconies), you’ve got plenty of options to have fun in the sun. Before you head out, it’s also the time of year to do some cleaning around the house.


Whether you want a full scrub-down or just some quick and efficient pick-me-ups, I’ve got some great tips to make ten things in your home fresh and new this spring!


This time of year usually means coming off of the holidays with Mardi Gras mixed in somewhere, so I know that your fridge has consistently been filled with goodies. This means it’s a great time for a good ol’ purge. Clear out any old leftovers and condiment bottles, and take out the shelves for a good wipe down. You should also clean the dust off of the condenser coil, usually found behind the toe grille, and the ones behind the fridge with the attachment hose of your vacuum cleaner. Finish the deal by placing a box of baking soda in the back of your fridge.


Focus on the high-traffic areas of your home. Start by vacuuming your carpet and rugs by moving back and forth and focusing on the trouble areas for 30 seconds. For those stains that have been bugging you, blot a cloth with a stain remover, let it sit for five minutes, then blot with a fresh, dry cloth. You may want to dive all the way in with a high-powered professional cleaner. If you go this route, start in an obscure area to perfect your process and make sure there will be no dye staining from the cleaner.


For kitchen floors, wax or apply a sealer following the directions on the bottle. The easiest way is to use a combination wash-and-wax floor cleaner. For your hardwood floors, apply a wood cleaner and a liquid or paste polish to clean and then finish with a new wax coating. This is also a good time to make sure your furniture has pads on the bottoms of its legs to prevent future scratches.


If you have wooden blinds, put a couple of drops of gentle wood cleaner on a semi-dry sponge, and give them a good wipe down. For aluminum blinds, take them outside and place them on a sheet. Simply use a cloth and a non-corrosive cleaner, and then hose them off and dry them with a towel to prevent any rust.


While we tend to focus on the inside, start on the outside panes of your windows then move inside. You can simply use standard Windex with a cloth, crumpled up newspaper, or a windshield squeegee you can purchase from your local auto parts store. These squeegees even have extenders that are especially useful for hard to reach windows.


There are two ways to attack this: vacuuming or steaming. If you choose to vacuum, close the curtains/drapes and vacuum them from top to bottom (for heavy fabrics, use the upholstery attachment; for lighter fabrics, use the soft-brush tool.) Then, wipe them down with a lint roller for any excess dust or pet hair. If you see any stains on washable fabrics, simply spot clean them with a stain cleaner. For linen, satin, or silk, take these to the professionals at the dry cleaners. The second option is to steam your curtains/drapes. Again close the curtains/drapes, spray them down with an odor eliminator and wrinkle releaser, and steam from bottom to top.


Inevitably, you’ve smelled the foul odor coming from your trash can (hello crawfish season), but it can be one of those things that falls to the bottom of the list. You can fight this somewhat with odor eliminating trash bags, but the spring is a great time for a full cleaning. Take your cans outside, and give them a good hose down, and allow them to dry upside down. Once dry, sprinkle some baking soda at the bottom of the can to help fight off future odors.


Strip the bed of all of the sheets and pillows, and let it air out for a few hours. Throw your sheets, pillowcases, and comforter if washable in the washing machine and allow them to dry on a line in the fresh air. Then, vacuum your mattress and bed springs and use a stain remover to remove any trouble spots. Before you re-make the bed, spritz the mattress with an odor eliminator or with baking soda to keep your bedding fresh in the future.


This is one that you may not think of, but it’s important. Unscrew the light bulbs, and clean them with a microfiber cloth (avoid the metal base). For hard to reach spots, use an adjustable wool duster.


While you’re cleaning light bulbs, give your fans a good dusting as well. Also, it’s important for your home’s efficiency to switch the direction your blades turn. For the upcoming summer months, the blades should be moving counter-clockwise if you’re looking up at the fan. This will create a downward column of air that lowers the temperature of the room. For future reference, in the winter you should reverse this so that the blades are spinning clockwise and will circulate warm air that rises and bring it back down into the room.



Follow these simple tips to ensure that your home is fresh when you return from your outdoor adventures.


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