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Spring Home & Garden 2017

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Warmer days are here and what

better way to spend them than clean-

ing?

Although enjoying the great out-

doors is probably high on many a to-do

list come spring, by the end of winter,

homes can probably do with a much-

needed overhaul.

Owners and renters can rely on

temperate days to throw open the

windows and engage in some easy

spring-cleaning projects.

The earlier one begins spring clean-

ing, the more quickly he or she will be

able to head outside and bask in the

warm spring sun.

Spring cleaning tasks can be

stretched out across several days

to make the jobs more manageable.

While certain spring cleaning tasks

can be time-consuming, many projects

can be started and completed in 30

minutes or less.

Look up

Start by looking up at ceilings,

molding and ceiling fans. Chances are

strong that some cobwebs and dust

have formed in these areas.

Always begin cleaning by working

from the top downward so you don’t

have to clean any tables countertops

or floors twice. Static-charged dusting

cloths work well to catch and contain

dust.

Use a pillowcase on ceiling fan

blades to clear the dust and keep it

from cascading to the floor.

Blinds and curtains

Heavy window treatments can

be removed and replaced with more

gauzy fabrics.

This lets in more light and warmth

from the sun. Many curtains can be

freshened up right in the laundry, but

blinds may require a bit more effort.

If the blinds can be snapped out of

the brackets, place them in a tub full

of vinegar, dish soap and water.

Allow them to soak and then rinse

with the shower nozzle. Stationary

blinds can be cleaned with using an

old sock over your hand dipped in a

vinegar-and-water solution.

Change linens

Remove and launder bed linens.

While the linens are in the wash, thor-

oughly dust all furniture and vacuum

the carpets.

Move furniture so you can reach

areas where dust gathers, such as

under the bed or dresser.

Grout cleaner

Grade school science lessons can

be put to use as you look to remove

stubborn dirt. Combining baking

soda and vinegar produces a reaction

that causes the formation of gassy

bubbles.

These bubbles can help to break

up dirt that clings to crevices, such as

grout between tiles. Some light scrub-

bing and then subsequent rinsing can

rid surfaces of hard-to-remove dirt.

Vacuum vent intakes

Many houses are heated by forced-

air systems. The air intake vents can

become clogged with dust and other

debris.

Vacuum these vents so that air

flow is not impeded. Let the heat run

for a few minutes to catch any small

particles that become dislodged, and

then change the furnace filter.

Clean out the refrigerator

Now is a great time to remove any

of those mystery containers growing

fuzzy experiments in the back of the

refrigerator.

Take the food out of the refrig-

erator and use a food-safe cleaner to

scour the shelves and inside of crisper

drawers.

Spring cleaning is a necessary task,

but it doesn’t have to be a headache.

Break up the work into manageable

chunks of time, and projects won’t feel

like such a hassle.

Courtesy photo

Warmer days are here and what better way to spend them than cleaning? Owners and renters can rely on temperate days

to throw open the windows and engage in some easy spring-cleaning projects.

Washing

away

winter’s

dust

Spring cleaning

annual ritual