Spring Home & Garden 2017
Warmer days are here and what
better way to spend them than clean-
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-
Owners and renters can rely on
temperate days to throw open the
windows and engage in some easy
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.
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
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
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
Remove and launder bed linens.
While the linens are in the wash, thor-
oughly dust all furniture and vacuum
Move furniture so you can reach
areas where dust gathers, such as
under the bed or dresser.
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
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
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
Take the food out of the refrig-
erator and use a food-safe cleaner to
scour the shelves and inside of crisper
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.
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.