Sunday, April 3, 2011

Spring Cleaning

Get out your gloves and environmentally friendly cleaners because it’s spring-cleaning time.  Most people know how to clean the basics but today I am here to give some helpful hints that many people might not know.  Spring is the perfect time to touch up the paint around your home.  Match your color and spruce up your walls.  Also this might also include sanding your baseboards and giving them another coat or 2 this really makes all the difference. 
Also we do not usually clean the ceiling fans every week so this is a good time to cleanse your ceilings using mild dish soap rinse the fans with water then wash them.  Instantly your air is cleaner and your fans are faster.  Another important thing to do is switch your ceiling fans on counterclockwise.  In the winter many people run their fans clockwise because it creates an upward draft, redistributing the warm air hovering near the ceiling throughout the room, thus heating your home more efficiently. Most fans have a switch on the base to adjust the rotation.
            Another must for your cleaning agenda is to vacuum the furniture, curtains and pet beds.  Your pet’s bed may be at the bottom of your list but this little bed of fur can hold odors and dander and dust.  Place it in the washer you can even have it dry-cleaned.  Dusting and cleaning your light bulbs also should be on your list.  Clean your light bulb with a wet rag but make sure to avoid wetting the metal screw base.
  Many people know that newspapers are more effective to use than paper towels but did you know that squeegees are the most effective. Use a squeegee with a mild dish soap to clean the inside and outside of your windows.  You will definitely have smudge-free windows.  When cleaning your windows don’t forget to clean your screens with a hose and soap as well.  Spring is the perfect time to update your bed linens. Replace your bedding for a quick makeover. For an easy custom duvet cover, use two flat sheets. Place sheets back to back, and sew around the perimeter, allowing for a 1/2-inch seam; leave an opening at the bottom. To close, sew twill-tape ties or velcro tape to the inside edges

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