6 Essential DIY Home Cleaning Tips for a Fresh Start this Spring
For some, the annual spring clean can seem overwhelming. Things have piled up over the months and you worry it will never get done. But fear not. Spring cleaning is one of the most satisfying rituals you can practice. And with these 6 easy tips, you can speed up the process and get out and start enjoying the beauty of the season that much sooner.
Wash Windows When It’s Cloudy
When the sun comes bursting back to life this spring you want your windows to be clear and ready to welcome the warm sunlight inside.
When temperatures rise and the sun shines bright, your window cleaner can start evaporating before you get a chance to squeegee it away, leaving ugly streaks. Wait for cloud cover to ensure a streak-free shine.
Banish Pet Hair
We love our pets, but many breeds of the most common household companions are notorious shedders. Spring is particularly the worst time for pet hair when Fido starts shedding that thick winter undercoat.
Remove pet hair from rugs, upholstery and more with the simple trick of a rubber glove. Slightly dampened dishwashing gloves are surprisingly excellent collectors of pet hair. The hairs stick to the rubbery surface like magic.
Enlist Help From Your Dishwasher
Not everything around the house needs to be washed by hand.
You can lighten your load this spring by using the efficient cleaning power of your dishwasher to wash a wide variety of everyday household items. Examples include the glass globes of light fixtures, plastic children’s toys and toothbrush holders. Just be sure to secure fragile items.
Freshen Up the Kitchen
Get ready for a fresh harvest of springtime fruits and vegetables this spring by cleaning and organizing your kitchen.
If you own a new Winchester Home then you’re in good hands. Our open concept kitchens with granite counters and stainless steel appliances provide vast storage space, and our modern surfaces and finishes make cleaning a breeze.
Key areas to focus on include cleaning out and sanitizing your fridge, organizing your pantry, shining up stainless steel appliances and de-greasing the cabinets around your range.
Clean Out Closets
Just imagine. It’s an early April morning and you go to your closet to grab a rain jacket before heading to work. You open the door and a bundle of winter scarves and hats comes toppling down on you. You breathlessly extract yourself from the woolen, tangled mass and continue your search to no avail. You had bought that lime green nylon jacket because it was so visible out in the elements, but here, in the comfort of your home, it’s hidden beneath whole seasons of overcoats, suit jackets and sweatshirts.
A closet clean-out is essential to stay organized, especially for those times when you’re rushing out the door. Small, cramped closets make it particularly important to stay on top of.
On the other hand, walk-in closets make it immensely easier to keep organized and set a particular space for every item. Spacious walk-in closets are, by-and-large, expected features from new home shoppers today and you’re sure to find them in any new Winchester Home.
Get Ready to Enjoy the Sun
You’ve made it. Spring cleaning has been a success and the interior of your home is all ready for the new season of springtime possibilities. Now with warm weather almost here, the last thing to do is to get your outdoor furniture ready for months of outdoor dinner parties and time spent soaking up the sun.
To do this, simply fill a bucket with warm water and add a squirt of dishwashing detergent. Wipe down tables and chairs with a scrub brush or sponge. Then apply a quick rinse from the garden hose and let it dry off in the sun. Now it’s time to play.
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- Look for the COME ON IN! sign on a participating home.
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