Spring has officially sprung, giving way to longer days but plenty of spring cleaning. If you’re short on time or motivation, resolve to tackle the chores with the biggest impact. Whether buying, selling or staying a while, here are five projects to make your home stand out this spring.
1. Wash windows, both inside and out
You can’t enjoy the spring sunshine without sparkling, clean windows. Remove dust and lint from the area and mix a solution of white vinegar and hot water. Dip a sponge in the solution and wet the windows, following with vertical squeegee strokes. Finish by wiping sills with all-purpose cleaner and water.
2. Maintain gutters and downspouts
Give your home a warm weather facelift by tending to the gutter, preventing both rot and water damage. Begin by removing any debris that has gathered during the winter months. Then, run a hose through each gutter and check for leaks. Thoroughly rinse the gutter and downspouts, removing any clogs along the way.
3. Clean kitchen appliances
As kitchen appliance are used often, they can accumulate a lot of gunk. Thoroughly clean inside, outside and underneath.
- Fridge: Throw out expired items and reorganize those that remain. Scrub the interior as well as any shelves and drawers.
- Dishwasher: Empty the dishwasher and wipe down the inside. Then, place a dishwasher-safe cup full of vinegar on the top rack. Run the dishwasher on the hottest setting to give it a good rinse.
- Microwave: Heat an uncovered, microwave-safe bowl of water until boiling. Wipe the microwave’s interior with a sponge, removing loosened food residue.
- Stove: Wet the stovetop with cleaner and let sit. Use a scraper to loosen debris and wipe the surface clean.
- Oven: Heat to 225 degrees, then let a pan of water sit for at least 15 minutes. Turn off the oven and let cool. Add dishwashing soap and wet a sponge, scrubbing any interior stains that remain.
4. Dust elevated fixtures
Don’t forget to clean above eye level. Dust in and around smoke detectors, as debris can make them faulty. While you’re at it, dust in corners, on top of lamp shades and light fixtures and over ceiling fan blades. You can slide a pillowcase over each fan blade, pressing lightly to wipe both sides at once. Then, simply shake outside and throw in the wash.
5. Deep clean carpets and rugs
Even if you vacuum frequently, dust and discoloration can tarnish carpets and rugs. To keep clean, rent a machine, hire a professional or invest in a powdered or foam carpet cleaner. Treat stains with water and liquid dish soap as needed to ensure your home is sparkling from the ground up.