While Daylight Saving Time may temporarily disrupt our sleep, we can rejoice in knowing we have longer days of daylight. After the long, dark, winter months, spring is literally a breath of fresh air. And as the days get longer, the nights get shorter and it starts to feel warmer, we know spring is just around the corner.
In spring, everything seems to be waking up, so does your cleaning spirit! With the sun shining, the fresh air flowing in, and your motivation coming alive, cleaning and routine maintenance of your cherished home become a pleasure after being closed up for months.
Make a spring cleaning/maintenance list and see how good you feel as you cross each item off after it’s completed. If you’re overwhelmed as to where to start, here are some suggestions:
Inside-Clean and Maintenance
Clean Windows and Doors: Wash your windows inside and out; take down storm windows if you have them, and wash and install window screens.
Deep-clean carpets and rugs: Professional carpet cleaning extends the life of the carpeting and contributes to better air quality, reducing allergies and illness.
Clean out your closets: This includes the medicine cabinet, clothes closet, and pantry. Check expiration dates and throw away anything that has expired. Get rid of stuff you haven’t worn in years; toss out items that are broken or doesn’t work anymore.
Air Conditioner: In addition to changing the air filter, spring is the perfect time to have your air conditioner serviced. Have a licensed heating and cooling technician inspect and clean the blower and motor, check the coolant, and test the switches.
Ceiling Fans: During spring and summer, ceiling fans should rotate counterclockwise when looking up at the fan. To change the direction of your ceiling fan, turn the fan off and then flip the switch on the fan housing. On many fans, the “down” position on the switch indicates downward air flow.
Fireplace Damper: After the last fire of the season, don’t forget to close your fireplace damper to keep drafts, rain, animals, and insects out of your home.
Plumbing: Over time small leaks can add up to thousands of gallons of water wasted. After the last winter freeze, it’s a good idea to check your water meter for plumbing leaks. If the flow indicator on the water meter is turning when water isn’t running in the house, you’ve got a leak. The main problems are usually toilets, outdoor faucets, irrigation systems, and pipes on exterior walls that may have been damaged in a freeze.
Outside – Clean and Maintenance
Deck: If your wood deck looks like it had a hard winter, it is a good time to clean and refinish it. Clean with a commercial deck cleaner then pressure wash or scrub to remove dirt and mildew. Repair any rotten boards. Sand rough boards to prevent splinters, then apply deck sealer or deck stain
Outdoor Furniture: Scrub away any mildew and grime, allow to dry, and apply a coat of car wax to hard surfaces. Clean cushions by washing removable covers or scrubbing upholstery.
Clean Garage – Toss unusable items, recycle what you can and donate or sell usable items you no longer need. Seal and paint the garage floor. Hang storage shelves and hooks to store items and keep everything organized.