The snow is gone and it’s time to do some spring cleaning, here is a list of items to clean and things to do during your spring cleaning session!
Wipe down walls and ceilings
This is a big one, especially for kitchens! Break out the degreaser and clean the walls near the stove and sink to remove excess grease build up. Ceilings looking a little dusty?Take your broom and give all your ceilings a good sweep.
Rugs and Carpets looking a little grimy from dirty snow shoes?
Now is the time to vacuum heavily and shampoo all your carpets and rugs. Most local grocery stores offer rentals for carpet shampooing but there are a number of companies that will do this for you as well. Keep an eye out for seasonal, Groupon and Livingsocial deals in your area.
Don’t forget about your fabric furniture either!
Fabric furniture can often be cleaned my the companies that do your carpets and rugs so see if they have a special deal for both! If you’d prefer to do this yourself take cushions outside and beat them with a broom handle to shake loose dirt and dust. IF you vacuum has a hose attachment run that all over furniture and cushions that have been collecting dirt and dust all winter long.
Door handles and hardware looking scumy?
Polish them! Depending on the material, you may need a certain type of polish but scour your local store to see what works best for you to vanish that tarnish! Don’t forget about all of the cabinet hardware in the kitchen, bathrooms and any built in’s you might have. Door knobs and hinges can also use a good polishing now and again. You can also wax or polish all wooden surfaces as well. Old English and Murphy’s Oil are great for wood surfaces that need a little love in the Spring.
Window treatments looking a little neglected?
Take them down and give them a good wash or take them to get drycleaned. Dusting does little to clean fabric window treatments so we sure to give them a bath once in awhile to keep your home allergen free. Make sure to wipe down blinds and window sills while the treatments are removed as well.
Winter clothes and decorations be gone.
Make sure to trade out those winter clothes for spring clothes and pack away all heavy curtains, rugs and throws so that they can be replaced with lighter ones. This is also a great time to donate items that no longer fit or are getting old and worn.
Sort thru items in the attic and basement to look for items to donate and to better organize with event, holiday, etc. Use concrete blocks to keep storage boxes off the ground. Place your washer and dryer on elevated pedestals to prevent electrical shock in preparation for any potential flooding.
Sweep up cobwebs and debris with a broom, and wash exterior walls with a solution of all-purpose cleaner and water using a sponge. Treat mildew spots with a solution of 1 part oxygen bleach to 3 parts water using a deck brush. Most materials, including aluminum, plastic, wood, and wicker, can handle a solution of mild dishwashing liquid and water and a soft-bristle brush.
Wash all outside covers, and check for damaged wires and connections on outside fixtures.
Lastly, make sure fire and CO2 alarms have fresh batteries and test them to make sure they are functioning as they should.
In the spring, homeowners should survey the damage that harsh winter conditions have rendered. Your shingles, gutters and flashing all need to be checked for damage once the spring thaw has occurred. A roofing contractor can be hired for an inspection but it is also something you can do yourself. Here’s a DIY guide to spring roof maintenance:
1. Survey your shingles carefully: This involves getting up on a ladder and actually scanning your shingles. You should look for shingles that are missing, peeling, or losing their grain. Sun exposure can cause asphalt shingles to become brittle and to crack. If you notice peeling, missing or grainless shingles, replace or repair them.
2. Clean moss and mold from your roof’s shingles: If you notice moss or mold growing on or in between your shingles, remove it. Do not power wash moss or mold off of your shingles. Power washing can remove the protective top layer from your shingles. Buy a roof moss remover solution and spray your roof with it, and then remove the moss with a long-handled broom.
3. Tighten metal roof bolts: If you have a metal roof, tighten the bolts of the metal roof in the spring. This is great preparation for summer and autumn storm seasons.
4. Clean your gutters and downspouts: Gutter cleaning is an annoying job, but you can definitely do it yourself. Get out your ladder and a garden trowel. Scoop all of the leaves and debris out of your gutter, and be sure to clean out the entrance and exit of the downspout. Secure your gutter if it is loose.
5. Repair chimney and skylight flashing: Flashing is the metal strips that seal the juncture between your chimney or skylight and your roof. Strong winds and snow can cause the flashing to come loose. Tack down the flashing in order to prevent leaks from summer and spring rain storms.
6. Clean out soffits and fascias: Small animals love to nest in soffit and fascia vents. Their warmth is an attractive option for cold animals during the winter months. Inspect and clean soffits and fascias to prevent unwanted pests from nesting there. As with any DIY roof maintenance work, be mindful of safety. If your roof is in serious disrepair or is simply too high or steep for you to maintain yourself, call a professional roofer.