ULTIMATE SPRING CLEANING GUIDE – Interior Cleaning
— Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
— Perform all required safety checks.
— If you don’t own a fire extinguisher, purchase one. Learn how to use it, and keep it in the kitchen.
Be sure to pick a cloudy day to wash windows. “If it’s too sunny, the cleaning solution will dry too fast and you’ll have streaks,” says Donna Smallin, author of Cleaning Plain & Simple (Storey Publishing, 2005). I like to use this solution, 1/2 cup of sudsy ammonia (which is a specific type of ammonia), 1 pint of rubbing alcohol, 1 teaspoon of dish washing liquid, and 1 gallon of water. Then I spray Zep Non-Streaking Window Cleaner, I LOVE this stuff, works great on home & auto, windows and mirrors.
Sliding Door Tracks
Sliding glass door tracks probably aren’t the first spots you’d think to clean, but you’ll appreciate having done it before the outdoor entertaining season gets into full swing. I usually take a broom to loosen up the dirt/debris and then a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to scrub the frame with. We have two large dogs so hair is always an issue in small places.
You may overlook these surfaces on a daily basis, but once a year, give your baseboards, door frames, and walls a good scrub-down. Wash them with a sponge and a squirt of dish washing liquid mixed in a bucket of warm water.
Dust Light Fixtures
Use a microfiber or lint-free cloth to dust fixtures and bulbs you can reach. For ceiling fans, skip the ladder and use an extendable duster. To clean grimy bulbs, lightly dampen your cloth with vinegar. Caution: Be sure bulbs are cool to the touch and your hands are dry.
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