5 Essential Spring Cleaning Chores

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chris

Subject: clothes closets

For no storage fee, my dry cleaner receives my winter wardrobe each spring. Right before I pick it up in the fall, they dry clean it all. This frees up closet space over the summer and I have no worries about moths.

Marsie Sweetland

Subject: Dust Cleaning Method

I know this is going to sound crazy, but roughly every 10 weeks or so, I take our yard leaf blower and blow the whole house. (we have a moderately powered black and decker battery powered unity.) It's a great way to dislodge dust from fans, ceilings, books and surfaces under furniture that's hard to move. It's always astonishing to me how much dust I kick up by doing this. I coordinate this stunt on the day our cleaning lady comes, so she then sweeps up everything that's now all over the floors : )

Debbie

Subject: clothes closets

Dust is going to happen, so covering the clothes is key. To prevent white shirts and blouses from yellowing over time, paint the closet ceilings light blue. It works.

Tara Coppola

Subject: Stove Fan??

Any ideas for cleaning the metal grate stove fan? Those get FILTHY & dusty from cooking, but their texture is hard to wipe. I just got a new stove hanger last year and it's built up a lot already!
Thanks,
Tara

Nirsh

Subject: Stove fan grate

These usually slide out and can be washed in the dishwasher. You need really hot water plus soap to remove the grease that builds up.

Donna

Subject: Window Washing

What is the best way to wash the windows, inside and out? Especially the sills.

Thanks

Anne

Subject: Window cleaning

Wash the windows with Dawn dishwashing liquid in a gallon of water then vac off with one of the window vacs. My daughter introduced me to this and I can clean windows and mirrors in no time.

bert

Subject: blinds

Flat surfaces are easy peasy. My bane are slat blinds. I have never found an easy way of cleaning them except slat-by-slat -- painfully slow. The small ones I can take down and clean in the bathtub. The big ones, no way. Help!!

Pamela Smith

Subject: Cleaning blinds

I take mine to the shower or outside and hang. spray with Greased Lightning and the dirt will fall off. Rinse and your good to go. No scrubbing needed.

Carol

Subject: blinds

Take them down and outside to your driveway. Place on an old shower curtain and use the hose and scrub brush on them.

Gigi

Subject: Quick scoop-ups

Save the cardboard rolls that held toilet tissue, leaving a few squares left on the roll. These make super scoop-ups of just about anything on smooth surfaces; think glass shards, crumbs, bits of hair. . .whatever. This usually works better if you very lightly spray the paper before use. When you've finished, fold over the bits you picked up with the remaining paper squares and toss. Voila! Tidy surface with little effort.

Jessica

Subject: Remove old grease build up

You can use baking soda and water in a form of a paste..the original dawn dish washing detergent or Green Palmolive, I heard works great as well...also vinegar and water mix may help but I'd try the first ones first... (perform a patch test to make sure it's safe to use though and same goes to the next natural remedy ammonia use gloves be careful not to enhale it.
Good luck!

kim

Subject: kitchen cabs

Have you tried a vinegar water combo or maybe something with some lemon in it, I would look up some home remedy cleaners.

Rosemarie DeLuca

Subject: Cleaning Hint

With some tile stains, try Bar Keepers Friend and lemon juice. It worked wonders on my bathroom tile behind the commode.

Diana

Subject: cleaning tops of cabinets

After cleaning tops of cabinets line the tops with paper towels. You will be amazed how much dust and grease accumulates. Next cleaning will be so much easier!

joan kinsler

Subject: tops of cabinets

Once the top of the cabinet is clean, place a layer or 2 of fresh newspaper down; easy removal when you want to clean again, and no more scrubbing needed-just replace the newspaper

Carolyn

Subject: tops of regrigerator

My sister-in-law shared a great tip for the top of the refrigerator as well. Most of us are too small to reach the entire top of the refrigerator. Put an old towel on top of the refrigerator to catch the dust and grime; you are then able to take the towel down once a month and toss it into the laundry for cleaning. I have been doing this for years and it works wonders.

Kathie Cameron

Subject: Behind the Refrigerator Cleaning

Don't forget to clean the refrigerator coils behind or under there when you have the 'frig moved out to clean behind and underneath. The dust that accumulates around the cooling coils (where the little fan cools the freon) act as a cozy sweater necessitating your refrigerator's motor running a lot longer when it needs a cleaning. There are nice skinny long brushes available at the hardware store that are just the thing to use for this task. With the vacuum going at the same time, you will be done in 10 minutes or less. The power bill is favorably affected, and the longevity of your 'frig is affected in your favor as well! I once moved into a place that was obviously not cleaned under the 'frig for a really long time, and there were five fully desiccated adult mouse skeletons there. No wonder they had several air fresheners plugged in here and there! Whew!

Sandra S. Kaplan

Subject: clutter

Clutter is the biggest impediment to deep cleaning. Moving heavy appliances is not something I would be able to do on my own. And at my age, climbing a ladder is simply unthinkable. But thanks for the great suggestions.

Buddy

Subject: moving heavy appliances

A repairman gave me a great suggestion for moving heavy appliances on hard surfaces. Spray the area in front of the appliance with window cleaner, spraying around the feet as much as possible to get some spray to run under the feet. Then just slide over the wet floor. Works great and then spray the original spot the appliance sat to make it even easier to push back in place. The window cleaner underneath dries quickly and just wipe up the floor in front of the appliance. I easily moved a stack unit large capacity washer and dryer this way that I could barely budge before the window cleaner.

Jerry

Subject: Spring Cleaning

I learned some helpful cleaning tips from my Grandmother.

She kept two dust mops. One was colored and used to go over the hardwood floors. The other was white and was used to 'dust' the walls and ceilings. She did this routinely. It makes your annual cleaning much easier since there is not a year long build up.

The second is a 'mop' tip also. I keep a small old fashioned mop for cleaning my baseboards. After I am through vacuuming, I make a little cleaning water up of dish soap and a dash of bleach (just a little so you do not bleach the carpets) and I mop my baseboards. So much easier than crawling around on the floor scrubbing. Also, you can reach behind furniture and into hard to reach areas.

Happy Spring!

Liz Courey

Subject: Clothes Closets

If your seasonal clothing is boxed up and/or placed in garment bags. only the bags and boxes need dusting. If they are left hanging in the closet the clothing collects dusts, particularly on the shoulders. Depending on the fabric, this is really a task getting them cleaned for the incoming season.

Brenda

Subject: Clothes Closets

I keep the clear dry cleaner bags over all my clothes. That way, I can see the item and keep the dust off. Or, you can use a plastic drop cloth, cut for the length of the closet and only along the tops of the clothes. They can be held up by tying onto rod in closet. I change it out yearly with new ones. If clothes do get a bit dusty, I use a sticky roll to quickly clean off shoulders and collars. Hope this helps!

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If the ducts are venting through a window I'm assuming the duct work is all easily accessible.  Lowe's and Home Depot sell a cleaning kit that uses an electric drill to spin the brush as it goes through the ductwork.  I've found it to work quite well and you can do it yourself.  It may take a few passes the first time to get everything out if it has been a while since it was last cleaned.  Just make sure you get all of the loose lint out after running the brush through from both ends and you're good to go.  Please note that if the line is not hard but rather a flex duct line you can easily puncture a whole in it with this kit and will do better to clean it by hand.

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We have a 3800 Sq ft home in Canton, GA and pay $100 for one visit a month for one woman to come clean it. It is a new home so not terribly dirty yet and I give her all the supplies.
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Hair spray is one of those things that is really bothersome.  We've run into this alot unfortunately.  And NOTHING we've found will actually clean it off.  The problem is that if you just paint over it, you still see shiny spots wherever the hairspray was.

Our companie's policy is to prime the area with any bonding primer.  This will seal the hairspray in and not let it affect the next coat of paint.  It would also be a good idea to lightly sand the area first.

Our recommendation for primer would be Zinsser's BIN Spray (red can) and can be bought at most paint stores or home improvement stores.  Other than that, any thing that specifically says "bonding" for a primer should be adequate enough. 
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