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Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring has sprung, and for many of us that means giving the whole house an extra good cleaning. Here are 10 special projects that go beyond routine dusting, mopping and vacuuming.

  1. Power Washing. Now that the weather has turned pleasant, get ready for outdoor entertaining by power washing your decks, patios, walkways and other hardscapes. Roofs and siding can be power washed too. It pays to hire a licensed company specializing in this sort of work to be sure you don’t damage your property with too strong a spray.
  1. Clean Ducts. You’d be surprised at the gunk that can build up in your ductwork over time, decreasing your indoor air quality. Hire a licensed duct cleaning company for this work. This is not a DIY project as specialty equipment is required.
  1. De-Fuzz the Dryer Vent. Built-up lint in your dryer vent pipe is a fire hazard, so clean it out at least once a year. The same companies that clean duct work can help here too.
  1. Let the Sunshine In. Once the spring rains let up, get those windows cleaned so your home can be bright and cheery all summer.
  1. Don’t Forget the Floors. Carpets collect all sorts of dirt and allergens that even the best vacuums won’t get. A professional cleaning at least once a year is a must. Light colored tile grout should be cleaned as well (you can do it yourself, but it is very labor intensive, and the pros are reasonably priced.)
  1. Clear Out Gutters and Downspouts. If water builds up and overflows, you can end up with roof and/or interior drywall damage.
  1. Check and Tune Up the A/C.  Don’t be caught on the first hot day with an air conditioner that won’t work. Hire a licensed HVAC company to check your system and make sure it is clean and operational.
  1. Make Your Beds. Flower beds, that is. Get those weeds outta there! Then use a sharp edged tool like a spade or hoe to define the beds’ edges. Next, put in some bright flowers. Finally, lay down a layer of brown mulch to hold in moisture and inhibit weed growth (style experts say to stay away from the red stuff.)
  1. Tune up the Chimney. What?! Yes. You heard right. Chimney experts experience a work slow-down in the spring so they will be easier to schedule with and may offer discounts. An inspection and cleaning won’t set you back much and will ensure you’re ready when cooler fall temps arrive.
  1. Closets, Cabinets, and Drawers (Oh My!). These are most homes’ trouble spots. Clean out one or two per weekend and, by fall, you’ll be all organized. An easy system is to empty the space, separate everything into “Keep”, “Toss” and “Donate” piles, then be sure only the “Keep” items go back in. If you have trouble in this area, hire a professional organizer to help. They can spend an hour giving you a basic plan or dig in there and do it all with you – – whatever your needs and budget allow.

Wise homeowners keep their largest asset spic and span. Now, go forth and sparkle!

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