Let’s face it; of everything on your to-do list, spring cleaning probably isn’t the most exciting. But with warmer temperatures and a new year ahead of you, spring is a great opportunity to clean up, organize and refresh your home. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your spring cleaning project:
- Windows – Wash your windows on a cloudy day. A sunny day will dry up your cleaning solution too quickly and cause streaks. Also try using microfiber cloths or a squeegee and chemical-free cleaning products. Chemical-based cleaners may attract dust. Click here to learn how to make your windows cleaner.
- Wood – Cleaning hardwood floors or wood fixtures depends on the surface. Use an oil-soap wood cleaner, wax, or polish, on wood surfaces to keep them clean and looking new. Damp mop your hardwood floors to get rid of grime and dirt that has built up over time. Be sure to wipe up excess liquid so it doesn’t damage your floors.
- Other Surfaces – Your spring cleaning project should include surfaces you might not think about every day. Scrub your walls, baseboards, and door frames with a sponge, warm water, and dish soap.
- Power washing – Power washing your house’s exterior will improve its curb appeal and help prevent mold and mildew. Wear appropriate protective gear and stay clear of other people and animals. For more tips on power washing, click here.
- Paint – Updating your house’s paint job can prolong the life of your siding and update the look of your home. Re-painting your house is just one of many ways to improve your home’s value.
- Gutters – A clogged gutter can cause thousands of dollars worth of water damage to your house. Use a small shovel to scoop leaves and dirt out of your gutter, and rinse them out with a hose. Investing in a gutter cover is another way to prevent clogged gutters. Click here for more gutter cleaning tips.
- Donate it – Take a day to go through your home and put aside unwanted gently used clothing, toys, and household items to donate. Keep an itemized list for tax purposes. Be sure to check out the donation guidelines for the charity or charities you’re donating to.
- Trash it – Unwanted items that are broken, damaged, or stained should be discarded, not donated.
- Organize it – Maybe you have household items you want to keep, but find them taking up a lot of space. Spend some time re-organizing so you can easily access items when you need them. Check out some of these innovative storage tips to see how you can get organized without spending a lot of money.
Spring cleaning might seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Take on one project at a time, and recruit friends or family members to help you out. If you’re thinking about including home renovations in your spring cleaning project, talk to one of our experienced Loan Originators today about a home improvement loan.