Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Spring Cleaning Bug

With the weather warm, the bird's singing, and the trees spreading their pollen everywhere, some people have been bit by the spring cleaning bug! This bug can make you crazy with the urge to clean, dust, polish, declutter, dejunk, and find things in hidden corners of your house that you had forgotten existed. While this bug's bite sounds a little scary at first, to many it is a blessing in disguise. How else can we find the time and motivation with our jobs, family, and other obligations to get our homes spotless every once in awhile?

There are so many places to clean, it is hard to know where to start. If you are going to be dusting, we recommend starting at the top and working your way down, otherwise dust from above will settle on the freshly dusted things below. And when dusting, cleaning out couches, and doing other things that will cause a stirring of age old dirt, you will want to hold off on breaking out the Dirt Devil until last. Trust us on this one. You only want to have to vacuum once.

And of course, most drapes, curtains, etc. get washed in the spring. There are many ways to wash them, if they are fragile you will want to wash them by hand. Dry clean only? Well there's only one option for those. You also will want to be careful with the ones that are machine washable, you don't want them to fade too much in the wash. Unless they are white, then you want as much color gone from them as possible. We recommend Mrs. Stewart's Liquid Bluing for washing white linens.

And while you are dusting, vacuuming, laundering, mopping, etc. the inside of your home, don't forget about washing off siding, decks, sidewalks, and other exterior surfaces. This will help remove any of the left behind gunk from winter (anyone use salt this year? We definitely did!) Sprayers are great for cleaning things outdoors. And we have a variety of pump sprayers that would work!

We wish you luck on your spring cleaning adventures!

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