Spring cleaning tips

If you’re unsure how to keep your carpets immaculate, worry not, as we’re here to guide you. Read on to discover the steps to take during the cleaning process.

Porous stone such as granite, marble and limestone (as shown above) to name a few should be sealed immediately after installation or when water no longer beads up on the surface.  To prevent staining wipe up spills immediately and have the surface professionally cleaned and sealed annually to remove unwanted stains and make kitchen surfaces sanitary. 

#5 Kitchen Cabinets

This means the outside and inside. Pull out all of your fridge’s interior shelving and wash them with warm soapy water. Then wipe down the surfaces that can’t be removed on the inside with a sponge before putting shelves back in their place.

#7 The Washing Machine

It doesn’t make sense to wash your clothes in a musty machine.  Disinfect it with distilled white vinegar and baking soda to keep it fresh and high-functioning.  Run the machine with hot water, then add the cleaning agents, and let it sit for 30 to 60 minutes. Afterwards, restart your machine, let the water drain, and wipe it dry.

#8 The Oven

Oven cleaning is a time-intensive task, but a small amount of bicarbonate of soda can go a long way. Add bicarbonate of soda to water in a spray bottle and you’ve got your own handy oven-cleaning solution. You just need to spray the solution on the interior surfaces of your oven, avoiding the heating elements. Leave overnight and wipe clean the next day. If any soda remains, spray with vinegar to remove it.

#9 Upholstery & Leather

Family room furniture especially takes a beating from pets, kids and yes even us adults.  A thorough vacuuming should be done quarterly with a professional cleaning and fabric protection (to protect against stains) on an annual basis for busier households or up to three years to remove dust and soiling, which can cause pesky allergies.

#10 Area & Oriental Rugs

Just like carpet and furniture area rugs are a trap for pet hair, soil and dead human skin and should be cleaned once a year if they are in the kitchen, family room or hall.  Rugs that are seldom used can be cleaned less frequently such as every two to three years.  Vacuuming rugs from side to side (avoiding the fringe on the ends with the vacuum) weekly to remove dust and standard soiling.  

#11 The Microwave

Dirt and food grease can easily build up in your microwave it’s one of those appliances that you use so often that you take for granted. Using a combination of vinegar and water, you can create a solution that will help you tackle those stubborn stains. Heat a measuring jug with a fifty-fifty solution for ten minutes in your microwave, until it steams up. Remove the jug and then use a cloth to wipe away the moisture and dirt.

 #12 Tile, Grout & Stone Showers

Showers take a beating as they collect mineral deposits, soap scum, mildew and bacteria if not properly maintained.  Spring is the perfect time to have it professionally cleaned, the caulk replaced and stone and/or grout sealed.  The longer you put off the process the more costly and intensive the restoration will be.