There is always a rush of aliveness, expectation and extra energy that occurs when springtime finally arrives. The curtains are drawn back and the windows are thrown open to allow sunshine and warm breezes to flood the home.
However, once you awake from the serene sense of wonder that accompanies a new cycle of life, you look around and decide that more than stale air needs to be eliminated. At this point, you roll up your sleeves and try to decide on where is the best place to begin spring cleaning.
Of course, the usual washing, wiping and vacuuming are in order. However, here are some helpful spring cleaning tips to help you tackle areas that you may not consider. Once you’re finished, you can kick back and relax knowing that your home has been thoroughly prepared.
If you have a fireplace, spring is a good time to have it professionally cleaned. The reason is that soot can break away and cascade down the chimney, depositing a layer of dust in your home as well as in your lungs. If you seal it off good from outside weather and varmints then it will be fresh and ready to fire up come the chills of fall.
Don’t just do a superficial dusting, but do a thorough job so that all that winter buildup is eliminated. Don’t forget to clean vents and air ducts where dust can accumulate and then blast into the house when summer systems are started. This is also a good time to clean the filters in your heaters and air conditioners.
Inspect areas which are subject to moisture and eliminate any mold and mildew which may have built up over the winter. The spores from these types of fungi can easy waft along spring breezes throughout the home and cause allergies and irritations. Especially pay attention to laundry rooms, bathrooms and kitchens where water is regularly used and clean with non-toxic cleaning products.
Spring is one of the best times to replace batteries throughout the home. Place fresh batteries in all your flashlights so they are operational during electrical storm blackouts and make sure your home smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors have them too. Spring and summer can be very busy so being prepared beforehand is a plus!
Those with children and who own any outside play equipment should check it for damage that can occur from winter freezing and snow accumulation as well as weak, loose and rusty parts caused by expansion and contraction. The beginning of spring is a good time to sand down rough, splintered wood areas or metal burs, saw off protruding bolts and nails, and repaint before the kids invade.
Now that you’ve got everything tidied up and in its place it’s time to plan that fun summer vacation!