It is that time of year again…time for spring cleaning! The warmer weather has arrived and as you look around your homes, you’ll see things that can be cleaned and better organized. As certified cleaning professionals, ServiceMaster has put together it its Top 10 Tips on where to start and what to make sure you clean to keep your home disaster free and sparkling throughout the season:
1. Formulate a Plan
Start by writing down what needs to be cleaned. Come up with a plan to make sure you reach all of those areas, to ensure you have the proper supplies and research and to set a budget for things that may need to be professionally cleaned.
2. Use Proper Cleaning Solution
It is important to select the proper cleaning chemicals, equipment, tools and materials to maintain your home. Using the wrong tools and solutions can damage the surfaces you are working on.
3. Declutter Your Gutters
Clean out and repair your gutters after any damage or clogging from winter weather. The spring can bring heavy rain and if your roof’s drainage system is not working correctly, you could easily have water damage to your home.
4. Take Care of Your Floors and Upholstery
Spring cleaning is the perfect time to move furniture to clean your floors. If your floors and upholstery look like they could use some extra attention, consider getting them professionally cleaned!
5. Maintain Your Dryer
It is estimated that 2,900 fires started by dryers occur each year! If you are doing extra laundry during your spring cleaning, be sure to frequently clean out the lint trap. If you notice the drying time it taking longer, the interior and venting system may need to be cleaned by a service professional.
6. Wash Your Windows
One of the easiest ways to get your home sparkling is to wash your windows. The best way to avoid streaks is to clean them on a cloudy day. Dry outside windows in one direction, then inside windows in the other direction so that if you see a streak, you will know which side is the mistake! Remember to clean the blinds and window sills as well.
7. Don’t Forget about the Air Ducts
Frequently changing the air filters can reduce the dust and dirt that travels through your home. You should make sure to check the level of dirt that is accumulating on the surface of the filter so you know how often you should be changing it.
8. Keep an Eye Out for Trouble Spots
When cleaning and moving things around, if evidence of mold, plumbing leaks and stagnate water turn up, it could be signs of a bigger problem. Be sure to get those problems looked at right away to avoid additional damage to your home or health.
9. Take the Time to Do a Safety Inspection
Check and make sure your home is safe in case of disaster! Replace batteries in your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors and if you don’t own a fire extinguisher, purchase one.
10. Know When to Call a Professional
Your home is one of your biggest investments and keeping it clean is one of the best ways you can take care of it. If you’re not sure how to clean something, not sure what products to use or if you uncover a potential problem, call a professional like ServiceMaster to help give you the clean you expect and the service you deserve!