Spring CleaningInside & Out


Spring has sprung! It’s time for homeowners to come out of hibernation after a bitter cold and snowy winter, open the windows, let the fresh breeze in and get ready to do some spring cleaning. Here are some tips to make this daunting task a little easier and help your house lose its winter blues.
Improve Your View

Pick a cloudy day to wash windows. If it’s sunny, the cleaning solution will dry too fast and it will streak. To make a good window-washing solution, combine one half-cup of sudsy ammonia with one pint of rubbing alcohol, one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid and one gallon of water.

Get Scrubbing

Grab a sponge and give your baseboards, door frames and walls a good scrub-down. A squirt of dishwashing liquid mixed in a bucket of warm water will do the trick.

Clean the Carpet

Nothing says “clean” like fresh, spot-free carpet. You can hire a professional, rent a deep-cleaner or buy a professional-style model designed for home use and go the DIY route.

Move It

It’s something most of us think about when it comes to spring cleaning – moving furniture and rolling up the area rugs, then vacuuming and cleaning the floors. Getting behind those kitchen appliances should also be on your list.
Bust the Dust

With a microfiber or lint-free cloth, clean light fixtures and bulbs. To clean grimy bulbs, lightly dampen a cloth with vinegar (make sure bulbs are cool to the touch and your hands are dry.) Use an extendable duster for ceiling fans and other hard to reach places.

Get Organized

Before you start cleaning each room, eliminate the clutter. Designate boxes or containers to hold garage sale items and items to be donated, and have trash bags ready for things to toss.


Closet Evaluation

It’s time for that much anticipated wardrobe transition. Put away gloves, boots and winter gear so you’ll have plenty of space for spring jackets and clothing. Do an honest evaluation: if it’s something that you no longer wear or no longer fits, donate it or give it away. A consignment shop is another option for some items.

Safety First

Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. If you don’t own a fire extinguisher, purchase one. Learn how to use it, and find an accessible spot for it in your kitchen.


Power Up

Power-washing your home’s exterior and windows will not only make it look sharp, it also will prevent the growth of mold and mildew. If you’re unsure whether your home can handle the force of a pressure-washer, hire a professional to do the work.

Winter to Spring

Put away the shovel, salt, ice scrapers and other winter gear and get the rakes and garden tools ready for action. It’s a good idea to service the snow-blower before storing it for spring.

Outdoor Life

The key to keeping your outdoor furniture in pristine condition is regular cleaning. Scrub and repair any deck, porch or patio furniture. The next step is to sit back and enjoy springtime in Michigan!


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