Spring has sprung, which means many of you will want to start cleaning your house. This is particularly true if you are planning to put your home on the market – because a bright, clean house will sell more quickly and at a higher value.
But even if you are not planning to sell, spring cleaning is a good idea, because after a winter of being indoors it can feel good to come home to a place that is clean and welcoming. Plus, you’ll probably have more friends over this time of year and you want to impress them.
With that in mind, HomeValue.us.org wants to give you some of our best spring cleaning tips for your home.
Start With The Rugs And Carpets
This is the most important spring cleaning tip of all – not only for the look of your home, but also for your personal health. During the winter, dirt and grime can build up in your rugs and carpets. They can also become the home for germs and bacteria. Worst of all, many insects lay their eggs in your carpets during the winter – and you don’t want an infestation when they hatch.
Don’t just vacuum them. Some of the grossest stuff in your rugs and carpets will be embedded deep down, and hard to get to. Instead, rent a heavy-duty rug shampooer and go at it. It will cost a bit of money and be more effort than a vacuum, but will deliver the results you need.
Move On To Your Floors
If you have wooden floors, odds are they are not looking their best after a winter of being trampled on. They may not only be dirty, but also at risk for scratches. So, they need to be waxed and buffed to clean them up and protect them for another year.
You can easily rent a machine wax and buffer and you should do so, because hand-waxing floors is time consuming chore!
Your non-wooden floors could probably use a touch-up as well. Get some cleaner, and mop them until they shine!
Clean Your Doormats
Your doormats are the first things people see when they come to your home, and winter can be harsh on them. Give them a good shake, and if it won’t damage them, hose them down with soap and water.
Now Do Your Light Fixtures
Getting rid of dust and dirt from your light fixtures has a dramatic effect on how your home looks. You can clean them easily with a sponge soaked in soap and water. You’ll need a stepladder, so make sure you have someone with you to hold the ladder while you clean.
Vacuum Your Air Conditioners
This may sound silly, but it isn’t. Your air conditioner vents will have built up quite a bit of dust over the winter. So if you just turn them on when summer comes, they will literally blow all that dust into your home. All you have to do to avoid this is use the nozzle on your vacuum to suck out the dust from the vents before you turn the AC on.
Wash Your Walls
We tend not to notice the build-up of dirt, dust and grime on our walls, but it’s there. And when you clean them you’ll really notice a difference. A sponge mop makes it easy to clean your walls from top to bottom. Mild soap and water should be all you need to get the job done. Once you are done, you should use a towel to dry them.
Get Some New Plants
Plants make your home look fresh and alive. They will not only make you feel better, but if you are trying to sell they will make your home look more attractive. So, head down to your local garden center and get some new plants – and if any of your old plants have wilted during the winter, it’s time to get rid of them!