There’s nothing like spring for cleaning your home. With the spring weather improving and winter making a mark on the exterior of your home, it’s likely that you’ll get in a cleaning mood. These small home projects will make for a big difference.
When it comes to cleaning, we are no strangers. Finish your home with a pristine sparkle by following these 16 tips. Welcome to your 2021 spring home maintenance checklist.
Step one of your spring maintenance checklist: clean your gutters and downspouts. Through winter storms, your gutters will likely fill up with debris and dust. With leaves falling in the autumn, dead leaves will find their way into your gutter system. This can create annoying blockages and overflowing gutters. Over time, if your gutters aren’t cleaned, you may be forced to repair them. This can be costly and time-consuming.
Whether you clean your gutters and downspouts alone or get a professional company to do it, you’ll be grateful. Though this job is time consuming, it makes a big impact on the exterior of your home. Protect foliage and surrounding landscaping by not having overflow. Home maintenance is the key to safety.
Your baseboards will attract dust and dirt over the year. Cleaning them may be a tedious job, but it’ll restore that beautiful finish to the interior of your home.
To clean, get a microfiber cloth and a cleaning solution. Common solutions include a dishsoap and hot water solution or a vinegar and water solution. Lightly scrub the top and the ridges of your baseboards.
This job may take a while, so you can split the floors of your home up into different days.
Say goodbye to fire hazards by thoroughly cleaning your dryer vents. Vents will vegin to accumulate lint and debris over time. This can eventually trigger a fire if not cleaned properly.
Don’t get your vent confused with your removable filter at the front of your dryer. This filter should be cleaned after every load.
For cleaning the dryer vents, you may opt to have a professional company to do it for you. If not, you can find tutorials online.
Your home will undoubtedly attract dust and dirt over the winter months. This can leave it looking aged and dirty. By powerwashing your home in the spring, you’ll eliminate stains and hard-to-remove build ups.
For areas that aren’t removed with your power washer, use a dishsoap and hot water solution to gently scrub away built-on dirt.
Windows can be a nuisance to clean, but it makes a big difference in the final look of your home. Clean both the interior and exterior of your windows. This can be done with a homemade vinegar and water solution. Use a squeegee to effectively scrub away dirt.
For areas where dirt is built-on, or there are hard to remove smudges, scrub lightly with your solution and a microfiber cloth.
It’s a job that homeowners often overlook doing. However, your curtains will attract dust overtime. This can cause a musty smell in your home. We recommend washing your curtains seasonally. But, if you forget, doing it every spring is a good backup option.
Your curtains can typically easily be washed in your washing machine. Follow the care instructions on the tag.
A dirty barbeque won’t cook with the same effectiveness as a clean one. Take this opportunity to thoroughly clean your BBQ. This will include washing down the exterior, removing the interior grills, and scrubbing the bottom of your barbeque.
Removing and cleaning the interior grills will be a messy and tedious job. We recommend doing this outside. You’ll want steel wool and a water mixture to effectively scrub away burnt-on dirt.
Don’t wait until there’s a fire to learn that your smoke detectors aren’t working. Test them every spring to make sure that they are working effectively. This is a good opportunity to change the batteries as well.
Press the buttom on your alarm and continue holding it down. It should sound after holding this button for a while.
The better you maintain your patio furniture, the longer it will last. Whether you have wood, metal, or plastic patio furniture, it will need a good periodic clean.
Both metal and plastic patio furniture can be cleaned with a dishsoap and water solution. For wood patio furniture, you can purchase an oilsoap to make it look brand new.
If your patio furniture is accumulating rust, mildew, or mold, you’ll have to remove those substances to get your furniture looking great.
Washing walls is another indoor job that often gets overlooked. But, your walls can build up dust and dirt over time. It’s best that you periodically clean your walls to keep them looking fresh and true to color.
To wash walls, use a water and vinegar solution. The vinegar will help brighten white walls. Lightly scrub with a damp microfiber cloth. Wipe down with a dry cloth after.
Faucets will begin to build calcium deposits over time. This will look dated and messy. The good news? You can easily remove calcium deposits using vinegar and a plastic bag.
Wrap a bag filled with vinegar around your faucet. Secure it with an elastic band, soaking your faucet for several hours. When done, wipe down the surface with a microfiber cloth. For left over calcium, make a vinegar and baking soda paste and gently scrub with a toothbrush.
Your yard will accumulate dust, leaves, and snow mold after a winter storms and autumn. By raking the grass, you’ll allow new, healthy grass to appear. Use a traditional rake or a power rake to get rid of any debris or dead grass.
If your yard is extra hard as you walk on it, you can consider aerating it to let it breathe.
Extreme winds and other damage can loosen roof shingles. Asphalt shingles often have a lifespan of 15 to 18 years. Laminate shingles can last up to 30 years. As a homeowner, you should ensure that your roof is in exceptional shape every spring.
Damage to your shingles can cause leaks into your home. Ensure your shingles arent lifted or damaged. If they are, call a roofing company.
A fire chimney is a beautiful addition, but it requires extra maintenance to be safe. Every spring, examine the chimney to make sure there isn’t too much sut or a build-up of debris. Dirty chimneys can cause fires in your home.
If you’re unaware of the best way to maintain your chimney, call chimney sweepers to do the job right. A small investment can help you avoid a major one down the road.
Cleaning blinds is a headache, but it’s worth it. Take the time to dust blinds in the spring. Blinds will accumulate dust throughout the year. Use a dry microfiber cloth or swiffer duster to get inbetween the cracks. This will make a huge difference in the air quality of your home.
Any surface you see, disinfect in! Get a good multi-purpose cleaner that kills bacteria to thoroughly disinfect each surface of your home. This should be done periodically, but a thorough disinfection in the spring will make a big difference.
And there you have it! Sixteen thorough ways to clean your home to get it back in shape for the upcoming months. Spring cleaning is tedious, but you’ll feel better than ever once your home is in premium shape. Follow this spring home maintenance checklist to improve the quality of your home.