After the chilly winter months, it’s refreshing to see greener grass, flowers in bloom and wildlife scampering. Truth be told, when your home has been closed off from fresh air and sunshine for any length of time, dust and other build-ups can leave it dirty, moldy, and musty. Get your home ready for the warm weather with these best practices for spring cleaning.
Bid the Dirt, Must, and Dust Bunnies Goodbye
It’s fun to watch young rabbits skip and hop around in the backyard. However, dust bunnies are an unwelcoming sight. Plus, dust is a breeding ground for dust mites, which are known to be the most common cause of allergies. Therefore, it’s important to keep surfaces clean; some are easier than others.
Dirt – To get the muck off those flimsy, hard-to-clean blinds, simply place an old sock on your hand and wipe away the dirt with a 50-50 solution of vinegar and water.
Musty Odors – Fabrics such as curtains and quilts can harbor odors when they don’t require frequent cleaning. Placing these types of items in the dryer with a wet towel on a low heat can make them smell and look as good as new.
Get to the Bottom of Grime, Lime, and Mold
Kitchens and bathrooms often share the same issues from stubborn grime on faucets. One of the unhealthiest problems to have is mold growth. Left unchecked, mold can lead to asthma and other respiratory ailments.
Grime – Try using a mixture of 3/4 cup of chlorine bleach and one gallon of water to clean grout. With gloved hands, use a stiff brush to brighten up the areas in between the tiles. For stubborn stains, leave on just a few minutes before scrubbing, and then rinse and wipe.
Lime – Fixtures that are corroded with lime scale can be spruced up by using a paper towel soaked in vinegar. Let sit for about an hour and then wipe up the loosened lime residue.
Mold – Eliminate moisture and thoroughly remove harmful mold using a chlorine bleach or a strong detergent. Gloves, a mask, and eye protection are highly recommended for this process.
There aren’t too many people that enjoy cleaning, but to get the most of the summer season, a spotless house is a must. From dust mites to allergy-causing mold, there could be many unwanted hazards lurking about. The change of seasons is the perfect time to get rid of those potential health hazards and un-pleasantries.
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