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Spring Cleaning Hacks

by Advance Financial | March 20th, 2018

Spring is in the air! Time to declutter, reorganize, and CLEAN everything in sight. This is good time to give your entire home the refresher it needs after being put through the muck and grim of winter. Below we have put together some helpful hacks to make your Spring cleaning a little easier.

 

Windows

  • Try not to use chemicals when cleaning windows. Stick to water or a non-toxic cleaner with micro-fiber cloths. Chemical cleaners can actually create an electrical charge which attracts dust.
  • Wipe on and wipe off. Just like the karate kid, use one microfiber cloth to wipe on non-toxic cleaner and another to wipe off the cleaner.
  • Clean windows on a cloudy cool day. Cleaning in direct sunlight can cause cleaning solution to dry to fast and cause smudges and water spots

 

Carpets

  • When vacuuming, make sure to take your time and overlap stokes to ensure you get all the dirt and allowing the vacuum cleaner to do its job fully.
  • Clean stains immediately. Don’t give the stain time to set. With a wet cloth dab (do not rub) the stain out. If it has set then use soda water, borax or a store-bought carpet cleaner to get out stains.
  • Empty vacuum waste bin or bag frequently. For a lot of vacuums, the more dust and grim that fills up the waste bin, the less suction you get. Clean out after fully vacuuming a room to make sure you have the full force suctioning for the next room.

 

Wood floors

  • To add luster and shine to old wood floors, rub down with Old English Oil after cleaning.
  • Fix scratches with vinegar and canola oil. Mix 1 part vinegar and 3 parts canola oil and rub into scratches. Mixture will dull the appearance and make scratches practically disappear.
  • For scuff marks on floors, use a magic eraser.
  • Remove urine stains with vinegar, baking soda, dish soap and hydrogen peroxide. Mix half a cup of baking soda, white vinegar and dish soap and add hydrogen peroxide to increase the mixture’s quantity by 10 percent. Completely saturate the stain with the solution and let sit for 30 minutes. After it has sat for 30 minutes, blot dry with a paper towels.

 

Dusting

  • Use a pillowcase when dusting a ceiling fan. Slip a pillowcase over ceiling fan blades, and then wipe. The dust will fall into the pillowcase, and not on your furniture and floors.
  • Use old socks for cleaning window blinds. Put an old sock over your hand and spritz it with water or cleaner. Wipe hand over blinds to remove all dust.
  • Use a paint roller for dusting and cleaning textured ceilings. Roll a damp high-nap paint roller over the ceiling to pick up dust and cobwebs.

 

Tile  

  • A Clorox bleach pen will do the trick on grout. Yes, it’s time consuming, but the best way to get grout back to its natural state is going over every line with the bleach pen, letting it sit for about 30 minutes, and then washing floors.
  • For mold spots in showers use vinegar. Mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle, spray entire mold spot, and let completely dry. Once dry scrub with cleaner and rinse with water.
  • Make sure to change out dirty water frequently when mopping tile floors. Dirty water can make tile floors look cloudy and pushes dirt into grout lines,
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