Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning is something my wife and I take seriously and you should too. We perform a lot of serious cleaning and maintenance during this time in and on our house and vehicles.

1.) Do a COMPLETE and thorough detailing job on your vehicles. Clean them inside and out. Shampoo and air the interior of the vehicle out on a nice sunny day. This cleaning should be very, very thorough...vacuum areas like the trunk and other areas that may not get the love the rest of the year.

2.) Do a detailed inspection of your vehicle to make sure that it is in tip-top shape. Check the battery terminals for corrosion, look under the car and check the exhaust system and muffler for excessive rust. Check the tires, look at the belts and filters for wear and dirt.

On your house (if you have one)
1.) Powerwash and water seal any wooden decks or fences to prevent premature wear.

2.) Powerwash the outside of your house if you have siding. If you have shingles or paint just hose it down as you don't want to accidentally remove paint. If your house is painted or stained check for loose and flaking paint or broken shingles and repair as needed.

3.) Powerwash the sidewalks and driveway. If you have a blacktop driveway, repair any cracks and use a quality blacktop sealer on the surface to seal it against the weather.

4.) Do any needed maintenance on your yard equipment to get it ready for the season. Clean the mower, trimmer and blower completely. Change any oil and filters if needed and sharpen the blade on your mower.

In your home:
1.) Clean all the windows inside and out.

2.) Flip your mattresses...and make sure to rotate it 180 degrees as well every other time you flip it. If you do this correctly the place where your head would have been previously will now be on the bottom and at the foot of the bed.

3.) Vacuum the refrigerator coils as a significant amount of dust can affect the performance of the appliance.

4.) If you have a self-cleaning oven, open the windows on a nice day and turn that on...BE SURE to remove the racks first or they will become discolored permanently.

5.) Wipe down kitchen cabinets with Murphy's wood soap and water, then dry them thoroughly.

6.) Get the carpets cleaned OR rent a machine and do them yourself to save some money.

7.) Go through your closets and dressers and donate any clothes you don't wear to charity or have a garage sale.

8.) Go through your house and clean up what you don't need or use and have a garage sale or donate the items to charity.

9.) Clean the coffee pot by running a 50/50 water vinegar mixture through it then running 3 more pots with just water to ensure you removed all of the traces of vinegar.

10.) Clean your dryer vent and check the hose for wear or excessive lint buildup. Replace the hose if needed and ensure there is no excessive hose, it should be as short as possible to maximize the efficiency.

...that is all.

...that is all.

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  1. Reminds me - in about a month and a half, when spring starts to arrive here, it'll time to clean the chimney to the woodstove! Oh what fun!

  2. Those are good tips-things that should get done every year. Taking the time to do this stuff will extend the life and quality of your home and belongings.