Spring Cleaning Tips
Spring is a wonderful time of year to give your home a quick cleaning. But beyond the cobwebs and dust, there are a handful of items that deserve your cleaning attention. We have a list of 10 items you should check in addition to your usual spring cleaning.
- Get your HVAC ready for the heat. If you have an air conditioner, change out the filter and give it a good cleaning. But be careful not to damage any of the wiring or other essential components. This can also be a good time to clean your heating furnace.
- Clean your windows and screens. A lot of people forget about cleaning the screens, but that’s where some of the most dust and algae can accumulate. This is also a good time to replace the window caulking for better insulation.
- Examine your foundation for cracks. Seal up anything that could allow water, cold, or rodents under your home.
- Clean or replace damaged gutters. Remember those gutters that leaked all winter long? Now is a great time to clean them for the next rainstorm or replace them if necessary. Don’t forget the downspouts.
- Clean the lawnmower and other garden tools. This will ensure they’re ready to go when the grass really starts to grow and you’re in the mood to plant some vegetables.
- Remove dead vegetation. Shrubs and trees can die off in the winter. If you have some vegetation that needs to be removed from your yard, do it now.
- Clean the vents and chimney. This includes your dryer vent, stove vent, and chimney for a wood stove or fireplace.
- Replace any missing or damaged roof tiles. You’ll also want to get rid of the moss while you’re up there.
- Check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace any units that are not working.
- Clean the refrigerator and freezer. Carefully vacuum the dust and dirt from visible coils, but don’t remove the back cover.