Right now rubber gloves are selling like hot cakes. It’s the Spring Cleaning season, when homeowners air out the house and clear out the clutter. For new homeowners, it’s a chance for a truly clean start.
Get your new house squeaky clean and ready for Spring with these tips!
Tip #1 – Don’t Assume It’s Clean
The first mistake new homeowners make is assuming their new house is clean. Even a brand new build could have dust on the ledges and dirt particles trapped in the carpet. It won’t be the most fun you’ve ever had, but you can make Spring Cleaning more entertaining with upbeat music and a few good friends.
Tip #2 – Clean the Bathroom First
While you’re cleaning, you’ll eventually need to use the bathroom. It’s the room in the house that’s most likely to have germs you’d rather not live with. For those reasons, it’s best to start the Spring Cleaning spree in the bathroom. You may even want to replace the toilet seat if it looks less than fresh.
Tip #3 – Turn Your Attention to the Ceiling
The previous owner or builder probably cleaned everything from eye-level down. But turn your attention upward and it could be a different story.
It’s always best to clean from the top down so you don’t have to go back over things. Check out the fans, light fixtures, crown molding, high ledges and chandeliers first before cleaning everything else.
Tip #4 – Invest in a Carpet Cleaner
Vacuuming is the everyday way to clean carpet. When you’re Spring Cleaning it’s time to step it up to a deep clean that dislodges everything.
A carpet cleaner can be rented for the day from Wal-Mart or your local grocery store. Unlike a vacuum, a carpet cleaner can get rid of lingering smells and tough-to-remove stains that were made by the previous owners. If they had pets you definitely won’t want to skip this step.
Tip #5 – Get the Vents
A spot that’s often overlooked is the vents. And not just the air conditioning vents. The refrigerator vent is probably long overdue for a good cleaning. The vents on the exterior of the home can also get clogged up with gunk.
Tip #6 – Hire a Professional to Clean the Ducts
Air quality largely depends on the cleanliness of the ductwork. All kinds of allergens, dust and debris can build up and get circulated through the air as soon as the HVAC kicks on.
You could clean the ductwork yourself, but it’s really a job for the professionals. An HVAC expert has the equipment needed to clear out the ducts without causing damage. They can also plug up leaks in the ductwork that waste energy.
After the ducts are cleaned out, replace the air filters and enjoy the freshness.
Tip #7 – Clean the Sediment Out of the Water Heater
Water heaters should be drained and cleaned once a year, but that doesn’t always happen. The sediment that can form lowers energy efficiency and can shorten the lifespan of the water heater. The good news is flushing a water heater is a lot easier than it sounds.
Now that you’ve got the house spic and span, minimize the amount of work you have to do next year with maintenance that reduces Spring Cleaning.