It's Spring Cleaning Time
and there are definitely some things you should NOT do as part of your cleaning routine. Let's make the job easier, not harder!
DON'T skimp on tools. Have plenty of microfiber cloths (while other cloths push dust around, microfiber grabs and removes dust) and change out when they get dirty. Have an extension wand to help you reach high ceilings and hanging light fixtures, and a vacuum with attachments that allows you to clean upholstery and tight spaces
In the kitchen, circle your way around: Always begin on the right side of your stove, then move clockwise around the room. The stove is typically the dirtiest part of the kitchen, so ending with it keeps you from spreading dirt and grease. (First, soak drip pans and knobs in warm soapy water. By the time you've worked your way around, they'll be easier to clean.)
DON'T ruin your hardwood floors! We spoke with a client today who had her hardwood floors ruined by a cleaning person using a "hardwood floor finish." She is going to have to refinish the floors to remove this product, at a cost of $3000. There are many products that say "for hardwood floors" that you should NOT use!
~Polish ~Finish ~Glo or Glow ~Fills in scratches
~Shine ~Protects from water damage ~Refresher, Rejuvenator
~Leaves a long-lasting brilliant shine ~Oil soap ~Wax
DON'T use the wrong products on your granite countertops. Do not use bleach, glass cleaner, degreaser, vinegar, ammonia, lemon or orange cleaners. You can cause damage (etching) to the stone with these acid or alkali cleaners. Use neutral cleaners made specifically for granite and stone. Now is also a good time to see if water beads up on the stone. If it doesn't, that means it is time to seal the stone.
DON'T ruin your wood or vinyl floor when you move the refrigerator out to clean behind it. First lay down a sheet of plywood and roll the refrigerator onto the plywood.
DON'T forget your trash cans: Remove the bag and sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of the can before adding about two inches of water. Allow the mixture to sit and then swish it with clean water. Wipe down the sides and rinse. Dry it with an old towel or let air dry.
DON'T forget the pantry. Spring is the perfect time to get rid of perishables and expired foods that have been in the pantry for too long. Check the less obvious stuff, like spices that have been around awhile or the cereal you haven't eaten since 2003. Even canned goods don't last forever.
BONUS ~ BONUS ~ BONUS ~ BONUS
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