Spring Cleaning

It's that time of year again! Spring is right around the corner and we couldn't be happier! Along with all of the exciting and beautiful changes that accompany Spring, there are some things that need to be tackled before we can go outside and run and play. That's right! We are talking about Spring cleaning and yard maintenance.

We like to enjoy the nice weather as much as anyone else, so we thought that some tips and tricks to make your spring cleaning a little easier and faster would be the best way to get you out and soaking up the sunshine.

Baseboards: Almost everyone has them. But, how often do you clean them? Baseboards are something that usually get forgotten about during routine cleaning. To get baseboards clean and to remove scuff marks from chairs and shoes, use a Magic Eraser with the new handle. The eraser sticks to the bottom of the handle, allowing for even pressure and easy removal of dirt and scuffs.

The Dishwasher: The dishwasher is another area of the house that typically does not get cleaned as part of your regular housekeeping. Include the dishwasher in your Spring cleaning by running a cycle with one cup of vinegar in a dishwasher-safe bowl placed on the top rack. Once that cycle is done -sprinkle some baking soda in the bottom of the washer and run it again. Voila! A nice, clean dishwasher.

Carpets and Upholstery: Move furniture just slightly. You do not have to move it out of the room completely if you can get a carpet/upholstery cleaner around without trouble. Place the legs of each piece on top of small wax paper squares after shampooing. The wax paper will protect your carpet while at the same time preventing the legs of furniture from getting wet while everything dries.

Floors: If you have hardwood or laminate flooring, protect the floors of your house for another year of regular wear and tear by applying a wax or sealer (follow directions on product). This makes the floors look fresh and revitalized, and at the same time adds a protective buffer that can help them last longer and look better. Wood floors- apply a wood cleaner and polish to get the same effect.

Spring Yard Maintenance Checklist:
( ) Clean up any trash or fallen debris in your yard.
( ) Rake leaves from grass and around garden beds.
( ) Pull weeds in your garden beds
( ) Add new soil and/or mulch if needed
( ) Clean fencing and repaint if needed
( ) Re-seed the grass in areas that have thinned or died out
( ) Fertilize- the grass and garden beds
( ) Prune shrubs and trees where necessary
( ) Be sure to check your perennials and divide them and/or cut them back as needed
( ) Call or visit Turn A Leaf if you need help! Check out the list of services they provide here!

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