Put a Spring In your Cleaning Step with these Updated Spring Cleaning Tips
When the weather warms up many homeowners start to think about doing some spring cleaning. There are many cleaning routines handed down through generations, with probably more than a couple that aren’t as efficient as you think. Below are a few updated spring cleaning tips to help make your cleanup a breeze:
- Windows, etc.
Never clean windows on a sunny day because they will dry quickly and leave behind streaks. It is recommended that you first sweep or vacuum the window, frame, and screen to remove loose dirt. Microfiber cloths are a good choice for cleaning windows, as well as and many other surfaces, because of these advantages:
- They leave no lint behind, and no streaks!
- Dries quickly
- No detergent needed
- Washes easily for re-use
- Cleaning tips for removing carpet and upholstery stains
The most important step in treating carpet and upholstery stains is to act quickly. Many spills can be removed when immediate action is taken. The longer you wait, the greater the chance the spill will become a permanent stain.
Step one: Absorb the spill
Blot liquids dry with a white, absorbent cloth or plain white paper towels. Scoop up any semi-solids (like food spills) with a spoon. Solid, dried bits can be vacuumed up.
Step Two: Treat the spot or stain
Once you have thoroughly blotted the stain, follow with a carpet & upholstery cleaning solution. Make sure to pretest on a hidden area of your carpet or fabric. You can also try plain water or a mix of ¼ teaspoon of clear (non-bleach) dishwashing liquid with 1 cup of warm water.Don’t spray the cleaner right on the stain but apply a small amount of the cleaner to a white cloth and work in gently from the edges to the center. Blot, don’t scrub. You may need to do this several times to remove the spot.Lastly, thoroughly dry the area after it is treated to “lock the stain in” down below and out of sight. A fan blowing on the spot will help with this.
- Dishwasher cleaning tips
- Don’t confuse scraping with washing: No one wants to wash their dishes before they wash their dishes; it’s just silly. But scraping food bits off the dishes before loading them up will help reduce particles stuck on dishes once the cycle is over. Place extra-dirty items on the bottom rack facing the center so they are nearer to the spray arm.
- Don’t overcrowd the dishwasher: It’s something that’s easier said than done. It’s quite tempting to layer in one more bowl or plate to avoid hand washing. Just remember, it’s better to wash a few pieces by hand than it is to rerun an entire load because things were too tightly packed.
- Utensils: Utensils nested together won’t get an even washing, so alternate placing spoon handles up and down, but keep fork tines up for best cleaning.
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