March 19, 2012 4:18 am
The experts at The Maids, however, report that spring cleaning doesn’t have to drive you mad. They offer the following spring cleaning tips to help you enjoy a sparkling start to the new season:
- Wash your walls. Use a spray bottle filled with water and a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid. Spray the solution on a clean cloth, and clean each wall in sections. Let the solution sit for a few minutes before wiping it down with a clean, damp sponge. Remember to regularly wring out the sponge. If your walls are painted, test the paint durability on a small area in a corner.
- Scour your small storage spaces. Take everything out of your cupboards and drawers, dust off the items, and vacuum inside using your crevice attachment. To make them inconceivably clean, wash the bottom of each drawer with a solution of one quart of water and two tablespoons of vinegar.
- Freshen up your fridge. Unplug it and remove everything, including the shelves and drawers, before cleaning. Wash the inside surfaces with a mixture of warm water and dish soap. Wash the shelves and drawers in the sink with the same solution. Then, wipe everything dry with a clean cloth. Make sure to throw out unused or expired food items before returning your refrigerator to its original state.
- Brave the big one. In almost every room of your house, there's probably one big piece of furniture that you've never dared to move. Pull that couch or bed away from the wall and power vacuum behind it.
- Tackle the toilet. Put on goggles and rubber gloves and mix two parts water to one part vinegar in a bucket. Dip a sponge into the mixture and then wipe down the rim and the seat. To prevent spreading germs, use paper towels to wipe the outside of the bowl and the base. Flush the toilet and throw away your sponge.
- Give your shower head a shine. Boil the head for five minutes in a half-cup of vinegar and a quart of water to remove mineral deposit clogs. If your shower head is plastic, soak in a hot water and vinegar mixture.
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