Tips for proper spring­clean­ing

George Herald - Private Property - - Property News -

After months of hi­ber­nat­ing in­doors, it's fi­nally time to draw the cur­tains back and al­low the light to stream in - al­low­ing those rays to high­light the thou­sands of dust par­ti­cles danc­ing in the day­light and re­veal the months of ac­cu­mu­lated dirt that lay hid­den from eye­sight in your dimly lit house­hold. And this is why the term 'spring clean­ing' ex­ists.

His­tor­i­cally, the term can be traced back to sev­eral cul­tures and tra­di­tions, in­clud­ing the Jewish tra­di­tion of Passover which re­quires house­holds to cleanse their homes in prepa­ra­tion for the fes­ti­val, as well as the Prus­sian New Year which in­volves a thor­ough clean­ing of the home in prepa­ra­tion for the new be­gin­nings that the year ahead sym­bol­ises. Both events hap­pen to co­in­cide with the North­ern Hemi­sphere's spring - hence the term 'spring clean­ing'.

Re­gard­less of its ori­gin, spring clean­ing is of­ten that nec­es­sary re­minder we all need to wake us from our win­ter weari­ness and get us to tackle those pesky chores we wish would just do them­selves. "As irk­some as some house­hold chores might be, ne­glect­ing them will in­evitably re­sult in costly re­pairs and the over­all de­valu­ing of your prop­erty," says Adrian Goslett, re­gional di­rec­tor and CEO of RE/MAX of South­ern Africa.

To pro­tect the in­vest­ment value of your home, as well as the fur­ni­ture therein, Goslett in­forms home­own­ers of the cer­tain fea­tures of any prop­erty that ought to be main­tained on an an­nual ba­sis:

AP­PLI­ANCES

"It might seem a touch ironic, but the ma­chines that help keep your home clean also need clean­ing them­selves. Things like wash­ing ma­chines, dish­wash­ers and tum­ble dry­ers ought to be cleaned at the very least on an an­nual ba­sis. You can also use this op­por­tu­nity to un­plug and re­move the ap­pli­ance from where it nor­mally stands and clean the build-up of dirt around it."

GUT­TERS AND ROOF TILES

"Out of sight might be out of mind, but you'd be sur­prised at how much dirt and de­bris can ac­cu­mu­late in your gut­ters. While these ought to be cleaned an­nu­ally to pre­vent block­ages, your roof tiles should also be cleaned with a high-pres­sure hose ev­ery two to three years to avoid a build-up of mould which could re­sult in leaks and other dam­ages."

COUCHES, MAT­TRESSES AND CAR­PETS

"Dust mites and bed bugs can pose se­ri­ous health risks to ev­ery­one in your house­hold. To avoid them nest­ing in your home, it is ad­vis­able to get all fab­ric-cov­ered fur­ni­ture as well as car­pets pro­fes­sion­ally cleaned each year."

CUP­BOARDS

"By far one of the least de­sir­able chores of them all has to be un­pack­ing bed­room, laun­dry and kitchen cup­boards to give the sur­faces a much-needed wipe down. Spills hap­pen all the time and can leave cup­board sur­faces stained and mouldy. To pre­vent dam­age, it is ad­vis­able to en­dure this la­bo­ri­ous task at least once a year."

Lastly, Goslett sug­gests that home­own­ers get or­gan­ised about their spring clean. "If you do not pri­ori­tise these chores, it can be very easy to keep de­lay­ing them un­til some­thing even­tu­ally breaks or needs re­plac­ing. Pre­ven­tion is al­ways bet­ter than cure, so make sure you have an ac­tion plan stat­ing when and how each of these chores will be com­pleted to avoid fall­ing into the trap of nev­erend­ing de­lays," Goslett con­cludes.

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