Give your home a sea­sonal re­fresh with these easy tips

5 sea­sonal clean­ing projects you can’t put off any longer

Cecil Whig - - WE ATHE R -

An­other win­ter has passed and warm weather is on its way. That means it’s time to say hello to all-things spring: bud­ding flowers, walks to the park and...spring clean­ing.

While clean­ing this spring might not be as much fun as grilling burg­ers out on the deck, it’s pretty much a ne­ces­sity. Af­ter months of colder weather and closed windows, chances are your house is in need of a se­ri­ous re­fresh. But this year’s clean­ing doesn’t have to be a daunt­ing or scary task. These sim­ple projects can help you get started.

Clean the blinds. In­stead of sim­ply dust­ing, give your cur­tains, blinds and drapes a deeper clean. Re­move them from the walls and wash them thor­oughly — ac­cord­ing to man­u­fac­turer in­struc­tions — be­fore re­hang­ing them. This is also a great op­por­tu­nity to in­spect their hang­ing ap­pa­ra­tus for re­pairs or for any tight­en­ing that needs to be done.

Re-caulk your kitchen and bath­room. Be­cause kitchens and bath­rooms are high traf­fic ar­eas with high ex­po­sure to wa­ter and mois­ture, you may have no­ticed a buildup of mold, mildew, dirt and stains on the caulk. No need to avert your gaze. Sim­ply re­move the old ma­te­rial caulk, thor­oughly clean the area to re­move any dirt or residue, then re-caulk.

Clean your re­frig­er­a­tors drain coils and pan. Through­out the win­ter, dust can col­lect on your re­frig­er­a­tor’s coils and mold can grow in the drain pan. To clean the coils, first iden­tify where they are. In some re­frig­er­a­tors the coils are on the back while other units feature the coils on the bot­tom. Once you find them, check the kick plate to see if it is screwed on — if so, re­move it with a screw­driver. Clean the coils with a vac­uum or soft brush and re­place the plate. Then, re­move the drain pan and scrub it us­ing hot, soapy wa­ter and a sponge or brush. Dry com­pletely be­fore re­plac­ing.

Seal out pests, dirt and drafts. Un­wanted pests and drafts can sneak in through gaps and cracks around pipes, ducts, vents and base­boards. Be sure to check around your home, both in­side and out, es­pe­cially in base­ments, at­tics and garages. Use a caulk or sealant to seal up gaps half an inch or less. For gaps larger than half an inch in width, use an in­su­lat­ing foam seal such as DAP­tex Plus to fill up those gaps and keep pests at bay.

Re­fresh your floors. Months of bringing in snow and dirt- cov­ered shoes and boots have likely left your floors look­ing like a bat­tle­ground! Whether you have car­pet, wood or tile, a thor­ough clean­ing will give floor­ing a much needed re­fresh. Ap­ply­ing a fresh coat of wax to wood or sealant to tile will help lock- in the new look. If wax­ing, make sure to match your floor type for the best re­sults.

Rather than put off the an­nual spring clean­ing rit­ual — em­brace it! By per­form­ing a few basic tasks, you’ll be able to en­joy the sea­son — and your home — in a re­fresh­ing style that you and your fam­ily de­serve.

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