Monday, 23 March 2015
How to revitalize your home with quick, high-impact results
(NC) Spring is the time of year when we breathe a collective sigh of relief that winter has finally released its icy grip. That is, until we realize it's time to tackle a full season (or two) of collective grime. While some of us might consider crocuses and red-bellied robins to be a sure sign of spring, unofficially, it can just as well be heralded in by the run on cleaning supplies and the steady hum of a vacuum cleaner.
So, when everything in a home looks like it's ready for a refresh, where does one start? If you want to make the greatest dent, tackle these high-impact areas first:
Dusting: Dust settles everywhere, and cleaning every surface and object can get really tedious. So why not save some time and energy? Your secret weapon—your vacuum and its trusty soft dusting tool––will help you to tackle just about any surface and get the job done in half the time.
Baseboards & Door Frames: If you've been pretty good about upkeep, your baseboards and door frames may just need a quick swipe with your vacuum's dusting or crevice tool. But if you're like many of us, a deeper clean is in order to remove dirt and smudges. Using warm water with your favorite soap or cleaner can make removing grime much easier or try a magic cleaning sponge.
Walls: Move obstacles. Then, dust the walls from top to bottom. Use a flat mop with warm water and soap or a mild cleaner. Start at the top of the wall, cleaning a small section at a time. Move the mop left to right, while working your way to the bottom of the section. Dry the wall with a clean towel. Repeat, completing one section at a time, until you reach the end of the wall.
Carpet/Hardwood Floors: Winter is hard on flooring, but so is the spring melt. Even with the greatest care, somehow the outdoors has made its way indoors. A deep clean is the simplest way to revitalize tired flooring. Experts like Hoover suggest using a vacuum that can get the job done effortlessly. At the top of the list this year is the Hoover Air Cordless. It offers constant, powerful suction with the ability to tackle multiple surfaces. This expert also recommends making multiple passes for the most effective clean. Washing floors thoroughly and regularly with a multi-surface deep cleaner will extend the life of your floors and help your home shine. In fact, you can simplify the job with a versatile unit like the Hoover Max Extract, which can wash hard and soft floors, as well as upholstery.
Now with the big stuff out of the way, you can focus on the little things—like a mani-pedi to reward all that hard work.
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