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Bye Winter, Hello Spring (Cleaning)

Household Cleaning

By hiebingadm

As winter melts away, spring’s relief is within reach – that is, once you get rid of last season’s grimy leftovers first.

To get the full fresh-effect you’ve been waiting for, you’ve got some outdoor (spring) cleaning to do. Check out this checklist for tips on where to start:

Tackle these tasks and boost your home’s curb appeal:

To help prevent mold and mildew, give your siding and garage door a wash-down. First, combine soap and water into a Foamaster Cleaning Sprayer, mix and apply to the exterior of the area you’d like to clean. Then, follow up the washing by spraying your siding with the Power Jet Wand and your garage door with a cleaning nozzle, working from top-down to avoid spreading dirt down and onto already-cleaned areas.

Gutters are your first line of defense against water damage, so make sure to get in there and clean out any debris with the powerful jet setting of your cleaning nozzle. While you’re up there, check for cracks in the gutter’s seams, and scrape out old caulking before drying the area thoroughly. As a further precaution, add new sealing to keep water from getting behind the gutters and rotting out siding.

Cleaning windows is an ideal cloudy-day activity, as sun provokes streaks. Tackle screens first, taking them outside to soak (using a garden hose to fill a child’s wading pool works well) before scrubbing with a soft brush on a flat surface, and then using the fine mist setting on your cleaning nozzle to prevent damaging the screen. Then, when working on the windows, use window-cleaner before rinsing them. Be sure to dry right after with an absorbent towel to prevent streaking.

Start with a quick cleaning by spraying off any dirt and cobwebs. Then use a deck-cleaner (not bleach!) to clean off mildew stains, dirt and weather-beaten patches. You’ll want to finish with a thorough wash using your Power Jet Wand before sealing or staining. Finish cleaning by applying a wood preservative to prevent water damage and discoloration.

And while you’re looking at that deck, look to your outdoor furniture as well. Remove any cushions, washing them with soap and water, and give your furniture’s base a good spray-down.

Pick up winter’s leftovers before adding new plants and flowers to your green-space. This includes removing litter, raking to clear away dead grass and perk up dormant blades, weeding, discarding dead flowers, breaking out your hand pruners for cleaning up small bushes and plants, pulling out your tree pruners to encourage healthy branch growth, and adding a fresh layer of mulch to your beds.

Eager to match your place to spring’s bright beginnings? Time to get up and get in gear – a Betterday is on its way.


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