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Friday, March 25th, 2022 by Morgan Kenney
Everyone has their own way to do spring cleaning, whether it be to just go through clothes, donate old ones, or to deep clean the floors and baseboards in their home. It is ingrained in most of us, from an early age, to start spring off right by purging and cleaning the home to create a nice space for the warm months. In whichever capacity you decide to participate in this tradition, here are some extra things that could be added to your cleaning check list that most people do not think about.
Deep Clean the Oven
While ideal that once the oven has cooled down, you clean up anything that spilled. Whether you do that or not, the oven still collects buildup from oils and burnt food. If the buildup is not cleaned, the oven function efficiently. Give it a refresh in the spring while you are already cleaning the home.
Clean Your Shower Head
It may not seem like it since only water comes out of a shower head, but they need maintenance to function at full capacity, just like other appliances. If not cleaned, water and soap can build up and clog the holes in the shower head causing water to come out slower and lower water pressure.
Clean Your Washer and Dryer
This is not something everyone thinks of since the point of this appliance is to clean clothes but not cleaning the washer and dryer could lead to major repairs or a safety hazard. Since hot soapy water is constantly through the washer, it creates an environment where mold can grow. Dryers have the lint trap that is cleaned out after every cycle, but some lint can get stuck in the trap or the exhaust in the back of the dryer.
Clean Your Drains
Your kitchen and bathroom drains see a lot of dirt and particles so get ahead of the impending clogs by adding them to your spring-cleaning routine. By doing this, you help prevent clogs, foul odors, and leaks while also improving the efficiency of the drains!
Just like in the winter when you prep for your heat to be on, you need to change your HVAC filters in the spring as well. By changing them, you are going to help the system run more efficiently and you will not have to worry about clogs causing your air to work hard, costing you more money.
Check the Window Seals
Once winter is over and the April showers start to appear, you should check the seals on your windows for any gaps or broken seals. Gaps or broken seals allow water to enter the home or the air in your home to exit. No one wants leaks in their home or losing cool air in the heat of the summer so get ahead of the game and check the seals before any problems arise.
Smoke detectors usually go unnoticed until there is a problem, but since you are moving around from room to room, now is the perfect time to check the batteries and replace them if needed. You not only keep the home and your family but you stay clear of that annoying chirp that comes with low batteries.
Spring brings in a lot of precipitation so having your gutters clean and clear of any obstacles will allow the water to flow through the gutters and drain smoothly. Not only does it improve the efficiency of the gutter, but it helps prevent water damage to the home by keeping the water drained away from the foundation.
Check Your Foundation
After snow smelts and the rain starts, the soil around your home will be filled with water looking for a place to go. Make sure that place is not your home by checking for leaks in the basement or cracks in the foundation that could lead to water getting inside.
These are just some ideas of things to add to your spring-cleaning check list that will help you and your home. Keeping your appliances and home clean means that they all last longer, who want that? Happy spring cleaning to you all!
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