Spring cleaning 101

May 2, 2016 | Organizing

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I have come to realize that cleaning and organizing is not to be taken for granted and that some people need some support and direction when it comes to cleaning out the clutter and cleaning around the house. I have attempted to lay out a guideline to support you in that seasonal and rejuvenating ritual we call ‘spring cleaning’, and have broken it down into easy sections.

A good dusting: This consists of dusting those places that you don’t see everyday or are out of reach. This includes baseboards, underneath furniture, fans and lighting fixtures. It is best to dust from the top down. If you must use a spray, you can purchase sprays without harmful chemicals. I recommend using dusting cloths that are good for your health. My friend Melissa Hall sells these and can be contacted at http://www.norwex.biz/pws/melissahall3030714/tabs/home.aspx

Now, wall washing: You can use a vacuum to remove dust then wipe down walls or go straight to wall washing. It is best to use a product to cut grease, especially in the kitchen. Be sure to test surface areas when using a new product to make sure it doesn’t ruin it.

Time for a clean place to sit: Take your removable cushions outside and gently beat on them to remove dust. For small cushions and pillows, give them a toss in the dryer. The vacuum is great to clean in the crevices and under cushions.

When spring cleaning, don’t forget the window treatments: You can check the labels to see if you can wash your curtains and/or draperies in the washer machine. The blinds can be wiped down with a damp cloth (mild dish washing soap is safe to use on metal and vinyl blinds).

Vacuum up the dust: Now, it’s time to vacuum up the dust that has been set free. You can take out the small rugs and give a good shaking out doors. This might be a good time to consider a thorough carpet cleaning. If you wish to hire a professional to clean your upholstery, carpets, ducts, draperies or more, I suggest Champion Carpet and Upholstery Care at http://www.championcarpetcolorado.com . They are in the Denver area and I know they will take very good care of you. Tell them I sent you.

You can clean deeper by cleaning grout and tile, air ducts, polishing metal and waxing floors. Please contact me if you need support with this.

Clean your screens: Can you see clearly now? By using warm water and a mild dish washing liquid, clean each screen with a brush, rinse thoroughly and let dry in the sun.

Clean Windows: The best way to clean your windows like a pro is with a squeegee. Wash, wipe with a squeegee, scrub the panes and wipe clean with squeegee. If you would like to hire a professional, I recommend Robert Egan with www.windowking.us. He is in the Denver area.

If you need home improvements or repairs, I highly recommend Dave Glassmeyer with Western Sky Land Co at 303 817-8368 or westskylandco@gmail.com. You can request photos of his work and ask about his guarantees. He works all throughout Colorado.

Get the family members together, set realistic expectations and have fun. If you would like support in your spring cleaning and clearing out the clutter, please contact me for a complimentary consultation or to schedule an appointment. http://inharmonyservices.com

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