The time for spring cleaning is upon us!  During this stay-at-home order we’re spending a lot more time at home.  Make sure you use this time wisely and get ahead on projects and cleaning you’ve been wanting to mark off your list.  Here is a list of 10 things you can do to ensure your home gets the deep cleanse it needs after hibernating all winter:

  1. Cabinets
    • Make sure to remove everything from your cabinets and wipe them inside and out using a wood safe cleanser. 
  2. Windows
    • Don’t forget to clean and inspect the outside of your windows as well as wiping the inside.  It’s always good to check for any unsealed areas around the window seal to avoid future damage to the frame.
  3. Countertops
    • Ensure your countertops are sealed and cleaned well.  You will know they’re sealed when water beads up on top.
  4. Hardwood Floors
    • Even though you think mopping the hardwoods in your home every week is a good practice you can actually ruin them and cause mild water damage.  Spot cleaning is a better alternative to constant wet cleaning.
  5. Beds
    • Don’t forget to clean your pillows and comforter along with your sheets.  It’s also important to vacuum, flip, and rotate your mattress to ensure maximum cleanliness.
  6. Tiled Surfaces
    • Tiled surfaces have a lot of grooves and can be a host for some unsanitary things.  Make sure to scrub them well and check for cracks in the sealant.
  7. Carpet
    • Professionals suggest that higher traffic areas be cleaned 3 to 4 times a year. While low- traffic areas only need to be deeply cleaned every 18 months.
  8. The Refrigerator
    • You probably wipe down the outside of the refrigerator frequently but don’t forget to clean the interior.  Remove all the interior shelving and wash them in warm soapy water.
  9. The Dishwasher
    • The interior of a dishwasher is frequently overlooked but extremely important. Remember, in order to remove all the tomato sauce on your dishes you have to clean the interior of this appliance as well. Purchase a cleanser, or make one yourself.  You’ll be amazed at the difference between washes.
  10. Washing Machine
    • Cleaning the inside of your washing machine will help it to clean your clothes even better.  While you’re focused on the washing machine, make sure you check up on possible leaks or anything that could cause a leak in the future. See our post about how to avoid laundry room leaks here.

While you’re working towards getting your house ready for the beautiful weather, we suggest checking your smoke detector batteries. The United States Fire Administration (USFA) suggests smoke detector batteries be checked at least once a month to ensure optimal performance.

Checking under your house is just as important as cleaning inside of your house.  Inspecting your crawlspace for any moisture issues or microbial growth is an important part of maintaining healthy indoor air quality.  If you don’t already have one, we suggest installing a vapor barrier in your crawlspace. If you do find something that needs professional attention, call PHC Restoration at 910-814-2502.