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A Primer on Spring Cleaning
When the snow melts away and the flowers start to show up, it’s time for spring cleaning. In case you don’t know where to start, Martha Stewart offers some suggestions:
Walls and ceilings. Vacuum to remove dust and cobwebs. For more stubborn surface dirt, use a cleaner appropriate for the wall.
Grout. To help keep your grout from staining, reseal it with a penetrating grout sealer.
Carpets and rugs. Vacuum thoroughly and use a shampooer to deep-clean synthetic carpets and rugs with a waterproof backing. If carpets or rugs cannot be shampooed, have them professionally cleaned.
Shelves. Take everything – books, knickknacks, etc. -- off your shelves, dust the shelves, then dust the things and put them back on the shelves.
Upholstered furniture. Take removable cushions outside and beat them gently. If needed, use a stain remover appropriate to the fabric. Vacuum the rest of the furniture thoroughly, using a crevice tool as needed.
Metal door and window hardware. Remove tarnish and polish using a soft cloth and polish.
Dust. Start at the top of the room, and work your way down. Use a vacuum to get up dust that falls to the fall.
Wooden furniture. Wipe down surfaces and then use a paste wax, following the directions on the wax.
Fire safety. Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and test to make sure they work. Review your fire safety plan with all the members of your family.
Window screens. Using a brush and a mixture of warm water and mild dish detergent, scrub and rinse your screens.
Window treatments. Wash or dry clean fabric curtains, drapes and shades, based on the manufacturer’s recommendation. Wipe down wooden blinds with a damp cloth. Clean vinyl or metal blinds with a mixture of warm water and mild dish detergent.
Non-wood floors. Wax linoleum, tile, stone or vinyl floors with a product designed for use on that type of floor.