Spring cleaning is a rite of passage for many Canadians after the winter months. While the past winter gave us plenty of reasons to somewhat maintain our properties, both inside the home and the yard for those of you who have one, there are still many things you can do to spruce up your home. Here are a few ways you can hit the ground running when the season changes from winter to spring in 2016:
1. Windows: Despite the warmer than normal temperatures, windows and the sills and casings that go with them still do experience hardships in the winter. Be sure to pay special attention to them, either by hiring a local window cleaner or safely making your way onto a ladder and doing it yourself. Dirt and dust can wreak havoc on your windows if left untreated. Do yourself a favour and make them shine – if for no other reason then to have the best possible view of beautiful spring and summer days to come.
2. Your winter clothes: Is there a better feeling than storing away your winter clothes for another year? Those jackets and sweaters can safely make their way to your basement, garage or wherever they make their journey to hibernate until needed again next winter. Ensuring they are thoroughly cleaned before doing so will save you a trip to the malls to replace them as they can retain their colours or help keep any stains that may have made their way on them at bay.
3. Fixtures & Vents: Your furnace still was working hard this winter and, because of that, your vents and air returns need to be rid of any excess dust or dander that may have accumulated. This is a great time to break out your duster and remove all remnants of the winter from your light fixtures as well. Seeing as they get the most use from November – early March, giving them a little attention will make sure they’re in great shape all-year round.
4. Your lawn & landscaping: While many people look to declutter the interior of their home during spring cleaning, what they could also get a head start on during this process is making their exterior beautiful as soon as possible. Especially if your home has a four legged family member in it, your lawn is an area that could use some cleaning as well. Throw in a branch trim here and a lawn aeration there, and you’re on your way to having the inside and outside of your home ready for spring with these quick tips.