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Sprucing Up for Spring

Though Floridians don’t typically experience cabin fever like northerners, spring cleaning is still a great way to welcome the new season. Who doesn’t love the feeling of living in a clean home? Here are some helpful tips for giving every room in your home a much-needed deep cleaning treatment.

Kitchen
HIGH RES Bari Kitchen by Rob-Harris
Bari Model Kitchen – Artesia

Are your stainless-steel appliances looking streaky? Just spray them with an easy solution of half water and half rubbing alcohol, then polish clean with a dry cloth to get them looking good as new!

Cleaning the fridge can be the most daunting task of all but you don’t have to do it all at once. Clean one shelf at a time and wipe it down with a solution of salt and carbonated water.

When was the last time you cleaned your dishwasher? Get rid of built-up food particles and other gunk by filling a mug 2/3 full of white vinegar and running the dishwasher on the normal cycle with hot water.

Bathroom
LOW RES Pimento Master Bath by Rob-Harris
Pimento Model Master Bathroom – The Isles of Collier Preserve

It can be easy to forget about showerheads! Be sure to periodically clean your showerhead with a vinegar and water mixture. Just spray, let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe it clean to remove build-up.

For tiled surfaces, use a mixture of 1/2 cup of baking soda in 2 gallons of water. Sometimes grout can be extra tricky and needs a more heavy-duty cleaner. For extra tough stains, try making a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide or use a commercial grout cleaner.

Spring is a great time of year to clean out under the sink. Start by taking out every item and wiping down the inside of the cabinet. Then, sort through everything to get rid of empty, expired and never-used products. Small storage baskets can help keep things organized.

Bedrooms
HIGH RES Isle Master Bedroom by Rob-Harris
Isle Model Master Bedroom – LakePark at Tradition

Washing sheets and pillowcases is easy but did you know that your pillows and comforters should be washed 2-3 times a year? Just be sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions first!

Mattresses need cleaning too! Give it a good vacuum with the upholstery attachment, then rinse with a damp cloth and blot dry. A steamer can help kill dust mites too.

Main Living Areas
HIGH RES Kingfisher Grand Family by Rob-Harris
Kingfisher Grande Model Family Room – Westlake

Dust clings to curtains so be sure to go over them periodically with a lint roller. If they need a deeper clean, run them through the dryer on the air-fluff cycle with a damp towel for 15 minutes.

Have a dusty ceiling fan? You can use a pillowcase as a dust rag! Clean each blade without worrying about getting dust all over your furniture.

Don’t forget to clean the inside of your windows! Use a damp cloth to get in those dirty corners and crevices, then wipe with a dry towel.

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