10 January 2018 - 21:07,
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Cleaning Projects for the Gray Days of Winter
Miki Bass, CEO
Arkansas REALTORS® Association
The bright lights of the holidays are over and the gray days of January have set in. It is easy to grab a bowl of popcorn and a warm blanket and settle in for the season. You are already stuck inside, it is time to tackle those jobs that people don’t really see but know are there. Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Clean your ceiling fans-slide a pillowcase over each fan blade individually, and use your hands to press the fabric against the top and bottom of the blade.
- Light fixtures and bulbs-Turn off the light, let bulbs cool, then spray and wipe the outside of globes with a microfiber cloth and cleaning spray. Wipe bulbs and extension rods and cables with a dry cloth.
- Door knobs/locks/light switches/remote controls-use a disinfecting wipe.
- Baseboards-Mix a bucket of warm water, liquid dish soap and vinegar. Dip a sponge or soft cloth in the mixture and scrub scuffs and stains. When you’re done, dry the baseboards with a clean towel. Leaving water on them could damage the wood.
- Trash can- Sprinkle baking soda at the bottom of the bin, allow it to sit for 10 minutes to deodorize the can, spray with all-purpose cleaner and wipe with a paper towel.
- Blinds– Dust accumulates quickly on blinds. To clean metal or plastic blinds, wipe with a damp sock and multi-purpose cleaner. For wooden blinds, use a cloth dampened just with water. For fabric blinds, wipe with a microfiber cloth.
- Bathroom exhaust fan-A burst of canned air will dust it off nicely.
- Stove burners-Using a cup of ammonia and zip lock bags, allow the burners to soak overnight.
- Clean and polish your stainless steel sink-make a paste of baking soda, cream of tartar and peroxide and scrub your sink. Dry with a soft kitchen towel.
- Shower heads-Fill a sandwich bag with white vinegar and place your shower head in the solution overnight.
Tackling these often-neglected areas will make your house look and feel better. It will also give you a jump start when the time for SPRING cleaning arrives!
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