Spring Cleaning Checklist

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Home Improvement

Whether you do your deep cleaning once a year or every month, there are probably a few areas that you tend to forget about.  The following checklist may remind you of a few forgotten corners of your home that need your attention during this year's spring cleaning!


__    Clean out the garage. Get rid of tools you don't use or that are rusted or beyond repair.

__    Inspect the roof and gutter.

__    Examine exterior and touch up if needed. Power wash the outside of the house, including windows.

__   Drain all sediment from your hot water heater.

__   Perform maintenance on home cooling systems.

__   Donate clothing that has not been worn for more than two years.

__   Using a telescoping vacuum extension, sweep away all cobwebs and dust near the ceilings.

__   Wash the walls throughout the house using 1/2 cup ammonia,1/4 cup white vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda to 1 gallon of warm water.

__   Wash all inside windows. Vacuum out the tracks.

__   Vacuum/wash/dry clean all window coverings.

__   Dust and wash light fixtures and chandeliers.

__   Wash all knickknacks.

__   Vacuum lampshades. Replace lightbulbs.

__   Clean out and reorganize the linen closet.

__   With a vacuum brush, remove hair stuck to walls and ceiling by hair dryers and hair spray.

__   Deep clean shower, toilet, floor and sink.

__   Inventory the medicine cabinet and toss expired medicines.

__   Defrost freezer (if needed) and wash out refrigerator. Toss out expired foods.

__   Remove screen on stove fan and wash.

__   Deep clean oven and stovetop.

__   Go through your kitchen appliances, clean thoroughly and get rid of ones you no longer use regularly.

__   Use your vacuum on the front of the coils and motor to remove dust and dirt.

__   Vacuum books and bookshelves.

__    Launder all quilts, blankets, comforters and bedspreads.  Turn mattresses.

__   Move all furniture to the center of each room and vacuum thoroughly.

__   Rent a carpet cleaner or hire a company to clean your carpets.

__   Inventory the contents of each room. Force yourself to get rid of the things you don't need.

__   Have a garage sale.  Put the proceeds toward a family vacation, or visit a local amusement park, water park or favorite restaurant to celebrate the beginning of summer.