Spring cleaning tips for 2013!


Taking Care of Stainless Steel

To keep your stainless steel bright and clean, use a light mist of wax-based aerosol spray once or twice a week. Don't put on too much as you don't want to soak the surface and make it greasy. Wipe the mist with a clean, lint-free cloth, and never use oils to keep away fingerprints (lint will stick to the oil). Don't use cleaners with bleach after you've put on the waxy layer or it will dry out and lose some of the luster. Finally, don't use anything abrasive such as products like Soft Scrub or Scotch-Brite pads. You don't want to scratch or ruin the surface.

Organizing Closets

Organizing your closet is the first step to organizing the rest of your home. Get rid of unused clothes and accessories, and organize the rest by how you get dressed in the morning and by color. Your closet will look appealing, and your everyday routine will be easier.

Cleaning Painted Walls

To clean your painted walls start with a clean cloth or sponge and water. If that doesn't work, dip the rag or sponge into water mixed with a little dishwashing liquid, the milder the better. If the stain persists, apply a few drops of soap directly onto the wet sponge or cloth you're using. For more stubborn cases, you could apply a little soap right onto the stain.

Creating a Different Mood

For easy makeovers, try collecting textiles, this way you can make an easy change with bedding, towels, and table linens to create a different mood. Switch things out seasonally, or for a special event, or whenever you want to play with a certain color or pattern."

Caring for Your Tiles

Clean your bathroom and kitchen tiles with a cleaner that has "neutral pH" on the label. You can also mix baking soda and water for a homemade cleaner: Pour 1/2 cup baking soda into 2 gallons water and mix very well. Apply the liquid with a string mop or sponge mop. For grout, use the same baking soda and water mixture, but for tough stains, call in the proffessionals!

Removing Stains from Countertops

Getting rid of stains on granite can be tricky, but the key is to wipe up stains as soon as you get them. Have your countertop sealed a few times as soon as it's installed (You'll know it's sealed properly when water beads and forms droplets on the surface), then have it sealed again a year later. You can poultice away rust and can remove soap scum or mildew with a solution of 1/2 cup ammonia in a gallon of water. For most coffee or juice stains, you can use a little hydrogen peroxide in water, plus a few drops of ammonia. For everyday wear-and-tear, buff away small scratches with superfine dry steel wool, called "grade 0000."

Reorganize Bookshelves

Sort books by size and subject. Remove and discard any ripped dust jackets (unless you think they might have value). Line books, some vertically, some horizontally, in a rhythmic pattern. This will relieve the monotony of rows.

Caring for Wood Floors

The keys to keeping your wood floors looking new are to avoid oversanding, use trivets or saucers under plants to avoid water damage, use furniture protectors to avoid scratches, and damp-mop once a week with a mild soap like Murphy Oil Soap.

Cleaning Done Right

Make the most out of the time you set aside clean. Clean your house thoroughly. Polish silver, wash windows, wipe down the lightbulbs in your lamps, wipe down the walls. Everything will gleam and glisten. The effect will be cathartic and make you feel like you have accomplished something.