04/05/2020 Lincoln, R.I.
Spring has sprung – which means warmer temperatures, blossoming flowers and the urge to declutter are on the way. It’s time to start spring cleaning the yard and making other household repairs to maintain the life of your home. Check out our quick and easy cleaning tips to get your home ready for the season. Think of this as your handy spring cleaning checklist to help get you started! Let’s start from the outside and work our way in.
Deck and pool
Before you bring back the patio furniture, be sure to check the deck for loose or damaged boards, framing, posts, steps and guardrails. Also, if you plan on refinishing or painting your deck, only do so if the outdoor temperature is staying at or above 50 degrees so the curing process isn’t hindered. Always check product labels first for any restrictions, and follow the specific instructions.
While swimming in your pool may have to wait for next season, it’s a good idea to check on your pool and start some initial upkeep. Drain any water off of your pool cover and remove or vacuum any debris inside the pool. It’s also a good idea to start to run your filtration system again and begin testing the chemistry levels and pH of your pool.
Gutters and downspouts
As the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers,” so be sure to check that your gutters are free from any buildup so they don’t overflow when it rains. Also, adjust or add extensions to downspouts so that rainwater flows away from your home. Be sure to clean debris from around the perimeter of your house as well, as it can collect water and house undesirable houseguests.
Roof, chimney and attic
Keeping your roof in good condition protects your home and everything inside it. Examine nearby trees for broken or weak limbs that could break off and cause damage to your home. Check your roof for any missing flashing, loose shingles or other obvious damage. This goes for the areas around chimneys, vents and pipes as well. Inside your home, check the ceilings and attic for leaks, stains or moisture that could suggest less obvious roofing problems. Clean attic vents to improve air circulation, and replace air filters if needed. Also consider having your chimney cleaned and serviced after using your fireplace for the last time.
Windows and doors
Spring is the perfect time to open the windows and let some fresh air into your home. Be sure that air is fresh and free of debris by wiping down and cleaning out the insides of all windows. Also, inspect the caulking around windows, doors and openings, and repair or replace any damaged screens. Don’t forget to vacuum your draperies and dust blinds to remove the buildup of dirt.
Around the house
Checking and, if necessary, replacing carbon monoxide and smoke detectors often is good practice to keep your home safe and protected. Doing this at the start of each new season can make it easier for you to remember, too.
Spring cleaning is a great time to declutter your home. Rid your fridge and freezer of expired products that may be lurking around, and give everything a good clean to remove any stains and germs. Collect unused items like books, old clothes and knick-knacks to sell, donate or recycle. Be sure to research what’s accepted for recycling in your town and nearby recycling centers. You can also get creative. For example, some organizations accept used clothing by mail to be recycled to make new textiles instead of being thrown in the landfill. You’ll be helping to make your home and the planet a little cleaner.
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