Spring Cleaning Shortcuts

Posted February 26th, 2010
by HomeownersInsurance.org Staff (no comments)

springcleaningIt’s that time of year again. Your house is cluttered, not because you and your family are naturally messy people, but because you’ve been stuck in the house for the past few months enduring a cold and snowy winter. Even if you live in a warmer climate, spring is a great time to spruce up your home a bit.

That’s right, I’m talking about spring cleaning.

Now, to be effective, spring cleaning doesn’t have to be all-or-nothing. You don’t need to spend all day every day for a week clearing out cobwebs and washing curtains. Instead, you can focus your efforts on some of the items that are most visually noticeable.

Here are a few spring cleaning shortcuts to make your home look sharp:

  • Clean your carpets. Your carpets have just been through a full winter of dirt, mud, muck and body oil. Don’t even get me started on the germs that will build up in a carpet. Rent a Rug Doctor, or better yet have Stanley Steamer come in and make your carpets ready to entertain spring and summer guest.
  • Wax and seal your floors. Yep, that’s right. Get down and get dirty. Use a bristle brush to get out all the crud that’s built up. If your floor isn’t the kind that uses wax, you still need to spend some time down on your hands and knees scrubbing.
  • Clean the doormats. Shake them out. Hit them with a broom, just like they used to do on Leave it to Beaver. Give your doormats the most intense cleaning recommended. They’re your first defense against dirt entering the house.
  • Wash the walls. Not just the walls, but your baseboards, cabinets and your woodwork, too. Give it a yearly bath and you’ll be surprised how good it looks.
  • Vacuum smart. Don’t move all the furniture off the carpet to vacuum. Just slide it over a few inches in each direction. Trust me, it’ll save time and still look great.
  • Make sure your homeowners insurance is up to date. You think I’m kidding, but if you’re about to start entertaining guests for the spring and summer, you want to make sure you’re covered for both damages and liability. Call your homeowners insurance agent, and review your policy to see if there’s anywhere you can shore things up (or if you’ve qualified for a new discount).

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