Most Americans have a yearly tradition that is usually both dreaded and desperately needed: Spring cleaning.
While it can sometimes feel overwhelming, spring cleaning is easier if you have a plan.
Starting with smaller tasks can make the process easier. Now is the time to take our average cleaning routine and amp it up. Instead of just sweeping our hardwood or tile floors, mop and wipe down the baseboards as well. Pay attention to high-traffic areas. Sweeping your front porch, knocking down any cobwebs, and wiping down your front door will transform the first impression of your home.
Bathrooms are something that we clean consistently throughout the year. However, there are always things that we miss. Mineral deposits can build up in our shower heads. A home remedy of a plastic bag half-filled with vinegar and attached to the head can clear those deposits. There’s nothing worse than a stopped-up bathroom sink or shower drain. These things can often be overlooked until it becomes a bigger problem. Take a few moments during your Spring cleaning to assess whether or not your drains are in the process of becoming clogged. A little preventative maintenance will go a long way. JMP Plumbing Services can provide assistance if you find that your drains have already started to clog.
Similar to our bathrooms, kitchens are cleaned fairly regularly. However, there is a lot that we overlook in our normal routine. This is our opportunity to focus on our kitchen appliances. A mild liquid soap can be used to wipe down the interior of our refrigerators and freezers. It is important to wipe up any spills that may have accumulated. Most ovens have a self-cleaning feature, however, sometimes the messes need a little more attention. A mixture of baking soda and vinegar, or any store-bought oven cleaner will allow us to get our oven spotless. A common feature in a lot of modern homes is the garbage disposal. Garbage disposals allow us to dispose of food scraps in an efficient and sanitary manner. They are a priceless feature, but their maintenance is often overlooked. Use Spring cleaning as an opportunity to make sure your disposal is clean and running properly. The most common issue with disposals is odor. Citrus wedges and baking soda can alleviate any stench. If the disposal is clogged, or if you suspect that it has been damaged, play it safe and contact JMP Plumbing Services. Attempting to unclog disposal yourself can be dangerous and may cause further damage.
Everyone’s homes and routines are different. It’s important to take spring cleaning as a time to evaluate what needs to be done in our homes. Taking that extra time and effort to focus on overlooked tasks and projects, will give us a fresh start for the rest of the year.