Spring is here and Philadelphia homeowners are starting their respective Spring Cleaning rituals.
In some households, Spring Cleaning is best tackled in a single weekend filled with rubber gloves, ratty clothes, and sweat. In other homes, it's a less serious undertaking. Either way, to clean a home from top-to-bottom, you need to have a plan.
If you've never used the Martha Stewart, 9-step Spring Cleaning Organizer, check it out. It covers the basics:
- Cleaning shades and windows
- Sorting through wardrobes for "old" clothes
- Cleaning and rotating mattresses and cushions
For most of the cleaning, everyday household cleansers and a vacuum or rags will do the trick.
There are a few items on the list, however, that require heavy-duty appliances; ones you may not keep at-home. For example, cleaning carpets is best-handled with a steam cleaner. You can choose to rent cleaning equipment from a local hardware store, or considering hiring an Angie's List contractor to do the job. It'll be more expensive, but the job will be done properly.
Also on the list is a reminder to check batteries in smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and flashlights.