While spring cleaning is a great idea, cleaning your home just once a year isn’t. If you want to get the most out of your home, you should keep up with home maintenance on a regular basis. Here are some simple maintenance tips for your kitchen, family room, and garage:
In Your Kitchen
Clean your oven & stovetop: Whether you have a gas or electric model, keeping the top and the inside clean is important. Dirty burners can absorb the stove’s heat and make it less efficient while caked-on oven debris can affect the flavor of your food.
Wash your kitchen rugs: You may not realize it, but you’ve likely dropped many different foods (both cooked and uncooked) onto your kitchen rugs. Make it a point to wash them regularly to get rid of dirt and harmful bacteria.
Restore your countertops: If your countertops have scratches, nicks, or stains, put a little love into restoring them. Use epoxy resin to fill in granite nicks, use toothpaste and a clean cloth to buff out tile scratches, and use vinegar to remove coffee or tea stains from laminate.
Freshen up your garbage disposal: Sprinkle 1/2 cup baking soda down your disposal, then add a cup of white vinegar. Allow the mixture to bubble for about 5 minutes, then pour boiling water down the disposal. Finally, run the water and throw some citrus peels down the disposal. Turn on until everything is gone.
In Your Family Room
Deep clean your carpet: Your family room carpet sees a lot of traffic, so treat it right with a deep cleaning every few months. You can easily rent a carpet steam cleaner for the day to make all of the dirt, dust, and debris is eliminated.
Prevent faded curtains: Dark-colored curtains are great for keeping out sunlight, but the same sunlight can also fade them over time. To prevent this, use lined window treatments, shades, or blinds for protection. And remember – if you’re in need of window repairs, don’t hesitate to call us.
Keep your fireplace clean: If you have a wood-burning fireplace, check it regularly for creosote (dark or black substance) and soot (dark, soft, powdery substance) buildup. Both are flammable and can pose fire hazards if they build up.
Polish your furniture: If you have wooden furniture (coffee tables, end tables, entertainment center, etc.), make a DIY wood polish that not only cleans the wood but nourishes it as well. You can use a combination of mineral oil and lemon extract, olive oil and white vinegar, or grated beeswax and turpentine.
In Your Garage
Keep your door running smoothly: Many garage doors have metal rollers, hinges, and tracks that can collect dust and dirt and affect the door’s efficiency. Remove dust and dirt buildup on a regular basis and oil up the metal parts to keep it running smoothly.
Clean your floor: Road salts and fluids that leak from your vehicle can cause stains and spalling on your garage floor (plus, they can be slippery). To prevent these stains and damage, hose down the garage floor on a regular basis.
Inspect your walls and foundation: Inspect your garage walls and foundation twice a year for moisture and cracks. If you see discoloration or mold, you may have a leak in your roof and we suggest you give our roofing repair experts a call.
Check for pests: Insects love dark, damp places, so make sure you regularly check your garage’s corners, behind shelves, and where the walls meet the foundation. If you find a pest problem, contact a pest control company as soon as possible.