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The Complete Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Home

April 25, 2017

Spring cleaning is a popular tradition that gives homeowners the opportunity to declutter and freshen up the home. Make sure you’re doing a thorough job so that your Opelika, Alabama, house is clean for summer fun ahead. When spring cleaning your home, wash windows, eradicate dust, clean mattresses, seal and insulate openings, and schedule an HVAC system maintenance check. 

Wash the Windows

Choose a cloudy day to wash your windows. Without the sun’s harsh glare, you’ll have an easier time watching for unsightly streaks. The most efficient way to clean windows is with a squeegee and a simple solution of water and dishwashing liquid. Wipe vertically on one side of the window and horizontally on the other so that you’ll see which side any streaks appear on.

Ditch the Dust

Go through your home and diligently clean the sneaky spots where dust often goes unseen. Make sure your routine includes the following:

  • Dust lamp shades.
  • Clean fan blades.
  • Launder curtains.
  • Wipe down baseboards, crown molding, window frames, and door frames.
  • Dust high shelves, picture frames, and delicate decor.

Dust all your standard spots while you’re working as well. Keep your air conditioner or HVAC system fan running as you clean to pull any dust you stir up into the system’s air filter. You’lll want to change your air filter after this dusting job to keep the air inside your home clean.

Clean Your Mattress

You probably launder your sheets and bedding regularly, but how often do you address the mattress? Strip your mattress of its bed coverings and give it a good cleaning. Spot treat stains with a gentle upholstery cleaner. Vacuum the mattress thoroughly with upholstery vacuum tools, paying special attention to any crevices.

If you don’t already have a dust and allergen-proof cover on your mattress, now is the perfect time to slip one on. This cover will keep dust mites from gathering inside the mattress in the future.

Schedule Your HVAC System Maintenance Visits

While you can do many spring cleaning tasks on your own, others need the touch of a professional. You should schedule a tuneup for your HVAC system annually to supplement your DIY air filter replacements and keep parts of your system clean. Your Sensigreen Heating & Air services technician will thoroughly inspect and clean the unit, tighten electrical connections, lubricate moving parts, and look for pending problems.

This annual maintenance visit will improve your system’s energy efficiency and increase its lifespan. You’ll enjoy cleaner air, more reliable heating and cooling, and fewer repair needs when you invest in regular preventive care.

Tune Up the Vacuum Cleaner

Your vacuum cleaner is a powerful tool for keeping the home clean, but how often does it get care and attention of its own? Examine the brush roll on the bottom of your vacuum cleaner and snip any long hairs or threads tangled around it. Empty and clean the dust compartment and clean or replace the filter. Wipe down the vacuum cleaner with a damp cloth to remove accumulated dust and dirt on the unit.

Seal and Insulate Your Home

Spring cleaning gives you the opportunity to closely inspect your home for energy losses. A well-sealed and insulated home will result in lower energy costs and more even heating and cooling. Look at windows and doors to make sure you have a proper seal. Repair cracks around frames with caulk and install weatherstripping along the bottom to stop air leaks.

You can remove outlet covers for a peek at the insulation in your walls. Spray foam insulation conforms easily to the irregular spaces in wall cavities for areas where you find your home lacking. Take a peek in the attic and make sure you have enough insulation there as well. In attic spaces, you can easily place insulation batts in areas that lack proper insulation.

Do you need a professional touch to finish up your spring cleaning routine? Contact one of our Sensigreen Heating & Air service professionals at (334) 366-9237 to schedule your HVAC system maintenance visit now. Proper care during your annual home cleaning routine will promote cleaner, healthier air year-round.

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