May 12, 2016
With flowers blossoming everywhere you turn, you can’t deny that spring is in full swing and that with it comes the need for spring cleaning and other regular maintenance required around your home. Before you start, be sure to confirm with your strata what you are responsible for and what they will be doing to maintain your home or building. Here are some tips for how to take care of your home to optimize its condition and your comfort.
1. Air Everything Out
A great way to start is by opening windows and doors to air out the space. Empty your cupboards to clean them and give them some air. Airing everything out helps removes allergens and pollutants that build up inside during the winter months. While you’re at it, clean or replace all filters in your home including your furnace, air conditioner, and stove exhaust fan.
2. Clean and Maintain Your Windows
Clean the inside of your windows and, if your building doesn’t do it for you, clean the outside of your windows as well. Remember to also test your window seals by carefully lighting a candle and holding the flame a few inches from the seal (just be sure to move curtains or anything flammable out of the way). If a seal is broken, the flame will flicker. Broken seals can be easily fixed with caulk. This will help ensure your home is well insulated and keep it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
3. Replace Batteries
Check with your strata to make sure they test your fire alarm if they usually take care of this task and test your carbon monoxide detector to make sure it is in working order and replace their batteries if necessary.
4. Check and Clean All Appliances
To keep your kitchen in optimal condition, start by cleaning and checking all appliances. Clean the stove and oven then vacuum underneath. Clean your fridge, defrost your freezer, vacuum under the fridge, and remove any dust built up on the vents at the back of the fridge. Check your washing machine and dryer for cracks or leaks in hoses, pipes, or vents. You can also place a bowl of vinegar on the top shelf of your dishwasher and run it through a cycle to remove any lingering odors and stains.
5. Don’t Forget the Details
Clean your curtains, including your shower curtain. Mold tends to build up there but it can be easily laundered or replaced. If you have doors on your shower, be sure to give these a good scrub. Also, give a good scrub to your sink, bath and toilet so that everything shines. For ultimate freshness, steam your carpet and wash the walls and baseboards. If you haven’t done so in a while, check your pipes for leaks.
6. Take Care of Your Balcony
If you have a balcony or outdoor space, check with your strata to see if they clean it. If they don’t, sweep and wash down the floor, railings, patio furniture, and exterior door. You’ll be spending more time out there as the weather improves.
7. Do Some General Cleaning
Clean your pantry and wipe down any surfaces, tables and shelves and countertops. Then vacuum your couches, tidy up any leftover clutter, and enjoy the sun shining through your windows.
Now You Can Relax!
Enjoy your clean space all summer knowing you’ve given your home a deep clean.