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It is not surprising that some homeowners may find spring cleaning challenging. Considering you are coming off a cold weather and looking forward to a relaxing season, doing home improvements are not really a priority. However, it is necessary to do some home improvements to make sure that you are not faced with problems as spring passes. Here are some tips on how to make your spring home improvement efforts easier.
The common problem with locks coming off winter is that they normally become sticky. The good thing is that you really do not have to replace them. All you need is a bit of lubricant and you are all set to go. However, before you get carried away spraying those locks with lubricant, make sure that you put a piece of cloth underneath to prevent the lubricant from staining your floors. Test the locks a couple of times before moving to the next one.
During spring, it is not surprising to see thick mold forming in the area of the shower stall. Undoubtedly, it is not a very attractive sight. In case you are not sure how to deal with the mold, here is a relatively easy solution. Mix 2 parts of ammonia with 1 part of baking soda and 1 part of white vinegar. Prepare 30 parts of warm water and place it in a bucket.
Take a sponge and scrub the mixture all over the mold formation. You will be surprised at how easy it comes off. Rinse it all away and let it go down the drain. Throw that sponge in the garbage after using it to avoid causing cross contamination. This mixture is almost as strong as any solution you can buy commercially. The only difference is that this mixture is safer for you and your family.
While you are in the bathroom, take a look if the grout is already dirty and needs cleaning. You can buy a detergent that can be sprayed directly to the grout and works almost instantly.
In the kitchen, there are actually two areas that you want to check; the sink and the fridge. Make sure that you clear the fridge of any leftover food and other items that may be going stale. These items are responsible for leaving a bad odor in the fridge. An excellent way to deodorize the fridge is to keep an open box of baking soda inside. This will absorb all that unwanted odor. You can also wipe down the walls of the fridge using a cloth dampened with a mixture of water and baking soda. Make sure that the fridge is unplugged as you do this.
Make sure that the kitchen sink is not clogged. It is never a good practice to dump greasy food down the sink or anything that does not really belong there. Not only will it ruin your drains, but the clogging can also cause backflow that is very unhealthy. Sometimes small pieces of jewelry tend to fall into the sink. To prevent this from happening, always keep a small jewelry box near the kitchen sink to store your jewelries as you wash the dishes or prepare food.
If your kitchen sink does not have a drain strainer, buy one for about $10 from your local hardware store. If there is already a drain strainer, make sure that it is clean and does not need replacement. Pour boiling water down the sink drain to make sure that greasy residue does not cause a problem for you.
You may find yourself using the air conditioning more during spring. That is why it is important to make sure that it is in proper working order. Dirt will eventually accumulate and affect your air conditioning unit. If you find yourself sneezing when the unit is on, then it is possible that it is very dirty and needs cleaning.
Remove the cover and take out the filter. Check with the manual on how to do this if you are not familiar. The filter can be found just behind the grill of the air conditioner. Once you have the filter, clean off any dirt and grime on it. Scrape it off if necessary before putting the filter back. Use a vacuum cleaner for the rest of the air conditioner.
These few steps will do wonders for your efforts of improving your home during spring.