“Winter cleaning” just doesn’t quite have the same ring as “spring cleaning.” (Neither does “fall cleaning” for that matter.) Because of this, you may have decided to put off some essential chores around the house. That’s OK though because Warner Service has a few tips for your piled-up to-do list:
Pick a cloudy day to deep clean your windows. With all of the rainy days coming up in April, it’ll be easy to choose an overcast day to deep clean your home’s windows. Because of the cloudy weather, you’ll be able to see streaks better. Fill a spray bottle with equal parts dishwashing liquid and water, grab a microfiber cloth, and pay close attention to the corners where the window and windowsill meet.
Turn off the fireplace for the season. Since April is a month of warm rain and mild temperatures, there’s no need to turn on the fireplace until the fall rolls around. This is a good month to empty the ashes and clean the gas jets in the hearth. If you’re unfamiliar with this process, contact a professional.
Change your HVAC filter to help subdue spring allergies. April marks the beginning of spring (even though technically it’s March 20 this year), and that marks the beginning of allergy season. To catch the not-so-nice allergens and pathogens in your home, change your HVAC filter. A clean filter means less sneezing and no more itchy and watery eyes.
With daylight savings time, dust your light bulbs. Light bulbs are home to many of those allergy-inducing pathogens that thrive in the spring. Since the days are longer, the sun shines well into the early evening, so it’s a good time to turn off those light bulbs (and save some energy) and dust.
Transplant outdoor greenery. The early part of April is the perfect time to safely transplant your trees, bushes, and flowers without the risk of transplant shock. The warmer temperatures will provide the right atmosphere for your plants to regrow their roots, and the April rain will keep them watered regularly. You know what they say, “April showers brings May flowers.”
Store away your winter bedding. Prepare your bedroom for the warm weather ahead by storing away large comforters and thick blankets. By bringing out the lighter sheets, your room will remain airy and at a cool temperature without adjusting the thermostat. April is also a good time to rotate and air out your mattress, and wash your pillows in hot water.
More summer cooking means testing the smoke detector. With all of the summer recipes you’ll be testing this month, it’s a good idea to check the smoke detector in case anything goes awry. Whether you just have to change the batteries or invest in a new smoke detector, this appliance is worth the extra time and effort.
A lot of our April cleaning tips have to do with eliminating allergies, including mold, pollen, pet dander, and dust mites. Aside from these basic tricks, it’s a good time to switch over to “green” cleaning products and schedule a spring maintenance appointment for your plumbing and HVAC systems.