It’s a brand new year and for most of us that means fresh starts! Whether or not it’s because of a new year’s resolution, many find the first step to that clean slate is a clean home. So we’ve compiled some tips to help you get 2015 started on the right foot!
CHANGE YOUR BATTERIES
Safety first! You always want to make sure things like smoke detectors, alarms, emergency lights and other safety equipment are fresh and ready to go should you need them. If something needs batteries, make sure you’re starting the new year with brand new ones. Also make sure to properly recycle the old batteries you replace.
REPLACE YOUR BAKING SODA
Do you use the classic odour absorbing solution of keeping a box of baking soda in your fridge and freezer? If you want to keep things smelling fresh, you need to change over to a fresh box seasonally. If you haven’t switched things over for winter yet, take this chance to do it now. While you’re at it, why not give the whole fridge a cleaning?
CLEAN YOUR TEA KETTLE
Over time, your stove top kettles can start collecting mineral deposits. To remove these deposits, simply boil equal parts white vinegar and water inside kettle. Remove the kettle from the heat and let it sit for several hours. After that, rinse the inside and hand wash the outside with a gentle sponge. Remember to let your tap water run for a few moments before adding it to the pot.
FLIP YOUR MATTRESS
To help keep yourself supported and extend the life of your mattress, it’s important to both rotate and (unless it’s a pillow-top) flip it over regularly. If it stays in one place for too long, especially if you tend to sleep in one spot, the mattress starts settling and leaves you lacking in proper support when you sleep. This also helps even out the regular wear and tear. It’s also not a bad idea to vacuum the top of your mattress before rotating and flipping it.
CLEAN YOUR CHANDELIERS
Chandeliers and other high up light fixtures often get missed in regular house cleaning. After all, it can be a difficult and awkward chore to get at them. Because of this, they will often accumulate a lot of dust and debris which can affect the quality of your light as well as the quality of your air. Make it a point to take things down, wash your chandeliers and light covers, and even wipe down the bulbs themselves. This is definitely a job that our All-Purpose or Glass Cleaners could help with.
CHANGE YOUR FILTERS
Speaking of dust and debris, one of the big culprits in your home is often the air filters in your furnace, heaters or other ventilation systems. With the winter months in full swing, your heater is working more constantly and can stir up those particles into the air. Less clean air, more mess to deal with. It’s a simple task anyone can do in the sink or in the yard with a garden hose. Just rinse out the filter and let it dry. Similarly, your dryer’s filter can get quite cluttered as well and reduce its efficiency.
A great way to start the year is by freshly organizing spaces like your drawers, cupboards and pantries. Over the course of the year these spots get notoriously cluttered up. Spend some time to make sure everything is in its proper place and that unneeded junk is removed. If you have a utility room, you may even want to do the same there.
And of course, if you’re in our area, you can always start off 2015 with a top-to-bottom home cleaning from us here at AspenClean. You can book your appointment online now!