Many people consider spring cleaning to be a chance to air out rugs and clean curtains, but other areas in house could use some spring cleaning to keep them in good condition. The mechanical systems in your home, such as air conditioning and plumbing fixtures work hard all year round. Take the time to clean them properly to ensure your house stays in good working order.
Air conditioning equipment should be checked and the filter should be replaced. A filter may need to be replaced more than once during the season, it will depend on the specific filter. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for how often a filter should be replaced and mark it on your calendar.
If you have a dehumidifier, allow it to dry out completely. Then clean it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. At the very least, you should change any filters and vacuum underneath the cover after it has dried.
For bathroom spring cleaning, check the faucets for signs of rust or leaking. Remove the handles and clean with a rust remover as needed. This will prevent any corrosion. The flappers in all toilets should also be examined for any signs of age. Replace any flappers that look worn before leaks occur.
Remove the guard on the bathroom fans and clean with a toothbrush to remove any dust and dirt. Also check for any signs of mold or mildew in the bathroom and clean promptly. If there is a lot of mold, consider using a more powerful fan to remove steam while showering.
Safety equipment should also be checked during your spring cleaning. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and it is in good working order. Smoke detectors and carbon dioxide detectors should have their batteries replaced and their units vacuumed to maintain them.
During your spring cleaning, check for areas in your home that could cause your HVAC system to overwork itself keeping your house cool. This includes large cracks around doors and windows that can cause heat to infiltrate your home. Take care of these problem areas as needed and you will also save on your next power bill.
For days when your HVAC system is not necessary, take some time to give your window screens a good spring cleaning. Kerosene is an excellent way to clean screens, but the fumes can be dangerous. Always clean window screens outside. Use a soft cloth and apply kerosene on both sides to remove debris.
Now is also the time to examine window screens for small holes and tears that can allow insects into your home. Use household cement to fix small holes, or cut and sew a patch to fix the problem. Use matching thread and the repair should be unnoticeable. Be careful using household cement on plastic screens; it can melt some plastics.
While your outside doing other spring cleaning projects, take a look at your rain gutters. Make sure that they are cleaned of debris, but also that they are functioning properly and firmly fixed to the house. A low lying gutter can be tightened using pliers on the strapping. Before adjusting the gutters, make sure that they will still slope in the proper direction.