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As we countdown to spring, we look forward to leaving the stale, cold air of winter to welcome the vibrant, sunny days of spring. The outdoors quickly become an oasis of beauty and life and often inspires us to embark on our annual spring cleaning ritual.
With today’s busy lifestyles, a thorough spring cleaning of our homes can seem an impossible feat to accomplish. But, with a little preparation, our 2018 countdown to spring cleaning guide can make the project seem more manageable.
The key is to accomplish some of the larger tasks before the arrival of the season. Let’s look at what you should get done before it’s time to scrub your home from top to bottom.
Rid your home of clutter
If you didn’t already do so for the holidays, minimizing unwanted items in your home is a great first step. The easiest way to do it is to work one room at a time, on different days. Have […]
Don’t we all love it when our house is spick-and-span clean?
Unfortunately, for most of us, that can be a rare occasion. Cleaning a whole house and getting everything done from one end to the other can be a daunting task. But, it’s not impossible. By breaking tasks down into an organized schedule, we can get it all done a little at a time. Let’s look at how you can develop a cleaning schedule for the entire year and have the well-maintained home you’ve always wanted.
Make a List
The first thing you want to do is to walk through your house and identify the things that you’d like to get done. Many items are common for most any household.
Some items are best done on a weekly basis, while others only need attention on a monthly, quarterly, or occasional basis. The key is to create a schedule based on your needs and preferences.
To help you along, here is what works for most people:
No matter how busy you are, when you clean […]
If you are a big fan of outdoor grilling, then you know how important it is to end your summer with a clean grill. Since summer is winding down in Chicago, it is time to clear off some time to clean up your barbeque grill. So, in order to get your grill packed up and ready for the next season, follow the below mentioned grill cleaning guide:
Oils and grease get polluted, specially in summer, and polluted oils on your grill can make the food taste bad. Also, soured oils on the bottom of the grill grates can flavor and vaporize your food. So, it is recommended to use a metal scrapper brush to eliminate the charred chicken flesh and stubborn chunks of bones. Once this is done, you can take its grates out as they too require a good scrapping.
Baking soda is also a good way for soaking oily and greasy grill accessories.
You must also check and remove all unburnt charcoal and ashes from the ash catcher and bowl. […]
Winter is around the corner. In the winter, you might need to employ some seasonal specific extra efforts to protect your home from the cold. Depending on your situation, you may have to take care of your heating system and fireplace, ensure that all the leaks are properly sealed, and further winterize your home.
Do you find it difficult to maintain your home in winter? Are you looking for some tips? If yes, then you will likely enjoy these following fall cleaning tips. They are all easy-to-follow and affordable. Moreover, these are very effective to protect your home from the unpredictable weather conditions that winter brings.
Check for air leaks
Make sure that the glass in your home’s windows is properly sealed against the window frame. Any leaks will allow air passage into your home. You need to check for the cracked or loose glazing as well and make these repairs before the winter if possible as well. In addition, ensure that all the doors and windows are in proper condition. […]
Summer is filled with green grass, dairy products, ice cream and mud too, but these joys can easily translate into nasty and hard to remove stains on your clothing. Below are a few common summer stains and tips on how to remove them safely.
Soak your clothes in laundry product with enzymes and cold water for at least 30 minutes. Wash them after that in the washing machine as usual
Note: Avoid using hot water to remove these kinds of stains on clothes as it will result in the protein digestion and coagulating making it even harder to remove (ie: The stains will set)
Ice cream and dairy products stains
Before washing, the fresh stains on clothes should be soaked in cold water. If the stains have dried, brush and scrape them off to remove any crustier particles. Soak them in cold water with detergent for several hours. Later on, wash in warm water in the washing machine as usual. If the stains are still intact, soak the clothing for another half […]
Cleaning your house is all about rejuvenating your space and giving it a tidy look and a fresh feel. Spring, summer, autumn and winter; each season is distinct and has some special cleaning requirements. The following are 5 Easy Summer Cleaning Tips for Your Home to stay fresh and tidy between Sweep Home Chicago deep cleaning sessions.
1. Involve the whole family in a quick and easy daily cleaning routine.
Sometimes we may end up spending the whole day on cleaning. Easy maintenance summer cleaning may take just 5 min by involving the whole family. Ensure that every member of the family has simple and quick task to perform. The tasks may include wiping down the counters, sweeping the floor, or putting away the dishes.
2. Prevent messes from outdoor from coming inside.
Most of the time we get out of our houses during summer, we bring in some dirt like grass and sopping wet clothes, sand, and grass. To avoid bringing dirt from the outside in, put a heavy-duty mat in all […]
Summer’s fast approaching, and many of us are, most probably, woefully unprepared. Let’s run through some tips, detailing how you can make sure you’re prepared for the summer to come.
A tidy mind means a tidy house
Let’s start from the inside. Let’s face it – the more wound up we are, the harder it is for us to take care of those all-important chores. We know that a tidy house means a tidy mind, but not all of us realize that the opposite it true. Meditate, listen to relaxing music, read a book… You’ll find it much easier to face the chores ahead of you.
Often, people stock up for the winter, because it’s, “Too cold to go out”, but, in summer, we’re often too hot to go out! So do all the finicky bits now while the weather is just right! All the, “I need x amounts of this, y amounts of that”… Trust me – you’ll thank me later!
You can’t get anything clean if nothing’s tidy, so start […]
Days are getting longer and warmer, flowers are starting to bloom, and it’s officially springtime across the country. While spring takes a little longer to spring in Chicago, now is still a great time to start cleaning your living space of dirt and dust so you can enjoy the upcoming beautiful days.
Especially if you normally suffer from allergies, this is a crucial time to make your home spic ‘n span. Over the winter, despite your best efforts and intentions, allergens have been building up, and combining allergens inside the home with pollen outside the home can make gorgeous spring days miserable.
A little spring cleaning can go a long way. Here are some tips to help remove allergens from you home.
Evict Your Dust Mites
While dust mites are everywhere and you can never fully rid your home of them, over the winter, many of these miniscule creatures have been taking up residence in your blankets and comforters. While we can’t see these creatures, many of us are allergic to them. To […]
The holiday seasons can mean a very festive and enjoyable time for family and friends; however, as much as it’s a time to unwind, kick back and relax, it can also prove to be the most stressful time of the year. Between scrambling to buy gifts for your family, setting up guest rooms for your out-of-town visitors, and preparing the holiday meals.
The holidays are a time to celebrate with family and friends. It’s a time for cooking, baking, gift-giving and making merry, yet many people obsess over the many cleaning tasks they’ve skipped throughout the year. Of course, you want your home to be a beacon of holiday cheer, but with shopping, running errands, work, and family obligations, keeping it clean can be an insurmountable task.
Tips for a Guest-Ready Home during the holiday season:
Focus on the Foyer
The foyer is the area people will see first upon entering your home, so it’s important to make a good first impression. Spruce up your entryway by wiping down your front door.Give that […]
Although wine is one of the most loved beverages around the globe, it can produce one of the most feared carpet and upholstery stains. What started off as a warm celebration with family and friends can turn into a major fabric or carpet fiasco. Before you think of seeking help from a professional, here are some simple tips for removing holiday wine stains and spills.
Coarse Salt is among the most preferred methods when it comes to wine stains removal. However, this method works better if applied within the first two minutes of spillage. Once a spill is made, apply a thick layer of salt over the stain. Ensure that you have covered the stain completely and let it sit for about one hour. The salt you have sprinkled over the stain will absorb it, and you can easily brush it afterward.
2. Club Soda
Another effective remedy is club soda. It is believed that soda’s carbonation have a stain removal agent. Pour your club soda over the stain on the […]