As warmer months draw near, nagging household chores that have been swept under the rug all winter become a priority. Spring cleaners who want to scour their homes from the top down can benefit from these spring cleaning tips from Consumer Reports. Their cleaning experts created a list of helpful tips for tackling the tough jobs. The full story is featured in the current issue of the magazine and online at www.ConsumerReports.org .
“Most people change the sheets, flip the mattress and vacuum the baseboards, but spring cleaning can be taken a step further to a deep clean,” said Pat Slaven, program leader for Consumer Reports. “Take advantage of this time of year to not only organize your home but also save money by tackling the tasks that you may have hired out in the past.”
For best results that will preserve the quality of household items over time, Consumer Reports recommends these spring cleaning Dos and Don’ts:
Fan blades and housing should be cleaned with a damp cloth and all-purpose cleaner or mix of water and mild liquid dish detergent, unless the care information says otherwise.
For clean, streak-free glass, apply cleaner to windows with a slightly dampened sponge. Wipe across the window with dampened squeegee blade, then wipe blade.
Curtains and Drapes
Freshen curtains and drapes by vacuuming with the soft brush or dusting attachment and set on reduced suction to prevent fabric from being drawn into the nozzle.
Vacuum fabric blinds with the soft brush attachment. Spot-clean with upholstery cleaner, but test it first in an inconspicuous spot to be sure the colors don’t fade or bleed. Greasy aluminum or PVC blinds should be placed in a bathtub filled with warm soapy water and rinse.
Refresh upholstery with a vacuum with good tool airflow. Check Consumer Reports’ Ratings for models that scored well in that test. Vacuum the corners and all sides of cushions. If pets nap on the couch or chair, deodorize by sprinkling with baking soda and letting it sit for 15 minutes, or longer for tough odors, then vacuum.
Unless the care instructions say otherwise, most foam-filled and synthetic pillows can be machine-washed. Use the gentle cycle, warm water, and a mild powdered detergent.
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