With spring like weather finally coming to Knoxville after a historically cold and snowy winter, it’s that time of year when many homeowners think about completing some spring cleaning, particularly those who are thinking about putting their Knoxville home up for sale. If tackling some spring cleaning has been on your list of things to do, here are some tips of how to clean your Knoxville home like a pro.
Knoxville Spring Cleaning Tip #1 – Stop Neglecting Your Baseboards
Baseboards are a often neglected cleaning task in every Knoxville home, mostly due to the fact the can be a real pain to clean. To do a good clean on your baseboards, vacuum your baseboards using the brush attachment. Then, wipe down with a damp rag covered in water and a little dish soap. To nix any scuff or tough dirt marks, utilize the magic of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. If you really hate the bending that comes with cleaning the baseboards in your Knoxville home, consider investing in a Baseboard Buddy. Or, to rig one up yourself take a Swiffer and a sheet of fabric softener. The fabric softener will attract dirt.
Knoxville Spring Cleaning Tip #2 – Clean Those Dusty Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans can be another much neglected item in many Knoxville homes. Fans can collect tons of dust, making them a real pain to clean. To clean ceiling fans in your home, cover the area below with an old sheet to catch stray dust. Then, make use of an old pillow case to collect all the dust. Lightly spray the pillow case with some water and vinegar (use a spray bottle with filled with water and two tablespoons of vinegar). Put the pillow case over each blade of the fan to collect the dust, then wipe each blade with a damp cloth covered in the vinegar and water mixture. For those not wanting to climb up on a later, utilize a Swiffer Duster of ceiling fan duster to knock the dust off the fan.
Knoxville Spring Cleaning Tip #3 – Don’t Forget About Your Blinds
Like baseboards and ceiling fans, blinds can be another item in your Knoxville home that can be an often be ignored, which is why it is necessary to take care of in your spring cleaning. Get a pair of cotton white gloves and fill a bowl with 1/2 water and 1/2 vinegar, dip one hand in the mixture and wipe down blinds, and then wipe clean with the dry hand.
Knoxville Spring Cleaning Tip #4 – Detoxify Your Garbage Disposal
Even for those Knoxville homeowners that are diligent about what they put down their garbage disposal, they have a nasty habit of always holding lingering smells. Pour 3 or so tablespoons of Borax down your garbage disposal and allow to sit for about an hour. Then, rinse with hot water. If there are still lingering smell, mix 1/2 cup white vinegar and water in an ice tray and freeze. Then drop the cleaning cubes down your garbage disposal any time you have lingering smells.
Knoxville Spring Cleaning Tip #5 – Banish Mysterious Refrigerator Smells
If the fridge in your Knoxville home harbors some phantom smells, sometimes a deep clean is necessary to help get rid of smells. Wipe down all shelves with a damp cloth dipped in hot, soapy water. Remove drawers and washer with dish detergent. To really get rid of bad smells, sprinkle each drawer with baking soda and rinse again with hot soapy water. If that still doesn’t do the trick, this trick may sound odd, but it’ll do the trick. Wipe down drawers with a cloth dipped in tomato juice, then rinse with warm soapy water. If tomato juice can get rid of skunky smells, it can get rid of the smells haunting your fridge. To help stave off future smells, always keep a box of baking soda in your fridge.
Have you started the spring cleaning in your Knoxville home? What tips and tricks do you use?