Spring Cleaning Guide for Homeowners in Maine, Room By Room

Start at the Top by Cleaning Your Ceilings

Clean those light fixtures

Your lights are a major facet of how your house feels. Open up any light covers and clean out the dead bugs and dust, and wipe them down like you would any glass surface, with a microfiber cloth and just a touch of water. If you have old bulbs, it might be time to upgrade to some brighter LEDs.

Check your ceiling fans

Not only do they get caked with dust, they also have “winter” and “summer” settings. Now’s the time to change it from its winter (clockwise) spin to its spring (counter-clockwise) spin, so that the circulation in the room increases. Wipe those blades down while you’re up there. Want to keep the dust off your ceiling fan? Wipe them down with furniture polish. Dust has a hard time sticking to the surface after that.

Get Cooking In the Kitchen

Clean out the fridge and the cabinets

Everyone has a dented can of soup that’s been knocking around on their top shelf for years, some jar of mystery condiment on the door of their fridge, or a frostbitten bag of peas in the freezer. If you’re not going to use it — get rid of it.

Clean the refrigerator fans and coils

Fans and coils are usually right behind the “toe-grill” of your fridge. These parts keep your fridge running for much longer, and prevent overheating. Not only will your fridge run better, but its energy usage will plummet, and you could save some cash on energy bills.

Polish up your appliances and your stove top

There are a thousand products for this, but sometimes nothing beats the power of a damp sponge heated up in your microwave. It’ll cut through the cooking gunk with ease — just make sure you’re wearing gloves when you pick it up.

Seal your countertops

If your countertops are stone, make sure they’re sealed. Granite, marble, and many other stone surfaces are porous, which means spills could actually stain them. Not sure if you need to seal them? To check, pour a little water on your countertop. If the water doesn’t bead, it’s time to reseal.

Get Your Windows Crystal-Clear

DIY Cleaner

Wash your windows with a DIY-solution of 2 cups warm water, ¼ cup of white vinegar, and ½ teaspoon of dish detergent. Instead of wiping them down with paper towels, a crumpled handful of newspaper will give you streakless windows.

Vacuum the debris

Vacuum out the debris that’s been collecting in the sills, or water might sit in the seams of your windows. This leads to rot, and that leads to needing new windows.

Use your shades or blinds wisely

They can drastically cut down on the heat of a house in the summer by blocking the sunlight, and this will keep you cooler and save on energy costs. This will be especially helpful if you think your AC is running too much.

Make Your Living Room More Livable

Protect your furniture

Someone is going to spill something on your furniture this season. It’s unavoidable. So protect your upholstered surfaces with a spray or sealant, like Scotchgard. This prevents not only that wine spill from staining your couch, but prevents the growth of molds, mildew and bacteria.

Renew and restore your wooden surfaces with a home-made wood polish

Mix ½ a teaspoon of olive oil with ½ cup of vinegar or lemon juice. Put that mixture in a spray bottle, and use on any wood surface. Wipe clean with a microfiber cloth.

Keep your dust levels down by simply adjusting your home’s humidity level

Dry air causes static electricity to attract dust to every surface. Too high humidity, however, and you could find yourself with a breeding ground for dust mites, a big allergy trigger. Keep your home humidity between 40-50%, the sweet spot for low static electricity and low dust mite populations.

Don’t Forget the Bathroom

Clean those troublesome shower doors, and keep them clean by applying a rain-repellent made for car windshields. This will make the water bead and roll off, and keep the doors crystal clear. Head over to your local auto parts store and pick some up.