How To Freshen Your Home For Spring

Everyone loves a makeover and your manufactured home is no exception. After a long, cold winter, Miller Meadows Manufactured Housing Community for seniors 55 and better would like to give you a few ideas to help you brighten and freshen up your home this spring. We know it is still too cold to open the house up and paint, but following these tips will have you ready to go with a roller as soon as the weather turns warm.

Spring cleaning: (We are not specifying products, just areas to consider.)

•Wash walls, door frames, stair rails and light switches. Built-up grime gives your home a grungy feel. Start at the top and work your way down, rinsing and drying as you go. Finish with baseboards. Pay special attention to stairways and corners.

•If your doors are painted, wash them with mild soap and water, and wipe dry. If they are wood, get a cleaner or wood conditioner specially for that purpose. Again, work from top to bottom. Don't forget to wipe dust from the top edge of the door. Clean doorknobs and hinges, using cotton swabs if necessary to get in the crevices.

•Clean your carpets. Whether you call in a professional, or rent a machine and do it yourself, cleaning your carpets will remove accumulated stale odors, dirt, dust and pet dander, making your home smell and look fresh and clean. It can help with allergies and asthma as well. (Make it count - move the furniture and do underneath!) Stay off the carpets until thoroughly dry. Shoes should be removed at the door to prevent outside contaminants and wearing socks will prevent body oils from creating a film on the carpets that attracts dirt.

•Thoroughly mop (scrubbing areas if necessary) your hard surface flooring. If appropriate to your product, use a liquid wax or other floor shine product to freshen up your floors. If you have areas of built-up wax or grime, use an ammonia OR vinegar solution as directed by your flooring manufacturer. Don't forget to pull out the refrigerator and range and do under and behind those as well. Vacuum any dust from the bottom and sides of the appliances.

•Scrub and polish all plumbing fixtures and tubs, sinks, etc. If you have a build up of mineral deposits, you can soak an old rag in white vinegar, drape over the crusted areas, then cover with plastic wrap to prevent drying. Let sit for a few hours or overnight. Using a very soft toothbrush, gently scrub away the mineral build-up and rinse thoroughly. Repeat for stubborn areas. This is great on all chrome fixtures, but may potentially damage certain faucet finishes - check with your manufacturer's specifications. Launder shower curtains or clean the glass and tracks on shower doors depending on your situation.

•It may still be too cool to wash your outside windows, but at least tackle the storm door or any windows and sidelights in your entry doors. Go ahead and wash the interior panes of your windows and vacuum out the window tracks. Use a brush attachment and vacuum slats of blinds as well as any dust or webs on draperies and valances.

Whether you take on any additional sprucing up or not, the satisfaction of having a clean home is a great feeling and will give the entire family a lift.

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