Spring Cleaning Tips From A Local Expert

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Warmer temperatures and the start of spring mean one thing: it's, once again, time for spring cleaning.

WFMY News 2's Patrick Wright will be out Thursday morning with Hank Williamson, manager of The Maids of the Triad, to give you some of the tips you need to make this year's job a little easier.

Here are tips from The Maids about how to clean every room of your house:

  • Move oriental rugs and other large area rugs outdoors in the late morning to air out. Hang them over a clothesline or lay them over clean deck railings and use a broom to thoroughly beat out the dirt. Don't leave them out in the sun too long.
  • Move your refrigerator, oven, dryer and washing machine just enough to clean behind them. *Hint: if you can't reach items that fall behind an appliance, use a long nozzled vacuum with a knee-high pantyhose secured by a rubberband. The pantyhose will prevent the item from getting sucked up into the vacuum.
  • Turn off your light then remove the lightbulbs and light casing on ceiling fans. Put a washcloth in the bottom of a sink filled with warm, soapy water to line the sink and prevent damage to your light casings. Then, wash and dry your light casings. *Hint: In most ceiling fans, you do not need to completely remove the screws that secure the light casings.
  • Move furniture away from walls and take down pictures and other items. Wash painted walls with a slightly damp, soft cloth and dry with a towel.
  • Scrub your wastebaskets using soap and water and a clean, stiff brush. Rinse with a mild disinfectant then move them outside to dry in the sun. *Hint: Put several wastebasket liners in the bottom of your basket so it's effortless to reline it.
  • Clean out your pantry, refrigerator and freezer, cupboards and drawers.
  • Consider spring cleaning a time to declutter your home and closets. The less clutter you have, the less you have in your home to dust and clean around.
  • To clean stove knobs, first, write down where the knobs belong. Gently pull them off the stove. Soak in a mixture of warm, soapy water with 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Then, use a soft cloth to clean the knobs. Dry and put back in place.
  • To clean stove the exhaust filter, remove the grease trap filter and soak it for 5-10 minutes in a sink full of hot, soapy water and 1/2 cup white vinegar. After soaking, spray with steaming hot water. Dry, polish and put back in place.
  • Remove mineral deposit clogs from metal shower heads by boiling the head with 1/2 cup white vinegar and one quart of water for 5 minutes.
  • Unclog plastic shower heads by soaking in a hot water and vinegar mixture.
  • Remove (if possible) and wash wall and floor vent covers with warm, soapy water and dry thoroughly. Use a toothbrush or small paint brush to get in between slats.
  • You can freshen up the air in your home by placing fabric softener sheets in air vents when you replace your air filters.
  • Use a wet Puma stone on the inside of a white, porcelain toilet to remove toilet rings. NOTE: Do not use on a colored toilet, stone could remove paint.

And, if you'd like to reach out to the Maids for cleaning services at your home or office, you can call them at 336-773-9225 or visit the company's website here.


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