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Prepare Your Home for Spring

by Kuhrich on Thursday, February 11, 2016

Spring is a perfect time to clean out your home. You can hear the birds chirping, see the flowers budding, and feel the air warm up around you. Getting unnecessary clutter and debris out of your house during spring will help you embrace summer and even have an easier time preparing for fall and winter. When cleaning, there are a few precautions you should take to stay safe through your weekend cleaning and organizing projects. Be sure to let everyone know what is going on in the house, and how they can help. Also, try to be conscious of your family’s schedule. You may not want to mop the floor at three, right when the kids come home from school, for example. Take these steps to keep you and your family safe when cleaning this season.

1 – Rearranging

Rearranging furniture is nice way to tie a room together and spice things up. If you have heavy furniture you may want to invest in furniture post that will make it easier to move the pieces around the room. You should also avoid moving heavy pieces by yourself. They may fall on you or injure you if broken. Be careful and have a buddy so someone can get help if need be. If you are moving furniture, keep your back straight and lift with your legs. This will keep the stress off of your back and help you use stronger muscles in your legs and your core. Who needs cross fit when you have an armoire that needs moving?

2 – Read Instructions

Follow cleaning product safety instructions and labels when cleaning your home. If you are using store bought cleaning products, be sure to read the labels carefully so you do not damage your home, furniture, or yourself. Store bought cleaning products can contain harmful and corrosive chemicals that can harm materials and your own body if not used properly. If you want to avoid this entirely, however, you can create your own cleaning products quickly and safely. By purchasing vinegar (white, distilled) and adding orange peels to it over two weeks, you can have a lovely all purpose cleaner, and you can even create a soft scrub using hydrogen peroxide, castile soap, and baking soda. It is perfect for sinks and tubs that need a little extra elbow grease.

3 – Caution, Floor is Wet

Use caution while walking on wet surfaces and clean up spills. Though it may seem obvious many people fall and hurt themselves while walking over wet surfaces. Be sure to mop properly so the floors can dry quickly and do so when there is little foot traffic so the possibility of injury is lower.

4 – Wear a Mask

Be sure to wear a mask while cleaning dusty areas of your home because dust can contain harmful and irritating materials from pets, people, and even cleaning chemicals that have built up over time. Wearing a simple surgical mask may be best as it will be enough to cover your face but you will not look like you are trying to get through a nuclear apocalypse.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com