Keep your rain gutters clean. Courtesy photo
Keep your rain gutters clean. Courtesy photo

In spite of the gloom and doom El Nino predictions given earlier this year by forecasters, it looks like spring has sprung early this year. In celebration of the season, Right Stop Restoration/Right Stop Cleaning Services would like to provide you with some spring cleaning tips.

Rain gutters

It is very important to keep your rain gutters clean it can cause a lot of damage in the winter and summer. When it rains and your rain gutters are clogged it can cause water damage and mold in your home. In the summertime when it is real hot, dirty rain gutters become a fire hazard.

Dryer vents

Thousands of fires happen every year are caused by dryer lint build up. In addition, the buildup of dirt in the dryer vent can also increase your energy consumption. This is because a clogged up vent would make your dryer take more time to dry your clothes.

Fire safety

Change batteries in smoke detectors (this should be done twice a year), and make sure units are free of dust. Teach everyone in your household how to use a fire extinguisher, and review escape plans.

Improve air quality: Change AC air filter. Clean air conditioner condensation lines. Have Air Conditioner serviced.

Check plumbing

Angle stops, supply lines, pressure regulator, water heater, caulking around sinks, showers, tubs fixtures, indoor and outdoor drains.

Use the following are cleaning tips to make your spring cleaning a snap.

Clean upholstered furnishings

Ruth Travis, president of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, says that to remove stains and odors, blot up as much of the mess as you can right away. While you’re blotting the upholstery, put a plastic liner or a garbage bag between the cushion and the fabric, so you don’t push the contaminant into the cushion. Then flush with cold water as best you can. Blot and flush again. Cold water doesn’t set stains as much as hot water. You can also use a portable spot cleaner or wet/dry vac. If there’s still a residual odor, use a half-vinegar, half-water solution and rinse again. If that doesn’t work, call in the professionals.

Vacuum upholstered furnishings

Use a vacuum’s upholstery and crevice tools to clean under seat cushions.

Reseal grout lines

The cement-based material between wall, floor, and countertop tiles is extremely porous and stains easily. Protect it with a penetrating grout sealer; it’s best to apply it with a small foam brush.

Vacuum and professionally clean rugs and carpet

Synthetic carpets and rugs with waterproof backings can be deep-cleaned with a rotary shampoo machine and a hot-water extraction machine. Rugs without backings, including Orientals, require professional cleaning. To help keep your carpets clean between professional cleanings, take off your shoes when you get home, but leave your socks on because your bare feet will deposit natural oils that will attract dirt.

Air quality, wash window screens

Using warm water and a mild dishwashing liquid, scrub each screen with a brush; rinse thoroughly.

Air quality, clean window treatments

Many draperies and curtains are machine washable; check labels. Dry-clean fabric shades. Wipe wooden blinds with a damp cloth; warm water mixed with a mild dishwashing liquid is safe for metal and vinyl blinds.

Quick cleaning helpers

Sponges

Put your damp sponge in the microwave for two minutes to kill germs.

Showerhead

Fill a bag with vinegar, place the shower head in it and tie. Leave it there overnight and see how sparkling clean it is in the morning.

Pet fur

To remove pet fur from upholstery or clothing, simply put on a pair of rubber gloves and rub. The fur will stick to the gloves like magic!

And if you find you just do not have the time for spring cleaning, call Right Stop Cleaning Services.  Right Stop has over 20 years of commercial, business, and residential experience with property restoration, emergency repairs and cleaning. For a full list of our services please check out our website at http://www.rightstoprestoration.com/.

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