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Cleaning Tips

Winter is a fantastic time to deep clean your home. Our real estate agents also recommend that you thoroughly clean your home before an open house or showing. Follow these tips to get your space cleaner than ever. 

  1. Dust, Wash and Touch Up Your Walls
    Throughout the year, grimy hands and dirty paws leave your walls with spots and stains. Start by grabbing your vacuum cleaner and using the brush attachment to remove dust, mud, and grime from your walls and baseboards. You can clean your walls with warm water and a small amount of all-purpose cleaner. If any spots remain, try a small amount of rubbing alcohol. Before you get started, test any cleaning solutions on an inconspicuous area. Don't forget your baseboards! Depending on how dirty they are, just vacuuming them may be sufficient. Or, you might want to wipe them down using a cleaning solution. Once your walls are clean, grab your painting supplies and touch up any spots that have chipped or don't look their best.
  1. Clean Out and Organize Your Pantry
    Before you start stocking up on your favorite winter comfort foods, get your pantry cleaned up. Start by taking everything out. This will give you a chance to see what you actually have. Throw out any items that have expired or that you no longer eat. Or, if the items haven't expired and haven't been opened, you can donate them. Once your pantry is empty, vacuum the shelves and floor to get rid of dust, hair, and crumbs. Then, grab a wet rag and your cleaner and wipe down the shelves. Dry them with another cloth. Sweep and mop the floor. If necessary, add bins and shelves to better organize your panty. Consider putting like items together or organizing the contents by color. Labels are handy to help your family remember when things are supposed to go. An aesthetically-pleasing pantry will help your home stand out from other Southport homes for sale
  1. Clean Your Oven
    If you have a self-cleaning oven, winter is the ideal time to use this feature, as the extra heat will help warm your home. The self-clean cycle will turn all the burnt-on food into ash, and then you can wipe them out with a cloth. However, some argue that the self-clean cycle puts too much stress on your oven's heating element. Another alternative is a commercial oven cleaner. Spray the cleaner and follow the instructions. Make sure to work in a well-ventilated area, as these cleaners often have heavy fumes. If you have a self-cleaning oven, use a cleaner that's meant for use in self-cleaning ovens. You can also make a paste with vinegar and baking soda. Let the paste sit on the burnt-on food overnight. In the morning, use a damp sponge to scrub your oven. 
  1. Wash Your Blankets and Pillows
    A cozy blanket and plush pillows are essential for a relaxing evening. Make sure that they're free of dust and mold spores by laundering them. You can wash most throws and pillows in your washing machine. It's fine to let your items air dry. Or, if you want to use your dryer, dry them on low and fluff them throughout the cycle. 

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