Tips for Your Spring Cleaning Checklist

You may not think of spring cleaning as a cost saving activity, but it can be. Your appliances see a lot of action over their lifetime, and maintaining them efficiently, including cleaning them regularly, saves energy. If you want to save on your energy bills and extend the life of your appliances, have a service clean them regularly or invest the time and effort to do it yourself. Read through the following spring cleaning tips before you get started.

Spring Cleaning Checklist:

1. Microwave

Clean your microwave. To get tough gunk off, fill a microwave-safe bowl with water and microwave it on high for a few minutes. Keep the doors closed for a couple more minutes to let the steam work on spills, then wipe everything down with a soapy rag. Rinse and wipe dry.

2. Refrigerator

The refrigerator is one of the biggest energy hogs in your home. A full refrigerator works more efficiently than an empty one, and one with clean condenser coils has to cycle on and off less frequently, saving you money and extending the life of the compressor. Vacuum the vent below the doors and get the vacuum under the fridge to remove accumulated dust. If the condenser coils are on the back of your model, pull the refrigerator out and give it a thorough vacuuming and dusting.

3. Stove and Oven

Your stove and oven work the most efficiently when they’re clean. The reflecting dishes under the elements on an electric stove actually reflect heat back up at the pan, requiring less energy use. It’s similar with your oven. Food particles on the sides, top and bottom of the oven make it harder for the heat to distribute equally throughout the interior. This wastes energy and results in cold spots that can make some dishes, like cheesecakes and casseroles, cook unevenly.

4. Sinks and Drains

You won’t save energy by keeping your sinks and drains clean, but you will help reduce bacterial growth. Your sinks are prime breeding grounds for germs. They’re moist and warm. By many accounts, your sinks can rival your toilet in the potential quantity and variety of bacteria. Since they look clean, it’s easy to think they are clean. When you’re giving your home’s surfaces a thorough scrubbing, don’t forget to add cleaning your sinks. Use bleach, and be sure to sanitize and scour your drains with a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar.

5. Countertop

Natural stone countertops, including granite and marble, are porous, so if they’re not sealed, liquids like red wine, juice, or soy sauce can stain them. To keep your countertops in tip-top shape, re-apply sealer twice a year. To see if you need a fresh coat, pour a tiny bit of water on your natural stone countertop. If the water doesn’t bead or doesn’t stay beaded for two to three minutes, it’s time to reseal.

6. Dishwasher

Run your dishwasher while it’s empty. Add a little white vinegar to it beforehand to get rid of any odors. If you have a food trap in the bottom of your dishwasher, clean it out.

Your spring cleaning checklist can get long and detailed. You don’t have to tackle it alone, though. A maid service in your community can come in quarterly or even just once to help you whip your home into shape and get it ready for the summer season. The rates may surprise you too.

Contact Viola Cleaning to get started. Please call (425) 821-1561 for more information.