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Home Spring Cleaning and Organizing Tips

Cleaning SuppliesAlthough winter is still lingering around Burlington, spring is officially here and the temperatures should be getting warmer soon! One of the joys of the spring season is the spring cleaning of your home. That’s right! It’s time to wash everything and clean those hard-to-reach places..

As a Burlington realtor and a homeowner myself, I understand the importance of spring cleaning. Besides the obvious–it makes your home more appealing and enjoyable, it’s also very important for your health and mental well being. Although it can seem daunting at first, it can be a lot of fun if you break it down into manageable chunks. It’s only once a year! Here are some of my favourite spring cleaning tips. If you have some to share, just post it in your comments below..

First of all, do you have:
Anything in kitchen or bathroom that’s expired? get rid of it!
Anything in kitchen or bathroom that you never used and don’t plan to? get rid of it!
Anything remaining that needs organizing? get to that first.

Next you can tackle your:

Clothes – look at your winter clothing, what didn’t you wear at all? get rid of it – you probably wont be wearing it next year either. The items you did use, put them away.

Beds – inspect the mattresses, flip them, perhaps it’s time for new pillows?

Appliances – clean behind your fridge, stove, dishwasher. Microwave – don’t forget to wipe the inside. Vacuum the fridge coils, and clean the drain pan – your fridge will last longer.

Heating/Cooling – clean the main air filter and all the small air duct filters in each room

Ceiling Fans – wipe down the dust from the blades before you turn the fan on and spread all that dust everywhere

Windows and mirrors – clean your windows inside and outside, wash your blinds/drapes/curtains, shine that mirror

Floors – vacuum and wash your carpets, wash the floors, dust the ceiling corners etc..

Patio and fence – check their state, clean up your grill, clean up patio furniture, soon as the weather gets even nicer, you’ll be spending a lot of time here so you want to enjoy it

Getting the whole family to help would make this whole experience easier, make sure you include a task for everyone and throw in a reward at the end for getting the job done!

Cleaning Up a Flooded Basement

One of the most common areas affected after a water incident such as flood is the basement. Cleaning up a flooded basement is never easy, and it might take a good amount of time and dent your finances. Even worse, flooding in the basement exposes you and your family to the risk of disease caused by mold and mildew. Expensive as it might be, it might make more sense to seek professional help in cleaning up your basement.

The first thing you need to do after your basement has been flooded is to evaluate the extent of damage. While you can do this yourself, you need to contact your insurance company as a matter of urgency to help you in assessing the extent of the damage and also the extent of the claim you could make with your insurance company. At this point too, it is important to contact a water damage restoration expert who will be able to tell you what can be restored and what cannot. A water damage restoration expert offers the kind of definitive report that your insurer will not be able to argue with.

Apart from damaging your home and the valuables in it, a flooded basement carries the additional risk of exposing the residents of the home to illness since mold easily and quickly develops if the water is not extracted with urgency. Items such as books, newspapers, stuffed animals and cardboard boxes easily absorb the water and these could be destroyed beyond repair. You might have to discard some of those things. Rugs might be salvaged, but you must take caution not to expose your family to the risk of disease by bringing back to the house items that have not been properly cleaned. Where the items have come into contact with sewage water, professional help will be necessary.

Once all the water has been removed, the floors and walls must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. A professional cleaner will be able to advise on the disinfectants or cleansers to use. Should you tackle the task of disinfecting, make sure that the basement is properly ventilated to avoid inhaling harmful chemicals. Things should not be returned to the basement until the air in the basement has been confirmed to be completely dry.