As self-isolation and social distancing stretches , you may find yourself a bit bored just staying at home. As there’s a big difference between choosing to stay at home and having to stay at home for those who enjoy spending time at home may be fighting.
This is the reason why many people are starting to search for things that need to be done around the house — if you’re going to be stuck at home every day, you might as well be productive.
Fortunately, there are a handful of spring-cleaning tasks that can keep you busy for a while. Don’t just dust, vacuum and call it a day, though. Consider tackling the following jobs as well to lower your future maintenance requirements and ensure that you’re ready to face the summertime.
Clean the Windows (And the Screens)
Cleaning the windows is a classic spring-cleaning task, but it is one of those tasks that’s all too easy to do halfway. When you clean your windows, be sure to clean both the inside and the outside with a quality glass cleaner. You should also remove the window displays and clean them as well, especially if any of them have dirt or other icky stuff stuck in them after the winter.
Dirt, mold, mildew and moss can all degrade the materials of your home over time. That’s why it’s a good idea to break out the pressure washer and give your home a good ol’ scrub down at least once a year. Spring is a great time to do this because it is usually still a bit too trendy for things that grow on your house to get out of hand.
While you’ve got the pressure washer outside, you should also look to determine if there’s anything else around the house that could use a great deep clean. Have a look at picnic tables, fences and any other areas where dirt and other contaminants might accumulate.
A great deal of people view gutter cleaning as a fall task, associating full gutters with fallen leaves. There are a lot of things that can clog up your gutters, though, including debris that gets washed off your roof by spring rain and melting snow.
To decrease wear and tear on your gutters and make cleaning them easier overall, make cleaning your gutters into a task that you do at least twice a year, in the spring and fall.
Check Out the AC
As things start to warm up, a lot of people prefer to open their windows instead of cranking the air conditioning. You should at least give it a test run to make sure that it’s working correctly, though.
Clean your AC as best as you can, let it run for a while to make sure that it’s able to maintain the air temperature, and change any filters that will need to be changed. If there’s a problem, it is better to find out now and fix it than discover it in a few months when temperatures peak.
Don’t Forget the Furniture
A good deal of dusting goes on in the spring, but it’s easy to forget that dust and dirt accumulate on furniture too.
Break out the vacuum or a steam cleaner to give your furniture a fantastic cleaning as a part of your spring-cleaning routine. Not only will this keep your furniture looking great and in great shape for more, but it can also reduce allergies and other health issues within your home.
Test Those Smoke Detectors
It’s easy to forget smoke detectors if they aren’t beeping randomly in the middle of the night because they have a low battery. To keep your home safe, though, you should test your smoke detectors and replace their batteries every six months.
Spring cleaning time is a great time to do this (and then do it again in the fall when you start preparing your home for winter). Don’t settle for just replacing batteries, either; if a smoke detector doesn’t work or appears to have a larger problem than just dead batteries, replace the whole unit.