Now that spring is upon us, it's time to think about spring cleaning your St George Utah home. This is especially true if you plan to put it on the market to sell! We usually think to clean the windows, brush down the walls, have the carpets cleaned and go through our closets.
Here's a list of other items you might want to consider cleaning this year. As a real estate agent here in St George, I often see these places in a home overlooked when the cleaning has been done. Many buyers also have a keen eye, and if they spy dust or grime in these places they may think there is more hiding somewhere else in the home!
1. Be sure to look behind the furniture, a lot of dirt and dust can collect behind chairs and sofas over the winter. Dust will accumulate on the electrical cords and baseboards behind furniture. Missing toys, doggie treats and even money has been know to be hiding behind and under furniture!
2. Take a look at your lights, light fixtures and lamp shades. Do you see a layer of dust? Using the brush attachment on your vacuum, you should be able to easily remove the dust and restore the good lighting in your home. Do your pictures have a layer of dust on them and around their frames, this is another place I often see a lot of dust that has collected in homes.
3. How about the nooks and crannies on your wood chairs, coffee table and end tables? Here's another place that dust tends to settle and the dust cloth always misses during normal cleaning. Use a professional wood cleaner or even a damp cloth to go over each of the areas.
4. One of the worst experiences I've had when showing a home was when a client accidentally turned on the ceiling fan while trying to turn on the light. Now this ceiling fan had several years worth of dust accumulated on it and the dust bunnies went flying through the air and into our hair! It was a mess....be sure to check the blade and fixtures on the ceiling fans in your home for dust. There are several brushes on the market that you can bend to reach and clean the top and sides of your blades.
5. The piano in a home is often dusted in the obvious areas, but how about cleaning the keys. Piano keys can become sticky from little fingers, or have oil from lotions on them. Mild soap and water and a well-wrung-out cloth should do the trick wiping down the keys. Be sure dry the keys immediately after with a lint free cloth.
6. Exterior doors are usually dirty with dirty hand prints and winter dirt that has blown in. Be sure to give your front door the once over, that first impression is important! Mild soap and a good sponge should remove most of the grime. I often use a "magic eraser" to get off the tough stains, then wipe down again with a damp cloth.