It’s Leap Year! When was the last time you cleaned these areas? Without proper maintenance these spaces can collect bacteria, break down, or even become a fire hazard. At Ace, we are here remind you of 5 key areas that need your attention this Leap Year.
5 Places To Clean Your Home This Leap Year
1. Clean Your Mattress
It is a well-known fact that your mattress collects debris, dust mites, and body soil. However, are you sure you’re taking the proper precautions to make sure it is clean? The following tips will guide you on the most efficient way to sanitize your sleeping quarters.
- Vacuuming your mattress every leap year ensures that you’re removing all the skin cells, dust mites, and debris possible.
- Spot treating those stressful spills and accidents ensures that no extra bacteria or germs can collect there.
- Once clean and dry, spray your mattress with a fabric freshener before putting your mattress cover back on.
2. Wash Your Curtains
This leap year, take those long time shades down and get them dry cleaned instead. Getting your curtains cleaned helps maintain their integrity and purity for years to come. While they are down, be sure to dust and sanitize the trod and trim for extra security. Not only do your window curtains need a good wash, but also your shower curtains. Either replace these or toss them in the wash too.
3. Polish Your Sump Pump
A clean sump pump is a happy sump pump. A leap year is a perfect time for some preventative maintenance.
- Take a bucket of water, a rag, a gentle cleanser, and your shop vac.
- Begin by draining any excess water in the bottom of the pit or around your pump.
- Take your rag and easily wipe away grime and slug surrounding the joints.
- Gently rise the tubes and joints with warm water.
4. Rehab Your Storm Windows
Making sure to take care of your store windows is very important and tedious. Even more so in older homes. By making this your leap year ritual, you will never neglect your protective casings again.
- Dust away and cobwebs, dust piles, or collected insects. This build-up can be detrimental to the function of your storm windows. Making sure the weeping holes are clear and capable of draining rainwater is essential.
- Use a vinegar-water solution for those window pains. This solution is tough enough to pull away any dirt or grime, while still gentle enough to keep those panes healthy.
- A micro-fiber cloth is perfect for the glass portion on the cleaning process.
- Scrape away and peeling caulk.
- Replace caulk easily with a caulk gun.
5. Maintain Your Large Appliances
Appliances like your refrigerator or your stove can be heavy and not easily moved. Due to its bulkiness, these spaces do not get cleaned as often as they should. Every leap year, you should pull out these machines to dust and sweep out from behind them. A large amount of dust, crumbs, and debris can collect under these heavy-duty items. Thus, creating a serious fire hazard.
Be sure to freshen up under spaces like:
- Water Heater