How to Give Your House a Thorough Cleaning Cleaning your home is more than just wiping off tables and sweeping and vacuuming floors. In order to achieve a user-friendly environment, you need to give it a thorough cleaning and then follow up on these areas once a month to keep it that way. Developing a system is key to your success, starting from the top to the bottom and them from the inside towards Ceilings/Walls When was the last time you cleaned your home and included the ceilings, the walls, lights and upper corners? Chances are you haven't worked in these areas for quite some time. Since dust and other small particles rise, giving a quick once-over to your ceilings can give a room a fresh new look, especially in the kitchen where odors linger and grease can splatter.  Windows Windows provide a view of your outdoors. They also allow plenty of sunshine to filter inside your home, that is, if they are clean. When they are clean, they also provide free heat and light. Plus, they add curb appeal. Luckily windows, while often in difficult places to reach, are relatively easy to maintain. A container of warm soapy water, a profession-grade squeegee, and a micro cloth using steady up and down movements will get your windows looking like new again. Unfortunately, if your windows are older or you have not cleaned them for an extended period of time, they may show tell-tale signs of wear and tear with etching or frost present even after you complete the task. If this is the case for you, replacing them may offer the best option. Luckily, no matter where you live there are professionals ready to assist. For instance, if you decide on window replacements and live in Portland, you can go online and do a thorough search of the companies in your area. Eliminate the Clutter It doesn't matter how good you are at cleaning floors, tables and doing the laundry, if you continue to move piles from room to room and leave them, your home will not look clean. When your home has clutter, it looks messy, plain and simple. Instead of shifting clothing and items you don't really need or use from one location to the next, return them to their proper place. Storage containers, laundry sorters, decorative boxes and fabric bins can help to improve your home's appearance dramatically. Rugged transparent storage containers with fitted lids are ideal for the basement, garage or the attic. They prevent bugs, dust, and moisture from entering, preserving your belongings. Decorative boxes are ideal for your bedroom enhancing your closet in multiple ways. And, fabric storage bins are great for a child's bedroom or a living room shelving unit, allowing you to hide the clutter, access items quickly, all without the need for additional floor space. Vents Another often overlooked area is your vents. Whether they reside on the ceiling, walls or on the floor, they get dirty. Removing the cover and reaching inside with a vent cleaning tool will get the trapped dust, dirt and other items collected over time. Not only will this help to improve the air quality inside your home, but it will also help you save money on your heating and cooling bills, as well as extend the life of your furnace and air conditioning unit. Organize cabinets In many homes, kitchen cabinets and drawers, especially the area where the pots and pans go, are in total chaos. You pull out a pot and then need to find a lid and your digging feverishly as your timing on the meal goes array. The good news is that for short money you can transform these spaces into neat and organized places and keep your sanity. Vertical slots, drawer inserts, and hooks instantly provide you with a designated place for everything. If your cabinets are older or outdated you can add a fresh look and personalize them by adding a washable, vinyl covering that's easy to maintain. There are so many ways to turn a messy space into a clean environment. Establish a system and then add the big jobs once a month so that things never get out of control and overwhelm you. In the end, when your home looks good you feel better.
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How to Give Your House a Thorough Cleaning Cleaning your home is more than just wiping off tables and sweeping and vacuuming floors. In order to achieve a user-friendly environment, you need to give it a thorough cleaning and then follow up on these areas once a month to keep it that way. Developing a system is key to your success, starting from the top to the bottom and them from the inside towards Ceilings/Walls When was the last time you cleaned your home and included the ceilings, the walls, lights and upper corners? Chances are you haven't worked in these areas for quite some time. Since dust and other small particles rise, giving a quick once- over to your ceilings can give a room a fresh new look, especially in the kitchen where odors linger and grease can splatter.  Windows Windows provide a view of your outdoors. They also allow plenty of sunshine to filter inside your home, that is, if they are clean. When they are clean, they also provide free heat and light. Plus, they add curb appeal. Luckily windows, while often in difficult places to reach, are relatively easy to maintain. A container of warm soapy water, a profession-grade squeegee, and a micro cloth using steady up and down movements will get your windows looking like new again. Unfortunately, if your windows are older or you have not cleaned them for an extended period of time, they may show tell-tale signs of wear and tear with etching or frost present even after you complete the task. If this is the case for you, replacing them may offer the best option. Luckily, no matter where you live there are professionals ready to assist. For instance, if you decide on window replacements and live in Portland, you can go online and do a thorough search of the companies in your area. Eliminate the Clutter It doesn't matter how good you are at cleaning floors, tables and doing the laundry, if you continue to move piles from room to room and leave them, your home will not look clean. When your home has clutter, it looks messy, plain and simple. Instead of shifting clothing and items you don't really need or use from one location to the next, return them to their proper place. Storage containers, laundry sorters, decorative boxes and fabric bins can help to improve your home's appearance dramatically. Rugged transparent storage containers with fitted lids are ideal for the basement, garage or the attic. They prevent bugs, dust, and moisture from entering, preserving your belongings. Decorative boxes are ideal for your bedroom enhancing your closet in multiple ways. And, fabric storage bins are great for a child's bedroom or a living room shelving unit, allowing you to hide the clutter, access items quickly, all without the need for additional floor space. Vents Another often overlooked area is your vents. Whether they reside on the ceiling, walls or on the floor, they get dirty. Removing the cover and reaching inside with a vent cleaning tool will get the trapped dust, dirt and other items collected over time. Not only will this help to improve the air quality inside your home, but it will also help you save money on your heating and cooling bills, as well as extend the life of your furnace and air conditioning unit. Organize cabinets In many homes, kitchen cabinets and drawers, especially the area where the pots and pans go, are in total chaos. You pull out a pot and then need to find a lid and your digging feverishly as your timing on the meal goes array. The good news is that for short money you can transform these spaces into neat and organized places and keep your sanity. Vertical slots, drawer inserts, and hooks instantly provide you with a designated place for everything. If your cabinets are older or outdated you can add a fresh look and personalize them by adding a washable, vinyl covering that's easy to maintain. There are so many ways to turn a messy space into a clean environment. Establish a system and then add the big jobs once a month so that things never get out of control and overwhelm you. In the end, when your home looks good you feel better.
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