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cleaning-webRISMEDIA, March 16, 2009-(MCT)-With the arrival of Spring comes the arrival of the dreaded words ‘Spring cleaning,’ and with Spring being less than a week away, there is no doubt that these words have crossed your mind as thoughts of warmer weather, longer days and spending time outside are beginning to take shape.

If you are counting down the days until Spring’s official arrival on March 20th, you may want to follow these steps so you can celebrate the arrival of Spring:

Doormats: Give them some love in the form of a good sweeping and washing. Just think of how many times you’ve wiped your feet on them this winter alone.

Windows: Clean your windows with Windex and old newspaper, or you can try making your own solution of one part white vinegar and one part hot water and putting it in a spray bottle. Choose a time when the sun is not shining directly on windows to avoid streaking.

Dusting: Dust your entire home, including hard-to-reach places like the tops of the refrigerator, ceiling fans and window casings. While you’re at it, dust your books and shelves by taking everything off and wiping each book with a soft cloth. Always work from the top of the room down.

Clean carpets and upholstery: This can be as simple as vacuuming the carpet and walking the sofa cushions outside and gently beating them. But if there are stains, you should deep-clean them with a carpet shampooer. Make sure you check the care labels to avoid discoloration.

Give the walls a bath: They may not look dirty, but dust and other grime are probably there and should be wiped away at least once a year. Use a sponge and a simple solution of water and dishwashing detergent to wipe down the wall in sections. Use a sponge mop to reach higher spots.

© 2009, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.).
Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.

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