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Deep Cleaning Tips - Remerica Hometown Realtors

Daily and weekly cleaning is necessary to keep your home clean, but occasionally, a deep cleaning is needed. Our REALTORS® suggest deep cleaning some of the following five things this weekend:

  1. Walls
    Cleaning your walls can make the entire room look brighter. The key is to deep clean them enough to be effective, but not so much that you'll damage the paint.

    Start by removing any objects hanging from the walls and dust the walls with a cheesecloth. Put towels or newspapers on the floor against the baseboards to help soak up any excess water. Fill a bucket with mild soapy water and have a second bucket of water for rinsing. Use a soft cleaning sponge to gently wash the walls, starting at the top and using a circular motion.

  2. Carpets
    Prepare your carpets by moving furniture out of the way and vacuuming the entire area. Use a carpet cleaner, filling the clean tank with hot water and adding formula according to the machine's directions.

    Clean each room starting in the opposite corner from the door, so you can avoid walking across wet carpet. Clean an area once with the trigger pressed down to spray the solution and once with your hand off the trigger so it's pulled up. Finally, go over the cleaned carpet with hot tap water in the tank (no formula) to remove leftover cleaner and make your carpets even cleaner.

  3. Hardwood floors
    Dust or sweep your floors. Then make four cups of cleaning mixture by gently mixing 4 cups of water and a few drops of dish or castile soap.

    Make sure that when you clean, your mop or cloth is damp rather than soaking wet, and work on a small area at a time so no water is sitting on your floors. Use a spin mop or soft cloth to clean a small section at a time, making sure to dry them with a clean cloth or dry mop.

  4. Refrigerator
    Take everything out of your fridge and throw out any food or other items that are spoiled. Move highly perishable items like raw meat or milk to a cooler or freezer so they'll stay fresh while you're cleaning. Remove the shelves, drawers, and door inserts and wash them using a sponge and dish soap. Dry them and set them aside.

    Clean the fridge using a solution such as dish soap mixed with water, bleach diluted with water, or white vinegar diluted with water. Use a sponge, dishcloth, or rag to clean your fridge, and if you have nooks and crannies to clean, try a used toothbrush.

  5. Windows
    Do this chore on a dry, cloudy day to help avoid streaks. Remove any dirt from the window frame by using your vacuum cleaner's dusting attachment. If the screen is dirty, remove it and wash with hot, sudsy water and hot brush and let it dry.

    Spray generous amounts of window cleaner on your windows. If you'd prefer, you can make your own version using 2 cups of water, 1/2 cup white or cider vinegar, and 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol 70% concentration. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe the panes. If you wipe one side of the window horizontally and one side vertically, you'll be able to determine which side a streak is on.

Contact us about ways to ready your home for a potential buyer. Deep cleaning your home can make it more attractive to potential buyers, and our experienced agents can provide you with other tips to help your house stand out from other Ann Arbor homes for sale.