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5 Spring Cleaning “Gifts” You Can Do For Your Mother!

You love your mom and you want to give her something great this year for Mother’s Day. What better way to show your appreciation than to do some extra chores around the house. So I’ve put together these 5 things you can do for your Mom for Mother’s Day, Sunday May 12th, 2019.

The List

  1. Move & Clean Behind/Under Furniture/Appliances
  2. Wash the Floors & Baseboards
  3. Wipe down the Walls & Cabinets
  4. Wash the Windows
  5. Clean the Gutters

Clean, Under and Behind, Furniture & Appliances

You can start by moving all the big/heavy furniture and appliances and clean under and behind them. Mom is tough, but she may not have had the help to move those heavy items. This is a good start because you can have these smaller areas out of the way before tackling the larger parts of the room. Prepare your floor cleaning and wall washing materials ahead of time so you can do all these things while you have the furniture pulled out. Once finished you can move everything back into place and your focus can now be on the larger parts of the room.

Checklist of things NOT TO FORGET

      • Under/Behind the fridge: Make sure you sweep and wash the floor, walls and baseboard behind the fridge
      • Under/behind the stove: Make sure you sweep and wash the floor, walls and baseboard behind the stove
      • Under/behind the Washer/Dryer: Make sure you sweep and wash the floors, walls and baseboards behind the washer and dryer
      • Pull out the couch: Move the couch out of the way and wash/vacuum the floor/carpet where it sits.
      • Empty the cabinets and pull them out: Clean the walls if your cabinet sits against the wall, dust/wash baseboards
dirty floor behind pulled out fridge

Tip

Walk the item out by leaning it on a corner or tilting it carefully. Use sliders so you don’t damage floor. Use a dolly if you have one, or borrow one if you know someone who has one. Use two people to move the item if possible and always lift with your legs and keep your back straight.

Floors & Baseboards

You’ve already covered all the smaller areas that are hard to reach and now you can focus on the larger picture. Take you sponge across the baseboards and give them a good wipe down. Baseboards often go neglected in rooms with lots of furniture because it’s hard to reach them, so don’t be afraid to scoot the recliner over to reach behind it. In the rooms where you have linoleum, tile, or hardwood you can use the mop to gently go across the baseboards and save some time.

Tip

It may be easier to scoot the furniture into the middle of the room to be able to reach every baseboard.

clean base boards and wood floor

Wash Walls & Cabinets

You have the sponge out already so give the walls a wipe down. You will want to use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe down the walls. If your walls have texture a sponge is probably your best bet. I’ve found that almost any multi-surface cleaner does a good job on this part, or those “magic” erasers that you can pick up fairly cheap. You especially want to wipe down the areas around light switches, door knobs, corners and railings. Your hands leave oils behind on things you touch, so be sure to hit any place your hand might touch on while moving through the house. Don’t forget to get the areas in the kitchen above the counter, sink, and back splash area.

Checklist of good cleaning items

      • Sponge/Wash Cloth, Sponges work best but any decent size cloth will do.
      • Magic Erasers (not necessary but they save you from needing sprays and additional cleaners).
      • Multi-surface cleaner, any generic multi-surface cleaner works. You can also use a little Dawn kitchen soap if you have skin sensitivities to harsh cleaners.
      • A Degreaser product, you will need something that can cut through grease or build up that may accumulate above the stove, back splashes, and hood vent. If your hood vent has metal filters, take those down and soak them in hot water and dawn or oxyclean. Again, Dawn is a good choice for those with sensitivities to harsher cleaners.

Tip

One small tip for cleaning those areas above the stove/backslash is to use 2 different sponges (1 scratch pad, 1 sponge) because grease and oils will build up on the sponge, making your sponge great at just smearing it all over and making things worse. Once your sponge feels sticky or full of oil throw it out.

Wash The Windows

The window glass is the most important, as that’s what you see through, but don’t let that stop you from giving the rest of the window a little more attention. Make sure to wipe down the sill and the frame, don’t be afraid to push the curtains aside or take them down while you do this, if you have cloth curtains this is a good time to wash them too. Be sure to get inside the tracks on the sides too. There may be spider webs and other dead insects along the sill and in the window tracks. A vacuum with a hose or a hand-vacuum is great to get these spots. The outside is usually the most neglected, so don’t forget them. Most houses have windows that are hard to reach from the outside, so be sure to use your ladder (or ask to borrow one) and get the tops of the windows

Tip

If you want to avoid streaks and give the best job make sure you don’t use a glass cleaner with ammonia or alcohol. These chemicals can leave behind a film or residue that will attract dust and particles. A good alternative is white distilled vinegar and hot water, this will leave your windows clean and streak free. After you’ve wiped clean the window, dry it. The water can evaporate off the window, leaving behind water marks which can smear or cloud up the glass. If you have a squeegee use that, otherwise any towel or paper wipes would work.

hands wearing yellow gloves and holding a yellow sponge

Clean The Gutters

While you have the ladder out for those windows, climb up a little higher and look in the gutters. Your gutters are a very important part of your home and should be cleaned at least once every 6 months to prevent water damage. When it rains water is collected in the gutter and moved away from the house. Moving the water away from the house  can prevent foundation. Water can also pool up in the gutters, if they become clogged water can seep into your roof, rafters, insulation and behind your siding and cause wood rot. If you identify any of these signs of water damage it could mean your gutters aren’t working properly.

Look Out For These Signs!

  • Water damage on the ceiling of a room along the exterior wall. This means water is pooling up behind the scenes and may be causing wood rot.
  • Rotting wood siding or discolored vinyl that starts along the gutter or roof and extends to or towards the foundation. This means there is a part of the gutter that water is overflowing or leaking out of the gutter, damaging the siding. If you have vinyl siding, this water damage could be behind the siding as well causing rot and pooling.
  • Standing water in the gutter. This may not be a problem immediately, but this means that your gutters aren’t allowing water to freely escape the gutter and can cause over flows in that area. If the water becomes too heavy due it could cause the gutter to break free of the house.
  • If earth/soil is thin along the foundation. This could mean that water is moving toward the foundation and eroding the soil.
dirty roof gutters with standing water