Spring Cleanup Time. Eclipse Restoration of Cherry Hill, NJ.
It’s finally here… spring!
Most homeowners use the spring season to clean up the house, going through closets and drawers and even cleaning out the garage.
Most schedule in-home necessary services, such as professional carpet cleaning, so don’t forget that important part of your spring cleaning routine.
What most don’t think about is spring cleaning on the outside of the home. That’s right. Although most spring cleaning chores are performed inside the home, the outside needs some attention as well.
Some outside areas are neglected all winter, obviously, especially for colder climates when everything is covered in ice and snow. Think about the street in front of your home. If you go take a look, you will probably find all kinds of unsightly clutter and debris.
Take a tour of your yard. Although you raked up all those leaves from last fall, it’s amazing how they seem to reappear during the winter. (Yes, you can blame your neighbors for that.) On top of that are twigs and branches that the cold winter tossed into your yard. Most likely, you will find a bit of trash taking up residence in the back of your home, where the wind deposited it all.
Look closely at the exterior of your home, such as the siding or brick. Chances are, mold or mildew has taken residence along with other soils. A good pressure washing could be part of your spring cleaning campaign.
No one wants to wash windows but it’s a necessary task. Don’t do just the inside. Get a stepladder (but keep it safe!) and give those windows a good scrubbing. Your local hardware store no doubt has the professional-type scrubbing tools plus handy squeegees. Don’t want to tackle this task? Hire a window washing pro.
It’s spring! Get out there and shine things up.
Fresh is always best, right? And that’s especially true of something special and valuable in your home — fresh, cut flowers.
Flowers make a great gift and everyone enjoys them. What’s frustrating is how quickly they begin to wilt and look tired and… then they look more like weeds than flowers.
There are a lot of tips and tricks you can try to keep flowers fresh longer. No scientific evidence, but easy things you can try at home.
You know those little packets of powder that comes with fresh cut flowers? The little packet your florist includes for free? It’s basically sugar – so if you don’t have some of those packets, just dump in a tablespoon or so of white sugar. The powdered sugar variety might be best since it will dissolve easier in water. Even cut flowers need a little nourishment, and who doesn’t like sugar?
Keeping the water acidic is also a tip some pros endorse. Acidity is vital to plant growth, so adding an ounce or two of white vinegar might make those flowers look their best longer.
The Clorox company recommends ? teaspoon of bleach for each vase of flowers, saying the bleach disinfects and keeps the water clear and free of that smelly slime we all experience after a few days on the counter.
Another way to make flowers look better longer is kind of cheating. Some florists say to use hairspray on the underside of the petals and leaves. Obviously, this keeps them from drooping too much.
No matter which tip, trick or urban legend you use for your flowers, the best advice is simple: Change the water in the vase daily, and enjoy those fresh, cut flowers as long as you can!