Spring is in the air and you know what that means? Spring cleaning time! We know how important it is that your new Regency home stays new. Before you knock out your normal spring cleaning tasks, here are 6 items that you need to add to your list:
1. Refrigerator Coils
When dust and dirt cover the coils of your refrigerator, it has to work harder to cool food, which decreases the appliances life span. You can find the coil either at the bottom or behind your appliance. Vacuum them with an upholstery tool, then push a duster or refrigerator coil brush between the coils to grab the rest of the dust. Here’s more on how to clean refrigerator coils.
2. Shower heads
This is important to remove mineral buildup from stainless-steel shower heads. Fill a small plastic bag with distilled white vinegar and attach it with a rubber band over the shower head. Let it soak for about two hours then scrub the residue away with a toothbrush.
3. Inside of Appliances
Dishwasher: Place distilled white vinegar in a shallow bowl on the top rack of your empty dishwasher and run a hot water cycle.
Washer: To kill any mold in your washer, add a cup of bleach to the bleach dispenser and run the empty machine through the longest, hottest cycle available. Also, scrub any removable parts and open the lid and let air dry.
Dryer: Vacuum the drum and lint screens. Also, unplug the machine, remove the exhaust hose, and vacuum out the lint.
4. Ensure fire safety
Make sure to change your batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
5. Check your HVAC unit
Make sure you replace your furnace and air-conditioning filters every month. Most air conditioners have a drainage hole on the base of the cabinet, beneath the evaporator fins. This hole needs to be kept clear in order for the air conditioner to work properly. It’s a good idea each spring to use a paper clip or wire to poke through the hole and clear it
6. Pressure wash
This prevents the growth of mold and mildew and will make your home look brand new!