Homeowners in the Naples area may never have to deal with harsh winters and messy spring thaws. But that doesn’t mean their homes get a pass when it comes to spring-cleaning. No matter what happens outside, the inside of your home needs regular maintenance—and sometimes some extra attention to keep it inviting and comfortable.
We’re talking about a bit more than a quick swipe of the dust rag and vacuuming of rugs and carpets. Here are some simple spring-cleaning ideas that will help you enjoy your home now—and for years to come.
Take Care of Your Tilework
Regular moist wiping of the tiles in your kitchen and bathrooms is a good thing, but sometimes you need a little more. Occasionally you’ll want to deep clean with a neutral pH solution. You can also make your own by using a mixture of one half-cup of baking soda mixed well into two gallons water. You can use the same solution for cleaning the grout between tiles.
Make Your Stainless Steel Sparkle
Stainless steel sinks and appliances in the kitchen look great when they sparkle. How do you keep that sparkle? Use a very light mist of wax-based aerosol spray once a week. After you spray, wipe the mist off with a clean, lint-free cloth. Don’t use cleansers containing bleach because they can actually dull the luster. You’ll also want to stay away from and abrasive scrubbing products because they can permanently scratch the surfaces.
Get Great-looking Granite Counters
As beautiful as granite countertops make your kitchen look, they can be stained if you’re not careful. You probably already wipe up stain-causing spills immediately, but there is more you can do. Use a solution of a half-cup of ammonia in a gallon of water to remove mildew, soap scum, and rust spots. You can also eliminate most juice or coffee stains with some hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of ammonia in water.
Wood Floor Care
Want to keep your hardwood floors looking great? A key way to do that is to protect your floors from water damage. If you have plants on the floor, make sure you have protection under the pots so that water can’t leak out and cause rings. To prevent scratching, use furniture protectors (either felt or plastic) under cabinets, chairs, and tables. Keep floors shining by damp-mopping them about once a week using a mild soap such as Murphy’s.
A little bit of preventative maintenance (and old-fashioned elbow grease) will keep you Naples home clean, comfortable, and enjoyable all year long!