Spring cleaning

We all love the warm, sunny days of spring. For many Canadians, spring also means it’s time for spring cleaning. It’s time to get down and dirty, and give your home a thorough clean. We’ve researched tips from top experts, and have compiled a list for you:

  • Start at the top. Most experts agree that you should start and the top, and work down. For instance, dust or wash ceilings and walls before you do the baseboards and floors. This way, you won’t have to clean the same area twice.
  • Dust before vacuuming. Any dust that doesn’t stick to your duster, will wind up on the floor, and we don’t want to vacuum twice.
  • Clean one room at a time. It will feel great to see one sparkling, clean room completed and may help give you the inspiration to move on to the next one. If you decide to clean all the walls in the whole house at once, you may end up with a complete upheaval in your home, causing you to give up, and leave a whole lot undone.
  • Clean out drawers. Remove everything from the drawer (kitchen, bedroom, or bathroom). Wash out the drawer, and then replace everything you want to keep. Get rid of the rest.
  • Empty your closets in each room. This is a good time to vacuum or sweep and wash the floor and walls of the closet. Again, put everything back that you want to keep, and donate the rest.
  • Move your bed. Moving your bed will help you get underneath, and give the floor an excellent cleaning.
  • Wash floor registers. Floor registers are the heating vents that are flush with your floor. Make sure you clean all of them throughout your house as dirty registers can distribute dust and allergens. In addition to floor registers, you should clean trims, such as baseboards, switch plates, doors, and knobs
  • Make note of anything that needs to be repaired. If you stop to make these repairs as you go, your spring cleaning may never get done.
  • Review your home insurance to make sure it’s up to date. You’ve just dusted and cleaned all your expensive belongings. Make sure they’re properly protected.

Don’t go crazy and try to clean your entire house in one weekend. A good spring cleaning will likely take a few days or a week. Try to enjoy it. You’re throwing open your windows and letting the sun shine in, after a long, cold, wet (or snowy) Canadian winter.

Painting a room

If you’re getting really serious about your spring cleaning and household refresh, nothing can change the look of a room more economically than a new coat of paint. Haven’t painted a wall before? Well, here are a few tips we’ve picked up from the experts to get you going:

  • Clean the wall to be painted. This is one of the most important steps. Paint won’t adhere properly to dirty walls. Choose a cleaner. This could be a mild dishwashing detergent or a proper de-greaser from a paint or hardware store. Rubber gloves and eye protection may be in order depending on your choice.
  • Patch any holes. Talk to your local home improvement or paint store to get the right patching compound. Once you fill in the holes or cracks, you need to wait until it’s completely dry. Then sand it smooth.
  • Make sure you’ve got all the right tools. Paint, brushes for trim, rollers, rolling pans, blue tape, can opener (for the paint can, not for lunch!). Go for quality over quantity.
  • Cover up anything that can possibly get splashed with paint. Most experts recommend using heavy canvas drop sheets, rather than plastic. They’ll absorb small drops of paint, and prevent you from tracking paint through the house on the bottom of your shoes. Use the blue tape along the edges, and around anything you’re not painting.
  • Apply a primer. A primer will cover up any patching you’ve done and will prevent paint from soaking into it, leaving a big blotchy spot.
  • Pour your mixed paint into a bucket. If using more than one gallon of paint, combine them in the bucket. The result will be a more uniform colour.
  • Use your brush to paint around the perimeter of the wall, called “cutting in.” Be sure to tap your brush against the inside of the bucket to avoid drips.
  • Pour paint from the bucket into a paint tray. Roll your roller in the paint, so it’s completely loaded.
  • Start in a top corner, and roll out a big “W” in about a 3’ x 3’ area. Then, roll over it until it’s filled in, up to and including the “cut in” area. Continue until the wall is all painted.
  • Keep a wet edge as you paint. Painting over a dry edge will leave overlap marks.

One last thing to keep in mind; get the most comprehensive insurance available for your house and contents. If you accidentally drop your paint bucket, and destroy your sofa or carpet, make sure your policy doesn’t exclude spilled paint. To learn more, get an online quote or contact Square One at 1.855.331.6933.

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