Saturday, March 21, 2015

Warming Up to Spring Cleaning

Here in The Lowcountry, Spring is definitely in the air and so is the pollen! Our Live Oaks are shedding their leaves as the new leaves begin to grow. The warm sun makes being outside, cleaning up, a pleasure.
My Beautiful Live Oak - Complete with Resurrection Fern and Spanish Moss
leaf blower.jpgThe RYOBI 40V Jet Fan Blower features Gas-Like Power™ without the hassle of gas and oil helps me to keep my deck and driveway clear of leaves and pollen. A gift from my hubby two springs ago ... and I LOVE IT!

The early blossoms, that have started to appear around my neighborhood, remind me to begin my Spring Cleaning inside, just as nature is taking care of the outside. Start by de cluttering all your public rooms, donate, gift or consign unwanted items.  Pack away your warmer colored decorative items, such as cushions and throws and switch to your spring/summer colors.  Vacuum your upholstery, getting under all the cushions.  Deep clean carpets or have them cleaned, to freshen them up.  After a winter spent curled up on the couch reading, watching movies and probably snacking, a spring clean may be just what your living room needs!

carpet cleaner.jpgIf you have children or pets you might want to invest in a carpet cleaner.  They are easy to use for accidents and spills and great for semi annual carpet cleaning. When you consider the cost of hiring a professional to clean for you or renting a device to do it yourself, having your own machine is a sound investment in the long term.  I use a Hoover Spinscrub 50 -  It removes common spills and stains, using its multiple rotating brush system to achieve a deep and thorough clean. It also has an attachment for cleaning stairs.  Dual tanks allow the Hoover SpinScrub carpet washer to keep the cleaning solution and dirty water separate.