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Spring Cleaning

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Ahhhh, Spring is in the air!   What better way to kiss winter goodbye then by Spring Cleaning!  The best way to start is to open up the windows to let the fresh air circulate through the home and clean off that furniture you’ve been living on these past four months!

Upholstered Furniture

It’s hard to leave your favorite cozy chair or sofa during the winter months, so it’s no surprise that this is one of the dirties pieces of furniture in your home.  To thoroughly clean your upholstered furniture naturally, follow these steps:

  • Remove cushions, if applicable, and pour baking soda on fabric.  Leave it on for 1/2 – 1 hour to help remove any odors.
  • Vacuum the baking soda off the fabric and make sure to get into any nooks and crannies where crumbs and random debris like to fall.
  • With an electric mixer, whip up a frothy bowl of 1/2 cup of natural detergent with a tablespoon of water.
  • Rub a layer of bubbles on the fabric.
  • Wipe suds off with a microfiber towel or damp cloth.
  • Enjoy your clean furniture!

Mattress

It’s hard to leave our snuggly beds when it’s so cold out.  Now that it’s warmer out, it is the time to clean off all the dust and dead skin cells that have settled into the mattress.

  • Remove all bedding, including bed skirts and duvet covers, and throw into the wash.
  • Next, if you can, lift the mattress and boxspring off the bed frame and thoroughly vacuum and dust.  Even wipe down the walls and floor behind and underneath the bed.
  • Put the bedspring and mattress back into place.
  • Sprinkle baking soda or baking soda mixed with your favorite essential oil and sprinkle on the top of the mattress.  Let it sit for about an hour.
  • Vacuum the mattress top with an upholstery attachment and buh bye dust and dust mites!

Carpet

Winter certainly is hard on carpets.  It tends to attract the most dirt and germs and, therefore, needs the most TLC.

  • Rent a carpet cleaner from the Rug Doctor or Home Depot.
  • Start in an unobtrusive area to practice using the machine and to make sure the solution will not discolor the carpet dye.
  • Save time by slightly moving furniture out of the way.
  • Set wax paper under furniture legs.  It’ll protect the carpet and keep the legs, especially wood legs, from getting wet and warped.
  • It takes about a day for the carpet to dry, so open the windows to speed up the drying process.
  • If you’re not the do-it-yourself type, nix all previous instructions and call a professional carpet cleaner and relax!

-The MEYERS Family