Spring is just around the corner, which means now is a great
time to start preparing your home for the new season by cleaning it up.
Here are a few tips to get started on your spring-cleaning
Create a list
Taking a look around your home, you may get overwhelmed with all the different rooms and tasks you have to complete. Before you begin it is best to make a clear list of every task you want to complete.
Here is a short list you can use:
- Living Room
Once You have made a list, start by tackling one room at a
Here are a few tips:
The kitchen is probably one of the hardest rooms to clean
because it has the most foot traffic out of all other rooms.
Start by cleaning the cabinets, throw away any expired foods
and chipped dishes.
Wipe down all appliances and countertops. Old appliances can be donated or sold to a local second-hand shop.
Change all bed linen, sweep the floors, vacuum any carpets
and wipe down the ceiling fans.
The garage is often used as a place to house junk and other
items that you could probably do without. Instead of keeping these items
another spring, consider hosting a yard sale. This way you can unburden
yourself of the items cluttering your home while also making some cash.
This is another high traffic are that can easily accumulate
dirt and clutter. Start by cleaning off the mantle, fireplace, and any shelving.
Dust and vacuum away any cobwebs. After cleaning the room, you can begin
cleaning your furniture.
You should clean your furniture at least every six months.
Throughout the year dirt, dead skin cells, and pet dander can accumulate in
between the fabric of your furniture.
As a full-scale furniture store, Sherwood Studios is experienced
with matter pertaining to cleaning fine furniture.
Here are a few tips to help you master cleaning your furniture this spring:
When it comes to wood furniture, it’s not so much the type
of wood that matters, but, more so, the type of finish on it.
In general, finishes on
furniture can be soft, hard or painted. You can polish your furniture 3 to 4 times per year using
a store-bought polish appropriate for the type of finish.
Some people choose to use a
vacuum with a dusting brush attachment to clean their fine furniture, while
others opt for a clean, soft cloth.
If you have furniture with
an oil finish, you should not use wax, mineral oil, or furniture polish on it. Instead, you’ll want to use boiled
linseed oil, Tung oil, and/or distilled white vinegar.
Furniture with a lacquer
finish can be cleaned with a solvent-based furniture cleaner. Some people use an oil soap. Liquid wax
can be applied to maintain a glossy look. It’s always a good idea to test a
cleaning product on a small, inconspicuous spot to make sure it works well and
doesn’t ruin the look of the piece.
European furniture is more
likely than US-made furniture to have polyurethane finishes, which can be
cleaned using a moist cloth to remove fingerprints and light soil. Mineral spirits can be used to remove
dirt build-up. Be sure to wear rubber gloves to protect your hands when working
with mineral spirits.
Finally, painted furniture
finishes can be cleaned using a mixed solution of mild, non-abrasive detergent
and warm water, followed by a rinse with clear water. With painted furniture finishes, you
should not use any oil products.
Call Sherwood Studios at 248-855-1600 with any questions you have regarding the cleaning of fine furniture.