As the foliage begins to grow afresh outdoors, begin a spring cleaning routine for the interior at the same time. Spring is a great time to do interior cleaning because the windows can finally be opened to bring in fresh ventilation while doing some deep cleaning tasks. Read through our checklist for maintenance and repair suggestions. Take inventory of areas that may be effected by household toxins and prepare to safely remove any contaminated materials. Lastly, seize advantage of extra time to work on a few improvement projects indoors while waiting for the weather to be fully enjoyable.
Detailed springtime household cleaning can rid the home of dust, mites, and allergens that may have accumulated over the cold months.
Locate and eliminate toxic materials hidden within the home.
• Asbestos has been banned from new housing materials since 1972. Go through the home to look for areas where asbestos may be found. If there is a suspicious area and if in doubt, treat the material as if it contains asbestos or have it sampled and analyzed by a qualified professional.
Do not disturb asbestos during renovation. Asbestos can be safely removed if the material is not friable. Friable asbestos includes cracking, chipping, and flaking. Friable asbestos must be removed by a professional.
Asbestos can be found in:
• Lead has been banned from new housing materials since 1978. Most commonly found in paint or in the soils around a home, qualified professionals test for lead paint. Yet, identifying paint that was applied prior to 1978 is a considerable clue for the homeowner.
Avoid sanding and scraping paint that has lead. Rather, safely remove lead-based paint with a liquid paint stripper chemical, a HEPA face mask, and a vacuum with a HEPA filter. A safe alternative to removing lead-based paint on interior trim and walls is to paint over it with a special primer that seals the paint and tastes very bitter if a child were to begin to chew on a covered surface.
If lead is suspected or confirmed to be in the soil, avoid tracking the particles into the home.
Lead can be found in:
• Mold is found in areas where there may be low ventilation and high humidity. Avoid mold growth by installing a hygrometer to monitor areas where the humidity level could cause mold to grow in the home. Install dehumidifiers in areas where humidity is above 55% and increase ventilation in those areas.
Clean mold with diluted bleach or soap and water, gloves, and a type N-95 respirator. Use borates on porous to clean surfaces such as wood. After cleaning, prevent further mold growth by coating surfaces with mold-resistant primer paint. Call a professional to remove mold if found within ductwork, carpet, and drywall.
Found in areas where humidity is above 60%;
The kitchen is a highly-used room; therefore keep up with maintenance and repair that will prolong the life of the cabinets, countertops, and appliances.
Verify the bathrooms are both functional and safe.
Check out the entire plumbing system; start from one end of the home and go through the entire system checking for leaks and signs of wear and tear.
Close out the fireplace safely and decoratively.
Consider beginning new storage projects after cleaning throughout the home.
Add decorative trim and moulding to complete the interior home design.
Improve the aesthetic appeal for the interior doors.
Change the decorative window coverings to freshen up the interior design and to cut down on energy utility bills.
Purchase a supplemental air conditioner unit in order to troubleshoot cooling needs for coming summer months.
The interior lighting and electrical design can be updated to suit the changing needs and moods for each area of the home.
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