for your home
Tips on sprucing up for spring
DO THOSE FIRST warm days of spring get you
itching to sweep out winter’s cobwebs? Or do they
elicit a groan as you survey the dirty lawn furniture
and stuffed garage? Here’s a quick checklist of some
recommended home maintenance and cleaning tasks.
Indoor cleaning projects
❑ Wash windows and repair screens.
❑ Vacuum dusty drapes and window treatments; send dirtier drapes to the cleaner.
❑ Defrost the freezer and dust refrigerator
❑ Remove grime and grease buildup on
kitchen exhaust fan.
❑ Clean attic and basement, giving away or
discarding unwanted items and clothing.
❑ Shampoo carpets and rugs.
❑ Steam clean upholstery.
❑ Dust corners and ceilings.
❑ Wash baseboards, doorjambs, windowsills, doors and walls.
❑ Wipe ceiling fans.
❑ Clean oven.
❑ Wipe refrigerator clean.
❑ Clean out office files.
Indoor maintenance items
❑ Check attic fan.
❑ Inspect caulking around tubs, showers,
and sinks; replace if deteriorating.
❑ Reseal grout on tile floors.
❑ Test ground-fault circuit interrupter
(GFCI) outlets. A GFCI outlet has a “Test”
and a “Reset” button. Pressing the “Test” button will trip the outlet and break the circuit.
Pressing the “Reset” will restore the circuit. If
pressing the test button does not work, then
replace the GFCI outlet. If the outlet does
pop when you press the “Test” button, but
the outlet still has power, the outlet is
miswired and it should be fixed immediately.
❑ Tighten garbage disposal drain,
connections and fasteners.
❑ Change furnace filters.
❑ Change batteries in carbon monoxide
and smoke detectors.
❑ Lubricate door hinges and hardware.
❑ Update first-aid and emergency kits.
❑ Replace leaky faucet washers.
The Costco Connection
Costco and Costco.com offer a variety of
products and tools, from pressure washers
and vacuums to smoke detectors, caulk and
shelving, to help you clean and maintain
your home. In addition, Costco’s special
order kiosks offer window treatments, custom closets, cabinets, countertops, carpeting, flooring, rain gutters, tiles and more.
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Outdoor cleaning tasks
❑ Clean and de-clutter your garage
❑ Wash outdoor furniture.
❑ Clean your grill and check for dead insects
clogging the gas line.
❑ Pressure-wash decks.
❑ Pressure-wash siding.
❑ Scrub porch ceilings and walls.
❑ Clean umbrellas and awnings.
❑ Clean light-fixture covers.
Outdoor maintenance must-dos
❑ Inspect and repair or replace damaged
roof shingles. Check around vents, skylights
and chimneys for water leaks.
❑ Inspect and reseal roof flashing
❑ Pressure-wash driveway and walkway.
❑ Clean and inspect gutters and downspouts
❑ If you have a chimney, have it inspected
and, if necessary, cleaned.
❑ Check the oil and air filter on your
lawn mower. If it runs poorly, take it in for a
tune-up and have the blade sharpened.
❑ Trim branches and shrubs that touch your
home. They provide a pathway for bugs or
excess moisture to enter your home.
❑ Inspect the exterior surfaces of your
house. Touch up any areas that need paint.
❑ Check ironwork for rust spots.
❑ Reseal deck.
❑ Seal drafty doors and windows. C
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