Mar 5, 2012

Get Your Home Ready and Styled for Spring!

A reader of mine offered to do a guest post for me on Spring Cleaning! Thanks Christina! XOXO

Spring has nearly sprung! With spring comes warmer weather, spring cleaning, and
more opportunities for visitors to stop by for an afternoon get-together.

Is your house ready for spring?

Walls Don't Talk, but They Reveal A Lot!

Ever notice that, no matter how much you clean your house, dirty, dingy walls just
ruin it? If this is the case, it may be time to repaint; however, try cleaning the walls,
baseboards, molding, and doors first. If they still look dirty, aren't as bright as you'd
like, or you're ready to experiment with new colors and designs, repainting the
walls can make all the different to the overall look and feel of your home.

Scrape away flaking paint and sand it down. Prime the walls and then apply a base
coat with a roller.

After your base coat, feel free to get creative with different colors, brushes, such as
sponges, and designs (painting tape is great for making a lined design on the walls).

Don't forget to remove face plates of the electrical outlets and light switches, and
use a drop cloth for the floors; cover door knobs with plastic bags and the molding
with painter's tape to prevent accidental drips and brushing.

Walk Lightly and Fix the Floors

If your walls were bad, your floors are worse.

Whether it's carpeting or hardwood, winter was tough on them. The winter snow,
mud, and sand came into your house, leaving behind a dingy, lifeless carpet or
scratched, unsightly wood.

The carpets may be salvaged if the damage isn't too serious. Try using a special
carpet shampooer or steam cleaner to really get down into it and clean away all of
the dirt and damage. If that doesn't work, or you can see that the carpet is worse
than that, it may be time to replace the carpeting.

To repair hardwood floors, assess the damage first, as light scratches require
different repairs than deep ones.

For light scratches, rub steal wool to sand down the scratches, making sure to go
with the grain of the wood. For deeper scratches, lightweight sandpaper is better.

Next, rub mineral spirits over the sanded area using a cloth and fill the scratches
with premixed wood filler using a plastic puffy knife. Sand down the filler, wipe
away the dust, and finish by applying varnish to the floors using a lambs wool roller
for a flawless finish.

Christina Johnson works remotely for Elliman Prudential in the New York City
Apartments and Rentals market. She is using her journalism major to combine what
she loves most, writing and her career. Her specialties include home decor design and
DIY home improvement projects.


  1. Oh I love spring cleaning! This takes it to the max!

  2. Great tips! I definitely need to get on the spring cleaning!


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