At Primecorp Property Management in Ottawa, we take pride in maintaining all our buildings and rental properties to the high standards that our tenants deserve and our landlords expect. We also encourage our tenants to do their part to keep their units clean and functional for their own enjoyment and for the benefit of their neighbours.
Now that spring weather has finally arrived for good in the Capital, with fresh scents and many shades of green, it’s time to fully embrace the season of growth and renewal… let’s not dwell on the fact that this year spring was more than a little late arriving. One of the most rewarding ways to embrace the change of seasons is with a good spring cleaning.
After a long winter cooped up indoors, a thorough spring cleaning can be like a breath of fresh air for your home. There are many things that most people commonly think of when they consider spring cleaning, but here are a few tips for that may not come immediately to mind, but can really enhance your living area. We also broke these down into do-able jobs, in a logical sequence, but of course everyone has their own style and pace they like to work at.
Make Sure You Have Proper Cleaning Supplies on Hand
Before getting all fired up for your big spring cleaning, check to see that you have all the necessary supplies on hand for the jobs you have in mind that day. If something is clearly missing, head to your local grocery store, hardware store or big-box emporium to get the supplies you need. As you’re cleaning, dispose of unwanted or expired supplies… if you can’t remember the last time you used it, get rid of it. Don’t take up space with cleaning items you never use. Take stock of what you are using and whether you should buy more to have on hand. You don’t want to be caught without the necessary supplies the next time you’re want to give your place a good cleaning.
Time to Declutter
Getting rid of unused clothing, kids toys, old books or anything else that you are no longer using, but which might be taking up valuable space, can be extremely liberating. You may want to give yourself enough time to really sort out what needs to go and what needs to stay, along with a few moments to indulge in the memories some of these items may invoke. Having a good sorting system will make the entire process much easier. One effective way to go about this is to label four big boxes (and/or accompanying large trash bags) with the following headings: trash, sell/give away, store and put away.
Store Your Warm Clothing
With any luck, winter won’t return for many more months and so it’s time to put away your winter clothing. A great way to do this is to store them in plastic storage bins. Before storing, wash your clothes and make sure they’re completely dry. Moisture can damage your clothing by attracting insects and mildew. Store your clothes in a cool, dark, clean space, and make sure to label your bins and bags for easy retrieval as the seasons change.
Don’t Forget Smoke Detectors
Spring cleaning is a great time to make a habit of changing the batteries in your smoke detectors, and running tests to make sure they are functioning properly, once the new batteries are installed. While you’re at it, wipe the dust off and use a spray can of air to blow out any dust inside. Cleaning your smoke detectors and changing their batteries will only take five or ten minutes, at most, but it could literally save your life if a fire happens in your home:
Did you know that 90 per cent of residential fires are preventable? In Ontario, from 1995 to 2004, almost half (48 per cent) of the preventable fatal fires had no smoke alarm warning. Out of those fires:
- 60 per cent had no batteries, or power removed
- 7 per cent had dead batteries
- 4 per cent had batteries that were not properly installed
In Ottawa, 44 people have lost their lives due to fires since 2002. – City of Ottawa
Clean Out the Medicine Cabinet
Expired medicines not only may not help whatever ails you, but they might actually make you sick. Like smoke detectors, it’s a good idea to make spring cleaning your habitual opportunity to clear out expired and unused medications. Take note of which ones should be replaced for future use, and consult your doctor or pharmacy to find out how to dispose of expired prescription medications.
Dust Light Bulbs and Fixtures
Many of us don’t generally notice the gradual dimming of the light as dust builds up on the bulb, glass bowl, or lampshade, but dust and grime are there, accumulating slowly over time. There’s no reason to get rid of a perfectly good bulb, though, so give it a swipe with a dust rag. Wash glass coverings with some soap and water, and grab a lint roller to clean fabric lampshades.
Clean Pet Supplies
Cats and dogs can be lovable and accepting companions, but they can also be messy at times. You might think to regularly scrub out their food and water dishes, but what about litter boxes, beds, blankets, or other things they use often? Scrubbing hard surfaces with a scrub brush and soap can eliminate odours and get rid of bacteria. Hand wash or put beds and blankets in the washing machine to get rid of dander, shedding fur and outside dirt that can build up in the fabric over time.
Clean Out the Fridge
Take some time to thoroughly clean out your fridge. Dump old and expired food, including condiments. Reorganize the contents to not only make sense, but also make the most use of your fridge space. Before you put things back in the icebox, scrub the shelves. Get in there with a toothbrush and get grime and spilled foods out of every crack and crevice. The result will be a fridge you’ll be happy to open as you prepare your next meal!
Clean Your Windows
In the short, cold and dark days of winter, windows can be forgotten or avoided in your regular cleaning duties. Our days are now growing longer, which means more natural light to enjoy. Giving your windows a thorough cleanse with a quality window cleaner will allow this light to fill your home and allow you to more fully enjoy the beautiful sights the come with spring.
Wash Your blinds and/or Curtains
Dust and grime will also build up on your curtains and blinds, especially through the winter when not much fresh air will be flowing through them. After cleaning your windows, help accentuate and frame them with clean blinds or curtains to compliment the views your windows present.
Deep Clean Your Rugs and Carpets
Rugs and carpets can be cozy on your feet and add warmth to your living space, but they can also accumulate a fair degree of dirt and debris, trapped in their fibres. In the springtime, you can open the windows for longer periods of time so that your carpets can thoroughly dry after a good deep cleaning.
Clean Off Your Balcony or Tidy Your Yard
Our outdoor spaces also need to tidied up and maintained after long periods of being buried in the snow and ice. After some tidying, a good sweep will do wonders for a balcony or patio. After your outside area has been cleaned, consider adding some new plants for a fresh and inviting look.
Home Sweet Home with Primecorp
Primecorp Property Management is happy to support all of our tenants in their cleaning efforts during the spring or any time of year. Our staff take pride in our ongoing maintenance programs across all the properties we manage to ensure that our tenants are happy in their homes, and our property owners can rest assured that their investments are being properly cared for.