Bob Vila Radio: Spring Cleaning

Even if you’re diligent about cleaning year-round, when winter’s over there’s always some spring cleaning in order. The right tools make it a less miserable chore.

Spring Cleaning

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Listen to BOB VILA ON SPRING CLEANING, or read text below:

Get a year’s worth of grime and mildew off your deck and siding in minutes with a pressure washer and an oxygen-based bleach solution. Mop floors with a good self-wringing string head mop; save the sponge mop for lighter everyday jobs. If you have wall-to-wall carpet, a steam cleaner is your best friend.

If you do windows, a solution of white vinegar and water is a great glass cleaner, and old newspapers work as lint-free window wipes. You can use a damp cloth with a little vegetable oil on wood surfaces, microfiber dustcloths on dusty electronics. Use a lint roller for lampshades, and rubber gloves for pet hair on the couch.

Keep all your tools in a rolling cart and lighten your cleaning load year round!

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 75 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.

For more on spring cleaning, consider:

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist
Organize Your Garage to Keep Your Sanity
How To: Spring Clean Your Power Tools