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Spring Cleaning {Day 1}

The weather the last few days has given us all a little reminder that spring is almost here! For us spring means fresh scents, light fabrics, outdoor furniture, and spring cleaning. We have been busy getting rid of the old and making room for the new. When the seasons change in the shop, we also make sure the store is clean and ready for the next season to come. Here are a few of our cleaning tips that go beyond the shop and into your home.

A few of our go-to cleaning products this year are e-cloth (Plum’s Cooking Company), Laundress (Simply Perfect), Cleanser & Polish by Bar Keepers Friend (Plum’s Cooking Company), Caldrea (Plum’s Cooking Company), Skoy Scrubbers (Plum’s Cooking Company), and Falsol Spray (Plum’s Cooking Company).

Let’s start in the kitchen. Here are our top 5 cleaning tips to get you started with a deep clean in the heart of your home.

CABINETS — Your cabinets can build up grease and dust quickly – especially if you don’t use the exhaust hood over your range. To remove the build up, you can use soapy water and wash down your cabinets.

APPLIANCES — This may be a broad category but we suggest cleaning every appliance in your kitchen – this even includes your Kitchen Aid blender. Work from the inside of each appliance towards the outside. This will eliminate the possibility of having to clean the outside twice while cleaning the inside. Our list includes your oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, crockpot, mixer, blender, etc.

COUNTERTOPS — Get your granite countertops sealed a few times as soon as you get them installed. Remember to reseal it again after a few years. Once that’s done, just stay on top of regular scrubbing and shining.

PANTRY — Whether you have a pantry or not, you can still apply this to any cupboard in your kitchen. Go through each product and check the expiration date and if it’s been in there for longer than you can remember, it’s time to say goodbye. Dust and scrub each shelf before putting your chosen pieces back.

HARD FLOORS AND BASEBOARDS — There are several different kinds of hard floors you will likely need to clean. When it comes to wood floors, you want to be sure that you aren’t mopping them every week, this can actually ruin your floors. We suggest a wet-cleaning every month along with spot cleaning but be sure you dust them frequently. For spring cleaning we suggest pulling away any large pieces and dusting behind/under them. Next, we have grout tile floors, grout can be challenging to clean in high traffic areas. We suggest using a soft bristle brush along with a mix of baking soda and water to get your grout clean. Pour 1/4 cup baking soda into 1 gallon of water. Finally, we highly suggest washing down your baseboards. These can catch a lot of scuff marks and dusk throughout the winter, cleaning them up can create a next-to-new feel in your home.

BONUS — Enjoy 10% off listed cleaning supplies when you show this blog post at checkout (includes products at Plum’s Cooking Company). Offer expires April 12, 2017. Excludes any other offer.

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