Weekend cleaning projects are those tasks that take too much time to tackle after work during the week. These five cleaning projects can be accomplished alone, but why not bring in friends or family members for the camaraderie? Pizza, as an end-of-work-day enticement, is optional.
Blinds or curtains that were kept closed during the summer to block out sun that can impact cooling expenses, can be kept open during the day starting in autumn to take advantage of passive solar heat. Make the view sparkling clean by washing the windows inside and out.
Start on the inside spraying the windows with a commercial window cleaner or make your own with one tablespoon of ammonia in a one-quart spray bottle filled with water. Wipe clean with newspaper, a cheap and recyclable product, or an old cotton T-shirt. Clean the inside of the frames as well to remove dust and grime, and then wash the outside of the windows to finish this weekend cleaning project.
Take a survey of your friends’ home to see how many of them actually park their car in the garage. Too often, garages are cluttered with items that would not fit into the house. Plan ahead for a fair weather weekend to tackle this cleaning project. As you remove items from the garage, divide them into areas of what you want to keep, toss or give away/sell.
Once everything is out of the garage, sweep out the space and consider painting the walls and even the floor with special concert paint. Follow with installation of wall shelves. Group together like products as you return them to shelves. When finished, you can proudly leave the garage door open as you hold the garage sale to get rid of the items you no longer needed.
We all have them, a room or place in the house where we store things we think we may use again. Sure, they are nice roller skates but do you really think you’ll use them again? Beyond a space-opening event, clearing out items you don’t use can become a benefit to others if you give the good items to a charitable organization like Salvation Army or other charity in your area. Or you could hold a garage sale and sell the items yourself!
Leaves and particles from roof shingles can jam up gutters, forcing water to overflow the sides of the gutter instead of flowing to the down spout. A trash can, large trash bags, ladder, and thick gloves will do the job. Have someone assist you with ladder. Take a tube of gutter sealant to caulk known leaks, inside and outside the gutter.
You could take the car to car wash to have it cleaned, but why not do it yourself and save money? Start by removing all the trash and loose items, and then vacuum the carpet, seats, under the seats, and all the storage spaces, like door or seat pockets. Use a rag and warm soapy water (a little dish detergent works wonders) to clean the vinyl portions of the car, including the steering wheel. Use commercial leather cleaner if you have leather seats. Treat stains on cloth seats or the floor with appropriate upholstery and carpet cleaners, available with other cleaning products at your local store.
Wash the windows with a clean rag and window cleaner. Also use window cleaner to wash the front of the gauges, like the speedometer; all the controls, like for the radio or air conditioner; and the inside and outside mirrors. In a bucket of water, add detergent especially formulated to wash cars. Wash and rinse your car.
References: University of Nebraska: Windows; University of Nebraska: Gutters