The grass is turning green and the flowers are blooming, which means our sewing machine store is turning itself inside out for a bit of spring cleaning. A building full of the best vacuums on the market, still requires a little spring cleaning of it’s own!
Some areas are painfully obvious, while others may not seem so bad. We will reorganize our cleaning needs, vow to deep clean our surfaces, and promise to get behind the furniture.
A good, deep clean is good for you and your happiness! However, in the haste for a fresh, clean home, you can’t forget some of the most important objectives in your spring cleaning operation.
Major Mission Objectives
- First, replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and then test them. While you are at it, take a look at your fire extinguishers and make sure they are serviceable.
- In a similar light, don’t forget to change your air intake filters. A dirty filter can make your air conditioning unit fail on a hot day; requiring expensive repairs. Make sure the filter, and the vent that covers it, are clean and free of debris. Your A/C will last a long time and do a better job of keeping you cool this summer.
- When was the last time you cleaned your windows, inside and out? We thought so… Well, now’s the time to get it done! To clean them like a pro, don’t use towels or rags. You’ll just smear the dirt around if you do. Your grandmother was right. The best way to clean a window is to use newspaper. Yes, you read that correctly.
- If you really want to test your cleaning courage, raise your gaze upwards to the ceiling fan. When was the last time you ventured up there? If you just use a duster, you will only loosen the layers of grime and just fling the dirt around. To do it right, use an old pillowcase. Dampen it slightly, and then sheave the blade using the pillowcase. Pull the material back, wiping the blades as you do so. Wa la! Your ceiling fan is clean and you didn’t get grime everywhere.
- As we make our spring cleaning sweep through the house, we must turn our attention to the carpet. A thorough steam clean will make your carpet look like new, again. We also have a few tricks in our bag for unique threats, such as blotting (instead of rubbing), shaving cream for stains, or switching to dish soap to get out grease.
- We often take our washing machines for granted. They can go day-in and day-out, load-after-load. No real surprise, they will last longer and clean better if you clean and inspect them once in awhile. Your washing machine may have a self-cleaning cycle already, and in that case, just follow the instructions. If not, add a cup or two of baking soda directly into the well of the washing machine and run a long, hot cycle. Next, run a heavy duty cycle with 2-cups of plain white vinegar. After the second cycle finishes, just give it a thorough wipe-down inside and out, really getting into areas that can trap grime, such as around the seal or the dispenser tray.
- Don’t forget the dryer. Dirty dryers lead to fiery accidents. Boy scouts are often taught to bring lint from the dryer to campouts to aid in starting fires, so you don’t want your trap to clog up and get too hot. Unplug your dryer and detach the discharge hose (there will probably be debris in there). Follow the instructions your unit came with to open up the access panel (usually the back); you will likely see a lot of lint accumulating at the base. Use a vacuum with a brush attachment to thoroughly clean the innards. Then, just give everything a good wipedown and you can put the unit back together.
- Lastly, keep your sewing machine running smoothly by cleaning it. The more you sew, the more lint gets trapped into the machine. Take a look at your instructions, but the general method of cleaning is the same. You’ll need a brush, needles, a cloth, and some air power (both blowing and sucking). This can be an in-depth process, so follow your instructions and check out this guide for a good tutorial. If you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, give us a call; we’re experts.
Don’t Forget to Clean Your Cleaning Equipment
Give your vacuum cleaner a spring cleaning turn. As it does frequent work, occasionally your vacuum cleaner will need a spa day to keep it running like new. Using a shop vac to assist you, will make the process go fairly quickly.
First, empty the reservoir and clean it thoroughly. This is a good time to repair and/or clean the filter that often times gets neglected. With the vacuum unplugged, detach the brush. Depending on the model, this is usually just a couple screws, and then you can pull the cylinder out– which may be hard due to band tension from the belt.
After cleaning the brush and/or beater bar, clear out any debris through the entire path to the reservoir. Vacuum cleaners can become clogged and lose their sucking power, so make sure the line is perfectly clear. If you have a clog, use a probe (such as a bent coat hanger) to clear the line. Clean the exterior and interior of the vacuum, and while a damp microfiber cloth will do a good job, feel free to use cleaning agents or rubbing alcohol on trouble spots (this can get rid of scuffs).
Your home, along with the surfaces, equipment, and even the people that dwell there, require regular cleaning and maintenance. Hopefully, we were able to help you improve the living quality of your home with these spring cleaning tips.
If you ever have any questions about the maintenance and cleaning of your sewing machines and vacuums, the experts at Jones Sew and Vac are here to help!
For the love of sewing!
Jones Sew & Vac Team