Home Maintenance Tips for January
Brrr! Winter’s cold tends to drive us inside – cozying up under blankets, gathering around fires, watching movies – where it’s warm. Aside from one task, this month’s home maintenance tasks are inside jobs that are easy and can be accomplished in a single afternoon.
- Deep clean the range, oven and hood. Your range and oven likely went into overdrive during the holidays, and they can get filthy because of it. Grease can accumulate inside the hood, and spills can char in the oven. It’s also a great time to clean your hood ventilation filter.
Use a degreaser on the hood, set the oven to self-clean overnight (remember to remove the oven racks), and toss the hood filter into the dishwasher for a deep clean. If there’s any residue in your oven after the self-clean, wipe down the interior with a vinegar-soaked cloth. Use a paste of baking soda and water to clean the oven racks, although you may have to break out an old school SOS pad if there’s burned on debris from a casserole that overflowed.
- Banish the dust. If you’re cooped up on a cold, wet, gray day, then seek out dust in those hard-to-reach places that don’t get cleaned very often. Think the tops and edges of ceiling fans, refrigerator coils, the tops of your kitchen cabinets, and your heating/AC vents. If you’re an avid cook, you may need to use a degreaser on the cabinet tops because dust will stick to the residue that accumulates up there.
- Give your hardware some love. Too cold and wet to get outside for some fun, then spend an hour or two of TLC to hinges and doorknobs, cabinet pulls and doors. Oh yeah, there’s a loose cabinet pull in the kitchen and the cabinet door under the sink is coming loose from constant use.
Use a screwdriver to tighten loose knobs, pulls and doors. Check for any cabinet doors that need leveling, too. To clean metal hardware, wash with soapy water and then polish with a microfiber cloth dipped in vinegar or lemon juice. Brass polish will remove tarnish from solid brass hardware. If you’re not sure if the hardware is brass, test it with a magnet. If a magnet sticks, it’s most likely metal, not solid brass.
- Tighten loose outdoor railings. Since you’ve got tightening loose knobs, pulls and doors on your mind, slip on a coat and go outside and tighten any loose handrails. Loose handrails can be problematic if you have any ice accumulation. If you’re slipping on ice that accumulated on the front stoop stairs and the handrail is loose, you have an increased risk of falling and injuring yourself.
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