April 18th, 2016 3:13 PM by NE TEXAS REALTY GROUP
House Before Selling
Deep cleaning your house is that top-to-bottom,
take-no-dust-bunny-prisoners, mother-in-law-quality cleaning that truly maintains the value of your home.
Here are frequently overlooked areas that a little spit and
polish wouldn’t hurt:
See that bug burial ground within your overhead fixtures?
Turn off the lights and carefully remove fixture covers, dump out flies and
wash with hot soapy water. While you’re up there, dust the bulbs. Dry
everything thoroughly before replacing the cover.
Vents and Registers
Dirt and dust build up in heat vents and along register
blades. Vents also are great receptacles for coins and missing buttons. Unscrew
vent covers from walls or pluck them from floors, remove foreign objects, and
vacuum inside the vent. Clean grates with a damp cloth and screw back tightly.
To deep clean brass door hinges, handles and cabinet knobs, thoroughly wipe with a damp microfiber cloth,
then polish with Wright’s or Weiman brass cleaner ($4). Dish soap shines up
glass or stainless steel knobs. Use a Q-tip to detail the ornamental filigree
on knobs and handles.
Grungy Switch Plates
Any amateur can wipe a few fingerprints off cover plates
that hide light switches, electric outlets, phone jacks and cable outlets. But
only deep cleaners happily remove plates to vacuum and swipe the gunk behind.
(OK, we’re a little OCD when it comes to dirt!) Make sure cover plates are
straight when you replace them. And pitch plates that are beyond the help of
even deep cleaning. New ones cost less than $2 each.
Peeling, drooping weather stripping on doors and windows makes rooms look old.
If the strip still has some life, nail or glue it back. If it’s hopeless, cut
out and replace sections, or just pull the whole thing off and start new. A
10-foot roll of foam weather stripping costs $8; 16-foot vinyl costs about $15.
Stove Drip Pans
Some drip pans are beyond the scrub brush. Replacing them
costs about $3 each and instantly freshens your stove.