Bust the Grime: ShopSmart Mag's Tips for Spring Cleaning Success

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From ShopSmart magazine, here are other tips for taking care of those extra hard-to-clean areas:

Faucets: Use a soft cloth with a nonabrasive cleaner to make them shine. If you wipe the faucets dry after each use, it will help to keep them shiny.

Mirrors: The best way to clean mirrors is to use warm water and soft, lint-free cloths. ShopSmart magazine recommends that you wipe the mirror with a damp cloth and dry it immediately with the other cloth. Avoid cleaners with acid, alkali or ammonia; those could damage the mirror's coating. Also, keep liquid away from the mirror's edge. If you have adjoining mirrors, clean each individually. If liquid gets within the joints or behind the mirror, it can cause damage.

Shower curtain: You can machine wash the curtain liner frequently. If there's mildew, you can remove it using a detergent with bleach. Most shower curtains also can be machine-washed, but you should check the care instructions to make sure.

Upholstery: You can vacuum sofas and chair cushions regularly. To cut cleaning time, keep a towel or blanket on your dog or cat's favorite chair. You can remove the towel or blanket when you've got visitors.

Carpets: Vacuum your carpets at least once a week, and more often if there's been heavy foot traffic. This will prevent dirt from wearing down the carpet. Shampooing or deep-cleaning carpets every year or two will remove ground-in dirt.

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