4 Quick and Easy Winter Maintenance Tasks for Southern Maryland Homes

Kimberly Bean
Kimberly Bean
Published on December 26, 2017

You’d be forgiven for feeling like hibernating during the winter. Burrowing our heads under the covers until spring is typically fruitless.

Since scientists warn us to “keep moving” to release endorphins the will help us keep “winter tiredness” at bay, we’ve come up with “exercises” that offer a bonus. They’re quick, they’ll get you moving, and your Southern Maryland home will look incredible when you’re finished.

Attack the refrigerator

After all the holiday festivities, how’s your refrigerator looking? And, when was the last time you pulled it away from the wall and cleaned behind it?

The coils should be cleaned at least twice a year if you want to prolong the appliance’s life, especially if you have pets.

Move it away from the wall to give yourself room to work and unplug it. Then, use the vacuum to clean the coils. Depending how much fuzz and grime is on the coils, you may want to pre-clean them by brushing with a paintbrush. Then use the vacuum, with the brush attachment, to get the rest.

Once you’re done, sweep and mop the floor, plug the refrigerator back in, and move it back to its original location.

If your refrigerator’s coils are on the bottom, access them through the grill cover at the bottom of the front of the refrigerator.

Appliance manufacturers are now offering refrigerators with condensers enclosed in a compressor casing so they never need cleaning (in fact, GE calls theirs NeverClean Condensers). This location also allows for more efficient airflow.

Dishwashers don’t clean themselves

Your dishwasher is an amazing contraption that can clean so many things (silicon oven mitts, tools, toys, makeup brushes, golf balls, and more), but it doesn’t clean itself. In fact, to keep it running efficiently, you should clean your dishwasher once a month, according to Bob Vila.

Unplug the dishwasher, and remove the bottom dish rack. Locate the drain filter at the bottom of the tub. Unscrew the center cylinder, remove it, wash it under hot water, and replace it.

The spray arms can be either unscrewed or pulled off, depending on the model. You may need a toothpick to get to any small pieces of food stuck inside the holes.

If your dishwasher has a vent on the inside of the door, remove the cover, and attack that awful gunk that tends to accumulate there. A stiff toothbrush dipped in vinegar and a bit of scrubbing should remove it.

Clean the showerhead

If your shower isn’t want it used to be, the showerhead may be to blame. Scaly mineral deposits build up and eventually clog the tiny spray holes. Fortunately, there are several methods you can try to rid the showerhead of the deposits.

Let’s start with the easiest; it doesn’t require removal of the showerhead.

  • “Slip a rubber band over the top of the showerhead,” suggests Better Homes & Gardens.
  • Pour your preferred liquid cleaning solution (vinegar, CLR, etc.) in a plastic sandwich bag.
  • Place the bag over the showerhead and wrap the rubber band around the top of the plastic bag to secure it.
  • Allow the bag to remain for about an hour (or according to the product’s instructions).
  • Remove the bag and turn on the shower to flush the solution from the showerhead.

If the easy method fails, you’ll need to remove the showerhead and scrub it with an old toothbrush and the cleaning solution.

Plumbingsupply.com offers a handy walk-through of the removal process and how to guard against damaging the showerhead.

Use a small, sharp object, such as a pin or toothpick to dislodge stubborn particles. You may need to soak the showerhead in the solution overnight.

Bob Vila recommends that since you have the showerhead dismantled, you should clean the filter as well. Use the showerhead manufacturer’s instructions to properly locate and detach the filter screen.

It is typically located “near the point where the shower head attaches to the water supply pipe,” according to Vila. To clean, use the toothbrush and scrub it under running water.

Clean your computer

If you use your computer as much as we do ours, you’ll agree that digital maintenance is just as necessary as home maintenance. Heavily-used machines take a beating and invariably end up with a lot more than dust to contend with.

Before you begin, refer to your computer’s owner’s manual. Not all of them contain information on cleaning, but if yours does, because it’s specific to your device, it’s the best advice to follow.

Work from the outside to the inside by cleaning the shell first. Consumer Reports recommends using a small drop of liquid dish soap in a small bowl of warm water. Dip in a sponge, wring it well, and wipe down the exterior of the case and the mouse.

Keyboards are like flypaper – they attract anything that happens to float by, from dust to hair to crumbs. Consumer Reports recommends using a portable vacuum cleaner to get at the dirt. IF you don’t have one, use a small brush to clean around the keys.

If you use a detached keyboard, give it a couple of gentle shakes and then turn it over and pat gently along the back of it. You’ll be surprised what falls out of it! Then, wipe the keys with a damp cloth. A cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol is ideal for cleaning the spaces between the keys.

Use a soft brush to wipe the dust from the computer’s vents and then spray condensed air to dislodge any stubborn debris. Consumer Reports recommends that you hold the compressed air can “at an angle so that you’re not blowing the debris deeper into the machine.”

Use special care when you clean the monitor. Start by using a dry, micro-fiber cleaning cloth to remove as many of the smudges and other grime as possible. If it requires additional cleaning, Matt Elliott of cnet.com recommends using a soft cloth, dipped in a solution of warm water and a drop of dish soap – well-wrung – to gently wipe the screen.

Use a clean, damp cloth to remove the soapy residue and the micro-fiber cloth to dry it.

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