April 9

Deep Clean Your Grout

Remove main stains on the surface of grout with sandpaper. To do this, fold the sandpaper into a crease, and work it back and forth along the grout line. If sandpaper doesn't work, you may have better results with a pencil eraser.

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April 13

Vacuum Everything

Use vacuum attachments or the floor nozzle on the walls, furniture and baseboards. Empty the canister or bag for maximum effectiveness. Then throw everything — plastic toys, shower caddies, even sturdy knick-knacks — into the dishwasher for a once-a-year cleaning.

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April 20

Summer Sheets Swap

Replace your heavy winter linens with spring and summer bedding. Air out your comforters, quilts and duvets, then have everything cleaned for storage until fall.

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April 27
April 28

Monthly Task

Wash your windows and screens. For a quick fix when you run out of store-bought window cleaner, mix two tablespoons of white vinegar with two quarts of water. Dip a clean rag in the solution and wipe down the windows. Wipe them dry with wadded up newspaper. Brush screens to remove dust and debris.

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