Spring cleaning: three key items to deep clean Cleaning your home this spring? Don’t neglect these three things. 1. Curtains If your curtains are made of a light- weight, washable material, all you have to do is run them through the washing machine. For heavier fab- rics, or those that need to be hand washed, a steam cleaner with an upholstery attach- ment will do the job while your curtains are still hang- ing. 2. Carpets Whether they’re starting to smell, they’re stained or you just plain can’t re- member the last time you washed them, don’t put off cleaning your carpets. 72 April - May 2019 Thomasville Scene The best and easiest way is to hire a professional carpet cleaner. They’ll have the right equipment and prod- ucts to make your carpet look as good as new. 3. Oven Your oven’s self-cleaning function fills your kitchen with smoke, and chemical oven cleaning products are enough to make anyone woozy. Here’s a more natural way to make your oven shine like new: remove the racks from the oven, make a paste of baking soda and water and spread it on all of your oven’s sur- faces except the heating elements. Let the solution sit for 12 hours (wash the oven racks while you wait) and then scrape off. Wipe with vinegar and water a few times until it sparkles. Once your curtains, carpet and oven are clean, make their upkeep a part of your regular routine to avoid needing to deep clean every spring.