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ClareOaks SENIOR LIVING Clare Oaks expert shares tips for spring cleaning in the kitchen and bathroom Every spring, deep cleaning is important to maintaining a pleasing and safe home. Cleaning while you are sheltering at home also can provide a positive, immediately rewarding project to make the most of these difficult times. Sara D'Ambrosio, housekeeping manager at Clare Oaks in Bartlett who leads a team that regularly cleans hundreds of resident apartments and cottages, mounts an additional deep cleaning regime each spring. In a previous article, she offered advice on decluttering. That's the first step. Now, she shares tips on spring cleaning projects for the kitchen and bath. Sara D'Ambrosio, Housekeeping Manager of Clare Oaks One step at a time "When we tackle deep cleaning for residents at Clare Oaks, we come in with a team of people and complete an entire deep cleaning all at once," says D'Ambrosio. For most people, that isn't practical, especially now, So, don't pressure yourself to make the whole house sparkle. Take one room at a time and make it shine. the dishwasher sparkle If you are sheltering at home with someone who can help you, move the refrigerator so that you can clean underneath and behind it Thoroughly clean the floor by getting into all the tight corners and by wiping down baseboards Make a master list Before you start cleaning, walk through your home and make a list of projects. Then, check-off projects as you complete them. You'll see your progress and stay on track. Focus on the positive Take before and after pictures of your projects. There is satisfaction in completing a task that has visible, immediate results. Deep clean the bathroom Any bathroom can benefit from a deep clean. To get started: Scrub the bathtub or shower stall floor Scrub the inside and outside of shower doors Try using oxygen bleach, like OxiClean or OxiMagic, to brighten tile grout Replace shower curtain liners Scrub baseboards Wipe down shelves in the linen closet and tidy the contents Empty your medicine cabinet. Safely dispose of old prescriptions and clean the shelves. Look for tips on deep cleaning bedrooms and living rooms coming soon. Go the extra mile in the kitchen Because every kitchen is different, your spring cleaning list will be unique. Still, a general checklist offers a starting point. When deep cleaning your kitchen: About Clare Oaks Take apart and deep clean the stove top and oven as well as the microwave Since 2008, Clare Oaks provides independent living apartments and cottages as well as a Empty and scrub the inside of the refrigerator continuum of care for nearly 300 residents on its 41-acre campus. Lifestyle and healthcare programs include independent living, assisted living, memory support, short-term rehabilitation and long-term and freezer Carefully wipe the cabinets inside and outside Clear everything off the counters and wipe the care. whole surface thoroughly Clean and polish light fixtures Clean blades of ceiling fans with an old pillowcase. Wrap the case around the fan blade and gently wipe it down. All the dust and dirt will be trapped inside the case instead of raining down on your kitchen. Try a descaling cleanser to make the inside of Clare Oaks boasts a five-star rating. the highest for skilled nursing and short-term rehab, from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In both 2018/19 and 2019/20, U.S. News & World Report awarded Clare Oaks a high-performance ranking for Short-Term Stay Rehab. For more information about Clare Oaks, 825 Carillon Drive, Bartlett, IlI., call 630-372-1983 or visit ClareOaks.org. ClareOaks SENIOR LIVING Clare Oaks expert shares tips for spring cleaning in the kitchen and bathroom Every spring, deep cleaning is important to maintaining a pleasing and safe home. Cleaning while you are sheltering at home also can provide a positive, immediately rewarding project to make the most of these difficult times. Sara D'Ambrosio, housekeeping manager at Clare Oaks in Bartlett who leads a team that regularly cleans hundreds of resident apartments and cottages, mounts an additional deep cleaning regime each spring. In a previous article, she offered advice on decluttering. That's the first step. Now, she shares tips on spring cleaning projects for the kitchen and bath. Sara D'Ambrosio, Housekeeping Manager of Clare Oaks One step at a time "When we tackle deep cleaning for residents at Clare Oaks, we come in with a team of people and complete an entire deep cleaning all at once," says D'Ambrosio. For most people, that isn't practical, especially now, So, don't pressure yourself to make the whole house sparkle. Take one room at a time and make it shine. the dishwasher sparkle If you are sheltering at home with someone who can help you, move the refrigerator so that you can clean underneath and behind it Thoroughly clean the floor by getting into all the tight corners and by wiping down baseboards Make a master list Before you start cleaning, walk through your home and make a list of projects. Then, check-off projects as you complete them. You'll see your progress and stay on track. Focus on the positive Take before and after pictures of your projects. There is satisfaction in completing a task that has visible, immediate results. Deep clean the bathroom Any bathroom can benefit from a deep clean. To get started: Scrub the bathtub or shower stall floor Scrub the inside and outside of shower doors Try using oxygen bleach, like OxiClean or OxiMagic, to brighten tile grout Replace shower curtain liners Scrub baseboards Wipe down shelves in the linen closet and tidy the contents Empty your medicine cabinet. Safely dispose of old prescriptions and clean the shelves. Look for tips on deep cleaning bedrooms and living rooms coming soon. Go the extra mile in the kitchen Because every kitchen is different, your spring cleaning list will be unique. Still, a general checklist offers a starting point. When deep cleaning your kitchen: About Clare Oaks Take apart and deep clean the stove top and oven as well as the microwave Since 2008, Clare Oaks provides independent living apartments and cottages as well as a Empty and scrub the inside of the refrigerator continuum of care for nearly 300 residents on its 41-acre campus. Lifestyle and healthcare programs include independent living, assisted living, memory support, short-term rehabilitation and long-term and freezer Carefully wipe the cabinets inside and outside Clear everything off the counters and wipe the care. whole surface thoroughly Clean and polish light fixtures Clean blades of ceiling fans with an old pillowcase. Wrap the case around the fan blade and gently wipe it down. All the dust and dirt will be trapped inside the case instead of raining down on your kitchen. Try a descaling cleanser to make the inside of Clare Oaks boasts a five-star rating. the highest for skilled nursing and short-term rehab, from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In both 2018/19 and 2019/20, U.S. News & World Report awarded Clare Oaks a high-performance ranking for Short-Term Stay Rehab. For more information about Clare Oaks, 825 Carillon Drive, Bartlett, IlI., call 630-372-1983 or visit ClareOaks.org.