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Blog :: 03-2013

Seven Tips for Spring Cleaning in Vermont

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Spring cleaning is one of those things everyone has to do, no matter where they live. And while many people don't love to clean, the simple act of opening up the house and preparing for warmer weather can be fun and enjoyable. And by following these seven simple tips, you'll find that your spring cleaning is done in no time at all - leaving lots of time for the Vermont maple sugar season and other fun spring activities.

A beautiful Vermont home in spring1. De-winterize. If you're opening up a property that has been closed all winter, or if you're coming home from a long vacation, it's very important that the first thing you do is de-winterize your house. Check for frozen pipes, and allow your home to heat up before turning on the water. This can help prevent your pipes from bursting and leaking. Also, don't forget to take down your storm windows and put in your window screens.

2. Clean the places you don't usually clean. Hard-to-reach or overlooked surfaces such as baseboards, walls, the tops of shelves, and the spaces under furniture are great places to begin your spring cleaning. These places are rarely cleaned, but a good scrubbing or vacuuming should suffice until next year.

3. Give your carpets and rugs a deep cleaning. You can rent a steam-cleaner from many grocery or home improvement stores, or hire a professional service to do your whole house in a day. Either way, a deep cleaning will wipe away all the winter grime and have your house looking and smelling great.

4. Close your flue or fireplace damper. Unless you're planning on keeping the fireplace burning year round, it's a good idea to close your flue or chimney damper during the spring. Doing so can help keep wind and dirt out of your house, and regulate the temperature if you're using the heater or A/C.

5. Scrub down the outside of your home. By washing your windows, cleaning your porch or patio, and cleaning all your outdoor furniture, you'll help your home look better and more welcoming. Some people use power washers for these tasks, but beware - they can easily remove paint, wood stain, or even vinyl siding if you aren't careful.

6. Clean your gutters and drainpipes, too. A good spring cleaning regimen will definitely include emptying out all the dead leaves, sticks, and other debris that falls into your gutters in the fall and winter. Neglecting this can easily lead to water damage or soil erosion around your house, so make sure you take care of it early.

A clean, organized room7. Organize your belongings. Between presents, vacations, and tons of winter gear, it's likely that your home is feeling a little cluttered. Take some time to organize your clothes, decorations, and other possessions. Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to stow away winter gear, reorganize your garages, closest and/or basement and get rid of what you don't need - your local Goodwill store or Salvation Army will gladly take donations, or you can always hold a good old fashioned yard sale.

Of course, this is just the beginning of all the spring cleaning you can do. There are plenty of other projects and ideas you can undertake during spring. Of course, if you'd rather skip the cleaning and take a look at one of our long-term rental properties that's already nice and clean, we certainly couldn't blame you.




  1. Nereida Olinghouse on

    While "home improvement" often refers to building projects that alter the structure of an existing home, it can also include improvements to lawns, gardens, and outdoor structures, such as gazebos and garages. It also encompasses maintenance, repair and general servicing tasks."*,^ http://healthfitnessbook.comConsider our own webpage too

    Get a Taste of Vermont Maple Syrup Season

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    Vermont maple syrup is seen by many people as some of the best in the world, and as the largest producer in the country, it ought to be. One of the best things about spring in Vermont is the opportunity to see, and taste, fresh syrup as it's being made. Once the sap starts to run, maple sugaring season in Vermont gives visitors the chance to try all the delicious varieties of syrup that the state's many sugar farms produce.

    The four grades of maple syrup

    "Wait a minute," you might be saying. "I didn't know that there were different kinds of maple syrup! I thought it was all the same thing." To the surprise of many, syrup is an intricate and multi-faceted product with a richness and complexity that - dare we say it - rivals that of wine or fine cheese. And though gaining a true appreciation for the flavors within a great syrup can take many seasons of practice, even beginner syrup fans (no, we don't call them saps) can appreciate the differences between the grades of maple syrup.

    The first grade of Vermont maple syrup is called "Grade A Light Amber," and is known for its sweet, light flavor with only hints of maple and smoky sugars. This is generally the first type of syrup a Vermont sugarhouse produces each year, coming from trees tapped early in the season. Also known as "Vermont Fancy," this type of syrup is best enjoyed as a mix in cocktails or tea, over ice cream, or even poured on a simple handful of fresh snow.

    The next grade of syrup is "Grade A Medium Amber," and it's likely this is what you think of when you hear the words "maple syrup." Perfect over pancakes, waffles, or any other food you can imagine, Medium Amber is known for its bolder maple flavor and buttery-smooth texture.

    After Medium Amber, comes "Grade A Dark Amber" -- a favorite among true Vermont maple syrup addicts. Featuring a dark, rich maple bouquet and robust flavor, this syrup is often likened to dark honey, aged bourbon, or (for those with less of a love for maple) cough syrup. Great for baking, though it's also often found on pancakes and other breakfast foods.

    The final grade, simply known as "Grade B," is traditionally reserved for baking, cooking, or to add flavor to other foods. Its pronounced maple flavor, thick texture and overall intensity make it a common choice for maple recipes, cookies or pies, but much less so on pancakes or ice cream. However, true aficionados of Vermont maple syrup -- to whom there's no such thing as too much maple --  use it like any other variety, and appreciate it for its complexity and hearty flavor.

    Pancakes with delicious maple syrup

    If you want to try any of these varieties firsthand, southern Vermont has a wide variety of activities available for maple lovers. The annual Whitingham Maple Festival takes place just a few miles south of Wilmington, Vermont. With tastings, sugarhouse tours, and plenty of different Vermont maple syrup recipes, you'll surely find something sweet to enjoy.

    Or, you could simply stay with us in one of our long-term rental houses, and shop around the local country stores and sugar farms in the area. After all, with such a huge variety of syrups here in southern Vermont, it could take a while to try them all.


    1. Erica Cessor on

      Maple syrup is a syrup usually made from the xylem sap of sugar maple, red maple, or black maple trees, although it can also be made from other maple species. In cold climates, these trees store starch in their trunks and roots before the winter; the starch is then converted to sugar that rises in the sap in the spring. Maple trees can be tapped by boring holes into their trunks and collecting the exuded sap. The sap is processed by heating to evaporate much of the water, leaving the concentrated syrup.;*`^ Newly released write-up provided by our very own online site
      • Patty Killion on

        […] all the things that Vermont is famous for, maple syrup is close to the top of the list. Vermont maple syrup has a long, rich history dating back to before […]
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