Out With the Old! In With the New!
There is something about the start of a new year that stirs the need to clean out and freshen up. Many will celebrate the start of the Lunar or Chinese New Year, which begins Saturday, January 28th, by flinging open doors and windows to usher out the old year.
With that in mind, now is a good time to do a little spring window cleaning. Don’t pull out the spray bottle just yet, though. Even before the last storm of the season, you can clean the window tracks using a vacuum hose attachment and a damp cloth. Cleaning the debris out not only looks better but helps to extend the life of the sliders and makes them slide more smoothly.
We’ve discovered that the nifty keyboard vacuum kit that fits most standard hoses works great on this job. An old, stiff bristle paintbrush or even a retired toothbrush can come in handy to remove stuck-on dirt and grime. Finish up by wiping the track with a damp cloth or paper towel, and you are ready to usher in the Year of the Rooster! Gung Hey Fat Choy!
The Lunar New Year or Spring festival is celebrated over a two week period with food, flowers, firecrackers, and envelopes of “lucky money.” In the SF Bay Area, the festivities culminate with the Chinese New Year Parade, which will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2017. It is the largest celebration of its kind outside of Asia, according to sanfranciscochinatown.com.