You’ve heard of spring cleaning, but fall cleaning is just as important! During the winter months your home is put through different stresses, not to mention less fresh air, shedding pets and the potential for extra debri and moisture coming in from mud, snow, or rain. Give your home a clean slate by ridding it of dust, dirt, and other allergens before the winter months. You will set you and your family up for a healthier season and your home will look great in the process! Here is our fall cleaning checklist:
- Wash it! If it can be washed, wash it. Things to consider: comforter covers, pillows, removable cushion covers, rugs, quilts, mattress covers and skirts, etc. Be careful to look at the tag and consider the washing instructions. Certain materials are more delicate and require special attention, for example, wool or silk. They can still be washed, but simple need a little extra care. Washing these sorts of items in your home helps get rid of lurking dust and other allergens that are not always removed with simply shaken or vacuumed.
- Vacuum Everything. The vacuum is a versatile tool that can help you get your home clean and ready for the cooler weather. For many things that cannot be washed, vacuuming is the next best thing. In addition to the floors, you can vacuum blinds, furniture, ceiling fans, vents, mattresses, and more. You can also use a longer attachment on your vacuum to get cobwebs in the corners and ceilings in your home. This is a great way to start fresh and rid your home of dust and debri.
- Windows. The windows in your home are likely more dirty than they first appear. After months of warm summer days and open windows, rain, dust, and more, it is time to give them a good clean before winter. The trick for clean, streak-free windows is in the cloth you use. Invest in a high-quality microfiber cloth to make your window cleaning session that much easier! All you need is a little vinegar-water and you’re set.
- Air Quality. Part of this fall cleaning spree is gearing up for cooler months where your home will be more closed off to fresh air. One of the important steps in ensuring the best air quality in your home during this time is replacing the furnace filter if it hasn’t been changed recently. Additionally you will want to test (or install) smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. If your home has a chimney, give it a good sweep and check that the flue is in proper working condition. An often forgotten spot in the home is the refrigerator condenser coil. Give that a quick vacuum to remove the dust buildup.
- Kitchen Care. Perhaps you love to keep your kitchen clean, but there are still a lot of nooks and crannies that are easy to leave untouched. Before winter sets in, empty out all of the cupboards and drawers. Wash and replace any liners, get rid of old or broken items and organize as you put everything back in its place. Take these steps with your refrigerator as well, washing removable drawers and shelves with warm soapy water and drying before putting back. This not only removes smudges and crumbs, but also removes dingy smells or lingering odors from spills.