We always obsess over spring cleaning after winter to clear out the season’s dust and germs, but it’s just as important to “fall” clean before winter arrives. Think about it; you don’t want to hunker down and shut yourself inside a dirty house for months. And, really, our homes can use a good deep cleaning more than once a year. Make sure to put these fall cleaning tasks on your list so you can rest easy all winter long.
- Wash and disinfect your garbage cans. Sticky, gunky leftover food always seems to slip between the liner and the can, landing at the bottom or “no man’s land” since no one wants to reach in a clean it out. Take advantage of mild fall days and use the garden hose to spray out the insides. Spray on an anti-bacterial cleaner or a mix of vinegar and water to disinfect the surfaces and let it sit for an hour. Rinse out, scrubbing any nasty bits, and let dry before adding a new liner.
- Vacuum the undersides of your furniture. While we tend to make sure to clean the top, and even bottom, of our cushions, the actual underside of our furniture gets little to no attention. That’s too bad considering dust and hairballs can happily live there for years. Take a minute to flip over chairs and even couches to evict these annoying air pollutants.
- Clean where you don’t see. Most of us clean the things that are in our field of vision, which is natural. But, the tops of doors, windows, cabinets and appliances collect just as much dust as coffee and end tables. This goes the same for spots down low like baseboards and stair railings.
- Pull out and clean behind your fridge. It is important to clean refrigerator coils as they help your appliance run more efficiently, which reduces energy use. Be sure to unplug your fridge before you use either a brush or vacuum attachment to clean the coils, back and underneath the fridge.
- Make your entryway ground zero for winter gunk. Dirt, snow, slush, rain and salt can’t enter your home if it can’t get past the door. Be sure to have plenty of rugs both in front and behind your main entryway doors; a good-quality fiber mat will hold up nicely outside and a washable rug works great inside. Add a bench or basket so your family members can drop their soggy messes right when they enter the door.
- Clean your windows. You’re going to be stuck inside this winter so the least you can do is have a clear view. Use a vinegar/water/dish soap mixture to cut through the grime that’s accumulated outside your windows this summer. Wipe clean and polish with newspaper or a lint-free cloth. You’ll appreciate the extra sunlight come January!
- Replace your furnace filter. This is the easiest chore on this list, but one of the most important, especially if you don’t like having dust and dirt blow throughout your home every time your furnace clicks on. An old, used filter can’t trap dust and dirt like it should, and your furnace also has to work harder to push warm air through. Make sure to replace your filter every season.
We know how important a thorough fall cleaning is, that’s why it is one of the cleaning services we offer. Our spring and fall cleaning service will erase the previous season’s gunk from your home. We’ll delve into the nooks and crannies of your home, clearing out dust from places you had forgotten for a clean you are sure to remember. We’ll also clean your carpets and furniture with our HEPA-equipped backpack vacuums, which can capture up to 99 percent of pollen and allergens from your home. Contact us today and get clean.