The leaves are just beginning to change, pumpkin spice lattes are back on the menu, and fall is in the air. Even Addison’s Rock ‘n Wheels is wrapping up for the season. There’s no denying that summer is officially over, and as the temperatures start to drop and we spend more time inside, you may start to notice that dirt and dust didn’t take the same vacation you did. What does all this mean? It’s time for fall cleaning.
If you’re wondering when to start fall cleaning, or looking for fall cleaning tips: The Time is here. Let’s take a look at how you can get your home ready for winter, inside and out.
Outside Your Home
Winter is coming: Is your home ready for the ice and snow? As part of your fall cleaning checklist, you should inspect, clean, and prepare your home for frigid temperatures and snow and slush. Here’s how you can get the outside of your home ready for winter – while it’s still nice enough outside to do something about it
- Clean and store patio furniture, umbrellas, and kids’ toys. If needed, these things can be scrubbed down with soapy water and a sponge or brush, and rinsed clean with a hose.
- Use a wire brush to remove flaking paint on your home’s trim, railings, and decks. It’s important to prime and paint this exposed wood, before winter moisture can damage your woodwork.
- This is a great time to wash exterior windows, too. To remove stains, you can fill a bucket with warm, soapy water, then, using a microfiber cloth or sponge, start going over the surface of your windows from top to bottom. Remember to wipe down the window frame where dirt and dust can collect inside and out too. Next, spray the windows with a solution of water and vinegar and dry them with a streakless, lint-free towel.
- Here’s a hint: If you plan to wash windows on a cooler day with overcast skies, you won’t have to deal with soapy water drying on your windows. You’ll also be able to see any existing streaks better.
- Check gutters and downspouts for blockages and remove any debris.
- Inspect your exterior doors and garage doors for tight seals. You may need to add weather stripping to ensure a tight seal.
Inside Your Home
Now that the outside of your home is looking great and prepared for winter, it’s time to move inside and get everything clean and ready to spend a few months indoors. Shorter days and below-freezing weather mean much less time outside and more time in your home, which means you want it looking its very best.
Fall and winter also mean several different holidays coming up, so if you celebrate, you don’t want to have to put decorations on top of dirt and dust. Here’s where you should start for a great fall deep cleaning.
All Around Your Home
- You’ve already washed the windows from the outside, now you should wash them from the inside, too. You can use a glass cleaner or more of your vinegar and water solution, and a microfiber cloth so you don’t end up with any streaks. This is also a great time to wash window sills, and all window grooves.
- Wipe down doors, and clean and disinfect doorknobs, taking time to dust the tops of door frames as well.
- Vacuum and dust all corners and baseboards.
- Using a brush attachment and a low setting, you should vacuum blinds to remove any dust. Vinyl blinds may also need a wipe-down with a microfiber cloth.
- Clean ceiling mounted lighting fixtures and ceiling fans. You can continue using a vacuum brush attachment to remove all the dust that’s settled on top of your fan blades, and a microfiber cloth and cleaning spray are perfect for wiping down the other parts of your lighting fixtures. Removable light-diffusing bowls can be washed with warm, soapy water in the kitchen sink.
- Wash curtains or have them cleaned.
- Clean your washer and dryer, and clean out the dryer vent
- While doing this regular maintenance on your home, change your smoke detector batteries and inspect your carbon monoxide detector to make sure it is still in working order.
- Straighten your closets, one by one. Figure out what can be thrown away, donated, or better organized, so that everything is visible, accessible, and easy to see when you open the closet door.
In the Bedroom:
- We all want to tuck into a cozy bed in the winter, so you will want to launder and clean all bedding, including your mattress pad, pillows, duvets, and blankets.
- Vacuum and flip your mattress
In the Livingroom:
- Vacuum down all the upholstered furniture and cushions, and polish all wood furniture.
- Wipe down the television screen, and clean and disinfect all keyboards and remotes.
- Wash any artificial plants and dust the leaves of living plants.
In the Kitchen:
- Time to tackle the fridge. You can dispose of all expired food and leftovers, then remove and wipe down shelves, one by one. Then, check the outside of the refrigerator. Remove the grill and vacuum the coils with a long, thin attachment. This is a great time to wipe down the front and sides of the fridge as well, and disinfect the door pulls.
- Wipe down the fronts and tops of all cabinets.
- Clear the kitchen counter of all appliances that aren’t used on a weekly basis. When the time comes for holiday baking, or dressing a Thanksgiving turkey, you’ll have a cleaner workspace, clear from clutter.
- This is also a great time to clear out and organize your kitchen pantry, too.
Fall cleaning can definitely be a time-intensive process. But what if your home was already sparkling clean? We provide all kinds of cleaning services right here in Addison, from regular, weekly cleanings to seasonal deep cleaning treatments.
If life is too busy for a deep clean, or you’d rather spend your time enjoying the crisp fall air with your family at Addison’s fall Harvest Festival, we completely understand. That’s why Helping Hands was founded, to help you spend more time doing the things that matter most, and less time cleaning.