What Are 3 Deep Cleaning Tips To Prepare For Fall?
Taking the time to spruce up your home in the autumn will keep things clean, maintained, and cozy all winter long.
Deep clean your home in the fall with these steps – or hire a reputable cleaning company to help you through the process – and you will have less on your to-do list once the weather turns warm again.
1) Clean Your Carpets
With kids and pets tracking in grass, dirt, and sand all summer long, it’s likely that your carpets are in need of a little TLC.
Start by pre treating any obvious stains.
HouseWife How To’s says, “While the carpet cleaning machine will remove quite a bit of grime and dust, the heat involved can also make stains harder to remove.”
Next, move any furniture out of the room and thoroughly vacuuming the area you would like to wash.
Then, run the cleaner over the whole floor, paying extra attention to any areas with evident stains.
It’s critical that you don’t use too much water, and that you take the time to go over your carpets and suck up as much residual water as possible.
Damp carpets are a stain magnet, so make sure you give yours time to dry completely before putting furniture back and using the room again.
2) Clean Your Windows
Before you close up your house for the season, it’s a good idea to give your windows a thorough washing.
Dust and fingerprints on the inside of your home can be taken care of easily with paper towels and some glass cleaner or vinegar.
As you wash your panes, keep a bucket of soapy water and a rag close by and wipe the ledges and trim around each window as you go.
The external side of your windows likely have more dirt build up, and may require a few steps.
Start by washing external glass with a soapy rag, rinse with a garden hose, and then finish with a squeegee for a streak free shine.
3) Break Out The Heavy Linens
The fall months are a great time to pack away your light bedding and sheets for some heavier winter flannel and comforters.
Start by stripping off all of your current bedding and washing your sheets, pillowcases, duvets, and any light blankets.
Once washed and dried, fold and pack away your summer bedding in a linen closet.
Next, launder your heavier bedding, if needed. Often, blankets and sheets will smell musty if they’ve been packed away over the summer, so take this time to freshen them up.
Remake your beds with fresh linens, and you’ll be warm and comfy even on the chilliest of nights.
Tip: Put an open box of baking soda or some sachets of lavender in your linen closet to keep your summer bedding smelling fresh all winter.
Bonus Fall Maintenance Tasks:
- Install Smoke And Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Fires and carbon monoxide poisoning are more common in the winter. Make this step a part of your autumn checklist so you have peace of mind all season long.
- Change Your HVAC Filter
Dirty filters keep your system from working properly and waste plenty of energy in the process. Fall is a great time to replace them.