Fall Cleaning: Where to Start
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The last warm days of summer have faded out, and autumn is here! Bringing colorful leaves, pumpkins and Thanksgiving, fall is hands down one of the best seasons. Tackle some necessary fall cleaning so you can enjoy the season to its fullest. Here’s where to start!
1. Outdoors: With the days getting shorter and the temperatures dropping, cleaning up the outside of your home is a good idea to check off first. You’ll be glad you did when the bitter cold days of winter are here and you’d rather be cozied up indoors. Clean off and store away patio furniture, grills, and summer toys. Wash all of the exterior windows, and check the weather stripping on exterior doors to prevent drafts. Don’t forget to start cleaning leaves out of your gutters! You might need to tackle this job more than once if you have as many trees in your yard as I do.
2. Garage: Cleaning out the garage can seem insurmountable, but you’ll be glad you did as Thanksgiving and Christmas approach. Put away and organize all your garden tools, hoses, patio furniture, and outdoor toys. It’s also a great time to pull out seasonal decoration to assess what you already have plenty of and what you’ll need to buy.
3. Linens and Clothing: Both clothing and bedding need to be switched as soon as the cold weather starts to set in. Go through the kids’ clothes and your own, to get rid of what’s old and doesn’t fit and make room for the heavier winter clothes. Sheets may need to be changed on the beds from linen to flannel, along with extra blankets. While you’re at it, flipping the mattresses is also a good thing to do.
4. Windows: If you’ve already washed all of the exterior windows, then cleaning the inside ones should be no biggie. Make sure that you get to the window sills and wells too!
5. The Kitchen: Especially with the holidays coming up, a clean and organized kitchen should be a priority on your checklist. For a deep clean, go through the pantry and all of the cabinets, cleaning them out and getting rid of anything old or unnecessary. Do the same for your refrigerator getting rid of old condiments and giving the shelves a good scrub. Now you’ll have room for holiday baking and leftovers!
Fall cleaning is also a good time to check your garbage disposal and sink area for leaks or other strange odors. Dish drainers and sink mats can harbor bacteria that cause odors. If yours have seen better days, consider replacing them with Rubbermaid kitchen products that feature built-in technology to keep them cleaner and smelling fresher.
As you are cleaning, double check your sealant and caulk lines. These areas can develop unsightly stains that make your clean tiles or tub look dirty. Consider freshening these areas with DAP caulk products that protect against the growth of stain-causing bacteria, mold and mildew, keeping them looking cleaner.
6. Carpets: Even with regularly vacuuming your carpet, chances are it’s still in need of a deeper clean. If you plan to have houseguests for fall break or Thanksgiving, this will help eliminate pet odors and stains. You can schedule a cleaning to be done professionally, or rent a carpet cleaner from your local home improvement store for a DIY option.
If it’s time to replace any of the carpets in your home, you can look for options from The Cleaner Home Collection by Phenix Flooring. This unique line of carpeting features built-in antimicrobial technology that helps fight the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew in your carpet, making cleaning them during fall cleaning (or any other time) much easier.
7. Furniture: Vacuum out any upholstered furniture, or have it professionally cleaned if you think it’s needed. Wipe down anything leather or vinyl. Also, make sure you move out your furniture and clean underneath to get rid of the dust bunnies and miscellany that manages to find its way under there.
8. Filters and detectors: A good idea is to buy a whole winter’s supply of HVAC filters, and then change them monthly. If your heating system is old, then schedule an inspection so you won’t worry about your heat source malfunctioning during frosty weather. Check all of the smoke and other detectors, to make sure everything is safe and in working order.
Happy (cleaner) fall, y’all!