Fall is a great time to take stock of your home and do some much-needed cleaning. But it can be tough to know where to start. These essential tips will help you get your home in order before the holidays arrive.
Clean your gutters and downspouts
Without gutters and downspouts, rainwater would pour directly off your roof and pool around your foundation, causing serious damage to your home over time. Instead, these systems collect and channel water away from your house, protecting both the structure and the landscaping. However, in order for gutters and downspouts to do their job properly, they need to be clean and free of debris. If you live in an area with a lot of trees, it’s especially important to keep an eye on your gutters, as leaves and twigs can quickly clog them up. Of course, cleaning gutters is not the most fun task on any homeowner’s to-do list. However, it’s important to make sure they are clear so that they can continue to do their job of protecting your home.
Inspect your roof for any damage
A severe storm can cause extensive damage to your home, and your roof is particularly vulnerable. High winds can loosen or tear off shingles, and heavy rains can cause leaks that can damage your ceiling and walls. That’s why it’s important to inspect your roof after a storm, and make any necessary repairs as soon as possible. Fortunately, most roofing problems can be fixed relatively easily and inexpensively. However, if you ignored previous storm damage and allowed your roof to deteriorate, you may need to replace the entire roof, which is a much more costly proposition. Don’t take chances with your home – after a storm, make sure to inspect your roof for any damage.
Wash your windows and screens
Over time, dirt and grime can build up on your windows and screens, making it difficult to see clearly. In addition, build-up can lead to problems with the window seal, resulting in drafts and energy loss. Fortunately, washing your windows and screens is a simple way to keep them looking clean and clear. Start by removing any loose dirt with a soft cloth or brush. Then, use a mild soap and warm water to wash the surfaces. Be sure to rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of soap. For tough stains, you may need to use a stronger cleaning solution and you’ll see that there is a difference. Once you’ve finished washing, dry the surfaces with a soft towel or cloth. By taking the time to clean your windows and screens regularly, you can keep them looking their best for years to come.
Sweep and mop your floors
A clean floor is the foundation of a well-kept home. Not only does it contribute to a neat appearance, but it also helps to prevent dirt and dust from spreading throughout the house. Sweeping and mopping are essential for keeping floors clean, but it is important to pay special attention to high-traffic areas. These areas are prone to build-up, and they can be difficult to clean if they are not attended to on a regular basis. For best results, sweep or vacuum high-traffic areas on a daily basis, and mop them at least once a week. In addition, always use a clean mop head or cloth, as these can quickly become grimy and spread dirt rather than remove it. By following these simple tips, you can keep your floors looking clean and polished.
Dust all of your furniture and surfaces
One of the most important ingredients in achieving a clean home is to dust regularly. That’s why it’s important to dust all of your furniture and surfaces, including blinds, shelves, and knickknacks. When dusting blinds, be sure to use a soft cloth so as not to damage the slats. For shelves and knickknacks, start at the top and work your way down. This will ensure that any dust that falls will be caught by the cloth before it has a chance to settle on surfaces that have already been dusted. A little dusting each week will go a long way in keeping your home looking its best.
Vacuum every nook and cranny
A clean home is a happy home, and there’s no doubt that vacuuming is an essential part of housekeeping. However, it’s all too easy to overlook the nooks and crannies when running the vacuum cleaner over the floor. Yet these small areas can quickly become dusty and cluttered, making them a breeding ground for dust mites and other allergens. To ensure that your home is really clean, be sure to vacuum every nook and cranny, including the crevices between floorboards. This may require a little extra effort, but it’s worth it for the peace of mind that comes with knowing your home is truly clean.
Although it may seem like a lot of work, taking the time to clean your home from top to bottom will help ensure that you and your family are safe and healthy. Not only that, but a clean home is also more pleasant to live in. So take a deep breath, put on some music, and get to work – your home will be sparkling in no time!