Fall Cleaning Checklist

Fall Cleaning Checklist

Getting your home clean and organized for the change in season is good for the soul.  Okay, so it is work, but you will feel great when you are done.  It may seem overwhelming, but involving the family, or doing it over a few days, or a rainy weekend will make getting all the things done on your fall cleaning checklist a breeze.  If you don’t know where to start read through our 20 Fall cleaning tips and suggestions for ideas on what you should include on your list.

  1. WINDOWS: Give your windows a nice Fall cleaning.  It will not take as much time as you think if you use the right tools. Glass cleaner is great, but you can also use white distilled vinegar in a spray bottle.  Use a microfiber cloth to reduce the collection of fibers left on the windows.
  2. VACUUM: Fabric items should be vacuumed twice a year.  (Fall being one, Spring being the other.)  Use your brush attachment and a low suction setting.   This works for curtains, furniture, lamp shades, pillows, etc....
  3. LAUNDRY: If your fabric items are in need of a wash, do so according to the label on the item.  Never wash curtains, pillow covers, and slipcovers in warm water. They will shrink.  If the directions read "dry clean only," we suggest you follow those directions.
  4. DUST: Wipe down non-fabric lamp shades and wood or vinyl blinds with a soft fabric.  Do not use a liquid as it just spreads the dust around and make wet dirt.
  5. WALLS: Walls get dirty. Dust them then wash with a mild dish soap mixture. Make sure to dry any painted or wood walls right away.
  6. DEGREASE: Kitchen cupboards collect grease and muck over time.  Wash them with a mixture of dish soap and warm water.  Rinse them with a clean, wet cloth, and then dry.
  7. CHECK FOOD: This is a great time to go through to check the dates on food and toss expired items.  While the cabinets are empty, clean the interior cabinets and if necessary, replace the liners.
  8. CARPETS: Carpets should be professionally cleaned at least once a year.  Twice is best.  A deep steam clean gets out that which shall not be named!
  9. FLOORS: Check your wood floors for scuffs and dings.  You can get your floors professionally buffed and/or restored if they are in need of a re-do.
  10. ELECTRONICS: Dust your electronics. They will work better and safer.  DO NOT use liquid cleaners near nor on electronics.  A microfiber cloth works best.
  11. CLOTHES: Take the leap and clean out your closets.  Dust shelves, vacuum carpets and replace your pest repellents.  Switch the summer clothes for Fall, clean boots, and wash jackets.
  12. SMOKE DETECTORS: Safety is as important as cleanliness.  Test your smoke detectors at every season change and replace the batteries.  Do the same with your carbon monoxide detectors.  You should have one on each level of your home.
  13. FIRE EXTINGUISHERS: Check the gauges on your fire extinguishers.  They can be refilled.  Your local fire department and toxic waste round-up can take the ones that are empty or cannot be refilled.
  14. FURNACE: Replace your furnace filter.  This is critical to the function and safety of your unit.  Make sure you measure before you go to the hardware store.
  15. CHIMNEY: Sweep and clean your chimneys.  Fireplaces must be cared for and cleaned in order to ensure proper function and safety.  If you are not sure if yours is okay, call a professional before you use it this Fall.
  16. CHECK FOR CRACKS: Check all the weather-stripping and caulking for cracks and dirty wood. Clean with a gentle cloth and soap and water, and then dry thoroughly.  After they are completely dry, re-caulk.
  17. GUTTERS: Check your gutters and clear them of dirt and debris.  Leaving them full can result in damage to your house and neglect may cause flood around your home.
  18. OUTDOOR FURNITURE: Clean and cover your patio furniture.  Wrap the cushions or store them in bags, sealed tightly so animals cannot get access.
  19. GARDEN HOSE: Drain your garden hoses and store them.  They can crack or snap into pieces in cold weather, especially if they have water inside before they are stored.
  20. POOLS: Empty small pools and any standing water source.  They are tempting for animals and bugs and DANGEROUS FOR SMALL CHILDREN.

These should be enough to get you started, have fun! If you need a little extra help give us a call at 818-692-0856!