Ideas For Fall Cleaning
The fall is a wonderful time of the year. The blistering heat of the summer is past and the leaves are rotating through their annual chromatic display. All of this means the holidays are just around the corner and your home will be filled with family and friends. Time for a little fall sprucing up to make sure their visit is as pleasant as possible!read more
With all the summertime activities, people are constantly tracking dirt and allergens into the home. Daily and weekly cleaning will take care of most the problems but certain areas tend to be neglected and can build up large quantities of dust and allergens. Now is the time to take a moment and eliminate these problems so they don’t cause respiratory issues during the winter when your house is closed up tight against the weather. Here are some areas to consider:
Refrigerator – Certainly the refrigerator gets constant cleaning throughout the summer but I bet there is one place that you just might be overlooking. Pull your refrigerator away from the wall and look behind it. If it has been a long time since you looked you, might have dust bunnies and layers of gunk on the cooling coils. The amount can be impressive sometimes! You can’t see this dust but it is affecting your home’s air quality. Take a moment to very gently vacuum the coils and the space behind the refrigerator.
Walls, Ceilings & Baseboards – The amount of dust and dirt on any given section of wall or ceiling space is very low. However, in aggregate, all the dirt on all the wall, ceilings and baseboards in your house adds up to quite a bit of gunk! Fortunately, cleaning these surfaces it very easy. A suggested solution is two gallons of warm water with one cup vinegar, one cup ammonia, and 1/4 cup baking soda.
Ceiling Fans & Light Fixtures – Don’t forget these. The blades on a ceiling fan can be positively layered in dust and they are easy escape notice since they are positioned up high. Also, be sure to remove any glass globes or covering on light fixtures. These will frequently have dead insects inside them and need to be dumped out and washed. This is particularly true of lights in entryways. Give other fixtures a good dusting.
Drapes and Furniture – Be sure to clean your drapes, sofa and other fabric covered furniture. If not cleaned regularly the amount of dander, allergens and dust that can build up inside them is truly staggering. If not maintained they can be a real detriment to your air quality. The same holds true of carpets as well.
Hopefully, these quick tips will get you off to a good cleaning start. If you don’t have the time or your home has difficult to reach spots, consider hiring a professional cleaning service. They have all the tools to get the job done right!