Cleaning Before Winter

A house cleaned up for winterYou’ve heard of spring cleaning? well now’s the time for fall cleaning. Winter is coming and there are some things that you’ll want to have done before it arrives. Whether because they’re oddball things you don’t think about, or you just forget to do it, there are some cleaning items that routinely get overlooked. It’s a good idea to get them done before it snows, as it’s really cold to air out your house in the winter. Here’s a list of the most common cleaning items you might have overlooked.

1. Laundry Room

Your laundry room has certain areas you’ve probably ignored when it comes to cleaning. Since you’re going to be spending more time indoors, now’s the time to get rid of the dust and grime that’s built up. Clean around and behind the washer and drier. You’ll have to move it, but that’s okay: you’ve only got to do this once a year. While you’re at it, give a good, deep clean to all the shelves in your laundry room, especially the high ones you don’t normally think about. While you’re doing this, it might be a good idea to check your drier vent. If you’ve haven’t been overloading your drier and been diligent in emptying the lint filter, there probably won’t be a problem. Still, better safe than sorry. If there’s been lint or dust build-up in the drier, that’s a potential fire hazard.

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2. Stove And Oven

Only the most absurdly dedicated barbecuers will light up that outdoor grill once the snowing starts. That means you’re going to be dong a lot more cooking indoors. Good reason to clean that oven and stovetop. After all, you don’t want your food to have the lingering taste and smell of previous meals and smoke. Anything you’ve cooked over the summer probably left residues that will taint the flavor of your meal. If you missed a spill, it might even be a potential fire hazard. Same goes for anything on the stovetop. So, if you want your house and your meals to smell fresh and tasty, now’s the time to clean the stove and oven.

3. Ceiling Fans

These might have seen a lot of use during the summer. Nevertheless, it’d be a good idea to clean them off. Ceiling fans can still help warm your house if you use them right. If you reverse the settings, you can turn it on while the heat is going to force the rising warm air back down, keeping your rooms nice and toasty. If there’s any dust build-up on your fans, though, that’s going to spread dust around. Make sure you wipe them down before it gets cold. And come spring, it’d be a good idea to wipe them down again.

4. Light Fixtures

Light is important for people. Our body uses light to regulate our sleep cycle, as well as to help aid in the production or absorption of certain key vitamins. One thing that light helps is the production of serotonin, a hormone that helps regulate our mood. This is why change in light during winter often leads to low energy, or even depression. You’ll want to get the best light you can. For that, cleaning your light-fixtures is a must. Since dust build-up is slow, it’s easy to miss our lights getting dirtier with time. Since you need as much light you can get, you’ll want to clean those fixtures up. That way, you’ll get a nice, clean shine all winter long.

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5. Window Sills and Frames

You know what else helps you get light? Windows. Windows let the sunlight into your house. This can help warm it up as well as give you all the benefits of sunlight. Since you’re going to be spending more time indoors, you’ll want to make sure as much light can get in as possible. For that, you want to clean your windows.

While you’re at it, the window sills could probably use a good cleaning, too. Dust builds up there as well as on the glass. Wipe them down so you don’t find yourself sneezing whenever you go to the windows to soak in some of those rays.

Get Some Help With Cleaning

Cleaning can be a big job. When it comes time to do some deep cleaning of your home in preparation for winter, a little help is often appreciated. If you want some help, why not ask us? We offer a variety of cleaning services to help you get your house feeling fresh. If you need a little help, don’t hesitate to get in touch!