As the weather begins to cool and the days get shorter, you may be spending more time indoors. An annual fall cleaning is a great way to transition into the coming season, setting the stage for many productive days and comfortable nights. Much like spring cleaning, fall cleaning gives you a chance to tidy up the areas you may not normally get to during your regular cleaning routine. Your hard work will also serve double duty by prepping your home for any guests you may be expecting over the holidays.
Check out our top 10 fall cleaning tips to guide your cleaning routine this season.
1. CLEAN THE CARPETS.
While you should clean your carpets regularly, a standard vacuum cleaner can only do so much. Carpets require a deeper clean at least once a year to remove odor-causing or damaging particles, extend its lifespan and improve the look of your home. Fall is the perfect time to have your carpets professionally cleaned, as it can brighten up your rooms before friends and family arrive for the upcoming holidays.
2. WASH THE WINDOWS.
Cleaning the windows inside and outside ensures you get the clearest view and a brighter environment. Make your home more welcoming this fall by wiping down your windows with a solution of white vinegar and hot water.
3. CLEAN AND CHANGE THE WINDOW COVERINGS.
Window coverings can add extra style to a room, but over time, they may become dingy or dusty. Refresh your space by giving your draperies and window treatments a good clean. Follow the cleaning instructions on each tag to properly remove stains, dirt and dander. If you typically change out your window coverings for colder seasons, now is a great time to do so.
4. DEEP CLEAN THE KITCHEN.
No matter how often you wipe down the counters, kitchens still have a way of getting dirty in all the nooks and crannies. A deep clean of the kitchen includes the following areas:
- Refrigerator interior
- Refrigerator exterior
- Interior and exterior of cabinets
- Top of cabinets
5. DEEP CLEAN THE BATHROOMS.
Like the kitchen, bathrooms require a deeper clean to make your space spotless. For a thorough cleaning, remove all items from bathroom surfaces. Then, wipe down and organize the following areas:
- Medicine cabinet
- Under sink cabinet
- Base of toilet
6. REORGANIZE CLOSETS.
Fall cleaning can be the perfect time to go through cluttered spaces and clear out items you no longer need. Go through your closets and make piles for items that need to be donated, thrown away, put in storage or put back into the closet. The items you’re left with can then be put back in a neat, organized manner.
7. CLEAN THE FIREPLACE.
Removing excess creosote from your fireplace helps ensure that your chimney won’t spontaneously catch fire. Clean out your fireplace at least once a year with a chimney brush, extension pipe or chemical creosote remover. If your chimney hasn’t been inspected recently, call in a professional to inspect and deep clean it for you.
8. REPLACE THE BATTERIES IN YOUR SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS.
You should test your smoke and carbon monoxide monitors at least once a month. According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), you should also replace the batteries in your detectors once a year to keep them in ideal working condition. Add this step into your fall clean-up checklist to help ensure that your detectors can keep yourself, your home and your loved ones safe from potential holiday fires.
9. CLEAN FURNITURE.
It is not always obvious, but sofas and other furniture can fill up with dust, dander and allergens. Make your home clean and welcoming this season by vacuuming your upholstery. If there are noticeable stains or odors, consider calling a professional upholstery cleaning service to revitalize your furniture.
10. CHANGE YOUR FURNACE FILTER.
When working correctly, filters keep dust, debris and other particles from moving throughout your home. To keep your air clean this season, change out your furnace filters during your fall cleaning routine. Afterward, you should change your furnace filters every two to three months to improve your home’s air quality.
Discover more fall clean-up tips to prepare your home for the holidays. If you need help deep cleaning your home this season, call on the experts at ServiceMaster Clean®. Our residential cleaning services can help with floors, windows, upholstery, tile, grout and more. Contact us today to find out how we can develop a comprehensive, customized cleaning plan that meets your demands and schedule.