Checklist for Fall Cleaning

Posted on 10/10/11 in GREAT WHITE BLOG, No Comments

Forget about Spring-cleaning, fall cleaning is the new trend! With benefits including less stress and less of a mess when the holiday season comes around, fall is the perfect time to prepare your house for guests and get-togethers.

When analyzing the cleaning that needs to be done in your home, there are a few important areas that you don’t want to overlook.   Below is a checklist of the areas in your home that need attention when cleaning:

  • Carpet – Experts in the carpeting industry recommend having your carpet professionally cleaned every 6-18 months, depending on the amount of foot traffic. And if you have it cleaned in the fall, your carpet will be ready for family gatherings during the holiday season.
  • Attic – It is best to clean your attic during cooler temperatures. Start vacuuming from the ceiling and work your way to the floor for an efficient cleaning. This will increase the air quality throughout the entire house. Remember, safety first. Wear a dust mask and protective eyewear. Also, while you’re up there, look around for wet spots to see if you have a leaky roof.
  • Chandeliers/Light Fixtures – Do not take down your chandelier! Simply climb on a stool or ladder and wipe it with a damp cloth.   You can also use two cotton gloves, one sprayed with window cleaner and the other one left dry. However, detach other light fixtures and clean by soaking them, then rinse and dry.
  • Oven & Range – For your oven, use a spray cleaner and leave it on overnight, wiping it clean in the morning. This is much safer than a self-cleaning oven. After a cleaning it like this, clean up after use will be much easier, which is important when doing all that holiday cooking. Soak the range and oven dials in soapy dishwater.
  • Refrigerator & Freezer – First, clean off the shelves and get rid of expired and spoiled food. Then, use an anti-bacterial solution to clean the shelves. Wash the drawers in the sink. Do this for the fridge first, then the freezer. Also, make sure you clean your ice cube trays. You can either let them soak in the sink or put them on the top shelf of the dishwasher.

Depending on the specific rooms and items in your home, your list may change.   However, always keep these basic areas in mind when planning your fall cleaning.

If you have any questions about cleaning your home or would like to schedule a cleaning, feel free to give us a call at GREAT WHITE CLEANING.   We are happy to work together to prepare your house for the holiday season.