Fall Housekeeping Checklist

Though many homeowners choose to give their homes a deep cleaning in the spring, it’s important to show your home some love in the fall as well to keep it clean and well-organized throughout the rest of the year. Below are just a few items that should be on your fall housekeeping checklist:

  1. Dust!

Dust that builds up in your home can start to impact your indoor air quality and may even irritate some of your family members. When dusting, take the time to get even the hard-to-reach surfaces like the top of the fan blades to ensure that you are keeping dust buildup at a minimum.

  1. Vacuum any upholstered surfaces.

Though you may vacuum your carpet regularly, how often do you vacuum upholstered surfaces like your couch or drapes? Dust, dirt, and other contaminants can start to accumulate on these surfaces, impacting your indoor air quality. Fall is the perfect time to vacuum these surfaces before you settle in for the winter.

  1. Shampoo your carpets.

The holiday season is just around the corner. Why not prepare early with a good carpet scrubbing? Getting your carpet professionally cleaned or using a professional grade carpet cleaner once a year will help you keep your carpets looking fresh while minimizing dirt buildup.

  1. Test and clean your smoke detectors.

To make sure that your smoke detectors are in perfect working order, be sure to clean, test, and replace the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. This precaution will help you prepare your family for a safe heating season.

  1. Flip or rotate your mattress.

Fall is also the perfect time to flip your mattress to prevent body impressions from causing certain areas of the mattress to slump. If you have a pillowtop mattress that you can’t flip, rotate it 180 degrees instead. To keep your mattress smelling fresh, sprinkle a little baking soda on top and vacuum it up.

  1. Organize your storage areas.

Though many people focus on organizing their closets during spring cleaning, many homeowners may forget about their other storage spaces such as closets or sheds. Go through your storage areas and get rid of anything that you don’t need. Then, organize your items so that they are easy to locate and access. You may want to try putting similar items into storage containers or labeling boxes so you know where everything is.

  1. Clean out your pantry.

Take the time to audit, clean, and organize your pantry. Remove everything from the shelves and give them a good wipe down. Then, go through your items. Toss anything that is expired, and donate any food items that you may not want. When you put the items back in the pantry, make sure that everything is organized and easy to access.

  1. Get a fall HVAC tune-up.

Fall is the best time to have your HVAC system serviced as you’ll want to make sure that everything is working smoothly and efficiently before the temperatures start to really drop in the winter.

Though we can’t help you with all of your housekeeping, we can help you keep your HVAC system clean and maintained so that it keeps you comfortable year-round. Call us today to schedule a fall HVAC tune-up: (425) 746-3077.