Everyone always talks about spring cleaning, but how come fall cleaning gets no love?! It’s time to change that!
Did you know that a clean home actually improves your indoor air quality? Maintaining good housekeeping habits can help keep dust and other pesky contaminants stay out of your home’s air—and therefore out of your lungs! Plus, who doesn’t love having a clean, tidy house?
As much as regularly cleaning your home is important, periodically dedicating a day or two to a deep clean is also very necessary. If you don’t know where to start, don’t fret! We’ve got the perfect fall cleaning checklist for you.
Start in the Kitchen
The kitchen is most likely one of the most (if not, the most) used area in your home—this means that it’s easily dirtied. Here are some tips to make it sparkling clean.
Clean out the refrigerator. Take everything out of it, throw away what’s expired, and wipe down the shelves. There’s probably a lot of drips and spills that you didn’t know were there (1)!
Pull out the refrigerator. Yes, we know it’s heavy. However, there’s a lot of build-up back there! Dust, crumbs, and much more. Vacuuming and wiping down this area will eliminate nasty air pollutants. While you’re at it, clean the condenser coils on the back or bottom of your refrigerator (1).
Scrub down the stove (inside and out). The inside might be a little more work than the outside, but you’ll thank yourself later. To soften some of the baked-on particles on the racks, you can place a cup of ammonia in a ceramic dish inside your oven overnight. After you’ve done this, throw on some gloves and start scrubbing! Be sure to open any windows nearby (1).
Wipe down and de-clutter your countertop space. Remove any appliances from your countertops and wipe everything down. There’s more than likely some dust and gunk hidden behind them! Once you’re ready to put them back, try to find a space in your cupboards for any appliance that hasn’t been used in the past week or so—this will help your kitchen appear more tidy (1, 2).
Tackle the Rest of the House
Care for your carpet. Shampoo your carpets and vacuum over them multiple times. Better yet, if you’re willing to dish out a little extra change, schedule a professional cleaning for your carpets! You’ll notice an incredible difference (1).
Wash your bedding in hot water. Throw your bedding in the washer in hot water to eliminate any bacteria (130 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, to be more specific). While your bedding is in the washer, flip your mattress over and turn it around so that you can even out the wear and tear over the winter (1, 2).
Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum. Clean each room top to bottom by vacuuming drapes, window sills, baseboards, and corners. And don’t forget to vacuum the furniture! (1, 3).
Wash your windows. Sometimes we neglect our windows more than we should. Be sure to wash the interior and exterior of your windows. Glass cleaner and microfiber cloth usually do the trick (3).
Clean light fixtures and ceiling fans. These are usually serious culprits when it comes to dust. Pay attention to your ceiling-mounted fixtures by dusting them and wiping them down (3).
Change your HVAC filter. As you gear up for fall and winter, you’ll want to swap out your air filter. After all, it’s probably been through a lot this past summer (1)!
We’ll Help You Take Care of Your Home This Fall
Although cleaning your home does improve your IAQ, it’s not the only thing. You’re not alone in the fight for cleaner air as the seasons change—we’re here to help you inspect and improve the air quality in your home. With options like top-of-the-line air filters, humidity control systems, UV germicidal lights, we have the tools (and of course our expertise) to make your home’s air fresh and clean.
Ready to take action? Contact the experts at Greater Comfort today to ensure that your air quality is as clean as possible this fall: 859-491-4915.