Fall cleaning tips.

Even in Florida – fall is a good time to clean your home.

*Washing all your windows, they say it’s best to wait for a cloudy day so you can see the streaks. Use  store-bought glass cleaner or make your own. Some of the concoctions I’ve heard of over the years are – mix water with a squirt of dish washing liquid or One part vinegar and two parts water. Also use a newspaper instead of the rag (streaks). You probably want to use gloves though, so the ink doesn’t get on your hands

*Window blinds can be wiped down with a microfiber cloth you can also try using your vacuum if you have a brush attachment.

*Window treatments are another story. Some can be vacuumed only, some can be washed but most of them probably need a professional cleaner- hopefully you can still read the direction label!

*Wash walls down some or vacuum in the corners and baseboards for cobwebs or maybe you need a new paint job..

*It’s time to dust your ceiling mounted light fixtures and fans thoroughly

*Wipe down your kitchen cabinets, replace any ripped drawer liners that are ripped, it’s also time to go through all your contents and decide what you want to keep and what you want to donate. Reorganize the items that you’re keeping.

*Move your refrigerator out and gently vacuum  the coils behind or underneath.

* Do the same with your closet. Donate clothes that you haven’t worn for over two years. Time to dust off the boots and bring out all the clothes for the cooler season.

*We’re coming up on when the time change so now’s a good time to make sure your smoke detectors have new batteries

*Your furnace filter should be changed regularly  but if you haven’t replaced your filter in the past three months – You need to replace it now.

*If you have a fireplace it’s a good time to have it professionally inspected, and to line up your wood for the winter

*Inspect the weather-stripping on the doors and windows and repair as needed

*It’s a good time to check and clean your gutters and downspouts if you have any. Also since the weather is cooling down your yard and your bushes should be in top shape

*Drain any and all garden hoses and store, the office  will shut off the sprinkler system

*Your patio furniture should get a good cleaning at least once a year.  Living in Florida we don’t have to store unless you want to

*Hope this little list helps get your fall cleaning done – you will feel so much better…

 

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