With winter looming in upon us, have you made sure your house is ready for the cold season? Spring cleaning is not the only time you should give your home a thorough deep-cleaning. In the winter, you’re going to spend more time indoors. And if you haven’t cleaned by this time, you’re in for a nasty winter season. Don’t want to spend your winter months in a dirty, disorganized home? Follow these tips:
1. Get professional cleaning done
In Seattle, there are professional window cleaning services available for people who can’t do it themselves. Some companies also offer roof and gutter cleaning services, which is something you might want to consider if you can’t DIY. Professional cleaning will not only make sure the job is done right; it will also make sure your exteriors are clean enough to last the winter.
2. Replace HVAC filters and clean the furnace
To avoid inhalation of dust particles in the air, be sure to replace your HVAC filters before winter sets in. Ideally, filters should be changed every three months to avoid the accumulation of dust. In line with this, clean your air vents to remove built-up dirt and debris.
After changing your filters, don’t forget to check your furnace. Clean it if it has gotten too dirty. However, if your burner flame is yellow instead of blue and if the heating is inconsistent, consider having the furnace replaced.
3. Deep clean your kitchen
Winter is the season for parties and family gatherings. Before the holidays set in, take the opportunity to deep clean your kitchen. Wipe down every surface you see, such as countertops, inside and outside kitchen cabinets, appliances, and kitchen furniture. Throw out expired ingredients to make room for new ones. And make sure you deep clean the hard-to-reach areas like behind the fridge, above the shelves, and in the corners.
4. Steam clean your carpet
In the months leading to winter, dirt and grime have taken residence in your carpets. Of course, regular vacuuming will get rid of the visible dirt, but that is not enough to clean it. The best way to get rid of the invisible dirt and debris buildup is to use a steam cleaner. You can rent or buy one to truly deep-clean your carpets, sofas, and cushions, especially if it’s been a while since they have been washed.
5. Declutter the house
Chances are, your family will be staying indoors a lot during the winter. If your house is already a state of disarray, having everyone indoors is going to make that worse. Thus, before winter comes, de-clutter your home as best as you can. If you want, you can also take it as an opportunity to donate or throw away things you no longer need.
Winter is a time of holidays, celebrations, and more time spent indoors. Clean the house before the season comes so that you can spend more time doing things that matter, such as sitting by the fireplace and enjoying meaningful conversations with your family.