The leaves are falling fast now, summer is definitely over and fall is in full swing. Temperatures are dropping daily, but what do we do about fall cleanup? Here are a few tips for getting your home ready for the winter season. This is just a quick Upper Valley Fall Cleanup checklist.
Wash All Your Windows
Take a day, get some glass cleaner or vinegar and water. Fill your spray bottle with cleaner and start by cleaning the outside of your windows first. Once you get the outside done, move to the inside of the house and tackle the inside of your windows. In some cases, you may have tilt windows that allow you to clean inside and out from inside your house. This saves time! Wipe down each window with a microfiber cloth to remove streaking and lint.
Vacuum or Dust Your Blinds
If you choose to vacuum your blinds, use a low setting on your vacuum and use your brush attachment as not to damage your blinds. Another method is to use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe down vinyl or wood shades.
Start by dusting the top of the trim board above your valance. The top of the frame can collect a lot of dust over time. Use your vacuum with the brush attachment again to lightly vacuum the dust off your drapes and valance. If they are extra dirty and need washing, submerge them in a few inches of cool water with two teaspoons of dish soap. Before you do this, check the label on your drapes or curtains as not to damage them. Don’t forget to take out the metal weights in your drapes.
Get a bucket of warm water with white vinegar added to that water. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe down your walls removing the dust, dirt and any other stains present. Let air dry! Don’t use a soaking wet cloth, get your microfiber cloth damp and wipe down until clean.
Light Fixtures and Ceiling Fans
This is a great time of year to get up on a small ladder and wipe down any chandeliers, ceiling fans and any other light fixtures you have installed in your home. Over the course of the year, these items will collect a lot of dust.
When was the last time that you wiped down your kitchen cupboards? This is often an overlooked area in the home. It also is the most used part of your home. Get a bucket of hot water and add a solution of vinegar and dish soap. Wipe down the doors and sides of your kitchen cabinets, stove, and refrigerator. You’ll be surprised at how much grime there really is.