Top 6 Tasks To Check Off Your Fall Cleaning List:
The weather is changing, leaves are turning color, and the air is cooling off. It’s hard not to think about cleaning your home when it’s the time of year when most of us start to feel a little cozier. At Clarkston Cleaning Services, we’ve come up with six tasks for your Fall Cleaning Checklist:
- Clean and organize garage/shed
- Clean and store outdoor furniture
- Service and store gardening equipment
- Clean gutters and downspouts
- Install and clean storm windows and doors
- Sweep and inspect chimneys and fireplaces
Clean and organize garage/shed
Fall is a great time to clean out your garage and/or shed for storage purposes! Start by clearing out anything that you don’t or won’t use again. It’s easier to clean if you take everything out first rather than trying to clean around stored items. When you have everything out, sweep the floors and wipe down the walls. Another reason it is helpful to empty everything out is to reorganize based on what items you use most frequently. You can also store things according to what season is coming up next.
Clean and store outdoor furniture
Now that you have a clean garage and/or shed, it’s time to give your outdoor furniture a little TLC before storing it until Spring. While some people enjoy sunshine and warm weather all year round, residents in Michigan know that’s just not the case. This means it’s a great idea to start this project sooner than later before the temperatures drop. Pick a dry, sunny day, get your pressure washer out, and get to work!
Service and store gardening equipment
Once your summer garden starts to vanish, so should your lawn and gardening equipment. Now is the time to give each tool a good cleaning and make any needed repairs. All equipment should be winterized properly so that when Spring rolls around, you won’t have to worry about fixing the lawn mower, weed trimmer, etc., before cutting the grass. (Trust us, you’ll be glad to have this done ahead of time!)
Clean gutters and downspouts
Autumn leaves are beautiful—until they cause issues with your gutters and downspouts. Did you know that clogged gutters can cause moisture and mildew problems on soffits, which can result in rotting wood and roof leaks? Not an ideal scenario for homeowners! Make sure to keep gutters and downspouts clear of debris to avoid repairs. Take note; you might need to plan on doing this a few times during the fall, depending on how many trees surround your house.
Remove window screens and install storm windows
Storm windows and doors help insulate your home and make it more energy-efficient during cold weather. If your home has storm windows and doors, make sure to get these installed while the weather is still bearable! Also, remember to clean your screens and window air conditioners before you store them away. While you’re winterizing windows, now is a great time to wash the glass! Start with the outside of the windows first. Pro tip: wash the windows AFTER cleaning your gutters and downspouts to avoid unwanted debris.
Sweep and inspect chimneys and fireplaces
There’s nothing quite like sitting by a warm fireplace once the Fall weather starts to set it. Make sure you are prepared by inspecting your chimney and fireplace yearly. A chimney sweep will help protect your home from accidental fires caused by soot and creosote build-up. If you didn’t clean your interior fireplace at the end of last winter, now is the time! Gas logs and fireplaces should also be inspected and cleaned so that they are safe and ready for use on those cozy nights at home!
We hope you found this Fall clean-up article helpful! We understand that the change of seasons can always present new home maintenance tasks, and for some, it can feel overwhelming! With that said, it’s important to know that you cannot complete them all at once. Although completing the items on a fall cleaning list will help keep your home stay in good condition all year long, this may not be possible to achieve when starting a new task while others need to be tended to. If you are interested in spending more time enjoying the Fall festivities that you love, reach out to us to discuss a home cleaning plan! We’d be thrilled to take some cleaning tasks off your plate.
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