Winter Cleaning Tips for a Spotless Home
Winter is almost here, so there’ll be a lot more snuggling, order-ins, and watching movies indoors than in the previous seasons. So, to make your home feel warm and cozy, you’ll need to do some prep work. Decorating and cleaning for the holiday season implies you’ll need to slip on your gloves and tackle some spaces that haven’t seen you in a while. But if the thought of extensive cleaning makes you dizzy, do not worry. This article will lead you through the best winter cleaning tips and help you know where to start and what not to miss.
The best winter cleaning tips: The list
If you’re moving to a brand new home, cleaning, decorating, and making it ready for the winter months must sound exciting, apart from being a little exhausting.
So, if you’ve already designated the rooms for each family member, it’s time to create an overall picture of what will go where. It would be best to think of ideas for additional storage and spare rooms in your house in advance so that you can make use of extra space. Just winging this part might be difficult for you and the movers, as a particular furniture piece might not fit where you originally wanted it or just doesn’t look nice once it gets there. Not to mention you will want to protect your floors during the move.
Therefore, before moving into your new home, you’ll want to make a couple of checklists and plans. For example, one will show the movers where to put your furniture, another with cleaning tasks, and another with decorating ideas and things you need to buy.
Once you’ve covered these, it’s time to get down to business. First, ensure your cleaning supplies are ready, and let’s see which are the best winter cleaning tips to help you make your home excellent and shiny.
As we are getting ready to shut our doors for the next couple of months, it’s a good idea to clean our places thoroughly. The best way to start is to make sure we first clean the standard germ collectors that help us keep the rest of the house clean: our wastebaskets and cleaning baskets and brushes.
The easiest and environmentally friendly way to do so is to sink the baskets and brushes in the following solution: Vinegar or undiluted hydrogen peroxide mixed with water (50:50). Let them sit for an hour, and then remove any residue with a stiff brush. Of course, if possible, the best way to dry them is in direct sunlight.
Clean your HVAC system and furnace filters and Dryer Vents
The second tip on our list is a no-brainer, but worth mentioning, just in case. This step is crucial because everything else you’ve done can go wrong if you don’t change your filters and clean your dryer vents.
Therefore, changing your heating filters and having vents and air ducts professionally cleaned is a must when it comes to general winter cleaning. Doing this has numerous benefits, such as:
- ensures a steady airflow,
- makes sure the air stays clean,
- helps reduce dust on your floors and furniture,
- cleaning the ducts removes excessive build-up, and
- removes allergens.
You might only have your carpets professionally cleaned once they have red wine stains or other visible smudges. However, carpets can be a sanctuary for dust, bacteria, dirt, and pet hair.
Thus, to enjoy the warm’n’cozy feeling all winter long, it would be best to have your carpets and floors professionally cleaned.
Just imagine the scenario: You’ve just said goodbye to the professionals behind State to State Move. Now, it’s time to have everything disinfected before you start living in your brand-new home. Starting an only yours, completely germ-free life in a new home sounds very tempting indeed.
Your fridge needs regular cleaning if you want it to work correctly. So, it would be best to at least once every six months you pull your fridge from the wall, clean the floor and wall behind it, and the refrigerator coils. Doing this will ensure your appliance works efficiently, and it might also reduce your energy costs to $5-$10 per month.
However, if you wish to have a spotless home during winter, let’s not stop here. Here’s a list of a couple of often-overlooked cleaning spots that need attention:
- clean your dryer vents,
- maintain your chimney and check the fireplace,
- clean your oven,
- vacuum the bottoms of your furniture items,
- clean your shutters and wash your curtains,
- clean your kettle,
- clean the lamps and ceiling fan blades,
- clear out your kitchen boards and pantry,
- clean the upper kitchen cabinets,
- artwork and mirrors,
- computer monitors,
- books on the shelves, etc.
If you love yourself a good throw, make sure you keep them clean and smelling nice. The easiest way is to throw blankets and pillows into the washing machine. The temperature will depend on the product, so make sure to check that.
Clean windows brighten the house and are vital in successfully fighting winter blues. You can also have your windows professionally cleaned, or you can do it in a couple of simple steps yourself.
- Get an excellent wet cloth.
- Clean the frame to remove dust and cobwebs.
- Clean your windows.
- Dry everything with a dry kitchen cloth.
Finally, decluttering is the ultimate way to make your winter cleaning easier. Especially if you’re starting new in a brand new home, decluttering prior to or just after your move will go a long way in maintaining your home hygiene.
If you haven’t done it by now, don’t worry. A cold grey day outside might be the perfect time to make yourself a cuppa tea, turn on your favorite soundtrack, and start working through each room. Extra tip: The best way to do this is by following the 3-box rule. Make sure each room has three boxes, one labeled to keep, another to donate, and the final to throw.
Preparing your home for the cold winter months isn’t always easy, but it’s necessary if you wish to spend the following months feeling that ‘winter coziness.’ So, follow our winter cleaning tips to give yourself a spotless home during colder months. If, on the other hand, you find this time-consuming and challenging, we will gladly help. So, make sure to contact us, so we can address your concerns and schedule an appointment.
Are your dryer vents, floors or furniture in need of professional cleaning? Don’t wait any longer! To get in touch with us, you can complete our online appointment form and someone from our team will be in touch with you. You may also feel free to reach us during normal business hours (8:30 am–5:00 pm Monday-Friday) by calling (859) 525-7575. We look forward to servicing you!
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