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  • Writer's pictureLeanne Hesse

Cleaning Tips for Fall

Fall is here, and before you know it, the snow will be flying and we’ll be spending a lot more time indoors. It’s insane how quickly dust, grime and debris can pile up over the summer months since your spring clean. Even more, cold winter month’s means windows/doors won’t be opened to help refresh your home, making a deep, fall clean even more important. Don’t know where to begin? Here is a list of the key cleaning and maintenance tasks to consider before winter hibernation begins.

Empty your kitchen cupboards and wipe them down: use a cleaner rid of phosphates or artificial fragrances and colours and, as always, a microfiber cloth! If you prefer to make your own cleaners, give this recipe a try: Homemade Citrus All-Purpose Cleaner

Clean your ceiling fans and fixtures: you’ll be surprised at how much dust accumulates on ceiling fans, light fixtures, vents, etc. Do you remember the last time you cleaned your ceiling fan? Exactly. Use a damp, microfiber cloth to remedy this.

Wash your windows (inside and out), windowsills, baseboards and walls.

Go through your pantry: ensure there is no expired or stale food. Remove boxes and cans from the shelves and vacuum up crumbs and debris (make sure to get into all the corners).

Flip or rotate your mattress: this will help resolve the lumpiness from body compressions and increase the longevity of your mattress.

Clean and test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: super important! Vacuum up and around your smoke detector and replace the batteries if needed. It is recommended to test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors at least once a year to ensure they’re working properly. If your smoke or carbon monoxide detector is over 10 years old, replace it.

Change your furnace filter: this one often gets forgotten, but is also very important. The air quality in your home is highly dependent on the freshness of your furnace filter. Research your furnace to make sure you’re getting the right sized filter.

Shampoo your carpet: professionally or with proper equipment (try the Bissell Powerclean Turbobrush Cleaner from Amazon!)

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