Friday, August 10, 2018
By Betty Kingery
10 End of the Summer Cleaning Tips

10 End of the Summer Cleaning Tips

To make sure  your property is properly maintained, you should consider tackling some of the following items.

1. Check the air flow. Check your vents, room fans, dryer vents, baseboard heaters, and HVAC units for any built-up dust. Make sure to clean these areas thoroughly.

2. Turn up the heat. Make sure that the HVAC unit is thoroughly, and professionally, inspected and serviced. Furnace filters should be changed and the heat should be checked to make sure that it’s working properly.

3. Light the fireplace and clean the chimney. Check the fireplace and chimney to make sure that they are clean and free of any debris. If your unit includes an electric fireplace, test it to make sure it is in working condition.

4. Paint the walls and clean the carpets. Consider interior painting, carpet cleaning, and carpet replacement if needed. Make sure to tackle these tasks when the weather is still warm enough to keep the windows open and the rooms ventilated.

5. Check the insulation. Insulation is a critical component to keeping homes warm during the winter. Check the exterior of your property for any spots that might need new weatherstripping. Also check to see if any areas need new caulking. Finally, make sure that windows and doors aren’t letting in the cold outside air or letting out warm air.

6. Protect the deck, patio, and porch areas. Clean away dust and debris from the surfaces of the deck, patio, and porch spaces. Look for signs of cracking, chipped paint, or holes. Use wood putty to repair any areas that have been damaged during the summer. Make sure to repaint the surface before the wet fall weather begins.

7. Repair driveways and walkways. Check the driveway and walkways for any cracks to prevent the winter rain from eroding the surface any further. Fill in the cracks to keep the spaces looking nice, while remaining functional.

8. Clean the kitchen sink and garbage disposal. Use garbage disposal cleaner down the drain to disinfect and remove any clogs or have a plumber do a full checkup. Food stains and rust should be removed from the sink. 

9. Clean all bathrooms. Apply grout to any areas that need it, such as the bathtub and shower. Remove soap scum from the showers, tubs, and sinks. 

10. Clean all gutters. Remove leaves, twigs, and anything else that might cause the gutters to clog during the winter. Finally, use a garden hose to test the gutters to make sure that water is flowing freely through each gutter and  down the spouts.


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