Spring often claims all the glory, for its traditional “spring cleaning” time. Well, spring is not the only seasonal reminder that we should throw open the windows and clean the rugs. With the in and out behaviors that summer brings, along with wanting to spend every waking hour enjoying the weather and putting off chores, the onset of fall is a great time to do a deep home clean. Here are several things to remember when doing your fall cleaning.
Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
With the approaching cool season and its array of heating elements, fall is the perfect time to check on safety devices like smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Remember, the simple push of a button or battery change can be truly lifesaving!
Clean All Outdoor Furniture
If you have high quality outdoor furniture, autumn is a great time to clean it up and then store it away for the winter. If you live an area that sees no winter weather, then still take this opportunity to wipe down all your outdoor things.
Check Weather Seals
Most of your doors and windows have some sort of weather stripping or caulk, or both. Ensure that the seals are good, and all caulk is without cracks. Now is the time to replace these items, if necessary. Do not wait for that first cool draft to sneak in under the door!
Call the Chimney Sweep
Unless you are extremely handy, hiring out for a chimney sweep is the best idea. Not only will the chimney sweep ensure your chimney is clean and free of soot, but they will often check your fireplace for any threats to your safety.
Once a year is just not enough to keep windows looking clean and presentable. Fall is a great time to give your windows a second cleaning. The cooler temperatures will prevent you from melting or freezing as you perform this task out in the elements.
As we have seen, there are many areas where spring and fall cleaning overlap. However, fall presents a time to get some “winter preparation” done and is a reminder to do those big chores that get put off for months.