Your Ultimate House Cleaning Checklist by Heaven Scent Home Cleaning
As the leaves start to change colors and the air turns crisper, it's time to embrace the beauty of autumn with your ultimate house cleaning checklist. While you're sipping on pumpkin spice lattes and cozying up in your favorite sweaters, it's also essential to prepare your home for the fall season. In this blog post, we'll share some house cleaning tips to help you maintain a clean and welcoming home during autumn, especially if you have kids and pets. We'll also explore clever ways to infuse your home with non-toxic fall scents for a warm and inviting atmosphere.
1. Seasonal Deep Cleaning: Fall is an excellent time to tackle some deep cleaning tasks to prepare your home for the upcoming winter months. Here is your ultimate house cleaning checklist:
a. Clean and Store Summer Gear: Pack away summer clothing, outdoor furniture, and accessories. Declutter and organize your closets to make space for fall and winter clothing. Donate or store summer items you won't be using. Ensure everything is clean and dry before storage to prevent mold and mildew.
b. Window, Screen, and Curtain Cleaning: Clean your windows inside and out to let in more natural light. Remove and clean window screens to allow fresh air circulation on mild autumn days. Wash or vacuum curtains and drapes to remove dust and allergens that may have accumulated.
c. HVAC Maintenance: Have your heating and cooling systems inspected and serviced if needed. Clean or replace filters to ensure optimal performance during the fall and winter.
d. Deep Clean Carpets and Rugs: Vacuum carpets and rugs thoroughly. Consider professional carpet cleaning to remove deep-seated dirt and allergens from the Spring and Summer seasons before spending more time indoors.
e. Clean Gutters and Downspouts: Remove leaves, twigs, and debris from your gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters can lead to water damage and ice dams during the winter.
f. Inspect and Seal Gaps: Check doors and windows for drafts. Seal any gaps or cracks with weatherstripping or caulking to keep cold air out and warm air in, improving energy efficiency.
g. Clean and Store Outdoor Furniture: Clean and store outdoor furniture, cushions, and umbrellas. Ensure they are thoroughly dry before storing them in a dry place to prevent mold and mildew growth in the harsher weather seasons.
h. Dust and Vacuum Regularly: With more time spent indoors, dust all surfaces, including ceiling fans and light fixtures. Vacuum carpets, upholstery, and curtains regularly to reduce allergens.
i. Clean and Store Summer Sports Equipment: If you have outdoor sports equipment like bikes, kayaks, or paddleboards, clean them thoroughly and store them properly for the season.
j. Prevent Pest Entry: As the weather cools, pests seek shelter indoors. Seal cracks and gaps in your homes exterior to prevent pests from entering. Consider hiring a pest control service for preventive measures.
Bonus Tip: Prepare the Fireplace or Heating Source: If you have a fireplace or wood-burning stove, clean it and stock up on firewood. Ensure that it's safe to use and install a screen or cap to keep pests out when not in use.
2. The Battle Against Mud and Leaves: Autumn often brings rain and falling leaves, which can lead to mud being tracked into your home,
especially if you have kids and pets. Here are some tips to help you keep the outdoors from making its way indoors:
a. Create a Mudroom Space: Designate an area near your entrance for shedding wet shoes, boots, and raincoats. Place a sturdy doormat outside and inside the door to trap dirt and moisture.
b. Invest in Doormats and Shoe Trays: Place absorbent doormats both inside and outside your entrance doors and shoe trays for muddy boots. These mats will help scrape off dirt and absorb moisture from shoes and paws.
c. Regularly Sweep and Rake: Keep up with leaf removal by sweeping or raking leaves away from entry points. This will reduce the chances of leaves being carried inside.
d. Use Entryway Rugs: Lay down rugs or runners in high-traffic areas near entrances that can go in the washing machine. These can be easily cleaned or replaced if they get dirty.
3. Non-Toxic Fall Scents: One of the pleasures of the autumn season is the delightful scents associated with it. Instead of using artificial air fresheners filled with chemicals, here are some natural and non-toxic ways to infuse your home with the scents of fall:
a. Simmering Potpourri: Fill a pot with water and add your favorite fall ingredients like cinnamon sticks, cloves, orange peels, and apple slices. Let it simmer on the stove, and your home will be filled with a warm, inviting aroma.
b. DIY Essential Oil Diffuser: Use an essential oil diffuser to disperse fall-inspired scents like cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and vanilla. These oils not only smell great but also have mood-boosting properties.
c. Scented Pinecones: Collect pinecones from your yard, bake them in the oven to remove moisture and bugs, and then add a few drops of essential oil. Place them in decorative bowls or baskets around your home.
As autumn sets in, these cleaning tips will help you maintain a fresh and welcoming home. By keeping mud and leaves at bay, infusing your space with non-toxic fall scents, and tackling some seasonal deep cleaning, you'll be well-prepared to enjoy the cozy comforts of fall in a clean and inviting environment.
So, go ahead and embrace the beauty of the season, both indoors and out! Need help? Take advantage of our fall cleaning special.
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