Most people set time aside once a year to give their home a thorough clean from top to bottom. But is it enough? Not to health experts. Instead, households should get into the habit of conducting a deep clean twice each year – once in the spring and again in the autumn.
Just like in the spring, autumn brings the perfect weather conditions to go about a deep clean. The weather is too cool and not too hot. The kids have also (finally) gone back to school.
With this in mind, here’s an eight point autumn cleaning checklist that will help set you up for a clean and serene winter:
1. Clean your windows
Warm temperatures and baking direct sunlight can wreak havoc on your windows. Cleaning exterior windows can be particularly treacherous in the unpredictable weather of late-autumn and winter months. So now is the time to give them a good clean, inside and out.
2. De-clutter ruthlessly
This is the perfect time to give your home a ruthless clear-out. Remove all of the unwanted things that have accumulated over the year using the ‘three piles’ approach. A pile to discard, a pile to donate/sell and a pile to keep.
3. Clean behind and on top of furniture
Many homeowners tend to ignore cleaning above eye-level for most of the year. However, this is something you have to do from time to time at the least, just to maintain clean and hygienic interiors.
4. Give things a serious dust
During the autumn and winter months, you’re likely to spend a lot of time indoors with the windows closed and the heating on. This is a recipe for dry, dusty and allergen-filled air, so it’s time to get serious with your dusting habits. Particularly important if you have allergy sufferers or pets in the home.
5. Clean your pet’s toys
There’s no time like to present to sanitise all the various bowls and toys for a clean, pet-friendly home. Pay particular attention to bedding and soft toys as they have a tendency to be a hotbed for germs and bacteria. They can also taint the freshness of the air around your home, unless tended to on a regular basis.
6. Store seasonal stuff
You’ve probably got a ton of things around the home you won’t be using for the next few months. Summer clothes, beach toys, and outdoor living accessories are just gathering dust for the time being. Make life easier throughout the winter by storing them away conveniently and strategically, out of sight and out of mind.
7. Clean bedding, upholstery and curtains
You’ve probably had your windows and doors open throughout the summer. It’s great to let the fresh air in, but debris, allergens and pollutants will have embedded themselves in your soft furnishings. It’s a job you might want to put off indefinitely, but now is the time to clean your bedding, upholstery and curtains thoroughly.
8. Test Your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
This may be maintenance rather than cleaning, but it could not be more important. As you will no doubt be spending more time indoors over the coming weeks with the central heating on to warm your home, ensure your alarms are functioning adequately. This is also a good time to consider installing higher-quality smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, if they haven’t been replaced for some time.
For more information about our Oxfordshire domestic cleaning, contact a member of the team at Hardyclean for an obligation-free consultation.