Fall Cleaning Checklist

The beginning of fall is the perfect time to tackle some rarely done cleaning tasks to get the house ready for the winter and make sure everything looks fantastic. Some of the tasks to do, beyond normal cleaning routines, that should definitely be on your fall cleaning checklist 2021, include the following.

Clean Out the Pantry
Now’s the perfect time to go through the pantry, clean out any foods that are expired and take note of what’s running low. Go ahead and restock the essentials, organizing the pantry as you go to make sure everything is easy to see. If you take everything out to go through the food in the pantry, wipe down the shelves before putting everything back in.

Clean Refrigerator, Dishwasher, and Oven
Clean large appliances in the kitchen to make sure they’re ready for use. Clear out the refrigerator and wipe down the inside, the shelves, and the outside. Now might be a good time to look into organizing the refrigerator and freezer. Wipe down the oven door and clean the inside. Clean out the inside of the dishwasher and check any traps that might need to be cleaned out.

Test Smoke Detectors
Take a few moments to test the smoke detectors in the home. Testing should be done regularly to make sure they will work if needed. Most smoke detectors have a button that can be pressed to allow for testing. If the smoke detector is difficult to reach, a ladder may be needed.

Deep Clean Carpets and Furniture
Go through and vacuum then shampoo all of the carpets. This helps keep them fresh, eliminates stains and can help the carpets last longer. Clean any upholstered furniture, as well. Accessories for carpet shampooers make this easy to do and it can help prolong the life of the furniture.

Prep the Outside for the Fall
Don’t just clean the inside. Put away any tools or toys outside, clear any debris that needs to be cleared, and clean out the gutters on the home. The beginning of fall is the perfect time to do these tasks as it helps get the yard ready for the winter weather.

Switch Out Clothes
During the fall, pull out the winter clothes and store summer garments that won’t be needed when the weather gets cold. Now’s a good time to wash the clothes that have been stored and to see what may be needed for the upcoming season. It’s also a good time to get rid of clothes that won’t be worn and organize the closet.

Clean the Washer and Dryer
The washer and dryer can be wiped down with a damp rag inside and out to make sure they’re clean. Many washers also have a trap that can contain small particles. Clean this out per the manufacturer’s directions. Clean the lint trap on the dryer and have the exhaust cleaned to remove any lint that may have accumulated.

Clean Windows and Screens
Clean the windows inside and out, and take the time to clean the screens. Most screens can be sprayed with a light cleaning solution and wiped down. When cleaning the windows, don’t forget to clean the tracks the windows are on and the window sill. While the windows are being cleaned, wash curtains or blinds to remove any dust.

Dust Hard-To-Reach Places
While dusting should be done regularly, there are places that are missed because they’re not easy to reach. Take the time to dust above the doors and doorframes, the highest shelves, and other places where dust may accumulate throughout the year. Dust the ceiling fans, as well, and consider changing the direction they turn so they’re ready to use in the winter.

Following these steps can help you have a cleaner, more gorgeous home, and prep you for the winter months, when you may be spending a little more time indoors. Once these tasks are done, it’s easier to keep up with the normal cleaning routine and be sure the house looks fantastic. Running out of time? Whether you don’t have the time for a deep clean or you’d like help keeping the house in great shape, Garcia House Cleaning can help. Contact them today to learn more about their housekeeping services.