We often say the most important cleaning of the house occurs in spring. But in the past few years big supermarket chains in UK score their highest sales of household cleaning product in autumn. In a post on their blog a few years ago Tesco reported 20% rise of the sales of such products in September. Why? It’s really simple – autumn cleaning is the new spring cleaning.
Why Cleaning in Fall is so Important?
After Bank holidays in the end of August and with the beginning of the School year on the 1st of September, we finally have the time to deep clean our homes for winter. We can take advantage from the last warm days of the year and do all the chores that are impossible to deal with in the cold season. Autumn cleaning isn’t all about tidying, organizing, but also about preparing our home for the winter.
Here are a few things you need to include in your fall cleaning checklist:
In-door Autumn Cleaning Tasks
You can vacuum and dust around your house during the whole year, however, there are a few things that you better deep clean before winter comes.
Furniture has long drying process so it’s better to tackle with this task now. You can try this basic diy green method for cleaning your upholstery, but take in mind that different fabrics require different maintenance. If you have to deal with stain on the upholstery you can try this trick. If your sofa is upholstered with suede leather check our suede cleaning guide.
Carpets tend to accumulate a lot of dirt and dust and you don’t want to wait until spring to deal with this. Include carpets in your autumn cleaning chores. Here is our guide on green and easy carpet cleaning methods.
This is a great time to deal with dirty windows – the weather is not too hot, so there won’t be soap residues and marks left on the glass. Read how to clean your windows in 7 easy steps.
Curtains and Drapes
The best way to dry curtains is to hang them and let them dry naturally. In early autumn the weather still allows you to hang your drapes outside. Check how to clean different types of curtains like a pro.
Thorough Cleanup for the Kitchen
We spend a lot of time in kitchen during the cold season and cook a lot for the holidays. This is why it’s good to add kitchen to your fall cleaning checklist. Here are our green suggestions for impeccably clean kitchen.
Cleaning your mattress is one of the most important things to do before winter comes. Also autumn is the time when you have to take out, aerate and wash all winter clothes and warm blankets. Here are a few green suggestions for easy and efficient bedroom cleaning.
Outdoor Cleaning Checklist
If you live in a house there are a few things that is crucial and have to be included in your autumn cleaning list.
- Clean the gutters. Remove dead leaves and other debris. This can prevent leaks and water related damage on your siding and walls due to leaks.
- Drain the garden hoses and store them in your garage.
- Clean the garden furniture, toys and barbecue and put them away for the next season.
- Pressure-wash the patio and the house exterior. Retouch the paint if needed.
- Check the caulking of your windows and doors and re-caulk if needed.
- Clean your chimney if you have a fireplace in your home.
- Drain the pool (if you have one) and cover it.
Autumn cleaning doesn’t have to be exhausting task! Professional cleaning companies provide different services to fit your needs – you can call a cleaner for a day, or hire someone to help you on regular basis. The best part is that hiring a cleaner is not that costly! You can check the cleaning prices and see for yourself.