10 Winter Cleaning Tips
Spring cleaning has gained so much popularity in the recent past, mostly because people understand the benefits that accompany spring cleaning. But unfortunately, this is not the case for winter cleaning. And actually, very few people know the benefits of winter cleaning. Luckily, it’s something you can earn in a few minutes and implement it in your home immediately.
Cleaning your house during winter will ensure some appliances in your homework efficiently and help you save money you’d have spent on energy bills. Moreover, winter cleaning will give you a reason to be active around the house instead of lazing in front of the fireplace.
Below are the ten winter cleaning tips.
Replace air filters
The HVAC filters should be replaced once every three months to ensure the air in the house is clean and fresh. Cleaning out the air ducts also ensures there’s a steady flow of air in the house and gets rid of allergens that might have been trapped in the house and caused health problems during the year.
Empty the vents
Over time, lint builds up in the dryer vents. These are a fire hazard during dry winter. Get rid of lint that has accumulated over time by pulling out your dryer vent from the wall, disconnecting the pipe and cleaning it thoroughly. Use a vacuum to remove the lint.
Clean the space behind the fridge
Every year, you should pull the refrigerator from the wall and clean the floor, wall and refrigerator coils. Dirty refrigerator coils reduce efficiency and cause a spike in energy bills. Also, if they are not cleaned, the dirty coils will reduce the appliance’s lifespan. But before you clean or conduct any maintenance, ensure the refrigerator is off.
Organisation is critical especially during winter since you’ll be spending most of your time indoors. Usually, more clutter means more dusty and dirty items. If possible, consider getting seasonal storage for things like your swimming gear.
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Clean your kitchen
Winter is the ideal time to dust your cabinets and drawers and to clean and organize your pantry. Throw away expired foods and damaged tools. Since you can open your window during winter, cleaning out your kitchen will help reduce the cooking odours. And while you are cleaning the kitchen, remember to flush out your sinks.
Steam furniture and carpets
Winter comes with snow, cold and mud. And though steam cleaning at this time might sound like a bad idea, we insist you don’t give the stains time to settle. Address the stains while they are fresh as they will be easier to remove.
Wash the windows
Cleaning your windows will help to brighten your living space. This alone will help fight off the winter blues. As you clean the windows, use specific window treatment products for efficient results.
Sweep the chimney
Keeping the chimney clean is imperative. It helps in reducing the risk of a chimney fire and ensures the air in your home is fresh. Though you can handle the cleaning yourself, it’s best if you hire a professional cleaning service to prevent creating a mess in the process.
Degrease and clean the oven
Winter comes with many holidays. These holidays translate into a lot of baking and cooking. And such, the oven is turned into a sticky mess. When you clean the oven, you prevent fires, smoking and foul food odours.
Hire a professional cleaner
Unfortunately, not all of us have the time to follow the above winter cleaning tips. But this doesn’t mean you leave your house in a mess. You have the option of hiring a professional commercial cleaning company to handle all the cleaning as you attend to other obligations.