Fall cleaning is like spring cleaning, only you are preparing your home for winter. After the summer, your home might have collected dust; dirt may have been tracked onto the carpets; and germs could be stuck to surfaces in the house in places where you don’t always think to clean. Interior fall cleaning is simply a deep cleaning of the home in preparation for the winter.
Interior Fall Cleaning Tips: Clean out the closets
The closets have likely been neglected for much of the year, as far as a deep cleaning goes. Remove the contents of each closet, wipe down shelves, and toss everything that you no longer need into a ‘donate’ box. Replace the items you are keeping in an organized fashion.
Interior Fall Cleaning Tips: Wipe down the cabinets
Cabinets need to be cleaned out, too. Remove your dishes from the cabinets and wipe down all the shelves with mild soap and water, then wipe with a dry cloth. While you are at it, wash any dusty dishes that have been sitting unused for a while and place them back on the shelves. Don’t forget to clean the exterior of your cabinets and wipe them dry, as well.
Interior Fall Cleaning Tips: Wash the windows
Windows need to be cleaned, inside and out. I generally wipe them down with mild soap and water then dry the glass with a clean cloth. And don’t forget to clean the window sills.
Interior Fall Cleaning Tips: Wipe down the walls
The technique you use to wipe your walls down depends on their covering. You may have painted walls, wallpaper, wood paneling, or something else. To clean your walls, gently wipe them down with warm water. The amount of scrubbing on painted walls depends on how dirty they are, how fresh the paint is, and the durability of the paint’s finish.
Interior Fall Cleaning Tips: Disinfect all surfaces
Telephones, door knobs, and any other surfaces that are touched often are typically breeding grounds for bacteria. These surfaces need to be disinfected frequently, but they are often forgotten during general cleaning.
Interior Fall Cleaning Tips: Organize the garage
The final step is to organize the garage. This may seem like a daunting task, but you can work on cleaning it out as you have time. Read this article for more tips about decluttering and organizing the garage.
Of course, you will probably start out your interior fall cleaning in the kitchen, bathroom, and main living areas of the house. The tips in this article will help you get a deeper clean in preparation for the coming winter by getting rid of dust that may have built up, dirt that might have tracked onto carpets, and germs that have collected on neglected surfaces in the home. Good luck and happy cleaning!