Fall cleaning checklist

Phantom Screens / August 4, 2016

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With the holidays approaching quickly, now is the perfect opportunity to get through some deep cleaning. Fall and spring are great times to tackle the chores you often don’t think about, especially before guests start to arrive for the holidays. The hardest part is remembering which things should be cleaned. Here’s a checklist to help you get through your big fall clean.

Windows

Wash the outside and inside of the windows before the cold of winter makes the task impossible. Some glass cleaner should do the trick. While you’re at it, spend some time cleaning your retractable window screens. The view from behind the mesh will be better if there are no dust particles lingering. Start by sweeping out the tracks the screens run on. Then vacuum the mesh using a soft brush attachment. Using a soft sponge or cloth and detergent, wipe down the tracks and slide bar. This gets rid of any lingering grease or debris. Finally, use Phantom Screens branded silicone spray to coat the tracks. This will ensure that your retractable screens glide smoothly.
Drapes should be washed as little as possible. Avoid using water if you can. Instead, vacuum them using the hose attachment. Use a soft sponge and cleaning agent to spot remove stains. Clean windows, retractable screens and window treatments will add new life to your home.

Cushions and mattresses

Remove the cushions from your couches, sofas and love seats and vacuum underneath. Crumbs and dust can collect there without you knowing. Then vacuum the cushions themselves. When you return them to their original spot, flip the cushions over so that they receive more even wear. Also flip the mattress on your bed. Turn it upside down and spin it 180 degrees. This will prevent the formation of an indent left by your body.

Kitchen

Pull the refrigerator away from the wall and vacuum where it stood. Then use an attachment to gently vacuum away dust that has settled on the coils. Your oven most likely has a self-cleaning feature. Now is the time to run it. This will get rid of any baked-on food particles that have clung to the oven. Also perform a thorough cleaning of the burners on your stove by removing each piece and scrubbing it with a quality oven cleaner.
Use a step ladder to reach higher up places in the kitchen. Dust overhead lights and the tops of your cabinets. Scrub the hood on your exhaust fan and clean the inside of it if necessary. While you’re there, take a look inside your cabinets. Be sure your pots and pans are organized. You may find something you forgot you had.

Floor protectors

Most of your furniture will have small pads on the feet. These are in place to prevent the furniture from scrapping your floors. Be sure all your chairs, especially those sitting on hardwood flooring, have the pads. You can purchase replacements to ensure your chairs aren’t causing damages.

Woodwork

The wood floor in your kitchen, the banister up your stairs and even trim counts as woodwork. Keep these details looking good by dusting them down and then polishing them. The type of wood you have in your home will determine the kind of polish you should use. Wood finished with naturally drying oils should be polished with lemon oil. Use commercial cleaners for woodwork finished in wax, lacquer or varnish.

Storage

Declutter your various storage spaces by going through each area. Pull out objects you haven’t used in a while and consider donating them. If you haven’t used it in a year, you probably won’t ever need it. When returning objects to storage spaces, consider purchasing organizers or baskets to keep your items in order.