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Winter House Cleaning Checklist

Written by A. Borrelli Mechanical on 11.01.21

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Get your home clean and ready before you hunker down for the cold winter months. 

Everyone understands the benefits of spring cleaning. But there are certain things you should clean in the fall to get ready for winter. After all, you’re about to shut yourself inside during the cold months. So make sure your home and indoor space are fresh and clean all winter long. 

Steam Clean Carpets and Furniture

It may seem counterintuitive to clean carpets before winter sets in considering the cold, snow, and mud that winter months bring. But winter carpet cleaning can help your carpets and upholstery last longer, improve air quality, and reduce drying times. Carpets will be harder to clean if spots are allowed to become stains, and deeper soiling can permanently damage your flooring.

Schedule a Chimney Sweep

Maintaining your chimney is essential before your start using it during the winter. It not only reduces the risk of chimney fires but helps ensure the air in your home is clean. Without a clean chimney, smoke, toxins, and dangerous fumes can linger in your home. 

Vacuum and Clean Behind the Fridge

Your fridge should be cleaned periodically so that it runs at peak efficiency. Dirty coils could increase your energy costs from $5 to $10 a month and could decrease the overall lifespan of your appliance. 

Wash and Disinfect Garbage Cans

We’ve all dealt with a stinky trash can at some point or another. It is best to clean them out before winter sets in and you're shut in your home with the odors. Use a garden hose outside to rinse out your garbage cans, and use an all-purpose cleaner to disinfect. You can also use half a cup of baking soda to deodorize them. 

Clean the Dryer Vents

According to US FEMA, 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. It’s recommended that you clean out the vents at least every 6 months to a year to keep your dryer running properly and avoid a fire hazard. Avoid any fire hazards by cleaning your dryer vents before winter sets in. 

Wash Your Windows

Grimy windows significantly limit the amount of sunlight that fills a space during short winter days. Grab some microfiber cloths and use a solution made of one part water to one part vinegar to scrub down your windows. Follow up with a streak-free window cleaner. 


Need Help Professionally Cleaning Your Home

Our sister company Duraclean, certified, licensed, bonded, insured experienced technicians will clean your home or restore your environment to pre-loss condition. Our services include carpet and rug cleaning, upholstery cleaning, dryer vent cleaning, and more! 

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