Getting a Head Start on Autumn: Your Cleaning Checklist

The sun is out, the weather is great, and the kids are at home. Believe it or not, but August is the perfect time to get ready for the end of summer and the beginning of fall. Take advantage of the weather and with the extra hands around the house, and deep clean now to welcome fall and back-to-school (even better). We’ve got an easy to-do list for you, tackling everything from inside to outside and the tools and products you’ll need. Happy cleaning!

INSIDE

  • Focus on your home’s ‘public’ rooms first: the living room, family room, entryway, guest bathroom, etc.
  • Clean from the ceilings down to the floors. Begin by vacuuming the drapes and window treatments, followed by cleaning window sills and window wells. Vacuum baseboards and corners.
  • Vacuum upholstered furniture. To get rid of any stains, use the Nellie’s All-Natural WOW Stick, or take to the dry cleaners if necessary.
  • Wash interior windows.
  • Clean the walls: dust, wash, rinse, and dry any painted or wood-paneled walls with a mix of warm water and Nellie’s All-Natural One Soap in Fragrance Free.
  • Turn mattresses front-to-back and end-to-end to ensure equal wear.
  • Launder all bedding: mattress pads, pillows, duvets, blankets, and comforters, making sure you can tuck the family into warm and cozy beds. Don’t know how to tackle this? Don’t worry, we’ve got some how-to’s for your mattress, pillows, and duvets.
  • Straighten out your closets – declutter, reorganize, and switch to your transitional summer-autumn wardrobe.
  • Prepare the kitchen for more nights inside: clean and organize kitchen cabinets, paying extra attention to baking supplies, pans, and equipment. Give your cabinets a wipe down with the All Purpose Cleaner.
  • Clean kitchen counters of all appliances that you have not been recently used. Clean counters look cleaner, and provide more room for cutting, chopping, and prepping.
  • If you can, pull the refrigerator away from the wall and vacuum the condenser coils. For bottom-mounted coils, use a long, narrow brush to clean coils of dust and debris.
  • Spruce up the computer: dust the CPU, clean and wipe down the keyboard, and dust off the monitor with a microfibre cloth.
  • Check the dryer exhaust tube and vent for built-up lint, debris, or even birds’ nests! Additionally, make sure that the exterior vent door closes tightly when not in use.
  • Schedule a fall inspection for your furnace – don’t wait for the first cold night!
  • Drain any sediment from your hot water heaters.

OUTSIDE

  • Clean the patio furniture and get ready to store it away along with umbrellas and the kids’ summer toys.
  • Touch up the paint on your home’s trims, railings, and decks. Use a wire brush to remove any flaking paint (be sure the prime bare wood first).
  • Check caulk around the windows and doors, re-caulk if necessary.
  • Inspect external doors and garage doors. Do they close tightly? Fix them now with weather-stripping and door thresholds if needed to make sure you’re not dealing with a draft in a few months.
  • Wash exterior windows with a mix of warm water and One Soap in Fragrance Free.
  • Drain and store garden hoses.
  • Check gutters and downspouts. Clear of debris if necessary.