Whether your guests are staying just for the day or will be overnight visitors, this holiday checklist will help make your home as inviting and comfortable as possible.
Make sure walkways and porches are free of ice and snow. Taking someone to the emergency room because of a fall is not the way you want to start the holidays.
Make sure all outdoor lighting is functioning properly and is turned on when it is dark. Another important precaution to ensure your guest’s safety.
Establish a place to collect all warm weather apparel, including boots. Add extra hangers to your coat closet or designate a room to collect these. You should also consider adding an extra doormat for those wet boots. If you plan for this ahead of time your entrance won’t become a cluttered mess.
If the carpet isn’t looking it’s best, schedule a professional carpet cleaning. Clean the windows so that guests can clearly see your outside decorations.
If the tile looks dingy, replacing it or even new grout can give a fresh look to a bathroom. Make sure the bathroom fan and window are in operating condition. Ventilation is an important part of keeping your bathroom clean and mildew-free.
Make sure you have enough guest bath and/or hand towels. Consider special towels with a holiday theme to keep with the spirit of the season.
The kitchen has become an essential room for entertaining with the popularity and ease of serving food buffet style. To provide more space, try installing appliances under countertops or consider investing in a kitchen island. Check the condition of the countertops, cabinets, and appliances. Replacing the appliances can make a huge difference when you’re preparing meals for large groups.
Make sure the guest beds have fresh linens. Clear some closet space or a drawer to make your guests feel more at home. No one likes to live out of a suitcase.
Provide your guests with a bedside clock and reading lamp. Not everyone goes to sleep or wakes at the same time.
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Influenza activity is increasing across the country and CDC has received reports of severe influenza illness. The wide variety of virus strains make the flu extremely unpredictable. While most people can recover from the illness within a few days, many experience complications which can be life-threatening such as pneumonia, bronchitis, and sinus and ear infection. Although everyone is at risk for the flu, people older than 65, pregnant women, young children and those suffering from chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease are at an increased risk for these complications.
Professional carpet cleaning can help keep the virus at bay and regular hand washing is another tip to prevent from getting sick.
Summer’s here, hot, high and sweaty. Vacations beckon. The garden takes on a life of its own. Busy families don’t have much time for home chores these months. School’s out, travel’s in and it’s easy to let life slide on the home front. Still, summer will run more smoothly if you keep tabs on these important areas in and out of your home, while staying cool!
Make the season count. Late summer is a slow time for home maintenance and cleaning companies. Look for summer discounts from carpet and rug cleaners, gutter installers, and window washing firms, and get the jump on fall cleaning!
Think ahead to fall’s cold weather. Schedule furnace maintenance now and beat the October rush. You’ll be snug and warm that first cold night–and your HVAC specialist will thank you!
Prepare the medicine chest and first aid kit for summer’s little medical emergencies. In the bathroom, dispose of outdated medication as recommended by local health authorities. Be sure the first aid kit has ample adhesive bandages for scrapes, calamine lotion for insect bites, and hot/cold packs for strains or sprains.
Tackle patio and sliding door tracks. Summer is open-door season, so be sure your doors open smoothly. Grab a bottle of all-purpose (degreasing) cleaner, a screwdriver and lots of rags. Spray the tracks generously and let sit for a few minutes to soften. Wrap the screwdriver with a rag, and make several careful passes along the track to get out the gunk.
Check washing machine hoses. Replace them if you find cracks or bulges–or if they’re over two years old.
Hold a garage sale. Declutter house and garage to turn cash to trash!
Pest patrol is important. Inspect yard and garden for carpenter ants or termites. Call an exterminator if you see signs of infestation. Beware of fire ants in the South! If you see telltale mounds, treat with grits or borax. Keep borax away from children.
Keep tabs on decks, siding and trim. Will you need to perform touch-up work before winter? Order paint and be ready for the first cooler days of early autumn.
Control garbage can odor with a can clean-out. Rinse garbage cans with a hose, dump the water, then spray with disinfectant. Let the cans sit for 10 minutes, then rinse again. Turn upside down to dry.
Inspect gutters, and clean out any leafy debris. Summer thunderstorms won’t faze you if your gutters are in good working order.
Make a safety inspection of children’s outdoor play equipment. Tighten loose bolts and cover with plastic protectors.
When you see all the dirt being sucked up into your bagless vacuum cleaner, it’s kind of unsettling to see that all that dirt was in your carpet. To keep your vacuum working in tip top shape, it’s best to make sure it gets thoroughly cleaned every couple of months – maybe even more often if you have pets. When it’s that time, here’s how to tackle it.
- Remove the canister and empty the contents into the trash.
- Take the canister apart, remove any stubborn dirt/fluff and rinse in warm water.
- Check your filters and clean as needed. Some are washable so just rinse in warm water until the water runs clear, squeeze out the excess and let it air dry. (Check your manual for instructions on how to care for your filter.)
- Check hoses for blockage. There should be one at the roller brush but also check where the dirt goes into the canister and the hose attachment.
- Use a seam ripper to remove hair and string from the roller brush. Scissors would work as well.
- Wipe the vacuum clean and wait 24 hours for its parts to thoroughly dry before putting it back together. If the filter is still damp after 24 hours, use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process.
After the vacuum is cleaned, lean it back up and turn it on for 30 seconds to run air through the system to loosen any potential clogs.
Most of us associate our annual house deep cleaning with ’spring cleaning’, but why wait until the weather turns nice? Most of us are spending more time indoors during the colder months anyway. If you get to work on your ‘winter cleaning’, you can spend more of those beautiful days outdoors.
Doing a deep cleaning is not only good for your home, it’s also great for you psyche during the winter months. Wondering where to start? Here are some ideas to get started.
Clean Your Furnace
If your furnace is coated with dust and grime, make sure to wipe it down and vacuum up any dust bunnies. You should also be changing the filter once a month, this will help with your home’s energy efficiency and keeps the air cleaner.
Give your home a good thorough dusting, especially on all the surfaces commonly overlooks – including fan blades, moulding, light fixtures, tops of shelving. Many people also opt to get their home’s air ducts professional cleaned. Having this done will drastically reduce the amount of dust and allergens floating around, which is even more important during the winter months when your home is closed up.
Clean Your Windows
Give all of your windows a good wipe down, don’t forget the window frame, window sill, and the hardware. If weather permits, clean the outside of the too. If not, the outside can wait until spring.
Deep Clean Your Carpets and Floors
Most people don’t think to have their carpets professionally cleaned during the winter, but it is actually a great time. It helps rid the allergens trapped in the fibers of your carpet and improves your indoor air quality.
Here are just a few things to get started on an in-home deep cleaning. Cleaning during the winter will help you feel great mentally and physically. Some ‘winter cleaning’ task to check off your list are: cleaning out your cabinets and pantry, organizing closets, and cleaning kitchen appliances.