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Fall Cleaning & Home Maintenance Checklist

Couple raking up lawn autumn leavesThe trees are starting to change color, apple orchards are opening, kids are heading back to school. As much as we all want to deny that the next season is on its way (winter!), it’s also the right time to tackle fall cleaning and home maintenance BEFORE the snow flies. We’ve compiled a full checklist of fall cleaning and home maintenance checklist that you can use to get your cleaning started—and finished—before the first snow flake falls.

Exterior

___Pressure wash siding.

___Clean sidewalks.

___Inspect roof.

___Clean gutters.

___Pressure wash deck.

___Wash windows.

___Clean air conditioner (and prune branches around the conditioner).

Every room

___Remove spider webs.

___Schedule a duct cleaning.

___Clean air return covers.

___Dust and wash light fixtures.

___Clean windows.

___Wipe and vacuum the tracks, screens, and interior parts of windows.

___Dust trim and crown moldings.

___Schedule a professional carpets clean.

___Clean blinds and curtains.

___Shake out all rugs.

___Have your area rugs professionally cleaned.

___Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Kitchen

___Clean the top of cabinets.

___Wash the top & front of your refrigerator.

___Clean shelves in your refrigerator.

___Clean and vacuum behind the refrigerator.

___Wipe down your vent hood and clean any screens.

___Clean the backsplash.

___Wash your kitchen walls.

___Wipe down exterior of appliances.

___Wipe down and vacuum behind your stove.

___Deep clean your oven.

___Mop the floors.

___Clean grout (if you have tile floors).

Bathroom

___Clean light fixtures and bathroom fans.

___Scrub tile grout around shower and on floor.

___Wash the walls.

___Deep clean bathroom floors.

___Clean behind toilet.

Bedroom

___Wash all bed linens.

___Flip mattress.

___Dust bed frame and all furniture.

___Vacuum behind furniture.

___Schedule carpet cleaning.

___Mop hardwood floors (tips on how here).

Floor Cleaning Tips that Ready Your Home for Sale

living room carpetHome sellers, it’s no secret that your home needs to be cleaner than ever when you’re trying to sell. Also not surprising is that those potential home buyers touring your home start their scan under their feet: your floors. What they see is up to you: your floors can be a sign of how well you take of your home OR a red flag that leads your potential buyers to make a low-ball offer. That’s why you need to take these floor cleaning tips to heart as you ready your home (especially your floors!) for sale.

Get any old stains (and smells) out of carpet.

A carpet full of old stains and odors can be one of the biggest reasons a potential buyer puts in a lower offer. After all, if a carpet is full of stains it needs to be replaced, right? Not necessarily. If your carpet has old stains, you still may be able to get those stains and residual odors out (use our carpet stain guide to help). As a last resort, a professional carpet cleaner may be able to tackle stains you can’t, as well as get odors out that can detract potential buyers.

Be careful about floor cleaners.

When cleaning your floors, be cautious. Test any cleaners you use in any unused area to make sure the cleaner doesn’t discolor the carpet.

Deep clean your floors.

Don’t stop with carpet stains. Deep clean every floor in your home (or schedule a deep cleaning) to make them look the best for future showings. After the deep clean, place rugs by all your exterior doors to catch any grit, dirt, or water potential buyers may track in (or ask them to leave their shoes by the door).

Repair any issues.

If your home’s flooring has any issues, now is the time to repair them. Contact local flooring experts to repair any cracks, squeaks, or damage so your home looks ready to move in.

Don’t leave standing water on floors.

As you prep your home for market, make sure you don’t leave standing waters on your floors when you clean. Puddles can damage wood and laminate floors, and a very wet carpet can cause odors—all of which can be huge detractors to potential home buyers.

Carpet stains: Tips that Get Every Kind of Stain Out

woman holding tea cup and tablet while sitting on the carpet at home just before spilling on carpetPet accidents. Wine spills. Splashed beer. Dropped fruit juice. Dropped coffee. Nail polish. Our carpet cleaner once had to respond to a desperate homeowner who spilled paint on her brand new area rug. There are a lot of “oops!” that can lead to a carpet stain, and a few key tips that can make that stain a distant memory.

Test FIRST

Don’t assume that a cleaner made with household ingredients or a common cleaner from the store is going to take out the spot without damaging your carpet. Always find a spot in a closet or under a major piece of furniture where you can test the cleaning solution to make sure it doesn’t discolor or damage the carpet.

Don’t wait

Time is of the essence when it comes to carpet stains. Don’t wait to go after the stain. As soon as you see there is a spot on the floor, organize your cleaners and rag and go after that nasty stain.

Remove the cause

Before you spray any cleaner, wipe up any fluid (pet urine, beer, fruit juice, etc.). Absorb the fluid from the carpet with a paper towel or rag. If there is a lot of moisture, use a wet/dry vac to clean up the fluid.

Be careful what cleaner you use

Any cleaner—even a household solution—can damage your carpet and have another unforeseen impact: void the warranty. When your carpet is new(er), use an approved cleaner specified by your carpet manufacturer (if you don’t know what cleaners are approved, contact your local flooring store).

Blot, don’t scrub

As tempting as it might be to scrub as hard as possible, don’t use too much elbow grease to clean the stain. Scrubbing can damage the carpet fibers; instead, apply the cleaner and blot at the stain until the carpet is clean. If the source of the stain is pet urine, spray the stain with a mixture of two tablespoons of white vinegar and one quart of water to eliminate the odor.

Use a deep clean if all else doesn’t work

If you still can’t get the stain out, contact a carpet cleaner with professional equipment and expertise that can take care of the carpet stain. A professional deep cleaning service may be able to take care of the problem, so don’t hesitate to call them as soon as you can after your “oops!” occurred.