17 Autumn House Cleaning Tips

Now that Autumn is here, it’s time to spruce up the house after the summer fun and in time for the holidays! Here are some suggestions to get you started:

  • Wash all windows

Use glass cleaner, or a squirt of dishwashing liquid in a spray bottle filled with water. Wipe down with a microfiber cloth. Pick a cloudy day so you can better see any streaks.

  • Vacuum dusty canvas, cotton, and treated fabric blinds.

Use a brush attachment on a low setting. Wipe down vinyl shades with a moist microfiber cloth if they need it.

  • Slighty soiled window treatments need a 2-step approach.

Start by dusting or vacuuming the valance and frame, then vacuum from top to bottom using the upholstery attachment for drapes, and the brush for blinds. Or submerge blinds or shades in a few inches of cool water and two teaspoons of dishwashing liquid (check labels first). Be sure to take out the metal weights as they can rust.

  • If your window treatments are really dirty, check labels for cleaning instructions.

Some cotton, polyester, rayon, and wool drapes can be machine washed on delicate. Always send lace, linen, satin, and silk drapes and shades to the cleaners.

  • Clean the walls.

Dust, wash, rinse, and dry painted or wood-paneled walls.

  • Clean ceiling-mounted light fixtures.

  • Vacuum and spot-clean upholstered furniture and cushions.

Deep-clean if necessary.

  • Wipe down the kitchen cupboards.

Empty them, wash them down, replace liners (if you use them), declutter, and reorganize.

  • Dust off the refrigerator condenser coil.

Use your vacuum’s brush attachment and gently vacuum it.

  • Do the carpets.

Have carpets professionally cleaned if needed.

  • Evaluate any wooden floors.

Have scratched or dull wood floors professionally scuff-sanded and recoated, or completely refinished.

  • Spruce up your computer.

Dust the CPU, clean and wipe down the keyboard, and dust off the monitor with a microfiber cloth.

  • Straighten the closets.

Declutter and reorganize.

  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Or install them, if you haven’t yet.

  • Replace the furnace filter.

If you haven’t changed your furnace filter within the past three months, do so now.

  • Sweep the chimneys.

Have the wood-burning fireplace and stove flues and chimneys professionally inspected and swept.

  • Declutter and clean out the attic.

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