The inside of your home can get dusty from a season of warm weather where your windows and doors were occasionally opened and left open. And along with the constant moving from from family members from the yard to your home, you may also notice the movement of dust, bugs, and dirt that travels into your home. To get your home ready for winter, here are some cleaning tips to clean things up for the increased time you will spend indoors.
Clean the Carpets and Rugs
Any hardwood floors and other solid-surface flooring in your home is easy to keep clean, either with a broom, vacuum, or a mop. However, when you have any floors covered with carpeting, carpet fibers can trap and hold this excess debris that you don't want to keep inside your home. And this can lead to breathing issues and allergies in your family members.
The best way to clean your carpets, including rugs and wall-to-wall carpeting is to vacuum them regularly to lift up as much dust and dirt as possible. Then, consider hiring a carpet cleaning service to professionally clean your carpets. When you hire a professional carpet cleaner, their heavy-duty cleaners rinse and efficiently suck up the cleaning solution and dirt, leaving your carpets clean and not soaking wet. This service is a better option than if you were to rent a carpet cleaning machine and do the job yourself as you run the risk of ruining your carpets and rugs with excess moisture that can mold and mildew, causing further problems.
Maintain the Heating Vents
The heating vents in your home have likely sat dormant all summer and collected dust and dirt as well. So, before you turn on your furnace for the winter, take some time to clean out the vents in your home. Vacuum out the cold air intake vents and the hot air returns, removing any debris that may have fallen down into them. Be sure you also replace the furnace filter if the filter is disposable or clean out and replace a reusable furnace filter. It is important to stay up on the filter's maintenance all winter to prevent problems in the furnace's efficiency and the motor going out on you in the middle of winter.
Also, remove any furniture or items that may be blocking your heating vents. Check to make sure they are all in the open position so the heat can reach each room of your house.