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Fall - Cleaning for the Fall Season

There are plenty of household tasks that it just makes sense to take care of in a fall, including some regular maintenance jobs. Fall cleanup

Fall is a perfect time to take care of those cleaning tasks you did not get to during the spring clean.

A few suggestions of fall tasks are:

  • Turning over your mattress and washing all of your bedding, including comforters and blankets.
  • Getting your carpets professionally cleaned, it is amazing how much of the outside you track inside during the summer.
  • Cleaning your windows, inside and out, including in between the sills. Many new windows have UV filters and aren't supposed to be cleaned with glass cleaners. Microfiber towels from the dollar store are great for the newer windows, get it damp with warm water and wipe the window down and then use a dry one to finish things off.

Other deep-cleaning ideas for the fall from the web site organizedhome.com include:

  • Cleaning your house from top to bottom, focusing on public rooms such as the living room, family room, entryway and guest bath.
  • Get out the vacuum. Vacuum the drapes, window treatments, baseboards and in the corners. Move furniture and vacuum beneath and behind it. Vacuum upholstered furniture, or have professionally cleaned if needed. 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.

Fall Home Maintenance

Before the winter chilled wind sets in is a great time to clean out gutters and add gutter caps or screens to keep them getting filled back up as the leaves begin to fall. Although we do not usually have to worry too much with ice buildup in Texas, we do have to worry about rain backing up and overflowing into the ground around the foundation causing costly issues in the future.

Other home maintenance tasks for the fall include:

  • Examining your chimney for any damage before it is time to sit back with the kids and a bag of marshmallows.
  • Touching up paint on and decks, trim and railings, says organizedhome.com.
  • Draining and storing garden hoses, the site recommends. Install insulating covers on exterior spigots and have sprinkler systems blown free of water.
  • Inspecting washing machine hoses for bulges, cracks or splits. Replace them every other year.
  • Checking the dryer exhaust tube and vent for built-up lint, debris or birds' nests. Make sure the exterior vent door closes tightly when not in use.

Beware of Bugs

Bugs and mice are looking for a warm place to stay for the winter so it is a good time to look for rotted, cracked or damaged wood around the house, which is the perfect entrance for critters into your home.

Look at the trim around the garage door. It's typically weathered at the bottom. Wood is like a straw. It sucks the water up.

That causes rot, splitting and damage.

It is important to keep wood on a home painted, sealed and caulked. It may be time to replace some wood trim with PVC material trim that requires no maintenance and can be painted.

Energy-saving Fall Ideas

Fall is the time to get your house sealed up and ready for the cold before winter sets in, a good way to start is caulking around windows and doors. This will keep the chilly air and bugs out, and keep the heat in.

Although caulking is something newer homes might not require, all homeowners should also be checking weather-stripping and door sweeps to make sure they are in working order and seal well to keep out the weather.

Other energy saving maintenance ideas for the fall include:

  • Installing ceiling fans, which sounds more like a spring task, however with the fan blades tipped to push warm air down, homeowners can help save on heating bills and make themselves more comfortable.
  • Using a hot water heater blanket to insulate and keep the water heater working more efficiently.
  • Insulating and wrapping pipes that are exposed.
  • Checking the attic insulation and adding more if necessary.
  • Replacing windows, which, if you can afford it now, can really help save with energy costs.

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