It is officially fall. This means you spend more time indoors as it becomes cooler and the days get shorter. Now is the time to take care of the following household chores. When you check these tasks off, your home will be cleaner and more comfortable, making it more enjoyable to be indoors. 

Carpet Cleaning 

After a season of open doors and windows, dust and debris settle deep in your carpet’s fibers. Fall is an excellent time to have your carpet professionally cleaned. And scheduling it now means one less thing checked off your list before the busy holiday season. 

Sofas & Chairs 

The same goes for your upholstery. Even if it does not look dirty, fabric acts as a filter, holding onto dirt and debris. Vacuum sofas and chairs. Take cushions off wherever you can to clean thoroughly underneath. Use your attachment brush on your vacuum to get into crevices. 

If your upholstery is stained, call a professional cleaning company to spot treat and clean.  You will be thrilled you did this now, instead of stressing out before parties and holiday celebrations! 

Do This Now to Save Money in the Long Run 

When is the last time you had your gutters cleaned? Leaves and debris clog drains, affecting proper rain flow. When this happens, you run the risk of a leaky roof, water damage along the sides of your home and at the foundation. Don't let this costly neglect happen to your home. 

Make cleaning your gutters an annual priority during the fall season. 

The Benefits of Clear, Shiny Windows    

Another fall chore is window cleaning. Pick a cooler day with some cloud coverage, because cleaning windows in hot, sunny weather leave streaks. Hard minerals, salt, and dirt degrade the quality of your glass over time.  Also when dirt builds up on your windows, this reflects more light. Why does this matter? It means that heat from the sun does not come in as well to warm up your home. 

Clean windows provide better heat efficiency throughout your home. The bonus is possibly lowering your heating bill.  

Deter Insects & Pests 

Inspect around window seals and doors for any cracks of light. If you can see sunlight coming through, there is room for insects to enter your home. Now is the time to seal any gaps. 

Another trick is using essential peppermint oil. Spiders, insects, and rodents do not like the smell. You may also soak cotton balls with essential peppermint oil and place them in corners of your home, by window seals, and outside doors. Finally, do a thorough dusting to get rid of cobwebs in ceilings and corners. One of the best ways is to use a soft duster with an extension pole. 

All of these tasks will help make your home less appealing to unwanted critters. 

Clean the First Line of Defense for Dirt Indoors 

When is the last time you cleaned your doormat? It takes a beating to keep less dirt and debris from coming into your home. But if you do not take care of it, it does not work as efficiently. 

First, shake out any loose dust. Next, vacuum to remove any ground in soil that can be loosened with suction. Most doormats stand up to a thorough spray with a garden hose. When you are done cleaning them, let them dry in the sun before use. 

These chores not only make your home more cozy for spending time indoors, but they also help with protective maintenance. If you live in Santa Cruz County and need help with fall cleaning, please give Bee-Clene a call at 831-438-1111.