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Holiday House Cleaning Tips

b2ap3_thumbnail_Pumpkins--Maize.jpgHalloween is over.  Thanksgiving and Christmas are on their way.  It’s that time of year for family gatherings, parties and when friends and family just stop by.  It’s also the time of year for pre-holiday, deep, house cleaning.  To help you, here are some tips to help you get started.


The first thing people see when they come to your home is your front door.  Because most of us drive into our garage and very rarely use the front door, take a step out your front door, turn around and take a look.  You’ll want to knock down any spider webs and clean the stoop.  You’ll also want to clean the door.  First impressions are everything.


While spider webs were cool for Halloween, the rest of the year they are not.  Inside, you’ll want to clean your house high and low.  Get out the vacuum and be sure to clean in all the corners of the room.  Vacuum your curtains and window treatments.  Now is also a good time to clean the upholstery, vacuum the baseboards and under the furniture.


If you are expecting guests, you’ll want to clean all the rooms your guests will visit: the living areas, kitchen, dining room, guest bedrooms and bathrooms.  While you know the normal places to clean in the guest bath, many people overlook the light fixture and the vent fan.  The glass orbs on the light fixture can accumulate a lot of dust and the moisture in the bath will cake it on.  Sometimes it is easiest to take the glass orbs off and put them in the dishwasher.  Depending on the type of light fixture you have, you might even want to clean the light bulbs (but don’t put them in the dishwasher). 


Another often overlooked area is the vent fan in the ceiling.  This too accumulates a large amount of dust.  The cover of the vent fan is held on with clips.  You should be able to just use the vacuum to get the dust off but if you need to, you can pull straight down on the cover and it will expose all the accumulated dust for you to vacuum.


When cleaning the kitchen, be sure to clean behind the refrigerator and vacuum the condenser coils.  A clean refrigerator will operate more efficiently then a dirty one.


Speaking of operating efficiently, this is also the time of year that you should have your furnace serviced.  It’s recommended that you have your furnace serviced each year to make sure that it is operating at peak performance and more importantly, not spewing carbon monoxide.  By the way, do you have carbon monoxide detectors installed?  A Colorado law was passed in 2011 that requires you to have a carbon monoxide detector within 15 feet of each bedroom.


If you have a wood burning fireplace, you should also have your chimney swept.  A dirty chimney can also cause carbon monoxide to come into your home.


If the thought of house cleaning for the holidays overwhelms you, don’t forget we offer a deep clean service and can customize a service to whatever your needs are.  Just give us a call. 


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