Homeowners and renters often use the upcoming arrival of a new season to organize their lives and prepare for events that only happen at certain times of the year. Yet, a lot can happen, such as bad weather, vacations, holidays, and emergencies, that make people forget to clean regularly. These events and day-to-day living can also make them forget to add cleaning to their checklists of pre-season tasks. Consider the following ways you can prepare for a season via cleaning:
Remove All Outdoor Debris
Hot, humid summers often cause mold growth on fences, patios, decks, and outdoor furniture that makes autumn cookouts and small gatherings around a fire on cool evenings less enjoyable or healthy. Autumn leaves can clog gutters to the point that they contribute to the formation of roof ice dams in winter. Even small branches that fall on the ground during big seasonal storms can later cause extensive damage to equipment during the next season if they become hidden. For example, branches that you leave on the ground after winter and spring storms can disappear among tall grasses during summer and damage your lawn mower. Instead, gather these small branches, twigs and other natural debris and dispose of them in an environmentally-friendly way, such as to make compost.
Deep Clean Your Carpets
Even if you vacuum your carpets weekly or bi-weekly year-round to prevent buildup of human and pet skin cells, hair, fur, and dirt tracked in from outside and other debris, you should hire a professional to perform a deep carpet cleaning before every new season. Deep carpet cleaning draws out particles that can cause patch stains and total carpet shade discoloration. It does a better job of removing dust mites and seasonal pollen that can exacerbate allergies, asthma, and other respiratory conditions, especially when windows and doors are sealed tight in winter. Deep cleaning removes tiny food particles that attract insects and toxic mold spores that turn into mold colonies. It also helps to reduce matting and refreshes carpet fibers so that they always look their best.
Clear Out the Cobwebs
Removal of pests and associated debris is another important cleaning task. Living and dead insects and arachnids, small mammals and other pests, debris like cobwebs and nests, and pest-related damage in attics, basements, air vents, and furnace rooms can cause emergency scenarios during a new season that result in expensive repairs. For example, debris in the attic from mice or squirrels can hide wall damage that results in cold air funneling into your home during winter, which increases utility bills. If you don’t remove pests and their debris from air vents before summer, your air conditioner’s motor, fan, and other parts might overwork while trying to force air through the vents and then overheat and break on an extremely hot day.
Of course, there are many other types of cleaning tasks you should perform near the end of each season. Make a list of maintenance and emergency repair problems like the examples given that were associated with a lack of cleaning in the past. Think about how you might prevent future problems with preventative cleaning. You can then prepare for the seasons by simply breaking up the tasks into manageable chunks of time that spread out over three to four weeks before each season.