As summer draws to a close, it's time to bid farewell to beach days and barbecues and welcome the crisp air of fall. Along with this seasonal transition comes the task of end-of-summer cleaning.
Whether you've been hosting summer gatherings or simply enjoying the outdoors, giving your home a thorough cleaning and placing stuff into a storage facility will help you start the new season on the right foot.
To make this process more efficient and enjoyable, we've compiled a list of end-of-summer cleaning hacks to help you get the job done effectively.
Before diving into a deep cleaning checklist, decluttering your home should be your first step. Summer often brings in a collection of beach toys, outdoor gear, and other seasonal items that may have cluttered up your living spaces.
Set aside time to go through each room, sorting items into categories like keep, donate, or place in a storage unit until next summer. This will make the cleaning process more manageable and give your home a fresh start.
Summer activities can take a toll on your carpets, from sand and grass stains to occasional spills. To refresh your carpets, sprinkle baking soda liberally over them and let them sit for at least 30 minutes.
Baking soda helps absorb odors and loosens dirt and stains. Then, use a vacuum with strong suction to remove the baking soda and debris. For stubborn stains, consider using a carpet cleaner or hiring a professional service.
If you've been enjoying your outdoor space, your furniture is likely in need of a thorough cleaning. Use a mixture of warm water and mild dish soap to wipe down tables, chairs, and cushions.
For white plastic furniture that may have yellowed, make a paste of baking soda and water and scrub it onto the surface. Let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing it off.
Throughout the summer, windows and screens can accumulate dust, pollen, and outdoor grime. Use a window cleaner or a mixture of vinegar and water to clean the glass, and wipe it down with a microfiber cloth to avoid streaks.
For screens, remove them and gently scrub them with a soft brush or rinse them with a hose. Let them air dry before putting them back in place.
Summer is often synonymous with outdoor cooking and entertaining, which means your kitchen appliances might have seen a lot of action. Take the time to deep clean your refrigerator, oven, microwave, and dishwasher. Remove shelves and drawers from the refrigerator and wash them with warm soapy water.
As you transition into fall, it's a great time to refresh your bedding and pillows. Wash all bedding, including sheets, pillowcases, and comforters, according to the manufacturer's instructions.
If your pillows are machine washable, toss them in the washer as well. For non-washable pillows, place them in the dryer on a low heat setting with a few tennis balls or dryer balls to fluff them up.
If your home is filled with many summer items that need to be put away for the winter season, then why not use a storage facility to make your life easier? This way you don't have to worry about a thing. You can focus on enjoying the end of your summer rather than fretting about your home's clutter.
Contact us to learn more about the storage unit options available to you in Clay County, IN.