Winter is coming! A particular TV series made this expression very popular. But, for those with dust allergies, the expression brings panic with it. The dry air, closed rooms and insufficient ventilation mean recycled air and more dust around. It can become troublesome for many. But winter also means hot chocolate, barbecues, toasted marshmallows and coffee. So how do you enjoy winter without suffering from its negatives? Simple! Preparation beforehand will go a long way in making the winter season an enjoyable and trouble-free one.
You might have always spring-cleaned your house, but winter cleaning is also a thing. Winter cleaning is probably more important if you are prone to allergies. We have put together a list of 7 pro deep cleaning tips for winter. Check these out below!
Make sure your oven is ready!
Your oven is the place from where all the lovely festival goodies are going to come from. Think of the casseroles and pies that you will be making with the seasonal ingredients to entertain your guests! So, to ensure that your baking and entertaining go smoothly, it’s time to clean your oven before the start of winter. You do not have to use expensive and toxic cleaners. The oven does not need all that. Instead, make a paste with baking soda and water. Apply it inside the cold oven and let it work its magic for an hour. Scrub the residue and wipe off with a damp sponge. Voila! Shiny, clean oven ready to serve you!
Answer the call of your winter appliances
There are several appliances that you might use only during the winter, like room heaters, geysers, pellet stoves, and so on. The appliances will work better and longer if they are cleaned beforehand. Besides, some appliances like heaters might have collected dust, which, if not cleaned, is going to end up in your lungs. Give some care to your devices, and they will take care of you in the harsh weather.
Wash winter clothes and bedding
The third of our deep cleaning tips. It’s that time of the year where you get to snuggle into your cozy blankets and comforters. But to ensure a good time staying tucked in, refresh your mattresses and pillows, and get your winter bedding washed or dry-cleaned. The fragrant flannel sheets and comforters will make you want to sleep in longer. You must get your winter clothes ready for the cold days, as well.
Give your carpets some special attention
You must clean the carpets and rugs because they can harbour allergens and pollutants, which will negatively impact the quality of indoor air. While you may choose to go for DIY methods to get your carpets clean, we suggest you try professional services to get the best results. These services are worth spending on and you can even use Safe-Dry of Germantown coupons and offers to get some good discounts. Cleaning your carpets before winter should be on top of your priority list.
Clean your windows
Winters could become gloomy if you don’t have enough bright lights around. To ensure that your house looks well-lit, give your windows a good scrub inside and outside. Instead of buying toxic cleaners, you could DIY. There is a simple home-made glass cleaner that only requires four readily available ingredients-vinegar, rubbing alcohol, cornstarch and water. Clean windows offer you a beautiful view and plenty of sunlight while you sip your hot chocolate on cold winter mornings. While we are on the subject of windows, let’s remind ourselves that window treatments need some care too.
Turn your attention to the sofa, cushion and rugs
The sofa and cushions can get dirty with body oils, food particles, dust and dirt. They can be a breeding ground for dust mites. You can use a garment steamer or steam iron to clean your upholstery and kill dust mites. Machine wash the cushion covers if they are removable. If not, then you can beat the cushions outdoors before the winter, so that the sun’s intense UV rays can disinfect them.
Sprinkle some baking soda on the couch and let it sit for about 20 minutes, then vacuum it for a deep clean. In winter, you might spend a lot of time on the couch with the cushions (think movie marathons or curling up with a book). Ensure that they are clean for a pleasant experience. For delicate or huge rugs, hire professional services. For the other regular mats, you can wash, rinse and dry them yourself. Use delicate shampoo or liquid detergent for the task.
Prepare your furnace/fireplace and chimney
Get your furnace/fireplace and chimney cleaned and inspected so that you can enjoy uninterrupted warmth during the colder months of the year.
Winter cleaning doesn’t have to be a burden. Start early and take it one step at a time. You will have the house ready just in time for the cold season. Get the fireplace going and enjoy your winter!
There you have it, some top deep cleaning tips.
Derek Edison Is an Interior Decorator and a passionate writer who loves to write about creating an aesthetic and ambient living environment for everyone. He focuses on sharing ideas and techniques learned from his experience as an Interior Decorator in a concise manner so that it can be used by everyone to make their surroundings beautiful to live in.