It's that time of year again! The weather is getting warmer, and the kids are out of school. That means it's time to start thinking about summer cleaning and preparing your house for higher temperatures and its outside area for the summer cookouts with friends and family.
As seasons change, our routine home maintenance does as well. Summer is a great time to tackle those tasks that you may have been putting off all winter, but considering how hot it can get, don’t postpone them any further. No one wants to be cleaning their gutters in the middle of a heatwave!
So, what should you be doing to get your home ready for summer? From power washing the exterior of your house to changing the filters in your air conditioner to cleaning the windows, this article will give you several essential summer cleaning tips for keeping your building new and neat at all times.
Inspect Your Home’s Exterior
The first step to getting your home summer-ready is to give the outside a good once-over. Check for any cracks in the foundation or siding, and if you find any, caulk them up and repaint them as necessary. This will help prevent moisture from seeping in and causing damage.
While you’re at it, take a look at your gutters and downspouts. Make sure they’re clear of leaves and debris so that they can do their job of channeling water away from your home. If they’re full, water could back up and cause problems like roof leaks or foundation issues.
Power Wash the Exterior
Once you’ve checked (and repaired, if necessary) the outside of your home, it’s time to give it a good, thorough cleaning. A power washer is the best way to remove dirt, grime, and mildew that have accumulated over the winter months.
If you don’t have a power washer, you can rent one from a hardware store or home improvement center. Just be sure to read the instructions carefully before you start washing, and always start with the lowest setting to avoid damaging your home’s siding or paint.
Clean Your Windows
Summer is the perfect time to clean your windows, both inside and out. The warm weather will help the cleaning solution dry quickly, and you won’t have to worry about streaks.
To clean your windows, start by dusting the blinds or curtains. Then, wash the windows with a solution of vinegar and water. Use a squeegee to remove the solution, and dry the edges with a lint-free cloth.
Change the Air Filters
If you have central air conditioning, now is the time to replace the filters. Dirty filters can make your AC unit work harder, which will increase your energy bills. It can also lead to the poor air quality inside your home.
Most air filters should be changed every three months, but keep in mind that if you have pets or someone in your home who suffers from allergies, you may need to change them more often.
Clean Your Air Conditioner
In addition to changing the air filter, you should also give your air conditioner a good cleaning. First, turn off the power to the unit and remove the cover. Then, use a garden hose to spray down the coils and fins. Be sure to rinse thoroughly so that no soap residue is left behind.
Once the coils are clean, replace the cover and turn the power back on. You may want to have a professional service your AC unit once a year to keep it running efficiently.
Clean Your Patio Furniture
If you have a patio or deck, now is high time to clean your outdoor furniture. Start by removing any cushions or covers and washing them according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Then, use a mild soap and water solution to clean the furniture itself.
Once everything is clean, dry it off completely and put the cushions or covers back on. If you have any metal furniture, you may want to apply a fresh coat of paint or sealant to protect it from the elements.
Prepare Your Grill
If you love to entertain, chances are you’ll be using your grill quite often this summer. But before you fire it up, it’s important to clean it first. Otherwise, you could be serving your guests food that’s full of soot and ashes.
To clean your grill, start by removing the grates and soaking them in soapy water. Then, use a wire brush to scrub off any remaining food particles. Next, clean the inside of the grill with a solution of vinegar and water. Be sure to rinse it well so that no vinegar residue is left behind.
Once your grill is clean, dry it off completely and apply a layer of cooking oil to the grates. This will help prevent food from sticking and make cleanup easier next time.
Summer is the perfect time to get your home in order and ready for the hot months ahead. You should pay attention to both the interior and exterior of your house to identify the areas that might need some repairs or additional maintenance. Remember to inspect the exterior of your home, power wash the siding, clean the windows, change the air filters, and clean your patio furniture and grill.
Following these tips will help keep your home looking neat and new all season long. Happy cleaning!