Keystone’s Autumn Housekeeping Tips

new home in LancasterThe autumn leaves are starting to fall on the ground, and the weather is changing to a nice breeze that signals the time to break out the fall jackets and scarves. While you prepare your wardrobe for the autumn season, now is the perfect time to take advantage of some fall housekeeping chores!

These autumn cleaning tips will help prepare your Keystone Custom Home for the coming of winter, as well as welcoming the busy holiday season with a clean and comfortable home:

Take the time to give your kitchen the deep cleaning it deserves. The first step to a cleaner kitchen is with a cleaner refrigerator. Food and drinks can easily spill and leave marks in your refrigerator, causing messy stains to build up. First, remove all the contents such as food, drinks, shelves, racks, bins and trays from the refrigerator. Then, wash everything with an antibacterial cleaner and let it dry. Before you put everything back inside, check to make sure condiments and other perishables are not past the expiration date.

A trick to keeping everything smelling sweet inside your refrigerator is to put an open box of baking soda on one of the shelves.  You can then move on to sweeping and mopping the kitchen floors, as well as scrubbing down countertops. Clean surfaces that tend to stay moist such as sinks and drains with mold-busting cleanser.

With the chilly season approaching, we spend more time inside our homes trying to trap in the heat. However, while we stay inside more, we are also building up dust, dander, and mold that can make us ill. To ensure dust does not accumulate, be sure to wash all bedding and sheets in your home. Using hot water to wash bedding will get rid of dust mites and bacteria. To get rid of dust on the floors, shampoo your carpets and then go over it with the vacuum. Don’t forget to frequently change your vacuum cleaner bag for better results. Make sure you dust all of the furniture, windows and blinds, and corners of each room in the house._DSC1693

Gutter cleaning is one of the most important tasks to maintain the outside of your home. Clogged gutters can cause leaks, making it easier for termites to gather. Poor gutter maintenance can also result in problems with siding, windows, doors, and foundations from the lingering effects of water leakage. The easiest way to clean your gutters is after a light rain. Carefully, use a tiny shovel to scoop up muck from the gutters, and dispose of it in a garbage bag.

Taking the time to clean this autumn will help keep your new home in Douglassville looking pristine, and will give you more time to relax before the busy holiday season.