Tis the Season…To Be Clean!

// October 21st, 2011 // Clean is Healthy, Cleaning Tips, Household Hints

The seasons are changing and as we transition from Summer to Fall and head towards Winter, we need to take advantage of the nice weather and lead time and get a few projects done that will make life easier as the busy holiday time approaches. This newsletter is addressing topics to make this transition as smooth and easy as possible.

Bring the Sparkle Inside with Squeaky Clean Light Fixtures

As the days shorten and old man winter starts creeping in, it is time to start thinking about ways to keep the inside of your home light, bright and sparking. One good and easy way is to make sure that all your light fixtures are squeaky clean and shining.

We all have the tendency to clean the big stuff – like empty the trash cans, dust, vacuum, clean counters, toilets and showers. However, it takes that little bit of extra energy and time to clean the lights and therefore they frequently go untouched.

Clean and sparkling lighting can make a huge difference in the appearance of a home in the Fall and Winter months. This is a great time to get it all clean and ready not just for the season but for the upcoming holiday parties.

To do this, start in one room and do all the lights in that room before moving on to another area. You will need a small step ladder, your preferred window cleaner and good lint free cotton cloths or microfiber cloths.

The easiest lights will be the plain bulbs frequently used over the bathroom sinks. DO NOT spray them with cleaner when they are on and hot! They may burst! Always spray them when cool or spray the cloth and wipe and shine them. If they are really dusty, it may be best to dust them first with a dry cloth and then spray them to finish cleaning and make them really sparkle.

The overhead ceiling light fixtures and ceiling fan lights need to be taken down washed, the bulbs cleaned and put back up. When cleaning a chandelier, the best and easier way to clean it is to leave in just where it is and clean each piece with a damp cloth and dry it with the dry cloth – but do it in place. If you take it apart it may be very difficult to get it back together again – especially without having extra pieces left over!

Last but not least, remember to do the outside porch lights. When your company arrives, those are the very first lights they see. You want them to sparkle!

Polish Silver

Planning on entertaining over the upcoming holiday season? Get a jump on the work by polishing your silver now. Many people skip the real silverware and opt for the much easier stainless flatware. However if you have beautiful silver ware and like to use it for the holidays, now is the time to get it out and get it polished and shining! This includes silver trays, coffee and tea service and serving dishes. A little work now will save lots of time when you are hurrying to get menus and gifts ready.

Check List to Ready the Outside of Your Home for Winter

While it is very important to have the inside of your home ready for the winter and for holiday entertaining, we have to remember that the outside needs to be prepared also. . . And what better time than when the weather is still warm!

Here is a quick pre-winter check list.

  • Wash all the outside windows while the weather is still warm.
  • Clean and store all patio furniture and summer toys.
  • After hosing off the patios and decks, drain and store the garden hoses.
  • Inspect and clean the gutters and downspouts.
  • Inspect and clean (or have inspected and cleaned) the chimneys and flues. (You don’t need a chimney fire on Christmas Day)
  • Inspect outside doors and windows. Check to see if there are areas to be caulked or repaired.
  • Touch up paint or trim.

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