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Nov 06 2015

Fall Cleaning and Maintenance

FallCleanUpFall is the ideal time for cleaning and home maintenance after the busy summer season. For advice, we’ve asked some experts, The Furies, who offer a full line of cleaning and linen rental services for all Lower and Outer Cape towns. This is what they have to say:

 An in-depth fall cleaning is a must in order to remove any lingering pollen and dust from the summer.  It will also make your spring cleaning less time consuming.  We recommend that you clean your carpets, upholstery, and bedspreads in the fall. This gives spots less time to set into a stain and is especially helpful if young children or animals have been in your home over the summer.

Be sure to vacuum under furniture, rugs, and cushions, as well as inside dresser and vanity drawers.  Remove cobwebs, and dust, dust, dust! 

If you are closing your home for the season, you will need to do most of the same cleaning and maintenance as you would if you were keeping your house open.  But there are some additional chores that should be done as well.   Here are some helpful checklists for both scenarios:

Fall Cleaning Checklist (keeping your house open)

Interior

  • Vacuum every surface, including heat registers.
  • Wash inside of cabinets and vanities.
  • Wash dishes, pans, silverware.
  • Wash woodwork, doors, frames, window trim, sills, baseboards, stair risers, slider tracks.
  • Wash walls. Spots and fingerprints are heaviest in hallways and stairwells.
  • Dry clean draperies and wash curtains.
  • Steam clean carpets and rugs.
  • Steam clean chairs and sofas.
  • Launder scatter rugs.
  • Launder pot holders, dish towels, place mats.
  • Launder bedding, blankets, dust ruffles. 
  • Polish wooden furniture.
  • Clean and treat leather sofas and chairs.
  • Put baking soda in refrigerator.
  • Place liquid ant traps in common problem locations.
  • Store candles and bar soaps in a secure place – mice like candles and soap!

Exterior

  • Clean gutters.
  • Rake leaves from lawn and reseed, if necessary.
  • Drain and store garden hoses.
  • Clean patio/deck/porch furniture.
  • Wash out trash barrels.
  • Clean grill.
  • Drain outside shower and all outside spigots.

Fall Cleaning Checklist (closing your house for winter)

Interior

  • Vacuum every surface, including heat registers.
  • Wash inside of cabinets and vanities.
  • Wash dishes, pans, silverware.
  • Wash woodwork, doors, frames, window trim, sills, baseboards, stair risers, slider tracks.
  • Wash walls. Spots and fingerprints are heaviest in hallways and stairwells.
  • Dry clean draperies and wash curtains.
  • Steam clean carpets and rugs.
  • Steam clean chairs and sofas.
  • Launder scatter rugs.
  • Launder pot holders, dish towels, place mats.
  • Launder and pack for storing all bedding, blankets, dust ruffles. 
  • Polish wooden furniture.
  • Clean and treat leather sofas and chairs.
  • Completely empty refrigerator, turn off, and prop door open.
  • Remove open items such as cereal and crackers from cabinets. (Mice love these items!)
  • Remove packages of sugar, flour, rice, etc.
  • Distribute boxes of mice poison.
  • Place liquid ant traps in common problem locations.
  • Store candles and bar soaps in a secure place – mice like candles and soap!

Exterior

  • Clean gutters.
  • Rake leaves from lawn and reseed, if necessary.
  • Drain and store garden hoses.
  • Clean and bring in patio/deck/porch furniture.
  • Wash out trash barrels and store.
  • Clean grill and store inside, if possible.
  • Drain outside shower and all outside spigots.

Since 1985, The Furies Cleaning Service & Linen Rentals have been providing year round and seasonal housekeeping and linen rental services to homeowners and visitors on Cape Cod.  In 2015, they went green and adopted a chemical and allergen-free cleaning system. They bring all their own supplies and equipment and are fully bonded and insured.

Do you have any other household chores that you consider a must in the fall?

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About the author

Joan Talmadge

Joan Talmadge - My husband Jeff and I created WeNeedaVacation.com in 1997, shortly after buying our Cape home. My background includes teaching fifth grade for 8 years and writing and editing educational publications for 15. I get great joy from helping fellow homeowners successfully rent their homes. Jeff and I are proud to have two of our three grown children working for WeNeedaVacation.com, truly a family-run business. For me, the Cape and Islands are magical all times of the year -- whether it's walking on Nauset Beach, playing golf, or enjoying family and friends. Email Joan

2 comments

  1. Rick Jonie

    Depending on where your vacation rental is located, ensuring your property is properly prepared for the weekend is also a good idea. I do the air BNB thing here in Michigan, and one concern in prepping for the winter is ensuring the place is protected from water damage. You can learn a lot on this site here: https://staydrywaterproofing.com/

    You wouldn’t want to discover a leak or damaged foundation come spring time, so it’s essential homeowners be sure their property is safe from water damage. Even minor leaks can cause moisture, leading to an uncomfortable place to stay. Just something to consider. Great tips on a little Fall cleaning, tough. Thanks!

  2. Deb martin

    Most important they forgot to mention remove couch clue ions vacuums under them. Also open hide a beds and clean them

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