Your home has different cleaning needs throughout the year, but summer can be especially hectic. Think everything from kids out of school and on the go to spending a lot of time outside entertaining or gardening.
So it’s easy to see how your floors may take the brunt of summer fun, not to mention your outdoor furniture, your grill and even your laundry room. But it’s possible to manage this season’s hotspots before they become a big mess.
You can keep all the “extra” scrubbing and housework that comes with this season under control with these six cleaning tips for a stress-free summer!
Cleaning Tips for Floors
With summer comes spending more time outside and bringing more dirt, water (from the pool) and more inside, which means your floors may show more evidence of summer activities than you’d like. Plan to clean the floors more often, once or twice a week. This can include spot cleaning where needed and vacuuming high-traffic areas.
You can also manage the effects of foot traffic by placing doormats at every entrance of your home, as well as requesting everyone remove their shoes at the door.
Cleaning Tips for Laundry
Expect your washer and dryer to work as hard as your floors over the summer. Since your laundry room will see a lot of activity, make sure it is stocked with detergent, dryer sheets, stain removers, etc. Save some energy by running your laundry in the evenings or early morning to prevent circuit overload.
If you live in a very humid area, make some time to clean your washing machine too so it doesn’t encourage mold or mildew. It’s recommended to run an empty load with detergent and hot water. When done, leave the door open so the inside dries completely.
Cleaning Tips for Garbage
High heat and humidity can make you more aware of smells in your kitchen. It helps to empty kitchen trash cans and recycling bins more often than you usually would, and plan to wash them regularly. A good time to take care of this task is on trash day, right after you’ve removed everything from them.
To keep your garbage disposal smelling fresh, save lemon rinds and run them through. Pour white vinegar down your drains to neutralize any unpleasant scents there.
Cleaning Tips for the Bathroom
Your bathroom will need extra attention this season to keep it fresh and, in areas of high heat and humidity, help slow the spread of mildew. Cleaning toilets more often, running exhaust fans, particularly during and after showering, and wiping down showers after use goes a long way to help. Don’t leave damp bath mats and towels inside to dry; hang them outside in the sun.
The contents of your linen closet may need a boost, so wash towels in hot water with a ½ cup of baking soda added to the rinse cycle. Finish by drying them on the highest recommended setting.
Cleaning Tips for Patio Furniture
If summer means more time outside, you’ll want to spend it on clean outdoor furniture. Just a little maintenance can go a long way. Simply spray your furniture down with water and scrub with a solution of water and a gentle dish soap, like Dawn. Use a soft brush or eraser sponge to remove stubborn stains. Rinse again and let it dry.
You can also wipe it down in between cleanings to minimize pollen accumulation. To clean cushions and pillows, follow the instructions on their labels.
Cleaning Tips for Your Grill
Summer entertaining may mean putting your grill to even more work. Take these steps to keep it clean for the sake of food safety. While it’s still warm after cooking, scrub the grates with a wire brush. Or you can turn it on until the grates get hot. Use a lemon dipped in salt to scrub the grates; this will cut grease and act as an all-natural scrubbing agent.
For bigger messes, spray grates with oven cleaner or use a block of pumice to remove any lingering remnants. Be sure to wash the grates before placing them back on the grill. Also avoid metal brushes, as pieces can break off and get in your food.
If summer cleaning’s got you stressed, relax! The professionals at Sweet Home Cleaning Service can help. We serve the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay, including Fairhope, Point Clear, Montrose, Daphne and Spanish Fort, as well as Foley, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Contact us today for a quote, and enjoy your summer!