The Holidays are upon us and we hope that you had a very Merry Christmas. We hope that you have a wonderful New Years too! While festive parties and family dinners are still and unknown this year, one thing is certain, dirt and stains are not on hold. Whether you are planning a small gathering or a big party for the New Year, there are areas of your home that tend to get overlooked. Here are ten spots that you might forget this New Year’s.
1 Your Oven is Waiting
Thanksgiving and Christmas where a marathon when it comes to cooking, but roasting anything in your oven after Thanksgiving is like showing up to the racetrack in a Yugo to race. Food spills form on the bottom, sides and racks in your oven. Those odors burning as you try to cook can drive you out of the house and can be infuriating. Before the big cooking day for New Year’s make sure you soak your oven racks and clean the greasy sides, bottom and the range hood above your oven.
2 Your Front Closet Needs Cleaning
A wreath on your front door makes a great first impression, but if your guests walk in and see a closet stuffed with coats, shoes and boots spilling out onto the floor, the first impression goes right out the window. Before your friends and family arrive and see that unsightly closet, get in an do a deep cleaning. Determine which coats and shoes are needed for this season and put the rest away in the basement. Get a shoe rack if you need to when you have multiple family members. Give the floor in your closet a quick vacuum and wipe up any dirt or salt stains.
3 Clean Your Holiday Storage Area
This might be that you wouldn’t normally think about, but the storage area where you keep all of your holiday decorations can get very dusty and dirty in the off season. Whether this is in the basement, attic or storage closet, before you put the Christmas decorations away, get out the vacuum and clean up all of those dust bunnies.
4 Polish The Fireplace
If you have a fireplace in your home, most likely it is a gas burning nor wood burning fireplace. Typically we start using these in the late fall as the weather starts to turn cold. Lay a tarp around the fireplace and get in there and scoop up any debris and scrub out the soot from the interior walls. If you need to use a vacuum to clean up, make sure it is a vacuum that is for wood burning stoves. If you suck up embers into your regular vacuum you can easily start a fire.
5 Check Your Homes Air Quality
While this is not a zone in your home, it is a part of your home that greatly affects your health. If you have a forced hot-air heating system, make sure you check and change all of the air filters in the system. You may even need to hire a cleaning company to go through all the vents and clean up dust buildup from years of use. For all other heating systems, you will still have air pollutants in your home from heat and cold air circulating through each room. Investing in a good air purifier will help you to prevent dust build-up and reduce the number of air pollutants in your home. Everyone will be able to breathe a little easier with a little fresh air. Another way to improve indoor air quality is to install a home air exchanger. These pull fresh air into your home while filtering it and push indoor air outside.