Part of maintaining a home is keeping it clean and safe. That includes some chores that you need to do daily or weekly. For example, taking out the trash or wiping down the kitchen counters should happen regularly, which nobody likes to do. But the good news for homeowners is that you don’t have to do every chore all the time. Many tasks can wait for annual or even less frequent cleaning.
We recommend focusing on more important daily and weekly chores throughout the year and saving these three tasks for the spring.
1. Vents and Air Ducts
Every component of our HVAC system is dedicated to not only ensuring a comfortable temperature but keeping the air we breathe of the highest quality, too. If you don’t want to be breathing in too much dust and bacteria, you’ll want to ensure your system is cleaned.
But luckily, this won’t need to be a regular chore. Once a year, give your vents a good dusting or vacuuming. This stop dusts from accumulating and then blowing around your house.
Even more conveniently, these Nashville air duct cleaning experts recommend that while cleaning your ducts is a must, it only needs to happen every 3-5 years. This will surely save you from unnecessarily worrying about your home’s air quality between professional visits.
We wash our sheets regularly, but what about the actual mattress? That could be holding a lot more bacteria than you realize, yet you spend (ideally) 8 hours on it every night.
Yet, you’ll just need to give it a good cleaning once a year to avoid a severe build-up of germs. Here’s all you need to do:
- Vacuum the mattress.
- Apply a thin layer of baking soda.
- Allow the baking soda to sit for a few hours.
- Vacuum up the baking soda.
Do this for both sides. For best results, let your mattress sit out in the sun and let the sun kill off bacteria as your bed sits in the fresh air.
One of the reasons spring cleaning is so perfectly timed is because your fireplace is likely hibernating until next winter. It’s served you well throughout the colder months, and now it’s time for its annual cleaning to ensure you don’t have unwanted odors or an unappealing hearth at the center of your living space.
The easiest way to clean up around the fireplace is to grab the vacuum. Clean out all the ash and embers from the past months of burning. Get as much out as you can during this part to avoid a mess after.
Once thoroughly vacuumed, wipe down the area with distilled white vinegar. This is the ideal solution because it’s strong enough to disinfect and break down dust and grime but is natural and affordable.
Chimneys should likewise be cleaned, but this is a job best left to professionals. Because chimneys can be so dangerous, you want to ensure it’s done right.
Jump into Spring with the Cleanest House
After a long day, no one wants to clean their entire home. The good news is that these three chores can wait for an annual cleaning.
That doesn’t mean these chores aren’t important; it can be incredible dangerous to live with a dirty chimney. Still, you don’t have to put unnecessary pressure on yourself to keep it clean every week when you can wait for the spring.
So, before you feel the need to clean out your fireplace every time you burn a log or clean your air ducts just because of a cough, remember that these chores can wait until next spring. Happy cleaning!