Winter brings cozy moments, hot cocoa, and the joy of the holiday season. It also brings salt, snow, dust, and the challenge of keeping your home clean. Don’t let the winter mess dampen your spirits! With these 7 simple steps, you can ensure a sparkling and inviting home throughout the colder months.
Step 1: Prepare Your Home
Start by setting yourself up for success. Place mats near entrances to catch dirt, salt, and snow. Keep a towel near the door to wipe your furry friends’ paws. Declutter common areas and entries to create a clean and organized space (Have “A place for everything – and everything in its place.”)
Step 2: Focus on Floors
Winter floors take a beating, but with regular maintenance, they can stay looking their best. Vacuum regularly to remove dirt and debris. Use rugs and runners in high-traffic areas to protect your flooring. Promptly wipe up any wet spots and use mats to catch excess moisture and salt. By doing so, you’ll protect your floors and keep them looking their best for years to come.
Step 3: Tackle Porch Cleaning
Your porch is the gateway to your home, so it’s important to keep it clean and welcoming. Sweep away debris, remove ice and snow buildup, and ensure your porch stays clean and dry.
Step 4: Address Salt and Snow Tracking
Salt and snow tracked indoors can wreak havoc on your floors – they not only create a mess but salty water that comes into the house on shoes and boots can also permanently damage the finish on hardwood floors. Mitigate the damage by using doormats and boot trays at all entrances. Clean shoes and boots regularly to prevent the spread of salt and snow throughout your home. Wipe down surfaces and floors to remove any residue.
Step 5: Maintain Air Quality
During winter, indoor air quality can be compromised, especially in homes with forced air heat. Change furnace filters regularly to keep the air clean. Consider using air purifiers to remove dust and allergens. Control humidity levels to combat dryness and static. Use microfiber towels very lightly dampened with water, to dust surfaces throughout your home regularly.
Step 6: Handle Pine Needles from Christmas Trees
Live Christmas trees bring joy, but they can also leave behind piles of pine needles. Vacuum or sweep them up regularly to keep your floors clean. Use a tree skirt or mat to catch needles and make cleanup easier. Dispose of needles properly to avoid clogging your vacuum.
Step 7: Stay on Top of Cleaning
Consistency is key to maintaining a clean home. Create a cleaning schedule that includes daily and weekly tasks. Stick to the routine and enlist the help of family members. If needed, consider seeking professional assistance to tackle deep cleaning or specific challenges.
Remember, winter can be tough on your home, but with a little effort and these 7 steps, you can keep it clean and inviting throughout the season. Enjoy the beauty of winter while maintaining a tidy and cozy space!