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Winter Cleaning Checklist

Jan 10

Winter Cleaning Checklist


It has been a long and cold winter. There seems to be no end in sight. Although it can be refreshing to breathe outside, the harsh weather conditions can mean that your home is covered in dust and grime. This time of year is characterized by coughing, sneezing, and congested sinuses. It's no surprise that winter brings many germs to our homes. This article will give you a simple checklist to clean your home so that everyone can stay healthy.

Checklist for Cleaning in Cold Months

Thoroughly vacuum carpets and rugs: Even if they have been covered all winter, vacuum them at least twice a week with a rotating brush attachment or a hand brush to get rid of dirt and debris.

Open windows at least once a week to let in the fresh air, even if it's cold outside. This will allow warm indoor air to circulate during winter without too much cold draft through the windows. When you are sleeping, make sure your bedroom doors are closed. Currents can enter the room more easily if they are open.

Clear the inside of your oven and stovetop. Hoses must be removed from under both units to allow proper ventilation. Make sure to clean out the interior by taking out all removable parts. This will allow everything to dry properly. Use a cutting blade to gently remove any spillages from top surfaces. Avoid scratching porcelain surfaces.

Make sure to clean your refrigerator's interior. Bacteria can grow on surfaces that have been exposed to moisture. For a safe and effective cleaning solution, use pantry items such as baking soda or vinegar with warm water. This will not damage metal components or plastic. To keep the fridge clean, wipe off any contents.

Do not use bleach in cleaning products This chemical can cause irritation to the respiratory system and is best used for disinfecting and cleaning. You can get rid of germs with vinegar or hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle.

Dusting is an important step in cleaning. Use a microfiber cloth to clean windowsills, baseboards, and other hard-to-reach corners. Dusting can also be used to remove allergens such as pet dander or pollen. Make sure to dust ceiling fans after they have been used. This will prevent mold from building up beneath them.

Do not forget to spray disinfecting sprays on your doorknobs they are frequently touched throughout the day so be sure to kill any harmful organisms that may be present. Garbage disposals can quickly build up mold and mildew if they are left unattended. To prevent this, make sure to run cold water through the unit at least twice peruse.

Light fixtures such as fans and chandeliers can accumulate dust over time. Spray them with an antibacterial cleaner immediately afterward to keep them clean throughout the year.

Before Winter Weather Sets in

Deep cleaning is a great idea, to get your home ready for winter. These are our top tips to help you get started on a list that will bring new life into your home this winter.

Clean all surfaces including light switches, doorknobs, and window sills.

  • If you have one, clean the microwave's interior. If your microwave does not have one, clean any surfaces where crumbs might collect, such as tables or stovetops.
  • Bedding, particularly comforters that are on top of the bed, should be washed. This is a great opportunity to wash your sheets and change them for new ones before winter sets in.
  • You should seal your windows tightly to prevent cold air from entering your home.
  • For a refreshing feel, deep clean bathrooms using a disinfectant cleaner. This time can be used to wash bath mats or shower curtains that are being stored over winter.
  • Clean the counters of your kitchen and bathroom floors to remove any crumbs.

What should you do to clean the winter?

It's not easy to clean up after a storm, especially if your house is on the coast. This checklist will help you keep your home clean and identify what needs to be addressed first.


You can change the sheets if you don't use your bed throughout the year. Make sure your pets sleep in your bed or in your bedroom, and that their beds are free from pet hair before you put them away until next year. If they can be removed, it's a good idea too to wash pillows and duvet cover covers so that no one gets sick due to dirty surfaces.

Living room:

To prevent dust from settling, remove all decorations and place them in boxes. This is the time to use a feather duster and microfiber cloths. You should clean all surfaces, including window blinds and furniture cushions. You don't want to walk into your living space in winter with dirty surfaces. Take care of them now, before they become too dusty.

Kitchen and Bathroom:

Your bathroom and kitchen are the last areas to be cleaned in your home. These are likely to be the dirtiest areas in your house during the year so make sure you clean them up now!

All surfaces should be cleaned, including countertops, cabinets, light fixtures, window sills, and doorknobs. These areas can accumulate a lot of dust if they are not properly taken care of. Spray with an antibacterial cleaner immediately afterward to maintain freshness throughout winter without much effort on your part.

You can always call a cleaning company to take care of it if you don't have the time. You can always search for local cleaning services online that will give you an estimate of how much it would cost. They will probably use cleaner products than you would.

This checklist is great for winter, as most people will spend more time indoors in the cold season. If you don't have the time or aren't sure how to fix it, NW Maids can provide deep cleaning services for your home. Call us today if you want to keep warm and have everything sparkle around you.

What are the Dos and Don'ts of Winter Cleansing?

Winter cleaning:

If it snows, clean your home thoroughly. You should also throw out any food that may have been buried under the snow.

Check windows and doors often throughout the day, especially when it is snowing or raining. You must ensure that everything is secure and not broken.

Moldy, mildewed curtains or any other fabric that needs cleaning should be removed as they can become breeding grounds for airborne viruses. These fabrics can also be a breeding ground for dust mites so make sure to clean them as soon as winter ends.

After each snowfall, clean all surfaces thoroughly.

You can get rid of all clutter in your home so you don't have to keep tripping or trying to move it around to get to other rooms. Senior citizens are especially vulnerable to falling on icy paths and sidewalks.

Winter cleaning:

You shouldn't assume that salt used by the public works team is sufficient protection against ice. Some towns don't use chemicals anymore because of environmental concerns. Keep an eye out for ice on your driveways and walkways.

Avoid ammonia-based cleaners as they can leave behind a strong odor that may be difficult to get rid of later when the house is heated up from central heating. Ammonia-based cleaners can cause irritation to your eyes and respiratory system, which is why they are less common than other types.

While you are cleaning the inside, don't forget to clean the exterior of your house! For freshness throughout winter, all surfaces should be cleaned with a mix of bleach and disinfectant cleaner.


Contact NW Maids to learn more.


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NW Maids Tacoma Cleaning Service

2367 Tacoma Avenue South

Tacoma, Washington 98402

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