The Ultimate Winter Cleaning Checklist

Posted on October 22, 2018.

Winter Cleaning ChecklistThis blog has been updated.  Click here to see the updated version.

 

 

Ahh, that uncomfortable time of year when the days get shorter, the temperature starts to drop, and it begins to feel more like Winter. The holidays are coming around, and it’s about time to pull out the decorations.

While most of us strongly prefer the transition from Winter to Summer, making the most of this time of year makes all the difference – so getting a head start on your cleaning is always a good idea.

You’ve heard of spring cleaning, but how about winter cleaning? While winter doesn’t convey the same refreshing feeling of spring, that doesn’t mean you can’t freshen up your home even when there is snow on the ground.

So if you are looking to jump on your Winter cleaning, here is an official Winter Cleaning Checklist to keep your home looking healthy. You may want to modify or tweak this list depending on your home’s needs – it’s by no means comprehensive, but it will get you started on the right path. Some homeowners may want to consider doing some end of the year yard work before snow rolls in if you are responsible for maintaining your property.

Dusting (surfaces, corners, edges)

Why you should be doing it: Because dust can carry pathogens that can cause illnesses, it’s important to make sure you take the time to dust. It’ll also make your home more accommodating for those who are allergic to dust.

Vacuum

Why you should be doing it: There are plenty of reasons to vacuum your home, such as getting rid of insects that are seeking shelter in your carpet or rugs, skin cells that have fallen off of people, and other particles and debris that may be caught in your floor. Gross!

Wash Floors

Why you should be doing it: It’s important to wash your floors from time-to-time to get rid of any bacteria that may be lingering around, especially in the kitchen.

Clean Washer and Dryer

Why you should be doing it: As expensive items to replace, help you washer and dryer run more smooth and efficient by cleaning them

Touch Up Paint

Why you should be doing it: Keep your home looking fresh and up to date with paint touch-ups regularly.

Oil Furniture

Why you should be doing it: Oiling wood furniture will help accentuate patterns in the wood, will keep your furniture safe from the environment if it’s outside.

Clean Vents

Why you should be doing it: Vents can get clogged with substantial deposits of dust or debris if they aren’t cleaned often.

Wash Walls

Why you should be doing it: You’ll often find marks on your wall, especially if you have kids, and wonder, well how did that get there? Instead of leaving those marks to accumulate over time, find some time to clean up your walls and keep your home looking pristine.

Wash Bathroom Counters

Why you should be doing it: Your bathroom can contain a lot of bacteria and germs. Make cleaning your counters not just a winter checklist, but a weekly one.

Wash Rugs

Why you should be doing it: Keep your rugs soft, get rid of stains and keep your home healthy by getting rid of dirts, dust and crumbs while washing your rugs.

Wash Baseboards

Why you should be doing it: baseboards are sometimes forgotten about when it comes to cleaning your home. Make sure every detail of your home is looking good by washing your baseboards too.

Switch Out Your Clothing

Why you should be doing it: We can all be guilty of keeping too many clothes. Winter is a great time to go through your wardrobe and see what you actually wore in the warmer months vs. what you didn’t. Get rid of those clothes by either selling or donating them. Nothing feels better than a refreshed closet!

Go Through Your Pantry

Why you should be doing it: The winter is a good time to go through your pantry and get rid of expired food before you stocking up.

Clean Dishwasher

Why you should be doing it: Avoid a buildup of germs, food debris and soap scum by cleaning your dishwasher.

Change Furnace Filter

Why you should be doing it: A furnace filter that is clogged with dust, pet dander, and other particles will cause your furnace to work harder because of decreased airflow. Clean your filter to keep your furnace functioning to full form.

Clean Your Microwave

Why you should be doing it: A microwave that isn’t cared for and cleaned regularly will be filled with food debris and other bacteria.

Wash Out Garbage Cans

Why you should be doing it: As you know, garbage is smelly. So it stands to reason that your garbage cans themselves will eventually start to smell as well. Washing them out every now and then will certainly help.

Clean Toilets

Why you should be doing it: Everyone’s favorite activity! It goes without saying what the importance is of cleaning your toilets.

A Little Overwhelmed With Your Winter Cleaning? Call ServiceMaster Today!

ServiceMaster has been a leader in the cleaning industry for more than 50 years. The high-quality service we are committed to providing for our clients has led to ServiceMaster being the preferred cleaning choice for many home and business owners.

When we come into your home or business, you can rest assured your possessions will be treated with the best care and the cleaning your property receives will be of the highest quality. No matter the size of the job, big or small, we’ll get it done for you!


20 Questions to ask before Hiring Restoration Technicians

Posted on October 16, 2018.

This is an updated blog.  To read the updated version, published on January 22, 2021, click here.

If you’re looking for a restoration technician, odds are you’ve had some bad luck with water, fire, mold or something similar to your home. These are by no means and easy fix, which is why it’s important to call in an experienced professional to help fix the damage to your home.

In order to make sure that you find the right restoration technician for you, make sure to ask them these 20 questions before they get started.

How long have you been in business?

It’s important to understand the history of the technician before they begin. You’re going to want an experienced technician who is well-versed in their field and has shown success during their time as a technician.

Have you worked on similar projects in the past?

You wouldn’t want a technician who hasn’t worked on fire damage before, so ask about their previous experience and see if they have the experience and knowledge necessary to fix the damage.

Do they have any before and after photos of previous work?

Just like with a home remodeler or any other home project that you’re outsourcing, asking to see some actual pictures of their previous work is a good way to find the right technician for you.

What do you charge?

While most restoration technicians will charge similar amounts across the board, it’s still a good idea to compare prices. A small price differential may be the difference in deciding between to similarly reviewed and experienced technicians.

Do you have certifications?

A technician with an impressive array of certifications will certainly be a better option than one who doesn’t.

What tools and equipment will you be using?

It is your home after all, and it’s nice to know what exactly the process will look like and what types of equipment the technician will be using.

What times are you available?

If you prefer to be home when the technician is working on your home, then make sure their schedule allows for that.

When will you be able to start?

Is the damage to the point where it needs to be fixed ASAP? Then make sure that the technician can get to work soon to make your home right again.

When will the restoration be finished?

Do you need the restoration to be finished by a certain date? Similar to asking when they can start, make sure they’ll give you reasonable estimates for completion.

Do you have any guarantees? What about a warranty?

Home restoration can be tricky, so it stands to reason that you have a few safety nets available in case things go awry.

Can they give you any suggestions on who to call for other problems in your home?

If you have any other issues with your home, ask if they have some referrals for who might be able to fix that damage. If you liked their work, it’s likely that you’ll like their referral’s work as well.

Call ServiceMaster for Your Home Restoration Needs

Whatever the problem is in your home, ServiceMaster is the solution. We’re proud to be certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the world’s leading restoration Standards Developing Organization (SDO). We have also been certified as a Lead-Safe Certified Firm by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). There’s no disaster too big or too small for our experts to handle. Whether it’s one room or a total loss, we’re here to assist.

We don’t just work with homes either. If you’re office is in need of restoration, ServiceMaster has you covered there as well. Call us today or send us a message and we’ll be happy to get started on making your home or office good as new.


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