With the change of each season comes a new set of maintenance tasks for your home. Now that summer’s here, you’ll want to prepare your home and yard for the onslaught of summer heat as well as entertaining guests. From air-conditioner upkeep to planning the perfect summer soiree, these simple chores will help keep your home happy and healthy.
Check detectors. Check your home’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they’re working properly.
Inspect air-conditioners. If you haven’t already, prep air conditioners and fans for their busiest season:
- Clean all ceiling fans and other fans with a damp rag. If you have high ceilings, a ceiling-fan duster can help you de-grime hard-to-reach blades.
Clean your outdoor cooker. Give your grill a deep cleaning with these simple steps:
- For gas grills, turn the heat up to high and let the grill cook with the lid closed for about half an hour. Allow the grill to cool and then brush it off with a grill brush. Wipe down the exterior with a damp sponge and a gentle cleanser. Clean the grill’s drip pans.
- For charcoal grills, completely empty the grill and wipe out any ashy residue. Then clean it inside and out with hot water, a scrubby sponge and some liquid dish-washing soap. Let the grill dry completely before using it again.
Polish your porch. Thoroughly sweep/dust painted porch floors; then Quick Shine it! A Finish that will surely impress all of your guests.
Analyze your deck. Look over your deck for signs of rotting and hammer in any nails that are poking up. Then, determine if your deck needs sealing. Sprinkle water on the deck’s boards. If the water beads up, you’re in good shape; but if it soaks right in, it’s time to reseal. If you have a covered porch, our Quick Shine Finish can also be used.
Wash your windows. If you didn’t tackle exterior window washing in the spring, now’s the time to get your glass clean.
Make much ado about mulch. Add a layer of mulch to keep weeds down and help the ground retain its moisture in the heat. It will give your plants a chance to grow.
Primp your plants. Deadhead both perennials and annuals to keep them productive. If you have visible dead foliage from spring bulbs, pull it out to maintain a tidy look, but if the daffodil or tulip leaves are still green, leave them alone; they’re busy nourishing the bulb to bloom again next year.
Stop dirt at the door. Keep summer’s mud and muck outside with not one, but two doormats at your main entry door. Place a coarse mat at the exterior and a softer, cloth one on the interior to catch the most dirt. Better still, instruct family members to remove their shoes upon entering. If you live near a beach, a tub of water for sandy feet placed by the door works wonders for keeping sand outside where it belongs. For quick clean up reach for your Quick Shine Spray Mop. Our safer choice formulas make cleaning easier all while freeing your floors from harsh chemicals so you can rest easy this summer knowing your family and home are healthy.
Bring out the summer dishes. Now is the time to wash any festive dishes from last year so you can serve these amazing treats shared on our Pinterest page.