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January
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Belleville Clean Home

Sure, you worked hard all spring and summer with DIY and cleaning projects, but we bet you overlooked something. Plus, now that the holidays have come and gone, chances are you've let some things slide in your cleaning routine. Be sure to follow these tips for getting your home sparkling clean this winter. Once you're finished, if you need help listing your home or buying a house from Belleville homes for sale, your local real estate agents are ready to help.

  1. Clean the windows.
    If the weather allows, clean your windows. There's nothing like gazing through the clean, sparkling glass onto your winter landscape. You'll also let more light in — which is important to your mental well-being in winter. Clean interior glass with a glass cleaner or a squeeze bottle of vinegar, alcohol, and water. Use a lint-free, microfiber cloth to wipe clean. Then use another cloth or paper towel to dry. Repeat the procedure outside if there's no snow. You can start with the front of the house and work your way around, a wall at a time. 

  2. Dust the radiators and space heaters.
    If you supplement your central heating with space heaters or use radiators or a heat pump, be sure to wipe the dust off these units now and then. They will actually heat your home better when they are clean.

  3. Wash the throws and blankets periodically.
    You and your family may live under blankets and throws to stay warm, keeping the thermostat down a few degrees. You'll need to clean these as the season wears on, particularly if you've got pets that like to cuddle with you. Invest in washable blankets, so you don't have to spend a fortune at the dry cleaner's.

    Tip:
     Wash fleece blankets separately in cold water, with minimal detergent.

    Another tip:
    The pillows could need washing as well. Check the labels for instructions.

  4. Air seal your home.
    This sort of cleaning chore also affects your indoor air quality and the efficiency of your heating system. Take a lit incense stick and walk around your home, checking to see if the smoke wavers around the baseboards, electric switch plates, openings for wires, cables, and pipes in exterior walls, the attic hatch, or around door and window frames. If it does, fix the holes with weatherstripping, insulation, or caulk. This will keep your heated air in and keep out the cold air, dust, and humidity that seeps in through minute cracks.

  5. Clean curtains, shutters, and blinds.
    Wash your curtains if they're washable; otherwise, take them to the cleaners at least once a year. Wipe indoor shutters and blinds with a damp — never wet — cloth. It's best to dust shutters and blinds periodically, so you don't have to scrub off grimy dirt when you're ready to clean. 

  6. Check the fireplace.
    If you didn't have the flue or chimney cleaned prior to lighting the fireplace, do so. You want to remove bird or rodent nests, as well as soot on the chimney walls. You can burn off flammable soot and creosote, so it doesn't catch fire by stoking up a roaring fire every day.

Need more cleaning tips for your winter amusement? Our real estate agents can help. Contact us today.

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