Cleanup Is Not Just the Yard
When you think about Fall cleanup, you automatically think of raking leaves every weekend for weeks on end. While that is most certainly a part of Autumn cleanup, don’t forget your most important asset, your home. Fall is the time to wash the windows and screens. Take the screens out and lay them on a picnic table, driveway or deck. Then, using a stiff bristle brush and some soap and water, scrub the dirt and cobwebs out. Rinse them with the garden hose and replace. A tip for window cleanup is to wipe horizontally on one side and vertically on the other. That way you will be able to tell, if there are streaks left, which side they are on. Also, it’s well worth your time to learn how to use a squeegee properly. It makes window cleaning quick and efficient.
Gutters Need to Be Cleaned
In order to clean out gutters, you will need a ladder. The gunk that settles into the gutters should be pulled out by hand, so wear heavy duty rubber gloves and use a garbage bag or pail to collect the gunk. Then you can either discard it, or better yet, compost it. Use a garden hose to clean the down spouts. Start by squirting the hose up from the bottom. That may do the job, but you may need to run it down from the top as well. If there is a stubborn clog in the downspout, use a plumber’s auger to dislodge it.
Roofs and Siding Need Attention As Well
You can find a cleaner at the local home supplies store that will attach to your garden hose and spray a washing solution to clean your siding. If that is not doing the job, you can rent a pressure washer. Use it on a low setting so as not to damage the siding. A pressure washer can also be used on the roof as well to remove mold and mildew that build up in some cases. Again, use a low setting.
Once all these tasks are complete, put your feet up and get into the real spirit of Fall: Football!!
Editor’s Note: We originally published this article in October 2015. We have edited it for freshness, accuracy and comprehensiveness.