Most flu activity happens during the months of October and May, peaking in the winter. As leaves begin to fall it’s important to revisit your cleaning checklist. Here is a to-do list to prepare for cold and flu season.

For outside your home:
• Repair and replace caulk around the doors and windows. Check for cracks in siding, shingles and windows. You don’t want any drafts and heat loss this winter!
• Wash exterior windows.
• Clean the patio furniture and get ready to store it away.
• Have chimneys inspected and cleaned if necessary.

For inside your home:
• Wash your windows. Washing on a cloudy day will help you see any streaks. Don’t forget to dust or vacuum the frame as well!
• Vacuum fabric blinds. Vinyl shades can be dusted and wiped down with a damp cloth.
• Clean the walls; dust, wash, rinse and dry.
• Dust and clean ceiling fixtures.
• Empty kitchen cupboards, wash them down and reorganize.
• Disinfect bathrooms.
• Pull the refrigerator away from the wall for a chance to get the buildup of dust and crumbs that fall under.
• Replace your furnace filter, if it hasn’t been done in the past three months, now is the time!
• Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as well!
• Vacuum and clean the carpet and floors as dust and germs might have fallen during the cleaning process.

This is the best time to banish all the summer dust and germ build up. With the holidays quickly approaching it’s great to be prepared with a squeaky clean home. As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Housing Buzz team.