Home Winter Cleaning Tips

Snow tracked in on boots. Road salt ground into carpets. Mud splattered on furniture. If you live in a cold, snowy region, winter brings its own set of special cleaning challenges, and COIT is here to help. If you maintain your regular cleaning schedule and consider a few extra tips, you should be able to keep your home clean and fresh, even during the winter season:

Furnaces: Because your furnace runs more often in the winter, there is more debris in the air. Change filters frequently, and if you have a system that uses air ducts, consider scheduling an Air Duct Cleaning if you haven’t had one recently. It’s a good idea to have a professional check your furnace on an annual basis to handle any maintenance issues.

Holiday Ornaments: Clean and dust your ornaments before putting them up, and again once you take them down. Consider giving your artificial Christmas tree a good old-fashioned shower (assuming it has no electric elements) to remove dust and freshen its look before use.

Winter Wear: Ski jackets, ski pants, gloves, and other winter wear can get dirty and dusty while stored during the year. Follow washing instructions carefully to clean dirty outerwear before donning it for the season. Jackets in light colors tend to get muddy on the slopes, so wash them periodically to keep colors fresh, and fabrics clean.

Floor Mats: Waterproof floor mats near every door will go a long way toward preventing melting snow and road salt from getting into your house. In addition to catching melting snow, mats tend to remind family and friends to check their footwear or remove it before entering the house. Large sheets with raised edges are an inexpensive alternative for shoe and boot storage.

Chimneys: Always have a professional chimney sweep clean your chimneys before your first fire of the season. If you use a wood stove, have it professionally checked at the beginning of each winter.

Snowblowers: Before that first big snow, look over your snowblower. Clean out any muck from the previous season, and get rid of rust with steel wool if possible.

Mattresses: Did you know that it’s a good idea to clean mattresses twice a year to keep dust mites under control? The beginning of winter is a good time to do this. You can vacuum the top of the mattress, then flip it and vacuum the other side. Adding allergenic mattress pads and washing bed linens in hot water are two other good steps for maintaining clean mattresses.

Computers: When you’re not spending a lot of time outdoors, you’re likely to log a few extra hours on the Internet. Winter is a good time to make sure your computer is clean and in good working order. Turn off the power, and use a microfiber cloth or other dusting tool to clean your mouse and keyboard. Turning the keyboard upside down is a good way to get rid of stray dirt that has fallen between the keys. Compressed air will help remove dust in the keyboard or inside the computer (but if you open up your computer, don’t touch the elements inside unless you know what you’re doing). Hold the can at least four inches from cards, chips, and cords when cleaning. Refer to cleaning instructions for your specific monitor.

Junk Drawers: If you’re looking for something to do while the snow piles up outside, think of all of the drawers that have been collecting odd items all year. Pull out a drawer and dump it out on a table in front of you, or even on the floor, maybe with the TV on in the background (or some music playing) and a small garbage bin nearby. Sort through the contents and toss out anything you no longer need. Replace items as neatly as possible, and consider inserting organizers before you load up the drawer again.

Contact COIT at 1-800-FOR-COIT to schedule regular Upholstery and Carpet Cleanings that will keep your carpets and furniture free of mud, dirt, and chemicals that can be tracked indoors during the winter season. And don’t forget to refer to our online Spot Removal Guide if you have a spill or discover a stain over the holidays!