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Winter Cleaning Checklist

Jan 13

Winter Cleaning Checklist


It's been cold and long. The outside air is crisp and dry. This can be refreshing, but also means that the harsh conditions have left dust and grime inside. It is common to experience symptoms such as sneezing; coughing; and congestion in the sinuses. Not surprisingly, winter brings many germs into our homes. This article provides a checklist to help you clean your home, so it is healthy for everyone.

Cleaning Checklist For Cold Months

Use a rotating brush attachment for your vacuum to clean carpets or rugs, or a hand brush with dirt and debris.

Open windows at minimum once per week: allow fresh air to enter the house, even if it is cold. This will allow for warm indoor air circulation during winter without any cold drafts entering through open windows. Do not open your bedroom door while you're sleeping. Currents are more likely in the room when it is left open.

Make sure to clean the stovetop and inside the oven. The hoses that run underneath these units must be taken out. This will allow for proper ventilation. Clear out all removable components and clean interior spaces. Make sure to clean up any spillages left on top surfaces.

Clean your refrigerator interior regularly Because bacteria can grow on surfaces exposed to moisture, it is important that you do this. To clean metal and plastic parts, you can use items from your pantries such as vinegar or baking soda. Clean the fridge's shelves and remove any contents to ensure it stays clean.

Use bleach-free cleaning products although this chemical is effective in disinfecting and cleaning, it can also irritate your respiratory system. You should be cautious when using it. Other options, such as vinegar and hydrogen peroxide mixed into a spray that can kill germs without adverse side effects are available.

Dusting in is an essential step of the cleaning process. use a microfiber fabric to clean corners and windowsills. Dusting will also help remove any allergens. This includes pollen and pet hair. Remember to change the covers of your ceiling fans once they've been used. This will help prevent mold growth.

Remember to use disinfecting products on doorknobs: these are frequently touched throughout the day, so it is important to eliminate any potentially harmful organisms. Garbage disposals that are not cleaned regularly can build up mold and mildew quickly. If left unattended, they will eventually become a breeding ground for the bacteria.

Remember to clean out light fixtures like fans and chandeliers. They can collect dust over time so spray them with an anti-bacterial cleaning solution immediately.

Before Winter Weather Sets in

It is a smart idea to deep clean your home so it is ready for winter. These are our top tips for getting you started on a checklist of tasks that will bring back freshness to your home this winter.

Dust and clean all surfaces: light switches, doorknobs, window sills, etc.

  • If you have one of these, clean the inside of your microwave. If you do not have one, be sure to clean all surfaces that might accumulate crumbs, such as stovetops, and tables.
  • Bedding, especially comforters, that sit on the tops of beds, must be washed. You can also change your sheets at this time, before winter returns.
  • You must seal all windows to ensure cold air doesn’t escape.
  • Bathrooms can be deep cleaned with a disinfectant cleaner to create a fresh feeling. You can also wash the bath mats and curtains you will be stored away during winter.
  • It's important to wash your kitchen counters for any crumbs that may have been collected, as well as the floors in bathrooms and kitchens.

How do You Clean the Winter?

There are many things to do, particularly if you live along the coast or deal with snow and/or ice. This winter cleaning list will help you clean your house and let you know what needs to be done first.


Change your sheets every other year if you don’t use your bed. Do not let pets sleep in your bed, so make sure they are clean. It is also a good idea not to use pillows or duvet covers that are removable in these months. This will ensure that no one gets sick because of dirty surfaces.


For dust to stay away from your decorations, take them out and put them in boxes. This is the best time to use a feather drier or microfiber cloths. Make sure to clean everything, including your furniture cushions, window blinds, or doorknobs. The last thing you want when entering your living room in winter is dusty surfaces.

Kitchen and Bathroom

The kitchen and bathrooms are the last places to clean in your home. These areas are likely to get the dirtiest throughout the year. Therefore, it is important that you take care of them immediately!

All surfaces must be cleaned. This includes countertops, windowsills, light fixtures, cabinet doors, and window sills.

If you don’t have enough time, hire a cleaning crew to handle it. You can always Google local cleaning companies to get an estimate of what it would cost. They'll likely use cleaner products than yours!

This is a great winter checklist. Most people will be spending more indoors during the cold season. NW Maids provides deep cleanings to your house. This is an option if you don’t have the necessary time or someone who can assist with repairs. Contact us today to ensure you are comfortable and keep your house sparkling.

What are the Dos and Don'ts of Winter-Cleaning?

These are the must-haves for winter cleaning:

Your house should be cleaned thoroughly after every snowfall. It is important to remove any food items that have been covered by the snow and wipe down all surfaces with a mixture of disinfectant cleaner/bleach.

Check on your windows and doors throughout the day, especially during snowfall or rain. You should make sure that nothing is broken or locked properly.

Moldy or mildewed curtains, and other fabrics that require cleaning, should be removed immediately. These could be breeding places for viruses. You don't want dust mites to form on these things so clean them up as soon winter begins.

You can clean any surfaces with water after a significant snowfall.

Take out all the clutter from your house. You won't be tripping on it or trying moving things around to get between rooms. This is particularly important for seniors as they are more likely to fall due to icy pathways, paths, etc. It's also important to remove all rugs after winter arrives. They can cause slips if they don't have carpeting.

These are the must-haves for winter cleaning.

Because some municipalities are not using chemicals anymore, salt that is used by public works departments may not provide sufficient protection against ice. Take care to avoid ice from forming around your home, particularly on walkways and driveways.

Avoid ammonia cleaners. They leave a strong odor which may prove difficult to eliminate later on when the house warms up from central heating. Ammonia-based cleaners will cause more irritation than other products to your eyes or respiratory system.

While cleaning the inside of your house, be sure to take care of the exterior! All surfaces, including windowsills, should be cleaned with a mixture of disinfectant and bleach to maintain freshness all winter without much effort on your part.


Contact NW Maids to learn more.


Contact the NW Maids Tacoma location:

NW Maids Tacoma Cleaning Service

2367 Tacoma Avenue South

Tacoma, Washington 98402

(253) 793-1664