It may just be fall right now, but that’s about to change soon, into… winter.
Getting ready for winter is important, especially for your home and protecting what’s most valuable to you. Obviously, winter is outside, but it will want to get inside, and that can cause damage you definitely don’t want.
Look around, inside and out, and check if the weather stripping is damaged, if there are cracks in the caulking, and gaps where gaps should not be. Can you hear the wind coming in the windows, or from around the windows? That’s not so bad right now, but when nasty weather strikes, that’s a different story. Get your windows in shape now, before winter arrives.
You can see some of your roof from the ground, but if take a close look, you might see some roofing repairs need to be done. Shingles might need to be replaced, areas around the chimney or vents that could use some plugging, or other general repairs that are a lot to do easier now rather than when it is zero degrees and icy. But be safe! If you aren’t an expert and able to inspect, hire someone to do it for you.
Grit, debris, leaves, and obstacles tossed up there from a windy day can build up. If winter strikes and your gutter has build up, it can create really expensive restoration work. If your gutter can’t drain, this might force melting ice into your home. Get a ladder and take a look. But just like with your roof, only do that if you are an expert. Hire it done if you aren’t.
No matter what you do, occasionally water, wind and ice can damage your home. Protect yourself and your home: Call your disaster restoration pro. After all, it pays to call a pro!
There has been a lot of rain lately here in Charlotte this week. With all the leaves on the ground and the mud being tracked in, your carpet is taking heavy hits. This problem becomes especially worse when you have dogs. Your dog may be man's best friend but right now it isn't your carpet's. To keep your home looking clean (which is really important with the holidays right around the corner), here are a few tips to have your home looking holiday ready. You should vacuum your home the same amount of days a week as there are residents in your home (including pets). For example, if you have four people and one pet living in your home, you should vacuum five times a week. This will keep your home tidy and actually prolong your carpet's life. Remember to also get your carpet cleaned at least once or twice a year. Doing so will also help prolong the life of your carpet and make your home look beautiful.
Here’s an easy quiz for you: What’s the most popular room in your home?
If you guessed “the bathroom” you wouldn’t be wrong; it is the most frequented room in a home. However, hands-down, the kitchen is the most welcoming, most enticing room in your home. Delicious food preparation, nice conversations, and a general gathering place for family and friends makes it a beloved room.
With that much usage, it creates the need for cleaning. To make the unwanted task of cleaning a little easier, here are some simple maintenance tips that will save you time.
Above the floor
The sink, counter tops, stove, and cabinets get heavy use, and the residue can be sticky and challenging to remove.
The most aggressive cleaning is probably in the sink, where grime can build up that isn’t visible. Use cleanser and a sponge or cloth and clean multiple times, rinsing often. It should squeak when you run your fingers over it.
The other areas should be cleaned with an all-purpose cleanser and wiping it off with soft cloths. A final wiping with a cloth and warm water will remove any cleaning residues. If this is done every day or so, you will never notice a buildup of grime or dirt.
Sweep and mop on a schedule before it looks like it needs it. A regular broom with soft bristles picks up more debris than a dust mop. Hot water and a detergent for the type of flooring you have is recommended, but don’t overdo the concentration as it can leave streaks.
Odds and ends
Something often neglected are the drawers, especially those that hold cooking utensils. Take a look at the drawer that holds your silverware, pull out some forks or spoons, and you will see bits of all kinds of food and debris hiding underneath. Every week, plan on cleaning just one drawer and they will all stay nice and neat.
Cleaning like this will help you get ready for the holidays and have your home clean for the new year.
It's starting to get cold here in the Carolinas and the leaves are starting to fall. It's important to make sure your home is ready for the winter. Cleaning any leaves and making sure your home is sealed is essential during the winter. Follow these tips and your home will be ready for the frost!
Hi, my name is Juan Dominguez. I'm the owner and operator of Mae's Carpet Cleaning. I have been in business since 1998. I have seen it all, just name it. With my experience and continued education, I have been put in a position where I am capable and would love to share what I know with you.