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Fall Cleaning Tips from the experts at Touch of Class

Fall cleaning can be a refreshing way to prepare your home for the upcoming season and create a cozy and inviting atmosphere as the weather gets cooler. And remember, if it's too overwhelming for you to tackle yourself, and you're in St. Louis area, Touch of Class is ready to help!

  1. Declutter First: Start by decluttering your home. Go through each room and remove items you no longer need. Donate, recycle, or throw away anything that's taking up space unnecessarily.

  2. Deep Clean Carpets: Fall is a great time to deep clean your carpets. You can rent a carpet cleaner or hire a professional to remove dirt, allergens, and stains.

  3. Clean and Store Summer Gear: As summer comes to an end, clean and properly store your summer gear, such as patio furniture, cushions, and pool equipment. This prevents damage during the colder months.

  4. Wash Windows and Screens: Clean the exterior and interior of your windows, as well as the screens. This allows more natural light in and ensures you have a clear view of the beautiful fall foliage.

  5. Check and Clean Gutters: Clear leaves and debris from your gutters and downspouts to prevent clogs and water damage to your home.

  6. Inspect and Clean the Fireplace: If you have a fireplace, schedule a professional chimney sweep to remove creosote buildup. Clean the hearth and replace any worn-out fireplace tools.

  7. Swap Out Seasonal Wardrobes: Switch your wardrobe from summer to fall. Clean and store summer clothing and bring out your fall attire. Donate items you no longer wear.

  8. Clean and Store Outdoor Furniture: Before storing outdoor furniture, clean it thoroughly to prevent mildew and damage. Store cushions in a dry place or use weatherproof covers.

  9. Test and Replace Batteries: Replace the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Test them to ensure they're functioning correctly.

  10. Dust and Vacuum Thoroughly: Dust all surfaces, including ceiling fans, light fixtures, and baseboards. Vacuum carpets, upholstery, and hard-to-reach areas. Consider using a HEPA filter for improved air quality.

  11. Clean and Organize the Garage: Organize your garage by getting rid of clutter and organizing tools and equipment. Sweep the floor to remove dirt and debris.

  12. Prepare for Holiday Decorations: If you plan to decorate for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or other fall holidays, organize and clean your holiday decorations beforehand, so you can easily access them when needed.

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