With the change in season, a change in your maintenance routine may be just around the corner. The hustle and bustle of life can get in the way of our home’s safety and sanitary. Before you begin your fall activities, it is time to check off some much-needed maintenance chores for your home. Here is our 2017 home maintenance checklist:
- Air Filters.
Cleaning out your air filter can be beneficial for your allergies as well as your family’s health. It is important to clean them out every 30 days to promote a healthy lifestyle. Especially with summer coming to an end, you will find a lot of built-up pollen and debris attached to your air filters.
Your home is not protected from danger if the batteries have not been changed. It is important to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detector yearly by running a test and checking their batteries.
- Pillows & Mattresses.
We do not really think about replacing our pillows and mattresses as often as we should. Remember the 3:3:3 rule and you will be fine:
- You should replace your pillows once every three years.
- Every three months, you should place your pillows in the washing machine and let them run on a wash cycle with mild detergent.
- Pillowcases should be washed every three weeks to help reduce allergens and remove dirt.
Mattresses last for about five to ten years depending on your personal mattress. Make sure to clean your mattress every once and awhile to remove dirt. You can easily clean your mattress off with a vacuum cleaner and baking soda.
- Refrigerator Filter.
Keep your water fresh and clean by replacing your water filter every six to twelve months.
- Sponges & Dish Brushes.
Do your family a favor and clean your kitchen sponges and dish brushes every week. Simply place them in the dishwasher for a wash cycle. Replace the sponges and brushes every four-eight weeks depending on how much you use them.
We put them in our mouths every day; therefore, we do not want them to be filled with germs. The American Dental Association encourages families to change their toothbrushes every three to four months. A good way to tell when they need to be replaced is by looking out for frayed brush hairs.
We hope you and your family have a safe and happy fall!