When you move into a house, there are many things that you need to take care of weekly. From cleaning, inspecting and repairing, you need to make sure everything is up to standard so you can live comfortably in your home. If you need help pinpointing the tasks that you need to complete, we created this weekly interior maintenance guide to help.
Clean All Appliances
While you should be cleaning your appliances every time they get dirty, sometimes these items look clean but are actually holding thousands of germs and bacteria. To make sure your home has a healthy environment for you and your family, you need to deep clean all your appliances once a week. Items like dishwashers, stoves, ovens, refrigerators, washing machines, dryers and more need a good scrub to ensure they are free of dirt and grime. Mild soap and water should do the trick for most appliances, but for large stains, you may need a cleaning solution. You can give us a call or shoot us an email, and we can provide you a list of cleaning supplies to use.
Clear Drains & Pipes
Even though we cannot see the inside of our drains and pipes, that does not mean they need to stay dirty. Kitchen sinks can hold decomposing food, dirt, grime and bacteria for long periods. This is when you may notice foul odors emitting from your kitchen sink. And showers and tubs can hold just as much bacteria or a common problem, the drain getting clogged with hair. Every week, you need to clear out your disposal and bathroom drains of hair, food and other obstructing objects. Also, disinfect these areas daily after a few uses.
Here’s the answer we have all been looking for: you need to clean your floors at least once a week. Since your floors handle a lot of foot traffic, many things can linger on them. For example, rugs and carpet can hold pet fur, dirt, crumbs, hair and more if not cleaned. And hard-surfaced floors can get scratched or stained from food and liquids that are not stored or cleared. However, by vacuuming, sweeping, moping and steaming, you can avoid this from happening. If you need help lifting deep stains off your rugs or carpets, we have a team of professional carpet cleaners ready to help. We also have a group of hardwood refinishers prepared to give new life to scratched, stained or scuffed hardwood.
Remove Old Food in Pantry & Refrigerator
If you have a problem with pests like fruit flies, cockroaches and mice, you will want to keep your food areas like pantries and refrigerators clean. This means you need to remove old food at least once a week. The more food you leave out, the higher chances you have of these pests to take over your home. And if you want to learn more ways to keep pests out of your house, check out this guide.
Check Grout Lines
You may be wondering what a grout line is? Grout lines are the lines that are from filling in the spaces between tile pieces. These spaces are important because weather, humidity and foundation can cause the floors to slightly contract and swell. If there were no buffer between each tile, they would crack or break. Another thing you should know about grout lines is that they can get easily dirty. Dirty grout holds dirt, grime, bacteria, mold and mildew. All of these things can cause serious health problems for homeowners. To avoid these health issues, you need to check your grout lines once a week. If you notice that these lines are dirty, then you need to read this guide on how to clean them.
Inspect for Damages
The fastest task you will do once a week is to check for damages throughout your home. Most of the time everything will be working properly, but there will be times when things break or need repair. By checking weekly, you will also know what is happening in your home. If you do notice any issues, take notes and pictures of them. Then, once you are ready to repair them, you can send your photos and notes to a home service company for further inspection or details.
You do not have to do all the inspecting and repairing on your own. Here at Valor Home Services, we can help you with any of your flooring, hardwood refinishing, handyman, renovating and remodeling projects in Belleville, O’Fallon, Edwardsville and the surrounding areas. Give us a call today for more information or to schedule an appointment.