Taking care of your home in summer

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Finished with spring cleaning? Now it’s time to get your house ready for summer.

The hot and humid weather can cause problems in many parts of your home. To keep your house looking nice and make it comfortable and safe for you and your family, think about these tips.

Get ready to declutter

  • Cabinets and racks – Start by cleaning your coat and shoe cabinets, and racks. Wash or dry clean your heavy coats and sweaters (check the tags for care instructions). Put them away for the next cold season. Don’t use plastic bags for storage. They can trap moisture and damage your coats. Do the same for your winter boots. Clean them before storing to make them last longer. With more space in your cabinets, it’s easier to organize your summer clothes.
  • Bathroom – Clean your bathroom, especially the cabinets under the sink. Remove empty shampoo bottles, old bath products, and things you can’t use anymore. A clean bathroom helps air move around and stops mold from growing. Make sure your fan works, or open a window if you can. Keep shower doors and curtains open to stop mold and mildew.
  • Refrigerator – Throw away old food or bad produce in your fridge. Check your freezer too. This makes your fridge use less energy (and saves you money) and gives you more space for food, ice cream, and popsicles.
  • Kitchen – Clean the dust off your kitchen cabinets and racks. Organize your pots and pans. Clean out your pantry too. Remove open and old food, empty bottles and jars, and other trash.
  • Basement – You may need a dehumidifier. It takes moisture out of the air, especially in closed off areas like the basement. Vacuum often, including the vents, to stop allergens from spreading in your house.

Home repair season

  • Check your AC – Summer is a good time to fix things in your home. Before summer starts, check your air conditioning unit. You can do it yourself or hire someone. An AC check-up helps make sure it works well. This can help you save money on electricity bills. When you use your AC every day, it’s good to change the air filters once a month.
  • Roof and gutter check – Look for leaks in your roof and clean your gutters. You might need help from a professional. If you want to do it yourself, watch videos on YouTube to learn how. Be careful if you need to go on the roof. Ask a friend or neighbor to help you.
  • Power wash – This is a good time to clean your outside windows and walls.

Lawn and garden

Canadians like to keep their yards and lawns clean. You will see your neighbors cutting their grass or taking care of their gardens in the summer. You can keep your lawn neat by:

  • Cutting your grass – Keep your home’s front yard and backyard clean by cutting the grass and removing weeds. Put the cut grass and weeds in containers that can be recycled (without a lid), cardboard boxes, or paper bags for yard waste. The Winnipeg Water and Waste Department picks up yard waste and compost (learn about this service: yard waste collection) every two weeks from April to November.
  • Grasscycling – Learn more about Grasscycling if you want to be kinder to the environment:

    Grasscycling, City of Winnipeg Water and Waste Department

Decks and porches

With the nice weather outside and more daylight, you will spend more time on your deck or porch. You should:

  • Make your porch clean. Use a mop and a cleaner that works for everything.
  • Look at your deck. Check for nails sticking up or parts that are rotting. If floorboards are taking in water, they may need sealing. Ask a nearby hardware store for advice on sealing products for your deck.
  • Clean your outdoor cooker and grill. Use soap and water, then remove dirt. Be careful when using metal grill brushes. Bristles can fall off and get stuck in your food.
  • Make sure there are no containers that hold water on your porch or deck. These are perfect places for mosquitoes to lay eggs.
  • Clean your patio furniture and take off rust. Wash and dry seat cushion covers to remove dust and stains.

 
Sources: Winnipeg Water and Waste Department, Summer cleaning your house, Home and Garden.
 
Article updated May 18, 2023.

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