End of Summer Home Maintenance

End of Summer Maintenance

With the recent heat and humidity, it may seem like summer is here to stay. But that first bite of cooler air is on the way. Yep, it’s the end of summer.

As a homeowner, with each changing season, there are tasks to do that will have you ready to go the next time the warm air comes around. And luckily, this is a lot easier than spring cleaning! Keep reading for a guide to end of summer clean-up.

  1. Scrub down outdoor furniture. When spring returns, you’ll be glad you did! And remember, different materials require different techniques. Do a little research so that you properly take care of wood, metal, wicker, and plastic!

  2. Clean Outdoor cushions. While you probably can’t just toss them all in with the laundry, spot clean with a mild mix of dish detergent and water. Rinse and air dry before storing.

  3. Wash beach towels. Yes, they get washed all the time. But at the end of the season, use the hottest water that is appropriate for the fabric. Add some fabric softener and give those towels some love!

  4. Scrub the grill. Yeah, you can hose it down, but if you really love “future you”, get out the scouring pads and go to town!

  5. Don’t forget the grilling utensils! They probably don’t see the light of day for months. Spend a little extra time with these guys and make sure they will sparkle next May.

  6. Clean and drain the mower. Scrub off the caked-on grass and run out the extra gas. Stored gasoline can gum it up so make sure it’s empty over the winter.

  7. Scrub off the gardening tools. Prevent rust by cleaning these tools well. Make sure they are dry when you store them for the winter.

  8. Sweep out the garage. All the grass, leaves, and spiders need to be released for the season. Don’t worry, you will be able to accumulate all of that again next year.

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