Fall Cleaning to Improve the Home


Fall is a great time of year! Pumpkin spice has already entered the scene this year, and it's time to start thinking toward your fall and holiday decor. Before you do though, it's important to start with a clean slate. John Elliott Interiors thinks cleaning and refreshing your home is a great way to do this, and we have the tips to help you get started. Keep reading to learn more! 

Develop a Great Cleaning Routine

Perform your regular home maintenance cleaning as usual - dusting, vacuuming, sweeping and mopping – but go slightly further with each task. While vacuuming, run the hose attachment where your baseboards and the carpet meet, clean beneath your couch cushions, and move the furniture out of the way to remove hidden dust and debris. As you dust, pay special attention to windowsills, corners with cobwebs, and ceiling fans (but turn them off first!). Before you sweep and mop, use a microfiber cloth and warm soapy water to wipe down your baseboards. You will be surprised what a visual difference this can make! 

Clean the Soft Surfaces

It can be difficult to keep the soft surfaces in our home clean – couch cushions, curtains, rugs, etc. Check the tags first before cleaning anything in the washing machine. If it’s safe to do so, you can use the “sanitize” setting on your machine to destroy as much bacteria as possible. Removing the dust and bacteria that had been lingering on those surfaces can help improve the air quality in your home.

For items that can’t be cleaned in the washing machine, look for an antibacterial spray that is safe to use on the cloth surfaces in your home. Apply it to your soft furnishings and decorative pillows to help kill bacteria and remove stale odors. 

Bring Fresh Air into the Home

Crisp fall air can do wonders for your home. Your windows were likely shut all summer, keeping the air conditioning in and the sweltering heat out. If your home stays “sealed” for a long amount of time, however, it can start to feel stuffy. Start your cleaning endeavor by turning off your HVAC system, opening all your windows, and turning on the fans in your home. This will help circulate fresh air throughout your house, chasing out any stagnant air or unpleasant smells clinging to rooms with limited airflow. 

Interior Design at the Lake

Summer is a fun and busy season at the Lake of the Ozarks! Fall is equally as great though, with comfortable, cool temperatures, fall-themed drinks and foods, and brightly colored trees. Follow these tips to help get the house clean, fresh, and ready for your beautiful fall home decor. To complete your design with a professional and polished touch, visit John Elliott Interiors. We have gorgeous art and home decor to help make your home design vision the best it can be!

Let us help you create an interior for your life.

2265 Bagnell Dam Blvd.
Lake Ozark, MO 65049


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