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Weekly Cleaning Schedule

Here is a checklist to help you get through your weekly cleaning schedule. Having a checklist will lead to faster household cleaning as you won’t have to backtrack or worry about what to do next. You can easily break this up, making Monday “bathroom day” and Wednesday “kitchen day” for example, to create a routine that works for you.

As always, it’s important to pick up before you begin your work so you aren’t cleaning around things. You can do this either by making one large sweep of the whole house, putting things where they belong, or moving room by room.Have a peek at this siteĀ this article.

First Things First:

-Gather supplies and put them in a tote or apron.

-Put on some comfy clothes.

-In Every Room (including hallways, staircases, and foyers):

-Toss laundry and place trashcans into the hallways so it can all be gathered at the end and put in the proper place.

-Dust everything starting at the ceilings, ending with the molding, and making sure to hit everything in between.

-Wipe down any surfaces you encounter that may need more than just a dust with all-purpose cleaner. This may include: Cabinets, Tables and Appliances (TV, stereo, computer, etc)

-Clean all mirrors and windows with glass cleaner.

-Sweep all hardwood or tile floors.

-Vacuum all carpeted floors, stairs, rugs, and upholstered furniture. Make sure you vacuum after the room has been dusted.

Just the Kitchen:

-Wipe down outside of refrigerator including air vent.

-Pick up counters, deal with any stains or crumbs. Spray and wipe.

-Wipe down all items and appliances on counters including inside and outside of microwave.

-Spray and scrub stove top including hood.

-Spray and wipe rim of sink and faucet.

-Use powdered cleanser to clean the bowl of the sink

-Spray and wipe outside of oven.

-Wet mop the floor after it’s been swept.

Just the Bathroom:

-Clean shower walls, inside of shower door, and showerhead/faucet. Scrub.

-Use powdered cleanser on the tub and then rinse the whole shebang.

-Clean outside of shower door with glass cleaner.

-Clean the toilet bowl and outside of the toilet.

-Clean the bowl of the sink with powdered cleanser.

-Spray and wipe the rest of the sink and counter space.

-Clean mirrors with glass cleaner.

-Wipe objects around the tub and sink before replacing them.

-Mop the floor.

Can Temperature Changes Hurt Your Roof?-Guide

Ice dams are one of the most common and damaging winter roof problems. If you live in a region where large amounts of snowfall is common, then you need to know how to prevent them from forming on your roof. Heavy snowfall, along with cold temperatures can ultimately result in a roof leak. The cold temperatures after a snowfall prevent the snow from melting and could cause leaks. Even if you have a strong and well maintained roof, snow that remains on a roof for an extended amount of time can lead to leaks. However, more common than roof leaks are roof ice dams.

What are Ice Dams?

An ice dam is a wall of ice, or a row of icicles, which form at the edge of the roof, right at the gutters and overhang. They are dangerous because they are sharp and heavy and could fall on and injure anyone near them. They form when the snow drips from a slanted roof and then freezes. The melted snow flows down the roof, under the snow, and then onto the eaves and into the gutters. Once the melted snow reaches the overhang and gutters, which are much colder, the water quickly turns into ice all along the overhang.

What Causes Ice Dams?

Ice dams are most often caused by poor attic insulation and poor attic and roof ventilation. Poor attic insulation results in a significant amount of heat leaving your home through the attic and roof. The heat makes the snow melt at a fast rate and causes them. The fast melting snow becomes trapped under the heavy snow which causes leaks.Check out this siteĀ how does a heatwave impact a roof.

How to Prevent Ice Dams

Before winter, make sure you have proper levels of roof insulation and enough vents installed. You should also check that the attic insulation is not blocking the roof ventilation. Proper levels of insulation are the best defense. Seal air leaks in your attic in order to prevent warm air leakage. Clean out your gutters before winter to remove any leaves or debris.

What to Do if You Have Ice Dams

Never attempt to go up on an icy or snowy roof. Do not attempt to remove them unless you have experience. You could seriously injure yourself if you are not skilled at removing them. Remove large amounts of snow with a roof rake or find a professional to remove the snow for you. The safest way to remove the snow is to pull the snow down the slope of the roof line. Do not pull snow across the roof as it could break off the shingles. Consider chipping away at some of the ice buildup in the gutters.