After a relaxing summer, we tend to be more rested and eager to start preparing for the colder months ahead. With Christmas only a few months away, many of us like to get a good head start on our household chores before the festivities begin.

The professional residential cleaning experts at MOLLY MAID outline the following reasons as to why fall is the perfect time for a deep clean.

Cobwebbing: Fall is often the season when spiders begin making themselves comfortable in the nooks, crannies and corners of your home. To keep your house cobweb free, be sure to use an extendable long-armed duster or the appropriate vacuum attachment to remove unwanted cobwebs.

Leaves: Although the leaves turn beautiful shades of red and yellow in the fall, they can often be troublesome; making their way into your home on a windy day. To prevent these leaves from being trampled into your carpets and spread throughout your home, sweep them up immediately, before they make it past your front entrance.

Weather: Impose a ‘wipe your shoes’, ‘wipe your paws’ policy to limit the amount of mud and debris being brought into your home during the fall season. If you happen to get mud on your carpet, wait for it to dry before vacuuming it up. You can also try sprinkling a small amount of baking soda on the mud spot to help lift the stain to the surface. Let the baking soda stand for approximately 30 minutes before vacuuming it up.

Condensation: Condensation can often be a problem in the fall, especially on your windows and window frames. To help combat the effects of condensation, wipe your window sills and clean your windows inside and out. One of the biggest issues with window condensation is that it often leads to mould growth if not properly managed. If mould has already formed, mix 10 drops of essential tea tree oil with one cup of water. Apply a small amount of the mixture to the infected area and wipe with a microfibre cloth. Tea tree oil has anti-fungal properties, which can help with mould prevention; however, regular maintenance of the area is suggested.

Upholstery: After high volumes of traffic in and out of your house during the summer months, it is often a good idea to give your upholstery a thorough once over by vacuuming it gently; removing cushions and covers if necessary. This will ensure that your furniture is fresh and free of dirt and crumbs for the upcoming season.

Bedding: It is important to air-out your mattress on a regular basis. Vacuum your mattress and wash your duvet and pillows to prevent dust mites.

Declutter: It doesn’t take long for your home to be overrun with summer sports equipment, games, toys and gardening tools which kept the family entertained throughout the season. Take this time as an opportunity to sort through and organize the clutter. You’ll be amazed at how much space you have!