Cottage owners often can’t wait to open the cottage in the spring, but there’s a lot to do. MOLLY MAID cleaning professionals provide this checklist:
THE DRIVE IN
- Be sure to bring – or stop and buy – cleaning supplies, including garbage bags.
- Bring water, food and snacks. Consider a quick and easy meal for the arrival night, such as sandwiches, etc.
- If you have a fireplace or wood stove, arrange for wood to be delivered.
- Have you had the land-line phone turned on if you have one? Call and arrange to if you haven’t.
- Make note of new potholes that need fixing in the cottage laneway.
- When you arrive, do a walk-around visual inspection. Look for any damage caused by weather or unscheduled guests, such as animals or people. Check the roof for missing/loose shingles or any newly sagging spots.
- Visually inspect the power lines leading to your cottage (if any), and report any damage.
- Remove shutters and boards that may be on windows and doors.
- Leave the dog and kids outside as you do a walk-around visual inspection indoors. Look for leaks or other damage as well as signs of mice (if you set traps last fall, deal with them). Open a few windows to air things out.
GET THINGS GOING
- Turn on the power.
- Check appliances. Make sure the fridge or stove are working, and clean as necessary.
- Have the plumber come and turn the water on – or do it yourself. You want the toilet and taps to be in good working condition.
TIME TO CLEAN
- Clean areas that really need it first (for example, where mice have been). Spray with a disinfectant. Wear gloves and a disposable mask, and sweep or vacuum the area. Finish by wiping with a disinfectant cleaner, then drying the surface with a damp cloth.
- Clean the entire cottage. Start by dusting everywhere with a damp cloth.
- Vacuum floors and rugs.
- Disinfect kitchen and bathroom surfaces.
- Check all drawers and cupboards in the kitchen, and clean as necessary. This includes dishes, cutlery, etc., stored in the cupboards.
- Wash windows and mirrors.
FOR SAFETY SAKE
- Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Change the batteries.
- Check the expiry date on the fire extinguisher – and replace if needed.
- Check the fireplace – if the chimney has to be cleaned, call and schedule it.
END OF THE DAY
- Make the beds.
- Check that towels, etc. are set out in the bathroom.
- Relax and enjoy the sunset.
- Remove any deadfall on your property.
- Clean the eaves trough of winter debris.
- Clean the barbecue.
- Wash outdoor furniture. If it’s warm enough to set up your outdoor furnishings, be sure to clean it first.