Summer checklist for the home
Easy things to do to keep appliances running smoothly and your home in good shape.
Here are some tips to help keep your home in shape for the warm weeks ahead.
• To remove hard-water scale or mildew on shower and faucet heads, soak them in vinegar. If the head isn't removable, fill a plastic bag with vinegar and position it over the faucet, taping the bag shut to let it soak.
• Do a quick hose check on major appliances. Start with the washing machine, then the fridge and dishwasher. Check hoses for signs of deterioration and replace as needed.
• Use vacuum attachments to clean all pillows, underneath cushions and even the sides and back of couches and chairs.
• Have your heating system serviced by a professional now. Once a year it's important to have a pro inspect for carbon-monoxide leaks or other dangerous problems that can be repaired easily if caught early.
• Flip, spin and vacuum your mattress. It will last longer and you'll sleep better, too.
• You need your attic vents to be working properly — allowing hot air to escape while fresh air filters back in. If want to avoid using an air conditioner, consider installing a whole-house fan.
• To get your deck in good shape, do a thorough cleaning with a pressure washer. Fix any loose nails and repair all split wood. Last, give it a fresh coat of stain and sealant.
• Most freezers need a good defrosting and cleaning out twice a year. Remove everything and store in a cooler. Throw away food older than six months. Defrost the freezer and use a gentle cleaning solution to wipe down the walls and door.
• Just as in winter, it's time to move your dryer away from the wall and vacuum behind it. Remove the tube that attaches to the machine and clear out the lint. Finally, use a shop vac to clean the outside vent.