San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) August 21, 2012 - COIT, a leading supplier of specialty cleaning and disaster restoration services headquartered in San Francisco, notes that many parents wait for their children to go back to school before tackling home cleaning and maintenance tasks. Houses can take a beating in the summer, and the end of August is a good time to develop a checklist that will guide your home’s transition to fall and winter.
“Summer takes its toll on most homes,” Bob Kearn, President and CEO of COIT, said. “Children and pets track in dirt from the outdoors, clothes pile up that are stained or torn, sports equipment gets tossed haphazardly into the garage. As summer winds down, it’s a good idea for homeowners to focus their energy on pre-fall cleaning and reorganization.”
COIT offers the following tips to homeowners who want to clean up the summer mess and get their houses in shape for fall:
Organize and store summer sports equipment. Pool supplies should be cleaned and repaired, volleyball nets and badminton sets should be taken down when the weather cools, tennis balls should be collected into containers, and space should be made in the appropriate area (a garage or dry basement, for example) for the organized storage of these and other sports items. It’s always a good idea to store sports equipment in a specific area, by sport, so it will be easy to retrieve next spring.
Get your carpets and upholstery professionally cleaned. If your carpets have taken a beating from children, pets, and guests this summer, professional cleaning companies like COIT can remove ground-in mud and dirt, spots, stains, and allergens from carpeting and upholstery. Regular maintenance of carpets and furniture is an important aspect of safeguarding a clean and healthy home. COIT can even apply COITGard™, a coating that will help carpets resist future staining.
Make space in your child’s closets (and your own) by donating or disposing of old clothing. Cool weather clothes such as sweaters and jackets take up more space than thin summer clothes, so you’ll likely need to make room in the closets. Donate any summer clothes that will be too small next year to a local charity, and toss out (or use as rags) any clothes that are too stained or torn to be worn in the future.
Turn over your mattress and wash all bedding, including comforters and blankets, so everything is clean and ready for a cozy winter season.
Have your furnace and furnace filters inspected by a professional. It’s important to service your furnace regularly. Basic maintenance can save you money and time and improve home safety.
Schedule an Air Duct Cleaning if you are concerned about airborne contaminants and allergens, or if your HVAC system hasn’t been cleaned in the last two to three years. An HVAC system cleaned by a company like COIT will help you maintain your indoor air quality and will operate more efficiently, which saves money on utility bills.
Clean and repair gutters. Clean and repair your home’s gutters (or hire a professional gutter service) to eliminate leaks and be sure gutters can handle any fall or winter weather and that moisture will be directed away from your foundation.
Make minor sidewalk or driveway repairs before rain and other turbulent weather sets in.
Check windows and doors for proper sealing so your house will be warm and more energy efficient this winter. This is a good time to invest in those new windows you’ve been considering if your home needs a window upgrade.
Schedule a Professional Drapery Cleaning Service to remove dust and allergens that likely blew in through open windows during the summer. It’s easy to overlook the amount of dirt and contaminants that can collect in blinds and drapes.
If you have further questions about home maintenance and cleaning that will help prepare your home for fall, or if you would like general information about COIT’s cleaning and disaster restoration services, call (800) – FOR-COIT or visit http://www.COIT.com.
With more than 60 years of industry experience in the U.S., Canada and Thailand, COIT is a leading supplier of carpet, upholstery and drapery cleaning services. The company also provides tile & grout cleaning, air duct cleaning, 24-hour emergency restoration services, and Wood Floor Cleaning. COIT's impeccable reputation offers customers the peace of mind that comes from knowing every job will be done right the first time. For information about franchise opportunities, call Pat Saign at (800) 243-8797 X108.