Room-by-Room February Home Maintenance Checklist
Many often associate home maintenance with spring cleaning. But February is as good a time as any to get a jump on maintenance items so come sunny spring days you can kick back and relax. Check these items all off your list or use a few to get inspired!
Check a couple of these items off your winter home safety maintenance checklist to improve conditions in your kitchen.
Deep Clean the Garbage Disposal
Nobody likes sink odors, so take a little time this month to clear the air in your kitchen. A clogged garbage disposal isn’t just gross—it can create expensive plumbing problems. Here’s how to clean your garbage disposal: Turn off the power, wipe the grinding chamber and drain, and deodorize with ice and vinegar. When finished, keep your garbage disposal clean for the rest of the year by grinding orange and lemon peels once a week.
Clean Out the Oven
Did you know that 8% of home cooking fires are caused by dirty ovens or ranges? Grime and food built up over the year can render your oven a grimy fire hazard if you don’t clean it regularly. The good news is cleaning the oven is as easy as following the instructions on your favorite brand of oven cleaner.
Check Your Fire Extinguisher
Kitchen fires are serious business. From 2012 to 2016, cooking was the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries and the second leading cause behind home fire deaths. You can keep an accident from becoming a tragedy by investing in a fire extinguisher and training your family on how to use it.
Bedrooms and Living Areas
Make your home feel a little cozier with these bedroom and living area improvements.
Clean Linens, Carpets, and Curtains
Dust, mites, and dander can all cause allergies long before spring pollen strikes. Deep clean your bed sheets, duvets, and comforters in each bedroom to keep the creepy crawlies away. The carpets and curtains in your living areas will also need some love after a year of use.
Upgrade Indoor Lights
Brighten things up with an upgrade to your living room and bedroom lights. You can control smart lights and anything plugged into a smart plug directly from your phone. These devices let you turn on the lights or start your morning coffee without getting out of bed.
Here are a few home safety maintenance tasks to make your throne room fit for a king.
Clean out your medicine cabinet
After years of medications piling up, it’s time to clean out your medicine cabinet. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends tossing unused or expired medications. Proper disposal depends on the type of medication you’re throwing away. There are some medications you can flush and others you can’t (a list can be found via the FDA). For those you aren’t sure about, many cities have take-back locations that will dispose of medications properly.
Recaulk the Tub and Toilet
Prevent leaks and water damage in your home by checking the sealing and caulking in your bathroom. If needed, it only takes a few minutes to patch up any problem areas. You can find caulk online or at your local hardware store.
Deep Clean to Prevent Mold
Bathrooms are a paradise for molds, mildew, and fungus. This month, clean out your vents, fix any water leaks, and scrub the walls and ceilings to prevent black mold and other household mildews.
It’s easy to take your hallways for granted when it comes to routine checks and maintenance. These quick tasks take only a few minutes and can keep your home safe all year.
Test Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Dead batteries caused 25% of smoke alarm failures from 2012 to 2016.4 Simple routine maintenance can keep your home much safer.
This February check all the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they’re functional. If it’s been over 10 years since you last replaced these units, consider replacing your existing detectors.
Change Your HVAC Filter
Air quality is important inside and outside your home. Breathe a little easier going into spring by changing your HVAC air filter in the hallways, ceilings, or wherever your vent is located. While vents can vary from home to home, the process takes about as long as changing a lightbulb.
While February can be chilly, for those in warmer climates, spring is just around the corner. Here are a few ways you can keep the outside of your home safer until the warm weather comes.
When able, clean out your gutters this February to prepare for the spring showers. Clogged gutters can cause expensive issues with your roof even if snow and ice aren’t part of the equation.
Want to give a boost to your home security? Smart locks are both secure and convenient making it easier for you to get in and out of your house without letting intruders in. They’re especially handy for anyone who tends to lose their keys or needs to let visitors in.