It's summer holidays time! Before you start to imagine lying on a beach or hiking in the mountains, it's important to remember pre-vacation house cleaning: you can avoid unpleasant surprises and, above all, you won't have any extra work when you get back home.
Don’t forget to remove detergents and chemical products from your cleaning habits. Steam cleaning is a valid alternative: the steam power of a steam cleaner eliminates bacteria, fungi and mold, sanitizing thoroughly all surfaces.
EMPTY THE REFRIGERATOR AND FREEZER
Defrost and clean the refrigerator and freezer - don't forget about shelves and gaskets! Then leave the doors open to avoid any mold forming and place a cloth under the feet to absorb any drips.
EAT EVERYTHING IN THE PANTRY
A few weeks before hand, start using up everything in the pantry and check expiration dates. At the same time, the cabinets are emptied so they can be cleaned.
WASH AND IRON DIRTY LAUNDRY
Better to deal with it now than to come home with tons of clothing to wash and to iron. This also helps avoid the formation of bacteria while you are gone.
THROW AWAY THE TRASH
This might seem obvious, but it's still a good idea to write down a reminder to take out the trash! And while you're there, give the bins a good cleaning.
COVER BEDS AND SOFAS
Change bed sheets and cover bed and sofa with dust covers to protect them from dust.
CLEAN THE BATHROOM AND COVER THE DRAINS
Clean the bathroom and use a solution of water, rock salt and baking soda in the drains. Afterwards cover the drains to prevent any unpleasant odors from entering the house.
UNPLUG ALL CABLES
Don't forget to unplug all your electronics, not just appliances but also smaller devices. This can help avoid disasters in the case of summer thunderstorms, but also can offer savings of up to 50 watts per year!
SHUT OFF WATER AND GAS
For safety reasons it's better to shut off water and gas, especially if you will be away for a long time. If possible, shut off the electricity as well.
You can use communicating vessels: place a bottle near the vases, raising it by at least 10 inches. Insert a wick, that has been wetted first, that connects the bottle to the soil. The principle of communicating vessels means that the water will go from the bottle to the soil.
The last general cleaning before you leave: dust, vacuum, and clean the floors. Remember to ask a trusted person to collect the mail.
Once you're done, pack your bags, lock everything, turn on the alarm, and you are ready for your well-deserved vacation.