10 Winter Cleaning Tips for the Cold Season

As the winter winds howl and the days shorten, your home becomes a sanctuary of warmth and comfort. But, with more time spent indoors, it’s crucial to keep your living spaces clean, cozy, and winter-ready. This is where our essential winter cleaning tips come into play, ensuring your home remains a sparkling retreat amid the seasonal slumber.

From the frost-kissed windows (even if it’s just from your holiday decor) to the snug corners of your living room, we’ll guide you through the best practices to not only deep clean the interior but also to brave the cold for some exterior sprucing. Embrace the chill with a strategy that keeps your abode inviting and immaculate, making winter’s stay indoors as delightful as the first snowfall.

Tip #1: Clean your Radiators

Not everyone has radiators, but many of our Cleveland-area clients do; if that’s you, keep reading the rest of our winter cleaning tips below. But if you do, this tip is for you. 

In some areas, winter can be brutally cold, and the last thing you want is for your heating system to be inefficient. Dust and debris can accumulate on radiators, hindering their performance. Give them some TLC by gently cleaning them with a microfiber cloth. This simple task will help keep your home warm and toasty. 

Tip #2: Check your Fireplace & Chimney

If you have a fireplace, winter is its time to shine. But before you light that first fire, ensure your fireplace and chimney are clean and safe. Remove any ash, debris, or creosote buildup that may have been left from last year – some people forget about their fireplaces as soon as the warm days start, so it’s important to clean out your fireplace and chimney as a first step in using this part of your home safely this coming season.

Tip #3: Deep Clean Carpets & Rugs

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Winter often means muddy boots and wet paws traipsing through your home. Deep clean your carpets and rugs to eliminate dirt and odors. Consider renting a carpet cleaner or hiring professionals to ensure a thorough and effective cleaning.

Tip #4: Clean Blankets & Pillows

Nothing beats snuggling up with a warm blanket and plush pillows while sipping hot cocoa and binge-watching your favorite shows during the chilly winter months. Give them some attention by laundering or dry cleaning them to make sure they’re fresh when the winter comes.

Tip #5: Take Care of Your HVAC

Your HVAC system is the hero of winter. Change the filters, check for any issues, and, for this one, consider scheduling a professional inspection. A well-maintained heating system will not only keep you warm but also save on energy costs!

Tip #6: Clean Out Gutters

Cleaning out gutters is one of the best winter cleaning tips we can give – and one of the  most neglected. With the arrival of winter, leaves and debris can clog up your gutters, causing potential damage to your home. Clear them out to ensure proper drainage and prevent water from seeping into your home’s structure.

Tip #7: Wipe the Windows 

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The cold weather outside combined with the warmth inside your house often brings condensation and moisture to your windows. Give them a good wipe-down to allow as much natural light in as possible. You don’t want to reduce the already-scarce light in the dark winter days!

Tip #8: Deep Clean Your Fridge

The good thing about a change of season is that you can use the opportunity to include tasks that can be tackled every few months. That’s why deep cleaning your fridge is part of our winter cleaning tips list. Winter is the season for hearty stews, casseroles, and holiday leftovers.

Before your fridge fills up, deep clean it. Toss expired items, wipe down shelves, and vacuum the coils to keep your fridge running efficiently.

Tip #9: Clean Your Couch

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Your couch is the centerpiece of your living room, and it sees a lot of use during the winter.  We can already see you huddled up in your warm, snug couch. So, vacuum it, spot clean any stains, and consider using a fabric freshener to keep it smelling good.

Tip #10: Declutter Your Closet

Finally, our list of winter cleaning tips wouldn’t be complete without a closet decluttering session. Donate or store away clothes you won’t wear during the cold months. This not only frees up space (we all know but also makes it easier to access your winter essentials.

If you’d like to chat with Summit Maids about scheduling an appointment to help you tackle some of these issues, feel free to click the chat bubble in the lower corner of this screen, give us a call at 216-877-8835, or book online in less than 60 seconds by clicking the button below.


  • Jacob W. Bailey

    Jacob is the Cleveland-based founder and CEO of Summit Maids, a local cleaning company with a mission to make a mark on its community by providing good jobs to more than 1,000 people.

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