Getting Your Home Ready for Summer Entertaining
It’s been a pretty long winter and after all the chaos of 2020, most of us can agree—we’re ready for blue skies, sunny weather, and summer fun! Since social activities are getting somewhat back to normal, you’re probably already filling your calendar with plans for pool parties, game nights, and evening cookouts. Before you start sending out invitations though, there are probably areas of your house that have been neglected during winter quarantine and might need some attention. Here are 6 ways to get your home ready for summer entertaining!
Clean your ceiling fans & rotate the blade direction.
No matter how often you clean a room, ceiling fan blades seem to act as a magnet for dust. With the weather heating up, you’re going to be running the fans a lot more and the last thing you want to be breathing in is a pile of dust and debris. The easiest way to clean a ceiling fan is to take an old pillowcase and slide it around each blade, wiping the blade as you go so the dust falls into the pillowcase rather than all over your furniture. Once the blades are clean, don’t forget to flip the switch so that your fan is rotating in the direction that will push air down towards you rather than up away from you.
Change the air filters in your home.
Much like your ceiling fan, air filters collect dust and debris. These particles, along with odors, can get trapped and circulate in your home if your filters are not regularly replaced. Depending on the quality of filters you buy, most need to be replaced on a monthly or quarterly basis. However, when the weather warms up, you spend a lot more time outside and this can mean bringing pollen and dirt in on your clothing. Plus, a summer breeze can simply bring these particles in through an open window and doorway. New filters are inexpensive so changing them out before having a gathering is a great way to maintain your HVAC system while ensuring the air in your home is top quality.
Wipe down your lawn furniture.
Even if you put it away safely before winter, your outdoor furniture has probably collected a host of pollen, spider webs, and other debris from being outside. To make your entertainment area look nice and to prevent any guests from walking away from dirty clothes after sitting on your chairs, you should clean and wipe down all your lawn furniture. Although the products you can use will vary depending on the material your furniture is made from, mild cleaning products like a solution of water and dish soap used with a sponge or rag will usually do the trick. If your furniture can be drenched in water, you can even spray it down with the water hose to ensure a thorough clean.
Replace your smoke detector batteries.
This is another quick, easy, and inexpensive fix to make sure your home is being maintained properly while simultaneously ensuring the safety for your family and your guests. Even if you don’t plan on doing a lot of cooking inside, it’s always better to be safe than sorry!
Inspect and clean your grill.
Even if you cleaned your grill before you put it away for the winter, you will want to give it a thorough cleaning before you turn it on to whip up some delicious burgers for your guests! Grills can be cleaned with a cloth, warm water, and soap. Although there are products specifically designed to clean grills, some can leave behind a film so if possible, avoid using these on areas that your food will touch. Aside from cleaning your grill, you should also inspect it for safety and stock up on grill supplies! Learn more from our article about getting your grill ready for summer cookouts.
Check porches and patios for wasp nests.
If there is one sure way to turn a fun summer gathering into a negative experience, it’s to have one of your guests get stung by a wasp, hornet or yellow jacket. If you are planning on having a gathering outside, especially with children, be sure to inspect beneath decks and porches, rain gutters, rafters, and other places a nest might be hidden. If you do locate a nest, call a professional pest control specialist who can safely remove it for you. If you’d rather handle it yourself, stop by your local hardware store to get a recommendation on the best product to use locally and don’t forget to wear your protective gear!
Now you're ready to send out those invites and start planning for an incredible summer!