Home Maintenance Checklist
Every 3 Months
☐ Change out HVAC filters
☐ Clean kitchen sink disposal (this can be done with vinegar ice cubes)
☐ Clean range hood filters
☐ Test smoke/carbon monoxide detectors
Every 6 Months
☐ Vacuum your refrigerator coils behind your refrigerator.
☐ Test your water heater’s pressure relief valve
☐ Tighten any handles, knobs, racks, etc.
☐ Clean out gutters
☐ Flush hot water heater and remove sediment
☐ Check and clean dryer vent, other exhaust vents to exterior of home
☐ Get your air conditioning system ready for summer; consider servicing
☐ Remove showerheads and clean sediment build up
☐ Roof inspection/ Service Roof
Did you just buy a house? Check out our After Move-In Checklist!
GRANITE/QUARTZ COUNTERTOP CARE
Granite: Granite kitchen countertops that are not properly maintained will over time lose their shine, get scratched, and sometimes even cracked. If you want to maintain the beauty of your granite countertop, consider the following do’s and don’ts.
FYI- Ace Granite carries a cleaning product called Revitalizer that not only cleans but also seals!
Like anything worth keeping in this life, granite countertops require a little care and attention. But when you treat granite right, it’ll last and last.
Quartz: Homeowners install quartz countertops due to their wide range of colors and exciting look. For you to keep your countertops looking great, you need to take good care of them. Here are dos and don’ts that will keep your countertops in top shape:
Do not utilize abrasive cleaners or scrubbers on your countertop. Scrubbing powders and steel-pads can scratch and dull the surface area.
GROUT AND TILE CARE
With tile, the difference between dingy and dazzling often comes down to the grout in between. Grout is incredibly porous-like a giant sponge-which means it will absorb any grease, grime, oils or spills it comes into contact with, and while the culprit may vary from room to room (mildew in the bathroom, cooking splatters in the kitchen, mud stains on the foyer floor), you don’t need specialized systems to get grody grout-and surrounding tiles clean again. Here’s a fail-proof strategy to help your wall and floor tiles sparkling.
Clean the Tiles
For most types of tile, including porcelain and ceramic, warm water and dish soap will do the trick. Diluted vinegar is a common recommendation, but vinegar is very acidic. If the solution is too strong, you’ll weaken and damage the grout, and vinegar can etch stone tiles. Instead, spray the gentler solution of water and dish soap, then wipe with a damp microfiber or cloth.
Use Steam to Scrub Bathroom Tiles
In the bathroom, you’re probably dealing not only with surface dirt and debris, but also soap scum residue, which can be harder to remove. Make it easy on yourself by spritzing the tiled floors and shower walls with surface cleaner then cranking the hot water for five minutes until steam builds. Wait 20 minutes and the tiles will be noticeably easier to wipe clean with a cloth.
Scrub the Grout Lines
Time to turn your attention to the grout lines between those clean tiles. No matter what stains you’re facing, water and patience will be your two best tools. Start by spraying the grout with hot water and scrubbing with a stiff bristle brush or a grout brush, to lift any dirt or grime on the surface. If you have a steam cleaner on hand, that’s especially effective. Apply steam directly to the grout, then use your brush to scrub in a circular motion. Blot any moisture away with a rag, and once the grout dries it may look good as new.
Seal Your Success
Sealers fill the grout’s pores, preventing grime, grit and mold from infiltrating the porous material. How often you need to seal grout depends on how much traffic a tiled area is experiencing, but aim for at least annually. For most areas in the home, twice a year is a solid goal. Just be sure to wait at least 24 hours between deep-scrubbing and applying the sealer, to make sure the grout is completely dry.
Attack Stubborn Grout Stains
If your grout still looks dull, grab a cleaner that’s pH neutral. A Magic Eraser can also make quick work of stubborn stains but know that you might go through more than one to get a room full of tiles sparkling clean. After scrubbing, use a damp sponge or microfiber cloth to remove any remaining grout cleaner. Just make sure you’re using a clean cloth and fresh water, If the sponge is dirty or you’re using dingy mop water to rinse, the grout will soak it up and become discolored again in a snap. For super-stubborn stains, the Tile Council of America recommends alkaline cleaners (such as Mr. Clean or Spic and Span) over acidic options. For any non-neutral cleaner, try doing a quick test in a small, inconspicuous spot first. Wait a few minutes to make sure you don’t spot discoloration or damage before moving on to the rest of the grout lines.
Hot, humid bathrooms with limited circulation are the dream environment for mold spores. While bleach does effectively kill mold on non-porous surfaces like tiles and countertops, it’s not as effective on porous surfaces like caulk, drywall, wood and grout. Try Zep Tile Mold Stain and Mildew Stain Remover to send mold stains packing for good. Then make it a habit to open a window or run the bathroom fan during and after showers, to lower the room’s humidity.
In the bathroom, you’ll cut future grout-scouring time by half (or more!) if you keep a small squeegee or a clean microfiber cloth near the shower, to quickly wipe down the tiles after you turn off the water. You’ll hardly have to deep clean because there’s nothing building up on the tile’s surface. Tell your family or house guest to open a window or run the exhaust fan for 10 to 20 minutes during and after a shower as well, to quickly pull humidity and moisture from the room and help prohibit mold growth on the grout.