Prepare your property for winter

It wasn’t so long ago that we were all returning to work following the Christmas and New Year breaks, having lapped up the rays of a brilliant summer. That’s why it sounds unbelievable to be contemplating the return of winter next month.

House cleaning
  • 27 April, 2018
  • property, Winter, House

Our homes – regardless of their age – are susceptible to the changes in seasons. Many of us will be heading to our GP’s for the flu jab this month in readiness for winter, so why not think about what our homes need to prepare for the cold?


Mould can arise from a number of issues, and one of the most common is from blocked gutters causing leaks in ceilings. Have your roof gutters cleaned regularly and inspected for damage. If repairs are needed, don’t delay and make sure you keep an eye out for water stains after storms that may indicate a leak.

Check the kitchen ceiling

The kitchen is the activity hub of the house with moisture, fumes and smoke being generated from breakfast through to dinner time. Even though it may not be evident to the naked eye, there are a lot of fumes and residual material which ends up on the kitchen ceiling and walls. 

Make sure the kitchen is winter ready by mixing a small amount of mild dishwashing detergent or white vinegar in a bucket of warm water and gently scrubbing with a sponge, using only a minimum amount of water (not enough to drip). Of course, if you notice any discoloration or streaking occurs, stop this process.

Make ventilation your friend

It’s natural to try and keep the cold out during winter. But as temperatures drop, moisture can gather on walls, windows, window sills and floors. The bathroom is a regular gathering place for mould, especially if extractors don’t work optimally.

To increase circulation, open doors between rooms, move furniture away from walls, and open doors to closets that may be colder than the rooms they’re in.

Mop up the wet

Seepage into below ground floors after rain, overflow from pipes and even spillage onto carpets should be dried within 24 to 48 hours. If you’ve experienced a flood, remove water-damaged carpets, bedding, and furniture if they can’t be completely dried. Even everyday occurrences need attention: don’t leave wet items lying around the house, and make sure to dry the floor and walls after a shower.

LJ Hooker NZ

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