Chances are you haven’t stepped foot in your attic in months or, if you have storage elsewhere in your house, maybe even years. Time goes by very quickly, and before you know it, your attic is full of dust, spiders, and who know what else.
As a homeowner, it should be a priority to clean your attic regularly, allowing you to check for different issues like mold, animal infestations, or poor insulation. Keeping your attic as dust free as possible is also a great way to keep allergens out of your air ducts and vents, which makes for a happier, healthier household!
However, cleaning your attic yourself can be overwhelming. Let’s take a look at seven simple steps to help you become an expert DIY attic cleaner!
Your attic is going to be messy. It’s going to be dusty and dirty, and it’s best to prepare for the worst. When you’re getting ready to dive into the cleaning of your attic, be sure that you are properly protected. Gloves are a must. There may be nails, splintered wood, or even insulation that you will come in contact with.
When you are in the attic, a mask should be worn at all times. This will keep you from breathing in everything that you’re going to kick up from your cleaning adventure. Finally, make sure that you walk around your attic safely. Step on the joists in your attic, and never between them! Stepping between then could land you on the floor below your attic – which is not something you want!
Get ready for some heavy lifting, and move all of the boxes, furniture, and anything else that found its way into the attic out of the space. You’re going to need to move around freely! If furniture is too heavy to take out of the attic, that’s fine, just stack them all in one corner. Cover them completely while you dust the rest of the attic.
If you’re dealing with fabrics or anything that can keep allergens or dust particles, make sure not to put them back in the attic until you’ve thoroughly washed and dried them.
Now comes the fun part. By this time, you’ll have noticed that dust makes it way into your attic quickly and builds up easily. When you’re ready to start dusting your surfaces, use a duster that collects and traps the dust within its bristles, typically something electrostatically charged. This is imperative to the process. Without this, you’re basically just moving around the dust, not getting rid of it.
You want to be 100% thorough in your attic dust removal. Reach into every crevice, baseboard, window, frame, beams… everything needs a good dusting, regardless if it looks like It does or not! This is the basic of attic cleaning, or else your efforts will go to waste.
Regardless if you have the best electrostatically charged duster on the market today, dust will settle onto your attic floor. If you have a large attic, or if it hasn’t been cleaned in a while, a vacuum may be your best option. Professionals recommend using a vacuum that has a HEPA bag or canister – they tend to trap all of the dust particles better than other types of vacuum.
Sweeping is also an option, but can be daunting if you’re trying to cover a large area. A brook may also just push around the dust instead of getting it out of your attic, so a vacuum is recommended.
Just like you did as you were dusting, don’t forget to reach the tall places, hidden areas, etc.!
Your attic is empty and dust free! Fantastic. Now it’s time to check for insulation issues. Some homeowners are intimidated by this step, but don’t worry – checking for correct insulation levels is actually very easy. Just make sure that your insulation is level with the joists of your attic floor. If they are lower, add more insulation! If not, you don’t need to do anything else. It’s perfectly fine if the insulation is over the top of the joists. Don’t forget to check corners and eaves – insulation doesn’t always end up where it should in those areas!
This is one main reason attics should be cleaned regularly. Mold can appear where you least expect it, and can cause serious damage to your home! Typically, mold attic is black or gray, which means it can be somewhat difficult to see. Use a headlamp or a flashlight to thoroughly check each board and beam – don’t forget the corners!
Mold that is brown, green, orange, etc. should be examined by a professional attic cleaning service as soon as possible. For more information on professional attic cleaning, visit A&J Restoration.
Now that your attic is fully cleaned and inspected for any issues, it’s time to return the items to their proper places. Dust and clean any items that can be cleaned, and take this opportunity to organize each item before you put it back.
Now that you’ve completed a full cleaning of your attic, it is worth adding it to your chore list! Just like cleaning your gutters, attic cleaning is not something we think of often, but needs to be done for all of the reasons we mentioned above.
If you feel that your attic could benefit from a professional attic cleaner, A&J Restoration is available to help. We offer 24/7 emergency services, and scheduled appointments for the smaller, routine jobs. Visit us online for more information.