How to Clean Out an Attic

We usually overlook cleaning out and organizing our attic until we have to go up there and dig something, such as holiday decorations, children’s toys, or an old bed set, out. Otherwise, the items in our attic tend to suffer neglect, and this handy and valuable storage space simply collects dust. Thus, this makes this all the more important to keep your attic clean and tidy at most times.

The Challenge of Cleaning an Attic

Like most homeowners in the US, you would agree that attic cleaning is perhaps one of your least favorite activities. You are not alone. Despite its discomfort, however, it is important that you perform this task correctly. This is mainly because dust, dander, and mold and mildew can all accumulate if you neglect your attic for extended periods of time. 

This is why you should keep this important space in mind, and give it a proper and thorough cleaning every once in a while. 

Here are some tips on how you can keep your attic clean and tidy.

How to Clean Your Attic

(How to Clean Out Attic – Easy Steps)

Remove your Belongings

Before you start cleaning your attic, take out all the boxes, furniture, toys, and any other items in the attic space. It is likely that there are many unmarked boxes and items in your attic that you haven’t opened in years. In case the items are too bulky or too hard to move from your attic, don’t worry. You can also stack them in one corner and then cover them while you thoroughly clean the rest of the room.

Set aside a full day in order to rid your attic of stuff you have not used in the last 12 to 24 months. You should thoroughly wash any fabrics that were in the attic to remove dust and other allergens. Depending on the fabric, you can either put them in your washing machine or hose them down in your yard.

Dust and Vacuum

First, make sure that you have a reliable air filtration dust mask and put it on. Now, use your vacuum cleaner to bring down the cobwebs in the attic and suck up dust.

You should also sweep and vacuum to remove all dead bugs, debris and dirt, that may have accumulated in the attic over time. You can use the hose attachments to vacuum every nook and cranny in your space properly. 

And note that if your attic is unfinished, do not make the mistake of poking holes in the insulation. And do not step between the rafters. This is because your foot may go right through the ceiling below. 

Remove any Damaged Insulation

If you have noticed that your attic insulation looks worn or it has sustained visible damage, it is better to call a professional and have it replaced. This is one of the most important, yet often overlooked ways to keep your attic clean and well-maintained.

TIP: You can call a professional attic cleaning company in your area that provides insulation removal and restoration services. With jobs like these, always hire an expert.

How to Keep Your Attic Clean & Tidy

Replace Things Orderly

Now it is time to replace your belongings. This is probably the simplest, most effective ways to keep your attic clean – keeping it organized.

As you go about replacing your newly organized items into the attic for storage, you should always be mindful of where you keep them. For example, place your regularly used items in easy-to-access areas.

If you keep your attic organized, you will make it simpler to sort, retrieve, and easy to clean.

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