It’s important to keep your Berks County home clean. Doing so keeps your family healthier and happier. It also keeps your guests more comfortable when they visit your home. It can be difficult to know where to start. There are so many things to tackle, it can seem overwhelming. The trick is to break the entire task into smaller tasks. This way you feel like you’re making progress more often and stay motivated. To help you accomplish this B&L Ott near Reading, PA is here to help with this checklist.


Throughout the winter, dust will collect and make the air feel stuffy. Be sure to get rid of as much dust as possible. Here are some areas, you should not forget to dust.

  • Tables
  • Shelves
  • China Cabinet
  • Top of Fridge
  • Top of TV
  • Picture Frames
  • Instruments
  • Window Sills
  • Electronics

If it is nice out, you may also want to consider opening the windows so that the air can circulate. Once you get everything dusted, you should begin to notice more lightness in the air.

Air Ducts

Yet another place where dust piles up that you can’t reach yourself is in your air ducts. When the piles of debris get too high, it will begin to affect the efficiency of your HVAC system. This can cost you more in utility bills and shorten the life span of your system. You should have your air ducts cleaned about every 10 years. If you have pets or if your family tracks a lot of dirt in the house, you should get them cleaned more often. On the other hand, if you have a high-efficiency filter, you may not have to get them cleaned quite as often. If it is time for you to have your air ducts cleaned, contact the professionals at B&L Ott in Berks County.


While you may vacuum or wipe off your floors on a weekly basis, every once in a while they require a deeper clean. If you have carpet floors you should shampoo them. Removable rugs can be taken outside and shaken to get all the dust and dirt out. If you have wooden floors, you should polish them. Try to clean the floors during a time where your family is not around. This way they won’t have to walk around and get your freshly cleaned floor dirty.


Your furniture should also get some extra attention. Be sure to vacuum under the cushions, inside the cracks, and under them. Any wooden furniture should be dusted and polished. The best way to make sure you don’t miss any pieces is to go room by room.

Windows, Walls, and Mirrors

It’s not just your floors that need to be cleaned. The sides of your rooms and house should be cleaned as well. Windows should be wiped off with a paper towel and window cleaner. Mirrors can be cleaned with window cleaner as well, but you should use a microfiber cloth to avoid streaks and scratches. You can wipe down your walls with a damp paper towel.


When you invite guests to your Berks County home, you want them to feel comfortable. A dirty bathroom can make them feel uncomfortable, so it is important to keep it clean. Be sure to clean the toilet, shower, and sink regularly. When spring rolls around, you should also tackle the showerhead, clear any mold or mildew, and seal the areas around your shower. The bathroom can be easily forgotten as you don’t spend much time there. However, it is important to keep it in tip-top shape.

Air Filter and HVAC System

Along with the air ducts, you should also change your air filter and have your system cleaned. Your average air filter should actually be changed every month. Having your outdoor unit and the rest of your system cleaned 1-2 times per year can help ensure that your system runs at maximum efficiency. Contact the professionals at B&L Ott to schedule bi-annual maintenance for your system.

Clear Clutter and Organize

Along with dust, you may also find that clutter begins to pile up in your home. You may collect favors from weddings, empty boxes, event giveaways, and more. They seem awesome when you get them, but after a while, they end up just laying around. You may also have lots of mail and papers lying around. Spring is a great time to tackle all your clutter and get your home organized. It is a good idea to tackle organizing by doing one room at a time.


There are plenty of chores to take care of outside as well. Here are some of the most important tasks to take care of.

  • Mow the Lawn
  • Pull the Weeds
  • Sweep, Wash, and Paint the Deck if Needed
  • Wash, and Touch-Up the Garage Doors
  • Clean the Grill
  • Clean and Repair the Gutters
  • Wash the Patio Furniture
  • Trim Trees and Bushes
  • Add Mulch
  • Wash the Cars

By taking care of your yard, you can make your home seem more inviting and cheerful.

Touch-Up Work

Finally, take some time to do some touch-ups or repairs that you have been putting off. When your Berks County home is working in proper order and looks great, you will be less stressed. If you need any help repairing your HVAC system, contact B&L Ott for help. You can do so here: You can also call us at 610-927-5133.