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Closing up your Florida home: laundry and bath

In our last blog post, we talked about how to prevent mildew and pests in our kitchen area. In this post, the third in a six-part series, we will discuss the laundry and bathroom areas.

  • Turn off the water supply to the washing machine to eliminate pressure damage to the hoses. If possible, clean the washer’s lint filter (check your manual for location and care).
  • Clean the dryer’s lint filter and unplug the dryer, if possible. Use a leaf blower to blow out the dryer’s vent exhaust tubing.
  • If you are planning on being away from your home for more than a month, consider turning off your water heater. For shorter absences, turn the water heater’s thermostat to its lowest setting.
  • Clean soap residue from sinks, showers and/or bath tubs.
  • Close toilet lids, and cover toilets with a plastic wrap or bag.
  • Put stoppers in drains.
  • All linens should be left clean and dry.
  • If you keep linens in the bathroom, keep linen door open for ventilation.

For more helpful tips, visit sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/sarasota or the EDIS publication website.

Next time, we will discuss bedrooms, lanais and other common areas of your home.

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