Everyone’s heard of spring cleaning, but fall cleaning is just as important. Now is a great time to clean up your logs and get your house ready for winter.

A gentle hosing should clean off most of the dirt, grim and cobwebs. We don’t recommend using a power washer on your log home because you can overdo it and damage the wood. Clean up any tough spots or dark patches with a soft brush and 50/50 solution of bleach and hot water.

Take a close look at your stain as well. When you sprinkle water on a log it should simply bead up and run down. If the water gets absorbed into the wood, your stain is not doing its job and need to be re-stained. Typically, oil based stains last 5 to 7 years and water based stains last 3 to 5 years.

Although fall colors are beautiful, falling leaves can make a mess and clog your gutters. Raking is usually on everyone’s to-do list, but make sure to add clearing out the gutters to it as well. Consider using tongs to help remove the debris and don’t forget to bring a garbage bag. You don’t want to have to clean up the mess twice. Check your down spouts for clogs or cracks and make sure that they are diverting the water 3 to 4 feet from your house.

Before you take down the ladder, take a few minutes to examine your roof. Look for damaged, loose or missing shingles that might leak when the snow melts and have them repaired. Look closely at the flashing, vent stacks and chimneys too.

"When we decided to make our dream of a log home in Eagle River become reality, we knew that it was going to be none other than a Hiawatha log home. From start to finish we encountered a professional relationship couple with quality product. What a refreshing experience to have dealt with real people that go the extra mile and pay attention to every detail. Thanks Hiawatha for making our end result magical."

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