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.

"I knew that I wanted a log home from the beginning. To be honest, though, my wife had to be convinced. Once she met our dealer, saw some Hiawatha Log Homes and talked to the homeowners, she became as excited as I was. We are so happy we chose Hiawatha Log Homes. We had a wonderful experience, and if we had to do it all over again, we would absolutely choose Hiawatha Log Homes."

- The Castinos -