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Got an Old Cabin? 4 Things to Watch out for When Deep Cleaning

For many people, buying an old cabin is a great way to create opportunities for relaxation and recreation. Not only are older structures often cheaper than newer builds, but they’re often rustic in an aesthetically pleasing way. If you’ve recently purchased an old cabin, then you’re intimately aware of such a building’s inherent charms. When you first acquire an older structure, the first thing you need to do is give it a comprehensive cleaning. This process will make the cabin much more comfortable to live in. What’s more, it will allow you to ensure that the structure is completely safe. Here’s what to watch out for as you carry out the cleaning process.

Animal Droppings

If you’re going to be spending serious time in your cabin, then you’ll want it to be as hygienic as possible. When buildings lack a human occupant, other creatures are usually quick to move in. After all, mice, rats, and lizards need shelter just as much as we do. Unfortunately, their biological processes can create quite a mess. Make sure you check for droppings on every surface in your cabin. Sweep the mess away, then give the surfaces a wipe with an antibacterial solution.

Termites and Other Pests

In addition to reptiles and rodents, your cabin is also likely to house pests of a smaller variety. Termites are especially problematic because they’re so destructive, but you’d probably rather do without insects altogether. If you find infestations that are too big to take care of yourself, call in an exterminator who can do the job right.

Mold, Mildew, and Water Damage

While fire is the most destructive element in the short term, water can do just as much damage over time. Give your cabin a thorough once over to make sure the humidity hasn’t done it any harm. Look for mold or mildew on furniture, and clean anything that’s been seriously tainted.

Asbestos

For years, this harmful substance was used in construction. Now, we’ve come to realize just how dangerous asbestos can be. Which is why there are asbestos removal services for those that need it. As a known carcinogen, asbestos is certainly not something you want in your cabin. Before settling down in an old building, you should have it checked by professionals.

Living in an old cabin can be a lot of fun, but only if you make sure the space is clean and safe. Keep these tips in mind as you give your cabin its first deep clean.

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