There’s no feeling quite like the pride and joy that comes from owning a thriving farm. That’s why many people purchase farms for sale in North Texas and try their hand at this lifestyle.
Of course, it does come with its own set of challenges—and one of them is keeping your property clean.
Here’s a handy guide we prepared to help you along:
Have a transition area
It’s no secret that farm or ranch work can be dirty work. You and your workers will constantly go in and out of the house, and so will the dust and dirt. To prevent this, create an anteroom or mudroom where people can remove their boots and tidy up before heading into the house. This area can have rugs, boot trays, hooks for coats and hats, lockers, bins, a bench, or a tiled wash area. It can also contain a washer and dryer. A transition area also makes cleaning efficient as most of the dirt will be centralized here instead of being spread around the house.
Don’t succumb to dust
Dust is probably the biggest annoyance farmhouse owners face. It seems like no matter what you do, dust infiltrates your house. Worse, it is one of the leading triggers for allergies and asthma attacks. Fortunately, you can take measures to reduce dust in your home. First, place mats on all entryways to catch dust and keep your floors clean. You can also install an air purifier or HEPA filter in your HVAC to improve indoor air quality in your home.
Maintain your carpets
Carpet and mats are often your first line of defense against dust and mud. This also means that they accumulate dirt quickly, so they must be cleaned regularly. Hence, vacuum carpets once every few days and wash mats as soon once they become too soiled. Note that carpets need to be deep cleaned at least once a year, not just to preserve their looks but also to make sure they don’t become a breeding ground for microbes. The good news is that you can simply hire a professional cleaner to get rid of the ingrained dirt in your rugs and carpets.
Spruce up your patio
If you’re like most farmhouse owners, you probably have a patio from which you can survey your farm. Since your patio is exposed to the elements, it requires regular cleaning. Make sure your outdoor furniture is regularly wiped down and that throw pillows are washed often. The floor also takes quite a beating, so power cleaning may be required to remove deep-seated dirt. Pay attention to the walls and windows and use a rag or squeegee mop to scrub away accumulated dirt.
Plant a cover crop
Barren land can make your farm look unkempt. Moreover, exposed soil can be dispersed by the wind as dust, which eventually makes its way into your house. Fortunately, you can solve this by planting cover crops on unused plots and there many great options to choose from. The most common one is grass as it requires little upkeep and can be used as feed for your farm animals. Another great option are legumes like alfalfa which you can eventually harvest for your personal use.
Don’t forget your barn
The barn can be more challenging to clean. The first thing you should do is to organize the contents of your barn according to type to make things easier to find. Shelves are extremely helpful as they keep things off the floor where they can be tripping hazards. If you’re short on wall space, you can also use beams and rafters to hang oft-used items.
Keep or let go
With all the work that needs to be done on the farm, it’s often easy to overlook how much stuff you’ve accumulated over the years. Like most farm owners, you probably have one shovel or rake too many – likely because you misplaced the old ones. That’s why it’s important to take inventory of your equipment and purge items you no longer need.
A farmhouse is no different from any other house – it requires constant cleaning and upkeep to maintain its value. But the joy of running a farm is well worth the extra cleaning it needs.
Looking to experience the farm lifestyle yourself? If you’re looking for luxury ranches, hunting ranches, horse ranches, and farmland in North Texas, let us help you find the perfect piece of property. Just give us a call at 254.433.2561 or email to jeffclarktexas(at)gmail(dotted)com.