We got into the cleaning business because we’re dedicated to making your home a healthier place. We understand that there is a lot that goes into keeping a clean (and therefore healthy) home, so here are six of our best tips!
- Sanitize high touch points around the house. Take a minute to think about the spots you and your family touch the most throughout the day (these probably include door knobs, faucets, toilet handles, and light switches). Now imagine how many germs you spread to and from these touchpoints everyday! Spending a few minutes sanitizing those areas, particularly before and after guests come into the home, can go a long way toward minimizing the spread of germs. It’s also important to encourage your family to wash their hands regularly to prevent the spread of germs in the first place.
- Check and replace your heating and air conditioning filters. Furnaces are vital to keeping homes warm in the colder months, however, they are also good at distributing dirt, dust and other unhealthy particles around the house. Thus, it’s important to change the furnace air filter at regular intervals. When you replace the filter, write the date on the outside edge of the filter so you can know at a glance if your filter needs to be replaced soon or not.
- Regularly wipe down countertops. Dirt, dust, bacteria and allergen particles floating in the air often settle on the countertops. Is that where you want to prepare your food? Clean your countertop often to prevent the spread of germs. If you have a countertop with granite or tile, it’s best to use a mild cleaner and preferably one that can refresh the sealer. Sealers can degrade over time and it’s important to keep that sealer fresh to prevent bacteria from getting into the porous areas of the stone.
- Use door mats or area rugs in entry ways and high-traffic areas. Door mats and area rugs do a great job of trapping dirt and allergens before they even enter your home. Using door mats and area rugs is an effective and inexpensive way to prevent unwanted and unhealthy particles from being carried in on shoes. Just remember to clean them often as well.
- Keep carpets and rugs clean. To improve the life and appearance of your carpet, vacuum your carpets and rugs weekly with a bag vacuum, preferably one that has either a HEPA filter or a microfiltration system. However, it is important to note that while vacuuming does pick up dirt and dust on the surface, there can be a lot of bacteria and allergens trapped deep down within the fibers of the carpet – including pet dander and urine, particle pollution and everyday dirt and dust. While these toxins may not be visible to homeowners, they can still be the source of unpleasant health issues and allergy symptoms. The EPA recommends getting carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year, and in homes with pets and/or children, it recommends bringing in a cleaning service, such as Chem-Dry, two to three times per year. For homeowners with pets, it’s advisable to find a professional cleaning service that has an effective urine detection and removal process.
- Don’t forget about your upholstered furniture. Most people think about vacuuming and cleaning their carpets and rugs but they forget about cleaning their upholstery. However, think about how much time you spend every day on your couches and chairs. Similar to countertops and carpets, particles like dust, dirt and allergens settle on upholstered furniture. Vacuuming upholstered furniture is nearly as easy and is just as important as carpets, particularly in the high-traffic areas like family rooms.
We hope these tips help. They’re a great way to keep your home clean year round, however they can’t replace a deep clean. The next time need your carpets or upholstery deep cleaned, call Chem-Dry!