It’s spring cleaning time! Combine that with talk of CoronaVirus and other sickness going around, it makes it even more important to clean the “hotspots” in your home. The home is a collector of bacteria, germs, and allergens. By cleaning off these home hotspots regularly, you can help protect your family from illness and alleviate spring allergies. Did you know Americans spend around 90% of their time indoors? Let that fuel your spring cleaning to create an essential safe and healthy living space.
The experts at Temecula Valley Chem-Dry recommend the following techniques for overlooked germ hotspots to help minimize germs and reduce allergens this spring.
#1 Clean Your Mattress!
It is recommended to vacuum your mattress once a month and turn it over every six months to reduce dust mites. The average bed can cause asthma, allergies, and hay fever when collecting up to 10,000 dust mites. Your mattress is the ideal place for dust mites with sweat and shedding of skin happening while you sleep each night. Seriously, clean your mattress.
#2 Clean Your Blinds and Curtains!
One of the easiest spots in your home for dust and dirt to collect is in around your windows–namely the blinds and curtains. Microfiber cleaning cloths work well for removing the dust from blinds. Make sure you clean both sides of the blinds with a non-toxic window cleaner. Check the tags on your curtains–you may be able to throw them in the washing machine. If not, it may be a great time to take them outside, shake them out, and let them air out in the sun.
#3 Clean Your Rugs, Mats, and Carpets!
Okay, don’t freak out, but your carpets can hold approximately 200,000 bacteria per square inch. They collect toenails, pet urine, and all the dust mites in between. When you clean your carpets, don’t forget to deep clean under rugs and mats. Your carpets should be vacuumed twice a week, but bacteria and germs are not killed by vacuuming alone. Have a professional carpet cleaner come 3x a year to keep your home healthy.
#4 Clean Your Upholstered Furniture!
Your upholstery acts like air filters, collecting the dust mites in your love seats, sofas, and recliners. Eliminate the build up by vacuuming thoroughly your furniture, and wash any removable upholstery covers in hot water. Professional upholstery cleaning is recommended a few times a year to keep the air in your home healthy and fresh.
#5 Clean Behind The Stove and Refrigerator!
As you probably know, but don’t want to think about, behind your stove and refrigerator is dust, crumbs, grease, and old food. It is inevitable, you need to move your appliances, unplug them, and deep clean behind them. Mop the back of your stove and refrigerator with a long-handles damp sponge to collect dust, and wipe the floors and walls with hot soapy water. Seriously, do it. Your home will be so much healthier, and unwanted bugs and pests will be deterred from entering your home.
#6 Clean On Top of Furniture!
It is very common for people to forget about dusting the tops of shelves and dressers. A great spring cleaning tip is to use dryer sheets instead of dust rags. The sheets will help eliminate static on the surfaces of your furniture and make it harder for dust to collect. Always, always, dust first and then vacuum to make sure you pick up the dust that falls to the floor.
Spring cleaning can feel overwhelming but having a plan and a schedule can help you make your home a healthier environment. By cleaning these hotspots through the year you can help protect your family from illness and keep them healthy! The EPA recommends homes have carpets and upholstery cleaned professionally 2-3 times a year. Chem-Dry adds that close to 70 percent of its customers schedule a spring cleaning service with one of its 2,000 U.S. locations, partly to increase home health but also for the physical and emotional benefits.
Find out how Temecula Valley Chem-Dry works to make your home a healthier place today!