Spring Cleaning Hotspots For a Healthier Home
Spring is upon us! As you prepare for your annual spring cleaning rituals to rejuvenate your home, keep our top tips in mind for the best results possible! It’s important to clean as much of your home as possible, but there are certain areas that need more attention than others. Hotspots are places in your home that attract the most amount of germs, allergens, and dirt throughout the year. If cleaned properly, this will improve the health of your home and your family! Did you know Americans spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors? Spring cleaning has become a critical part of creating a safe and healthy living space.
Dust mites – the most common cause of asthma and allergies – thrive in warm, dark areas of the home. This includes carpets, rugs, and upholstery. They can also be found in mattresses and curtains. A thorough house cleaning that focuses on these areas will lessen the likelihood of allergic reactions. To eliminate undesired allergens and germs that have been lurking in your home throughout the winter, Chem-Dry has made a commitment to educate families and service them with the best solutions and techniques available in the carpet and upholstery cleaning industry.
Chem-Dry experts recommend the following to manage hotspots and minimize germs and allergens.
- Tile. Porous grout, tile, and stone can often act as a magnet for dirt, dust, and even particles such as mold spores. When these undesirable particles gather on stone and tile, they quickly become a breeding ground for diseases and tile discoloration. In order to clean tile, the best products to use are neutral pH tile cleaners. This will protect any previously applied sealers.
- Furniture Upholstery. Sofas, love, seats, recliners, and dining room chairs are a cozy haven for dust mites. Vacuum furniture that is covered in fabric and wash removable covers in hot water. Make sure to let them air dry. All of this will reduce dust build-up.
- Carpets, Rugs, and Mats. Your houses carpet, rugs, and mats collect dust and can create a feeding ground for tiny dust mites. These household items pick up everything from pet urine to fingernails and can hold approximately 200,000 bacteria per square inch! It’s vital to deep clean these areas to get all the bacteria and germs that hide there.
- Curtains and Blinds. This is one that is often forgotten but just as important! Curtains and blinds are great dust and dirt collectors. Remove this buildup by vacuuming curtains consistently! Shut blinds and use a microfiber cloth to dust them. Then, close them in the opposite direction and do a quick wipe-down with a non-toxic window cleaner.
- Mattress. The average bed can hold up to 10,000 dust mites! This can cause hay fever, asthma, and allergies. Mattresses can be a dust mites paradise. People can sweat up to a half pint of moisture every night! We also shed up to nine pounds of skin each year while we sleep! For those of you who are bad at math, that’s A LOT. Remember to vacuum your mattress thoroughly and turn it over. They should be vacuumed at least monthly and turned over every six months.
- On Top of Furniture. The surface of your furniture can be easily overlooked. It collects dust just as easily as anything else. When you clean surfaces such as tabletops and shelves, use a dryer sheet in place of a dust cloth. It will pick up dust mites and eliminate static! Consequently, it’s harder for particles to stick to the surface. Save extra time by dusting before you vacuum.
- Behind Stove and Refrigerator. These areas are notorious for collecting crumbs, grease, and other unwanted particles. They provide an excellent food source for insects and other pests. Do your best to move your appliance out from the wall and unplug it. Use a slightly wet sponge and mop the back of the appliance. This will lift dust from the surface. To finish, wipe the floor and walls with hot soapy water to thoroughly clean the area.
Through consistent cleanings during the year, spring cleaning won’t be the daunting task it usually is. Increase the health of your home by having your upholstery and carpet professionally cleaned 2 – 3 times every year. Bathrooms, kitchens, walls, and tile surfaces are best cleaned at least once per year.