As the weather is slowly starting to change and we can see spring around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about spring cleaning. You probably spring clean because you like the feeling of a clean home every year, or just because you’ve been told to. However, there is a more pressing reason to clean in the spring: your family’s health. Your home collects tons of germs, especially during the winter, when lots of sicknesses are going around. The spring is the perfect time to purge your home of these germs and also allergens that build up in the winter months.
If you’re really wanting to get rid of allergens and germs in your home, here are the places we recommend that you pay special attention to:
- Tile. We’re sure that you sweep your tile floors and wipe down your tile counters. However, occasionally your tile needs a deeper clean. That’s because your tile, especially the grout in between the tile, is quite porous. This leave a lot of potential for bacteria and mold to thrive. Not only will these discolor your tile and grout, they are also a health hazard for your family. In order to best clean the tile in your bathroom and kitchen, it’s best to use a neutral pH tile cleaner in order to protect any previously applied sealers. If you’re unsure about the best way to clean your tile or you don’t want to spend the time scrubbing your grout with a toothbrush, you can also call a tile cleaning professional.
- Behind Stove and Refrigerator. You probably never think about what’s behind your fridge or oven. However, think about all of the crumbs, grease, and mold that has built up over the years. These provide the perfect food source for insects and other pests that you definiltey don’t want in your home. You need to clean behind your appliances as soon as possible if you haven’t done it in a long time, or ever. If it’s possible, unplug the appliance and move it away from the wall. Sweep and mop as normal, and wipe down the back of the appliance and the wall.
- Upholstered Furniture. Your upholstered furniture is used everyday And yet it’s rarely deep cleaned. All of the shed skin, sweat, and dirt that builds up in furniture provides a cozy haven for dust mites, which are a cause of allergies and poor air quality. In order to reduce dust build-up in your upholstery, thoroughly vacuum fabric-covered furniture. If your furniture has removable covers, wash these in hot water and let them air dry. If you want an even more in-depth clean, call your local upholstery cleaners.
- Tops of Furniture. While you’re cleaning your furniture, be sure to think about furniture such as bookcases, dressers, and other taller pieces of furniture. The top of these pieces of furniture, especially if they’re above eye level, tend to be forgotten. This is a problem because these surfaces tend to accumulate a lot of dust. When cleaning surfaces such as table tops and shelves, use a dryer sheet as a dust cloth; not only will it pick up dust mites, but it will eliminate static and make it harder for particles to adhere to the surface. Always be sure to dust before you vacuum the floors since dust and debris will fall to the floor.
- Carpets, Rugs and Mats. You vacuum frequently, but your carpets tend to accumulate contaminants that can’t be easily removed. Your carpets pick up everything from pet urine to toenails and can hold approximately 200,000 bacteria per square inch. This is why it’s important to deep clean your carpets, rugs, and other flooring. Check the care label for your rugs, and throw them in the wash if possible. As for larger rugs and carpeting, they should be cleaned by a professional three times a year.
- Curtains and Blinds. Like other kinds of furniture and upholstery, window curtains and blinds collect dust and dirt easily. Remove the dust build-up on your blinds by shutting them and dusting with a microfiber cloth. Be sure to close them the other way and repeat the process. Check the care label on your curtains; many can just be put in the washer and drier to clean.
- Mattresses. We sleep in our mattresses everyday, and we clean our sheets, but we almost never think to clean our mattresses. This is a problem because the average bed holds up to 10,000 dust mites, which can cause hay fever, asthma, and allergies. If that’s not enough to convince you, consider that people sweat up to a half pint of moisture each night and shed up to nine pounds of skin each year while they sleep, which all collects in your mattress. To clean your bed, vacuum the mattress thoroughly and turn it over. Mattresses should be vacuumed at least once a month and turned over every six months to reduce dust mites and maintain cleanliness.
Spring cleaning can sometimes be a daunting task, but if you focus on these hot spots, you can get your home cleaner and healthier very quickly.