6 Home Cleaning Tips
Our goal is to make your home a healthier place with a blend of tried-and-true cleaning methods and innovative technology. We’ve found that there are simple chores, that if done, makes a home much healthier and clean. Here are six home cleaning tips from your friends at Chem-Dry of Lafayette:
Regularly wipe down countertops. This one is obvious. But sometimes it can be overlooked. Just because you can’t see crumbs and dust, doesn’t mean there isn’t dirt, bacteria, and allergen particles collecting there. The real benefit from this tip is that when your countertops are cleaned and organized, the rest of the house follows. It’s much harder to keep each room clean when you know your kitchen is a disaster. (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.)
Sanitize high touch points around the house. Here at Chem-Dry, we refer to touch points like doorknobs, toilet handles, faucets and light switches as “hot spots”. These hot spots hold A LOT of germs and dirt and are often forgotten about when cleaning a room. 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. (More preventive approaches to minimizing the spread of germs include being vigilant about washing your hands regularly throughout the day.)
Use doormats or area rugs in entryways and high-traffic areas. Doormats and area rugs do a great job of trapping dirt and allergens before they enter the heart of your home. Using doormats and area rugs is an effective and inexpensive way to prevent unwanted and unhealthy particles from getting deeper into your home or from remaining in the air where they can spread more easily to members of the family.
Keep carpets and rugs clean. Vacuuming carpets weekly will improve their appearance and keep them from matting down and feeling old. We recommend you use a vacuum with a HEPA filter or a microfiltration system. Unfortunately, weekly vacuuming isn’t the only thing you need to do. The EPA recommends having carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year. If you have pets or children, they recommend having the carpets cleaned two to three times a year. Check with Chem-Dry of Lafayette about how you can protect your carpets from pet urine odors and stains and nearly eliminate all bacteria and allergens in your carpets and rugs.
Don’t forget about your upholstered furniture. Most people know about the importance of vacuuming and cleaning their carpets but they forget about cleaning their upholstery. That’s a shame considering how much time is spent every day on couches and chairs. Upholstered furniture can act like giant dust and bacteria traps. That’s actually good for air quality but bad once they fill up with all that gunk. Vacuum them regularly and have them professionally cleaned!
Check and replace your heating and air conditioning filters. While furnaces are vital to keeping homes warm in the colder months, it’s important to change the furnace air filter at regular intervals to prevent dirt, dust and other unhealthy particles from being distributed around the house. To remind yourself when it’s time to change the filter, write the date that you’re performing the replacement on the outer edge of the new filter that you’re installing to make it easy to know when your next one is due. Also, check your air ducts and make sure you’re not getting covered in dust every time the fan turns on!
We hope these tips help. The next time you need your carpets or upholstery cleaned, call Chem-Dry!