Here at Omega Chem-Dry, our top priority is to make your home a healthier space to live in. That is the reason we are sharing these 6 home cleaning tips!
1. Frequently wipe down countertops. Countertops are more than just where food is prepared. It’s also where dirt, dust, bacteria and allergen particles floating in the air often end up. If you own a countertop made of granite or tile, you should use a mild cleaner, preferably one that can refresh the sealer. Over time sealers can degrade and it’s important to keep that sealer fresh in order to prevent bacteria from finding its way into the porous areas of the stone.
2. Keep carpets and rugs clean. To increase the life of your carpet, as well as improve its appearance, it’s a good idea to vacuum your carpets and rugs at least once a week with a bag vacuum, ideally one that has either a HEPA filter or a microfiltration system. However, it is important to remember that while vacuuming does pick up dirt and dust on the surface, there is usually a lot of bacteria and allergens living deep down within the fibers of the carpet – as well as pet dander and urine, particle pollution and everyday dirt and dust. These toxins may not be visible to homeowners, but they can still be the source of unwanted health problems and allergy symptoms.
The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) recommends getting carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year. For homes with pets and/or children, they suggest bringing in a cleaning service, such as Chem-Dry, more frequently – two to three times per year. For homeowners with pets, it’s important to find a professional cleaning service that has an effective urine detection and removal process.
3. Remember the upholstered furniture too. Most people remember to vacuum and clean their carpets and rugs but they forget about cleaning their furniture, despite their couches and chairs being used every day. Similar to countertops and carpets, particles such as dust, dirt and allergens settle on upholstered furniture as well. Vacuuming upholstered furniture is almost as simple and is just as important as carpets, especially in the high-traffic areas like family rooms.
4. Sanitize high touch points around the house. Popular “hot spots” include (but are not limited to) door knobs, faucets, toilet handles and light switches. Spending a little time cleaning those areas, particularly before and after visitors come into the home, can go a long way toward decreasing the spread of germs. Vigilant and regular hand washing is another way to prevent the spreading of germs.
5. Place door mats or area rugs in entry ways and high-traffic areas. Rugs and door mats trap the dirt and allergens in one place so they don’t make it to other spots throughout your home. This is an affordable and easy way to have a cleaner home. Remember to clean these rugs and door mats regularly, as they will collect lots of dust (that’s their job).
6. Check and replace your heating and air conditioning filters. While furnaces are crucial to keeping homes warm in the winter, 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. If you have a hard time remembering when it’s time to change the filter, write the date that you’re performing the replacement on the edge of the new filter you’re installing so you easily know when it is time for a new one.