Life can get busy, and it’s easy to put regular home cleaning on the back burner. Luckily, Delta Chem-Dry is here to help! We know how important having a clean home is to the physical and mental health of you and your family. That’s why we compiled this list of our best general cleaning tips.
Regularly Wipe Down Countertops
Countertops are not only where food is prepared, but it’s also where dust, dirt, and grime collect. 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 contaminants from getting into the porous areas of the stone.
Keep Carpets and Area Rugs Clean
To improve the life and appearance of your carpet, vacuum your carpets and rugs weekly with a bagged vacuum, preferably one that has either a HEPA filter or a microfiltration system. However, it is important to note that while vacuuming does pick up dirt and dust on the surface, there can be a lot of dust and allergens trapped deep down within the fibers of the carpet – including pet dander and urine, particle pollution, and everyday dirt. While these toxins may not be visible to homeowners, they can still be the source of unpleasant health issues and allergy symptoms.
The EPA recommends getting carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year, and in homes with pets and/or children, it recommends bringing in a cleaning service, such as Delta Chem-Dry, two to three times per year. For homeowners with pets, it’s advisable to find a professional cleaning service that has an effective urine detection and removal process.
Don’t Neglect Your Upholstered Furniture.
Most people think about vacuuming and cleaning their carpets and rugs but they forget about cleaning their upholstery, despite spending significant time every day on their couches and chairs. Similar to countertops and carpets, particles settle on upholstered furniture as well. Vacuuming upholstered furniture is just as important as carpets, particularly in the high-traffic areas like family rooms.
Clean High Touchpoints Around The House
Popular “hot spots” include doorknobs, toilet handles, faucets, and light switches. Spending a few minutes cleaning those areas, particularly before and after guests come into the home, can go a long way to protect the health of your family.
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 into your home and will help keep your carpets clean.
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 throughout the house. Write the date on the new filter when you replace it to remind you when it’s time to change it.
We hope these tips help. The next time you need your carpets, tile, rugs, or upholstery cleaned, call Delta Chem-Dry!