We want to make your home a healthier place. In order to help you do your part, we came up with the following home cleaning tips:
Wipe down countertops regularly. If you have a countertop with granite or tile, the best approach is to use a mild cleaner, preferably one that can refresh the sealer. Sealers can degrade over time. It’s important to refresh that sealer to prevent leaves your home cleaner from seeping into the porous areas of the stone.
Clean those rugs and carpets. To improve the life and look of your carpets and rugs, vacuum them on a weekly basis with a bag vacuum. Ideally, you should use a vacuum that is equipped with either a HEPA filter or a micro-filtration system. It’s important to note, however, that while vacuuming does pick up dirt and dust on the surface, there can still be a lot of dirt and dust embedded in the rug and carpet fibers. The EPA recommends getting carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year. In homes with pets and/or children, it recommends bringing in a cleaning service, such as M.S. Chem-Dry in Omaha, two to three times per year. For homeowners with pets, it’s best to find a professional cleaning service that has an effective urine detection and removal process.
Don’t neglect your upholstered furniture. Furniture is often the most overlooked setting when it comes to home cleaning. Most people think about vacuuming and cleaning their carpets and rugs, but they seldom consider cleaning their upholstery, despite spending significant time every day on their couches and chairs. Vacuuming upholstered furniture is nearly as easy and is just as important as carpets, especially in high-traffic areas such as family rooms.
Use doormats or area rugs in entryways and high-traffic areas. Using doormats and area rugs is an easy, effective and inexpensive way to prevent dirt from getting into your home.
Check and replace your heating and air conditioning filters. Furnaces are vital to keeping homes warm when it’s cold out. It’s important to change the furnace air filter at regular intervals. This will 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. This will make changing your filter a breeze – all you have to do is peek in and see when you’re due for a swap-out!