6 tips for a cleaner home and a healthier familyWe want to make your home a healthier place. In order to help you do your part, we came up with the following 6 home cleaning tips:

1. Wipe down countertops regularly. Not only are countertops where food is prepared, but they’re also where dirt, dust, bacteria and allergen particles floating around in the air often settle. 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 bacteria from seeping into the porous areas of the stone.

2. 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 bacteria and allergens trapped deep down within the carpet’s fibers – including pet dander and urine, particle pollution and everyday dirt and dust. While these toxins may not be visible to homeowners, they can still be the source of unpleasant health issues and allergy symptoms. When it comes to keeping your home clean, “out of sight and out of mind” doesn’t quite cut it.

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, 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.

3. 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. Similar to countertops and carpets, particles such as dust, dirt and allergens settle on upholstered furniture. Vacuuming upholstered furniture is nearly as easy and is just as important as carpets, especially in the high-traffic areas such as family rooms. It won’t take long, and vacuuming your upholstery can make a big difference in your homes’ cleanliness and your family’s health.

4. Sanitize high touch points around the house. Popular “hot spots” for germs and bacteria include toilet handles, faucets, light switches and door knobs. Spending just a few minutes sanitizing those areas (particularly before and after guests come into the home) can make a big impact in minimizing the spread of germs. Vigilance in washing your hands in regular intervals throughout the day is important as well.

5. Use door mats or area rugs in entry ways and high-traffic areas. Door mats and area rugs are awesome at trapping dirt and allergens before they invade your home. This is an easy, effective and inexpensive way to prevent unhealthy and undesirable particles from getting deeper into your home or from remaining in the air where they can spread with ease to members of your family. A simple door mat or area rug can make all of the difference in the amount of particles, allergens, dust, and dirt that you have to worry about.

6. 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!

We hope these tips help, and we hope that you, your home, and your family stay healthy and happy.

The next time you need your carpets or upholstery cleaned, give M.S. Chem-Dry a call!