The first official day of spring is March 19, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start the spring cleaning season. We want to help you remember the most important reason for performing these tasks – your family’s health. You would be amazed at the number of germs, allergens, and bacteria your home naturally collects during those long winter months. All of that grime can lead to illness and jeopardize the health of the home and family. Because the typical American spends approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, spring cleaning is essential to creating a safe and healthy living space. Let’s discuss the importance of a deep spring cleaning a little more in detail.
The Dangers of Dust Mites
You may not know that dust mites are the most common cause of asthma and allergies. They thrive in the warm and dark areas of the home including carpets, rugs, upholstered furniture, curtains, and mattresses. A deep and thorough house cleaning needs to include those areas to help reduce the allergic triggers caused by dust mites and reduce other health risks for the 50 million Americans who suffer from allergies. Of course, professional cleaning may be in order to really get rid of those pesky dust mites. Lucky for you Great American Chem-Dry offers professional carpet, upholstery, drapery, and mattress cleaning services at a great cost. Be sure to give us a call today at (858) 487-1077.
Recommended Cleaning Techniques for Overlooked Germ Hotspots
- Tile. Porous grout, tile, and stone can act like a magnet for dirt, dust and grimy particles such as mold spores. As undesirable particles gather on stone and tile surfaces, they become a breeding ground for disease-causing bacteria in addition to masking the original color of the tile. To clean tile in the bathroom and kitchen, it’s best to use a neutral pH tile cleaner in order to protect any previously applied sealers.
- Furniture Upholstery. Upholstered furniture including sofas, love seats, recliners, and dining room chairs can make a nice little home for dust mites. Kick them out and reduce dust build-up by vacuuming fabric-covered furniture and washing removable upholstery covers in hot water. Just be sure to let them air dry after.
- Carpets, Rugs, and Mats. Carpeting, rugs, and mats accumulate dust and can become a feeding ground for microscopic dust mites. Everything from pet urine to toenails and can hold approximately 200,000 bacteria per square inch and is easily trapped in these areas. Bacteria and germs hiding in carpet fibers are not killed by vacuuming alone and should be cleaned by a professional three times a year.
- Curtains and Blinds. Window curtains and blinds collect dust and dirt easily. Remove dust build-up by shutting blinds and dusting with a microfiber cloth. Next, close blinds in the opposite direction for a quick, thorough wipe-down using a non-toxic window cleaner and clean cloth.
- Mattress. The average bed holds up to 10,000 dust mites, which can cause hay fever, asthma, and allergies. Mattresses are a dust mite’s paradise as people sweat up to a half-pint of moisture each night and shed up to nine pounds of skin each year while they sleep. Vacuum the mattress thoroughly and turn it over. Mattresses should be vacuumed at least once a month and turned over every six months to reduce dust mites.
- On Top of Furniture. The tops and surfaces of furniture can be overlooked and easily collect dust. When cleaning surfaces such as tabletops and shelves, use a dryer sheet as a dust cloth; not only will it pick up dust mites, but it will eliminate static and make it harder for particles to adhere to the surface. To save time, dust before vacuuming the floors since dust and debris will fall to the floor.
- Behind Stove and Refrigerator. Over time, crumbs, grease, and other unwanted particles accumulate in these areas, providing a food source for insects and other pests. If possible, move the appliance out from the wall and unplug. Using a long-handled, slightly damp sponge, mop the back of the appliance to lift dust from the surface and then wipe the floor and walls with hot soapy water.
Even though we do recommend cleaning throughout the whole year, spring cleaning is a great way to form the habit and get dust mites and germs out of your home. The EPA also recommends that most homes have their carpets and upholstery professionally cleaned at least two to three times per year while bathrooms, kitchens, walls, and tile or stone surfaces are generally recommended for a professional cleaning every 12 months. We hope that you schedule an appointment with us soon!