Regularly wipe down countertops.
Countertops see all sorts of dirt, dust, bacteria, and allergens. Whether your countertops are tile, granite, cement or a laminate, it’s best to use a mild cleaner that won’t damage the material. If you use harsh cleaners, the seal that has been applied to the countertop may get damage and reduce the life of your countertop. It is preferable to use a cleaner that has a sealer in the mix. Sealers can degrade over time and it’s important to keep that sealer fresh to prevent bacteria from getting into the porous areas of the stone.
Keep carpets and rugs clean.
If you want to extend the life of your carpets and rugs, vacuum them on a weekly basis. If possible, use a vacuum that has a HEPA filter or microfiltration system. However, it is important to remember that vacuuming mostly picks up dirt from the surface. Most of the bacteria and allergens are trapped deep into the fibers of the carpet – including pet dander and urine, particle pollution and your usual dust and dirt. While these toxins may not be visible to homeowners, they can still be the source of 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 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 forget about your upholstered furniture.
Most times we forget to clean or furniture while we are cleaning our carpets and rugs. Keeping your upholstery clean is equally as important. Similar to countertops and carpet, dirt and dust particles along with allergens become trapped into the fibers of your couch. Routine vacuuming will help minimize the build up of those unwanted intruders in the home. A deep cleaning with Chem-Dry almost completely eliminates foreign particles from your furniture.
Sanitize high touch points around the house.
Popular “hot spots” include door knobs, toilet handles, faucets and light switches. Spending time to sanitizing those areas can go a long way toward minimizing the spread of germs. Also, making sure that your families hands are washed regularly throughout the day will make a big difference.
Use door mats or area rugs in entry ways and high-traffic areas.
Door mats and area rugs do a great job of trapping dirt and allergens before they enter the heart of your home. Placing door mats and rugs into high traffic areas is an inexpensive way to prevent unwanted and unhealthy particles from getting farther into your home.
Check and replace your heating and air conditioning filters.
Often times we don’t think to change our air filter. Some don’t realize that it’s necessary. Changing these filters prevents 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 to make it easy to know when your next one is due.
We hope these tips help. The next time you need your carpets or upholstery cleaned, call Chem-Dry of Santa Clarita Valley!