If you’re reading this, you probably like to keep your home clean. However, even clean people tend to miss the least frequently stops in the home. Unfortunately, these hotspots are where germs and allergens gather, and they make you and your family sick if you don’t clean them. Chem-Dry, the world’s leading carpet and upholstery cleaning service, has made it their mission to educate families on proper cleaning methods to ensure the health and well-being of their home and loved ones.The experts at Chem-Dry recommend the following techniques for overlooked germ hotspots to help minimize germs and reduce allergens in the home:
- Mattresses. The average bed holds up to 10,000 dust mites, which can cause hay fever, asthma and allergies. The average person sweats up to a half pint of moisture each night and sheds up to nine pounds of skin each year while they sleep. This is pretty gross alone, but it’s also the perfect environment for dust mites to thrive in. In order to combat this, 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 and keep them clean. An added bonus is that a clean mattress is a comfier one!
- Furniture Upholstery. Upholstered furniture, such as sofas, love seats, recliners, and covered dining room chairs provide a cozy haven for dust mites and other germs. Just think about how often these surfaces are used, and how little they are washed! To reduce dust and germ build-up, thoroughly vacuum fabric-covered furniture and wash removable upholstery covers in hot water, letting them air dry.
- Carpets, Rugs and Mats. Carpeting, rugs and mats accumulate dust and can become a feeding ground for microscopic dust mites. They pick up everything from pet urine to toenails and can hold approximately 200,000 bacteria per square inch. It’s important to deep clean the area underneath rugs and mats as well (don’t just sweep everything under the rug!). Bacteria and germs hiding in carpet fibers are not killed by vacuuming alone and should be cleaned by a professional three times a year.
- Tile. Because’s it’s so 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 can easily 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.If you aren’t certain how to correctly clean your tile and stone, it’s best to leave it to the professionals who will ensure your surfaces look great after cleaning.
- On Top of Furniture. The tops and surfaces of hard furniture can be overlooked and easily collect dust. When cleaning surfaces such as table tops 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. Be sure to remember all surfaces, such as the top of bookcases and other hard to reach places.
- 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, as well as mold and bacteria. If possible, move the appliance out from the wall and unplug. Sweep the area, and then, 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.
Keeping a home clean can be a daunting task, but it’s important not to forget these commonly overlooked hotspots. Add them to your cleaning schedule and they won’t take very long at all if done regularly! And if the cleaning gets too overwhelming, call in the experts, like Chem-Dry! We offer carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, and more! Good luck!