Before starting all those spring fix-up projects and improvements around your home and yard, get into those grubbies, roll up your sleeves and do a good cleaning both inside and out.
Clean your way to a healthier home
Spring cleaning is an annual tradition in households across the country. Whether you live in a studio apartment or a sprawling mansion, the rejuvenating feeling of spring stems from more than just the warm air outdoors. It’s also the opportunity to open the windows and let that warm air breathe some new life into your home.
Though spring cleaning is primarily about ridding a home of a season’s worth of clutter, it should also be about making a home healthier for the months to come. Once the clutter has been cleared, the following cleaning tips can make your home a healthy haven when those inevitable spring showers arrive.
Tackle mold and mildew
Few homes can escape the wrath of mold and mildew during the winter months. In addition to being unsightly, exposure to mold can also cause a host of physical problems, including respiratory ailments, eye irritation, and nasal and sinus congestion.
Cleaning products and disinfectant sprays are perfect for tackling mold and mildew around the house and preventing future problems.
Clean the filters, ducts and vents
Spring might be synonymous with warmer temperatures, but for allergy sufferers, spring can be a difficult time of year. When spring cleaning, don’t forget to thoroughly clean filters, ducts and vents to help decrease exposure to airborne allergens.
Protect against viruses and bacteria
Effectively cleaning a home can involve several preventive measures to keep everyone free from viruses and bacteria. A variety of disinfectant cleaners can disinfect a surface of harmful bacteria. Some disinfectant cleaners, such as Spray Nine, can tackle bacteria associated with food poisoning and even infections such as MRSA. Registered as a hospital grade disinfectant by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Spray Nine takes even less time to disinfect a surface against viruses, doing so in just 30 seconds while protecting a home’s inhabitants from viruses including Influenza A2 and others that can cause the common cold and respiratory illnesses.
Clear garage/carport and basement of potentially harmful supplies
Garages and basements are often used to store paints, paint thinners, oils, solvents, and other potentially toxic supplies. If any of these toxic supplies are old, consult your local sanitation department to determine how best to discard such items. For those you want to keep, be sure the lids are tight and not leaking potentially harmful chemicals into the air.
Make up for lost time
For those who don’t consider spring cleaning an annual tradition, it’s never too late to start making your home a healthier place. Such was the case with Richard Tobias, who was responsible for cleaning his father’s old apartment after his father moved to a nursing home. A smoker for 40 years, Tobias’ father left behind an apartment with walls encrusted with decades of cigarette smoke. “I sprayed the walls, doors, countertops, ceilings, furniture, and anything that was going to be saved with Spray Nine, and the nicotine did not stand a chance,” said Tobias.
According the Jim Kenney, product manager at Permatex, maker of Spray Nine, in addition to its many household uses, Spray Nine Cleaner/Disinfectant can be used on your car, boat or RV, and in your office. It has also been proven effective in hospitals, schools, institutions, and restaurants.
Embrace eco-friendly cleaning
A healthy home should also be one that’s healthy for the environment. Some cleaning products and disinfectant sprays have a water-based formula, which is much more eco-friendly and offers a better choice over chlorine bleach or pine-based cleaning products, which can negatively impact air quality and cause discoloration and damage to surface finishes in some cases.
Spring cleaning time-saving tips
Spring cleaning is a task most people tackle each and every year. Many projects are tailor made for the warmer weather. Here are some time-saving tips to conquer spring clutter and cleanup projects.
• Wash the blinds. Metal blinds can be removed from the window and taken outside for washing. Use a scouring brush with a mild cleaner and some water to loosen dirt. Hang the blinds on a slanted surface and hose down with the garden hose to clean off the dirt.
• Clean the windows. Use water and dish soap and a sponge to wipe the inside and outside of windows. A rubber-tipped squeegee can be used to remove the excess moisture and provide a nice sheen on the window. It’s less wasteful than using a handful of paper towels.
• Switch fan directions. Ceiling fans set to spin in a clockwise rotation draw air upward and then redistribute the warm that collects at the ceiling. Clockwise is the ideal direction for the winter, but when spring arrives, it’s time to hit the switch to change the blades to spin counterclockwise. Be sure to thoroughly dust the fan blades first, or you could end up with dust bunnies blowing around the room.
• Replace surface protectors. The small, adhesive pads that are placed on chair legs and furniture to protect against wood floor scratches need to be changed periodically. That’s because dirt can accumulate under the pads and eventually damage the floor.
• Switch the linens. Change out comforters and darker shaded fabrics for lightweight items that bring a fresh, clean feeling that’s perfect for spring.
• Clean the refrigerator. Remove old food and discard and take out other items and place in a cooler. Use a baking soda and water solution to scrub stains and sanitize the shelves and walls of the refrigerator.
• Clean the carpets. Rent a carpet shampooer and thoroughly clean the carpeting. Open the windows and let the crisp spring air help dry the damp carpeting afterward.
From Metro Services