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Spring Time Cleaning Tips
When cleaning your home, why not do it in such a way that will keep your home cleaner and longer?
Here are 7 tips and tricks to keep your spring cleaning fresh all year long:
1.) Use Humidity:
Low humidity levels cause static electricity. Not only does it attract dust, it makes dust stick, and it’s difficult to remove when cleaning. High humidity can also cause problems too, it’s an ideal environment for dust mites to grow. These microscopic critters are a threat because they are a common allergen and they contribute to dust production.
Gross fact: There are as many as 19,000 dust mites in half a teaspoon of house dust, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Ick!
Tips: Keep your home’s humidity level between 40% and 50%. That will eliminate static while decreasing dust mite growth.
About 80% of dirt in our homes comes in from the outside. Stop dirt before it’s tracked in by buying a bristly doormat.
2.) Apply a Car Product to Your Glass Shower Doors to Keep them Scum Free
A great nifty hack to eliminate soap scum build-up by coating your glass shower doors with a rain-repellent product made for car windshields. When applied to glass, it creates an invisible barrier that causes water, oils, and debris like soap suds to bead and roll off.
Tips: You can find this product anywhere that sells basic auto supplies. When the water stops beading up on the shower door is when you know it’s time to reapply. Keep in mind, windshield rain repellants were made to treat glass, not plastic, so only use it on glass doors.
3.) Seal Your Stone Countertops
Natural stone countertops, including granite and marble, are porous, so if they’re not sealed, liquids like red wine, juice, or soy sauce can stain them. Countertop sealers repel stains by causing the spill to bead instead of absorbing into the stone. Most countertops are sealed when installed, but the sealant wears down after awhile and needs to be reapplied.
Tips: To keep your countertops in tip-top shape you will want to reapply the sealer twice a year. To see if you need a fresh coat of sealant, pour a bit of water on your stone countertop. If the water doesn’t bead or doesn’t stay beaded for a few minutes, it’s time to reseal.
When shopping for countertops: Slabs with lots of swirls or veins tend to be more porous, and, therefore are harder to keep clean.
4.) Use Protectants on Furniture and Carpets
Like Scotchgard and Ultra-Guard, protective furniture sprays and carpet sealants guard against inevitable spills by causing liquids to bead on the surface instead of being absorbed. These products also protect fabrics from fading and resist mold, mildew, and bacteria. Apply the appropriate sealer once a year after a deep upholstery and carpet cleaning.
5.) Clean Your Oven the Old-Fashioned Way
Forget the oven cleaners that give off noxious fume’s and make a horrible mess. The basic ingredient in many cleaners is lye, which can burn your skin and eyes, and can be fatal if swallowed.
Tips: Use a wet pumice stone to scrap off dirt and grease. It’s faster and toxin-free.
You also can get rid of filth faster by heating up a clean, damp sponge or cloth in the microwave for 30 seconds before wiping with or without cleaning product.
6.) Do Quick Touch-Ups
Small cleaning projects prevent filth from building up. When you spot clean daily, you can prevent smudges from staining, banish dust bunnies, and even combat allergens.
Tips: Cleaning pads are great for getting rid of dirty finger prints on walls. Damp micro-cloths can reduce airborne dander when used daily to wipe down pets. Dry sweeper cloths can quickly pick up dust and dry dirt on the floor, shelves, and electronics.
Keep stored items cleaner longer by shutting cabinets, closets, and drawers, so circulating dust and dirt can’t get in.
7.) Update Your Light Bulbs
We know it’s not cleaning related, but good lighting can make you and your home look and feel great. A room lit with low-wattage incandescent bulbs and compact fluorescents can look dark and dingy.
Tips: “Daylight” bulbs brighten things up. These bulbs are full-spectrum and mimic natural light, so they give better visual accuracy. Like sunlight, these bulbs can help boost your mood. When shopping for new bulbs, look for those marked “daylight” that have a range between 5,000 to 6,500 kelvins.
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