Home maintenance is not just about making sure all the important fixtures are fixed. Keep your home clean and sanitary is the best way to keep your family healthy. We generally don’t think twice about how our household items could affect our well-being, but there are germs and bacteria living right under your nose that could be causing you untold misery. To make sure you don’t miss any spots, here is an essential deep cleaning checklist for your home.
It’s important for your energy bill to have your home sealed for energy efficiency. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, this does make it easier for mold to sneak into your home and silently impact your health. If there are any areas that smell particularly musty, you should not hesitate in calling in a mold specialist. Watch out for symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, dry eyes, or rashes.
If an area of mold is less than ten square feet, then you can attempt to clean it yourself. Just make sure you’re wearing safety goggles, non-porous gloves, and a particle mask when cleaning. Check out DIY sites for more detailed guidelines on how to get rid of mold.
As the weather gets warmer, you’ll probably want to have the windows open to keep the house cool. Unfortunately, this seems to be an open invitation for all sorts of bugs and pests to come in. You can try to slow them down by installing mesh in the vents and windows, but somehow they always manage to get in. You can control an infestation by keeping a clean kitchen and sealing the food. If that still isn’t enough, find the best pest control service near you to clear them all out.
Your refrigerator is the household item most responsible for keeping your food fresh. If you haven’t been keeping it bacteria free, you might be in serious trouble.
It takes more than just clearing out the expired and smelly food to keep the refrigerator germ-free. Liquids that spill onto the shelves and trays collects mold, therefore posing a danger to your fresh food. The biggest culprits are the vegetable drawers; they are often forgotten until a vegetable starts to rot. Take the drawers out of the fridge and clean them with warm water and baking soda. While they’re drying on the side, take the time to wipe down the rest of the fridge with antibacterial wipes.
The next time you clean the bedrooms and change the sheets, you should also consider cleaning your mattress. If you thought the sheets were full of dust mites, you probably don’t want to think about where those sheets used to be. By keeping the mattress clean, you’ll prolong its life and preserve your health. Using your vacuum’s upholstery and crevice tools, press firmly into the mattress to clean the sides. Spray with mild soap to get rid of stains, leave them to dry, and then sanitize them with a disinfectant spray.