There is no better time to give your home a deep clean than now. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten your children, it is important to give yourself peace of mind in knowing that your home is properly protected. It is for this reason that a deep clean is your best defense against pathogens that come from inside and outside the house. Moreover, it gives you the added benefit of keeping your property presentable and in good condition. In case you don’t know how to get started with deep cleaning your home, check out these tips:
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1. Keep clutter under control
Before anything else, you will need to declutter your home by storing or discarding unused items. There is nothing wrong with having a lot of stuff around the house, but you will come to a point where you need to provide your family with extra breathing space. Apart from that, decluttering makes it easier for you to deep clean as much surface area as possible.
You can start decluttering by giving away or selling old books, clothes, toys, and utensils. Pick up any clutter along the way and place certain items in their proper storage locations. Do this little by little until each room looks tidier than before you started decluttering.
2. Gather the right materials
After you have reduced the amount of clutter in your home, you now need to acquire the right materials for the job. The deep cleaning process requires tools that are made for heavy-duty work such as getting rid of hardened gunk or deodorizing the interior of the fridge.
In order to build up your deep cleaning arsenal, you will need to include basic tools like mops, microfiber cloths, and brushes with hard bristles. It’s also important to get a vacuum cleaner that comes with a HEPA filter and various attachments.
Lastly, you will need to buy cleaning solutions and chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide, surface cleaners, degreasers, and washing powders. Make sure to keep these chemicals away from your children and follow the instructions that come with the packaging.
3. Get rid of dust
The first step to deep cleaning is clearing out any dust or debris that has settled in areas such as the living room, kitchen, and bedroom. Although it’s impossible to rid your home of these troublesome specks, there are better ways to do so than simply going over surfaces using a feather duster.
This is the part of the deep cleaning process where a vacuum cleaner comes in handy. If you have a canister vacuum on hand, use a bare floor brush attachment on tiled and hardwood floors. A crevice attachment, on the other hand, should help clear out the dust on hard-to-reach areas. It’s also effective against pet hair and other debris that settles on upholstery and cushions. For electronics, furniture, and other items with hard surfaces, a microfiber cloth, and an all-purpose cleaning spray should do the trick. Don’t forget to dust hanging decorations such as ceiling fans and lamps.
Deep cleaning your home also involves addressing a potential problem with mold. The accumulation of mold can cause complications in people with respiratory problems such as asthma. To solve your problem with mold, you will need to prepare a Borax and water solution. You can apply this mixture to areas that show signs of molding. Follow up by absorbing any excess water and cleaning away the mold by scrubbing it with a brush or a used rag. After that, you may want to activate a dehumidifier to improve the air quality. If you are not sure how to deal with a major mold problem on carpets, upholstery, and wood, it’s best to contact a local cleaning company that specializes in handling this issue.
5. Finish up by disinfecting
Before you call it a day, you may need to finish the deep cleaning process by disinfecting high-contact surfaces such as tables, staircases, chairs, and countertops. There are a number of disinfecting agents you can use indoors. If you want to cover more ground, you can use electrostatic sprayers that are designed to reach narrow openings and crevices.
The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention recommends the use of chemicals that are approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. Still, you will need to handle these products properly to avoid accidental contact or ingestion. Make sure to wear gloves, goggles, and other protective equipment when disinfecting your home.
When it comes to protecting the health and well-being of your family, it’s always best to take home cleaning a step further. Start your year right by keeping your home tidy, fresh, and pathogen-free using the tips above!