These rooms have surfaces and areas that are highly prone for the collection of allergens and bacteria. Kill allergens and bacteria, as well as cut cleaning costs with a few simple tricks.
The risk of spreading germs from your living room and floor space is usually low. However, the location of the floor could be seen as the “landing spot” for allergens such as dust mites, pollen, mold spores and pet allergens.
Dust and clean germs to reduce allergens
General cleaning guidelines are given below that will help you in reducing germs and allergens and ensuring a safe and healthy home.
- Clean the carpets and home textiles to remove dust mites and other debris regularly with a vacuum cleaner. If carpets get wet (accidentally or from steam cleaning), ensure to dry thoroughly in order to prevent mold.
- Ensure hard surfaces such as floors are cleaned regularly, to get rid of the visible mold. If you use a mop and bucket, disinfect by cleaning them after each use and ensure the mop is facing upwards when being dried.
- To minimize dirt and dust mites and to prevent other allergens from becoming air borne, use a damp cloth to remove dust from hard surfaces.
- Collect clutter to make cleaning easier.
- To help prevent mold or mildew, clean and disinfect other hard surfaces where moisture is likely to be accumulated such as areas like tiled walls.
- Use bleach on carpets, wooden surfaces or in areas that are closed and stuffy.
- Immediately clean and disinfect blood, vomit or stool and places where body fluids might be spilled (floors and other surfaces such as walls). Wipe any spills with a cloth, followed by cleaning and disinfecting the surface. Carpet and furniture will need to be cleaned with steam.
- Clean and disinfect the TV's remote control before use as well as light switches and surfaces that are in contact with hands such as cellphones, especially if you have someone at home who has recently had a cold or the flu.
- Never forget to wash your hands after cleaning.