With the holidays fast approaching, and guests soon to be arriving from all over, how healthy would you say your home is right now?
Since the kids have started school and sports, they are likely trailing in germs from all over the place. Pests from outside are trying to make their way indoors as the weather gets cooler. And it’s been a while since you were able to deep clean anything.
But don’t stress! You still have time!
Now is the perfect time to schedule a day when you can go to town on sanitizing your home. You can plan on making it a healthier place for your family and guests.
Dust can cause a lot of problems with the respiratory system, especially if anyone in your household has asthma. Before you have people trailing in and stirring up all the dust, and especially before you consider decorating, it would be wise to clean it all up.
Some helpful tips for cleaning up dust include:
- Start from the top and move to the bottom. Start with the ceiling fan, high shelves, and blinds in your dusting endeavors. That way, anything that falls will be cleaned up when you make it to the floors.
- Wipe down the walls. You might not visibly see dust accumulating, but it’s there. And how often do any of us clean our walls anyway? This will help in eliminating harmful bacteria that spread through the air and cling to your walls as well.
- Wipe down counters, shelves, tables.
- Vacuum. You should vacuum regularly – ideally once a day, but at least a couple times a week, especially in high traffic areas of your home. Make sure to clean out the vacuum so that it actually picks up the dust rather than just spreading it around.
- Change out air filters. Air filters don’t need to be changed often, but be sure to inspect the filters in your HVAC system to keep the air in your home clean.
Dealing with Pests
It’s no secret the insects and rodents carry diseases. So keeping them out of your home will help to keep it a healthier place. As the weather gets colder, they are only going to move toward the warmth as they search for a place to nest and hibernate.
In order to keep larger pests, like rodents and birds, out of your home, walls, attic, etc., do a thorough inspection of the walls, windows, and doors outside your home. Make sure any large holes or crevices are sealed to keep these pests out.
Here are a few tips to help keep the smaller pests like insects and spiders out of your home this winter:
- Seal up your doors. Put a weather seal on your door and make sure there are no cracks. You’d be surprised the tiny places insects can squeeze their way into.
- Make sure your screens are in good condition. In the winter, despite the cold outside, in can get warm inside, causing people to open doors and windows. So make sure you have good screens in place to keep bugs out when this happens.
- Keep wood piles away from your home. If you keep wood logs at home for burning in the winter, make sure to keep them away from your home. Definitely not against the walls outside your home. This is a place where bugs tend to congregate, so keeping it far will help eliminate some of the nests around your home.
- Don’t leave food and drinks out. Clean up after meals and snacks to make sure bugs aren’t attracted to anything that does get left out.
If you are renting and live under a property management company like Rooftop Rentals, they might even have a maintenance team who can take care of many of these fixes for you.
If you take care of the dust and the pests, your home will already be so much better off. It will fare much healthier this winter.