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At Van’s Chem-Dry, our ultimate goal is to make your home a healthier place. These six helpful home cleaning tips are simple and highly effective at ensuring your home achieves optimal condition.

6 Helpful Home Cleaning Tips1. Regularly wipe down countertops

Slicing, dicing, pouring and rolling. Countertops are where a majority of your food is prepared. You would never want to feed your family a meal that is contaminated with dirt and bacteria, but often these floating particles settle right on your countertop that must be regularly removed. If you have a countertop with granite or tile, it’s best to use a mild cleaner and preferably one that can refresh the sealer. Sealers protect the porous countertop surfaces from bacteria entering deep within that can cause discoloration and harmful damage.

2. Keep carpets and rugs clean

Carpets and rugs help beautify your home and give your floors added comfort. They also act as air filters in your home. They trap and collect dirt and allergens to give you cleaner air to breathe. Depending on location, carpets and rugs are also subject to constant traffic which can bring in large amounts of dangerous particles that largely accumulate over time. To improve the life, appearance, and filter functionality of your carpets and rugs, vacuum your carpets and rugs weekly. We recommend using one that has either a HEPA filter or a microfiltration system. Although vacuuming removes portions of dust and dirt from your carpets and rugs, it will not fully extract the bacteria and other toxins stored deep within the carpet fibers. Unseen to the naked eye, these stored contaminants can be the source of unpleasant health issues and allergy symptoms.

How exactly do you thoroughly rid your carpet of those threatening particles? Our professional carpet cleaning service uses an unprecedented technique known as Hot Carbonation Extraction to penetrate to the roots of your carpet fibers to remove dirt, bacteria, pet urine, and practically any stain. Carpets should be professionally cleaned at least once a year. For homes with children and/or pets, carpets should be professionally cleaned two to three times a year.

3. Don’t forget about your upholstered furniture

Similar to countertops and carpets, particles like dust, dirt, and allergens settle on upholstered furniture as well. While most people preoccupy solely with the superficial appearance of their furniture, what they can’t see is the buried contaminants within the upholstery. Vacuuming upholstered furniture will help remove these contaminants and give your family safer furniture. For detailed and complete extraction of harmful contaminants from your furniture, try our upholstery cleaning service.

4. Sanitize high touch points around the house

What is something you touch every day in your home? Chances are you’re not the only one using it. Whether it be the light switch, doorknob, keyboard, or fridge handle, take a few minutes every day sanitizing those areas, especially before and after guests come into your home. These areas are bacteria “hot-spots” and are often the cause of disease contraction. Implement preventative measures throughout your home including regular handwashing and placement of sanitizers in high traffic areas.

5. Use doormats or area rugs in entryways and high-traffic areas

Just like you wouldn’t want an intruder to enter into your home with the protection of security system, doormats and area rugs do a great job of trapping harmful dirt and allergens before they enter the heart of your home. Doormats and area rugs are an inexpensive and excellent way to beautify your home, but most importantly to protect your family from contact with unwanted contaminants. Regular cleaning of these is critical to ensure proper functionality. We offer detailed area rug cleaning for all types of rugs, whether they be newer or older.

6. Check and replace your heating and air conditioning filters

Rather than simply provide you with cold air in the hot summer or hot air in the freezing winter, heaters and air conditioners filter dirt and dust from being spread and inhaled in your home. It’s important to change the air filter at regular intervals to prevent dirt, dust and other unhealthy particles from being distributed around the house. To remind yourself when it’s time to change the filter, write the date that you’re performing the replacement on the outer edge of the new filter that you’re installing to make it easy to know when your next one is due.

We hope these tips help. The next time you need your carpets or upholstery cleaned, call Van’s Chem-Dry!