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The holidays are a period of joy. Families and friends throughout Sacramento and Elk Grove come together to celebrate and gifts are exchanged. But that’s not the only thing that can get exchanged. Around this time of year the cold and the flu spread, which means it’s more important than ever to protect yourself and your family. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to stay healthy. Whether you’re keeping your home clean, avoiding germs, or strengthening your body, you have the power to defend yourself from cold and flu germs this winter season. Here are some of our ideas on how to have a healthier season this year.

Keeping Your Family Safe and Healthy 

If you’re not careful this holiday season, you can easily contract the viruses that cause colds or the flu. These viruses can be virtually anywhere and spread throughout the air, so it’s important to take some precautions to stay healthy. Here are a few tips on how you can keep you and your family healthier this time of year.

1. Wash Your Hands

Be particularly careful about touching your eyes, nose, and mouth if you haven’t washed your hands in a while. It’s easy to forget what surfaces you may have come in contact with and the germs that are now on your hands. Wash your hands regularly. It’s a good idea to wash your hands whenever you might have touched something or someone infected. Wash for at least 20 seconds with soap and hot water. If no soap or hot water is available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer will help, but wash your hands when you can. 

2. Have A Healthy Diet

Eat a healthy diet. Your immune system depends largely upon what food you are eating to function well. Ensure you are eating a nutrient-rich diet this time of year to fend off sickness. It is recommended to eat around 5-13 servings of fruit and vegetables daily. Chocolates or sweets portraying fruit or vegetables don’t count. Those nutrients will help your body fight infections.

3. Drink Water

Keep yourself hydrated! Not only does water help maintain and strengthen your immune system, but it also helps your body to flush toxins out of your system and keeps you hydrated. Don’t just drink when you’re thirsty, either. Remember when you feel thirsty, that’s a sign that you’re already dehydrated. Plan ahead!

Keeping Your Home Clean

Keeping yourself healthy during the holidays is also very dependent on the cleanliness of your home. Be sure to dedicate time over the holiday season to tackle some deep cleaning of your home. If you have children who are home, this is a perfect group opportunity to get it done a lot faster. Here are some of our tips on what you should focus on the most this holiday season to have a healthier home.

1. Frequent Washing Of Clothes

Wash your clothes and linens frequently. Anytime you handle dirty laundry, especially if it might be infected, wash your hands thoroughly after. Particularly during cold and flu season, wash your linens, blankets, and bedding frequently to keep them free of viruses and bacteria. Use regular detergent and hot water, and set your dryer to tumble dry on hot as well.

2. Professional Carpet Cleaning From Van’s Chem-Dry

Carpets and rugs trap a lot of dirt and moisture during this time of year. While frequent vacuuming of these surfaces is important to do, it still won’t provide the thorough clean they need. Consider employing the help of a professional carpet and area rug cleaner like Van’s Chem-Dry. Our carpet cleaning outperforms other Sacramento and Elk Grove carpet cleaners. We use a natural approach to effectively clean your carpets, allowing them to dry significantly sooner. Learn more about the difference of Van’s Chem-Dry from other Sacramento and Elk Grove carpet cleaners here.

Preventing the Spread of Germs 

When it comes to the best protection against sickness, prevention is the best protection. Do your best to prevent sickness from spreading by limiting its spread. Here are some of our tips to prevent the spread of germs.

1. Limit Contact With Other People

If you or a child gets sick, don’t leave the house. If you do have to leave the house, aim to have the least contact with other people as possible. When children go to school or a friend’s house, they can often bring home unwanted germs. Ensure that everyone in the family practices healthy handwashing habits to prevent the spread of germs. Move away from people before coughing or sneezing. Use a tissue or cover your mouth and nose with your arm to cough, then wash your hands.

2. Sanitize Frequently Touched Surfaces

Disinfect often. Germs can be anywhere, especially on frequently touched surfaces like doors or microwave handles. If you have children, be sure to wipe down their toys often. Think of other frequently touched surfaces in your home and take some time each day to sanitize these highly touched surfaces.

Seeing a Doctor

You’re not a superhero, so don’t think you’ll always miraculously heal and that you don’t have to see the doctor. The doctor can help you identify the specific sickness that you have and prescribe a plan of action to help you heal. Don’t think you’re overreacting or that you’re weak for having to go see the doctor. You’ll be glad you did and will be on your way to a happier and healthier holiday season. It will also help you to avoid some serious potential ramifications.

You should see a doctor if: 

  • You have a temperature of 100.4 or higher.
  • Your symptoms last more than 10 days.
  • Your symptoms are severe or unusual. 
  • You have a child younger than a 3-month-old who has a fever.

Cleaning For Your Health Like No One Else – Van’s Chem-Dry

Van’s Chem-Dry proudly serves the communities of Sacramento and Elk Grove, including Carmichael, Elverta, Gold River, North Highlands, Rancho Cordova, Rancho Murieta, Rio Linda, Rosemont, West Sacramento & Wilton, CA. Our professional home and commercial cleaning services will help you and your loved ones experience a healthier holiday season. Read what others have said about their experience with Van’s Chem-Dry. Schedule your home’s next professional carpet cleaning appointment today.