4 Important Home Cleaning Tips

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As a homeowner, you constantly discover new and irritating sources of dirt in your home. Dust and other unwanted particles can find their way to your baseboards, on your fan blades, and in every nook and cranny. While you consider yourself a clean person, it’s hard to win the war against dirt.

It’s time to clean smarter, not harder. Follow these four important tips to keep your home clean.

1. Prevent dust from entering your home.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to your home. This means that taking steps to prevent pollutants and allergens from entering your house can help you save time in cleaning them.

Evaluate your entrances and find ways to keep out. For example, you can set up an area by the door for family members to remove their shoes. This prevents dirt from getting tracked inside. You can also start a habit of brushing your pets before you let them inside. This way, you can catch any pet dander and pollen on their coats before they run around your living space.

The more dirt you can catch before entering your home, the less time you will have to spend with a vacuum.

2. Schedule regular HVAC maintenance.

Your HVAC system works throughout the year to keep you warm and cool, but it also controls your indoor air quality. Dirt and dust particles can travel through your ductwork, spreading irritants throughout your house. Even the best cleaning can’t prevent the spread of mold and debris if you have dirty ductwork.

Find a local HVAC company in your area that offers duct cleaning services. Cleaning your HVAC system and your ducts can prevent the spread of dust and keep your indoor air clean. With these steps, you can breathe easier, and your family can enjoy lessened allergy symptoms.

3. Identify the source of odors.

You likely encounter all kinds of smells throughout your home – especially if you have teenage kids. The garbage might get smelly after a few days, and old clothes can create stinky odors. As soon as you notice a new smell, take steps to address it. Get to the root of the problem instead of trying to spray room fresheners. The smell is only going to get worse the longer it remains.

In some cases, a musty smell could be a warning sign of a major problem. When mold spores start to grow, they omit a damp odor, similar to mildew. A mold problem can worsen asthma symptoms and cause respiratory issues in your home.

Take steps to remove any spores immediately and call an HVAC specialist immediately to discuss how you can improve your air quality.

4. Clean a little bit each day.

The best way to keep your home clean and prevent health problems in your home is to clean a little bit each day. You don’t have to scrub down every room, but make sure you stay on top of your dishes and take time to sweep your floors regularly. It may be a good idea to keep a cleaning chart on hand, so everyone knows what chores they need to do.

You can give up your weekend cleaning the house thoroughly, or you can take small steps to clean each day and relax on your days off.

If you don’t want too much dust and pet hair flowing about your home, you have two options. You can pay for a professional cleaning service, or you can take steps to keep particulates, dust mites, and dander under control. Work to keep your home clean by addressing the source of the problem instead of constantly reacting to it.

Ahmed Guillen leads OI's editorial staff. He is passionate about professional development and helping our readers navigate starting and enhancing their businesses and investments.

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