Year-round cleaning

first_imgControl moisture to fight moldAnd don’t forget to fight mold, too.”Mold is ubiquitous in the environment, and it is extremelydifficult to remove all molds from an indoor environment,”Atiles said. “But you can control moisture to aid in the eliminationof mold growth.”To fight mold, eliminate moisture sources such as drippingfaucets, puddles of water and wet bathmats. Use a squeegee afterbathing to remove water from shower walls and bathtubs. Make sure there is adequate ventilation while cooking andbathing to reduce moisture build-up. Remove mold and mildew fromsurfacesusing cleaners designed specifically for the job. Once surfaces covered with mold and mildew have been cleaned,Atiles recommends cleaning them once or twice per week. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaSpringtime has become synonymous with cleaning time, but ifyou’re an allergy sufferer, you shouldn’t wait until spring tothoroughly clean your home.”Cleaning on a regular basis in a thorough manner may reducethe numbers of allergens in the home,” said Jorge Atiles, a housingspecialist with the University of Georgia Cooperative ExtensionService. “You can keep allergens in your home to a minimum bymaintaining cleanliness year-round.”Set a weekly cleaning scheduleAtiles suggests creating a weekly cleaning plan and sticking toit. For example, on Mondays, clean the bedroom thoroughly and onTuesdays, wash all bedding, and on Wednesdays wet mop the floors.”For your allergies’ sakes, take time everyday to maintain aclean home,” Atiles said. “Even if just have five minutes tospare.”You can reduce allergens in your home by removing dust, dustmites and mold. To remove accumulated dust and dust mites, cutdown on clutter in your home and reduce relative humidity(moisture levels)indoors to under 50 percent. “Allergens can accumulate in clutter as well as on yourupholstery and carpeting,” he said.Vacuum all upholstery and carpeting with a HEPA filter vacuumweekly and consider having them professionally cleaned once ortwice a year, as well. “If your allergies are severe, you may want to consider replacingyour carpeting with wood, vinyl or linoleum flooring,” Atilessaid. Also clean window treatments, dust blinds, and remove and washcurtains, if possible. Regularly clean fan blades, lightfixtures, ceilings, walls and vents to remove dust. last_img

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