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5 reasons to do an Autumn deep cleanby Well Polished Chesterfield, Nov 2019
1. Fresh Thinking
The main problem cited in winter homes when it comes to passing on germs is the lack of ventilation and warm moist air (because of indoor washing and drying). This is an ideal environment for bugs and germs to flourish. Household members are also more likely to be bringing germs into domestic spaces during the winter months on their hands or breathed in within enclosed unventilated spaces.
To combat this, try to open windows as much as possible. More ventilation can help to freshen stale air and lessen the likelihood of coming into contact with the tiny drops of mucus that are sneezed or coughed into the air when people are ill.
2. Winter wipe down
To prevent winter bugs being passed via germ-ridden hands, ensure that all surfaces are properly cleaned with an anti-bacterial cleaning fluid (Dettol Anti-Bacterial Surface Cleanser, pack of three, is an Amazon best seller), going further than focusing on kitchen and bathroom surfaces. For example, if a door is being regularly used it’s likely to pick up all sorts of germs that can easily pass through body contact. This is especially important if children are around.
3. Floors, furniture and fabrics
Carpets, sofas, pillows and duvets/mattresses are another hotbed for mites and bacteria, which should all be regularly cleaned. Think about the food crumbs, spillages, dead skin cells and sweat that accumulate in these materials during everyday life.
The onset of autumn is an ideal time for carpets to be professionally cleaned. Ensure vacuum cleaners (the VYTRONIX Lightweight 3 in 1 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner is an Amazon best seller) are working effectively – older appliances may well be leaving lots of allergy-inducing particles behind.
4. Don’t let the bed bugs bite
We all have different bedtime habits and body types – whether that’s being partial to drinking a cup of tea in bed (with potential spillages) or excessive nighttime sweating. But on average, everyone expels 200ml in sweat and sheds hundreds of dead skins cells every night – and dust mites can live in their thousands in unwashed bedding.
Some of the best washable duvets can be washed in a domestic washing machine and dried as quickly and easily as bed linen, so it can be back on the bed the same day.
Like duvets and pillows, mattresses are another haven for the mighty mite! The recommended frequency to vacuum mattresses is weekly to reduce risk of mites, but even doing this during an autumn and spring clean is better than not at all. Use an upholstery brush attachment and wash mattress covers every month at 60°C . Also allow it to air between bedding changes.
5. Empty bins
For those who’ve caught the dreaded winter lurgy, another top tip is to ensure bins are emptied daily – especially if there are tissues in there.