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You want to make your home a healthier place.

And we do too. That’s why we’ve come up with these 6 home cleaning tips!

Regularly wipe down countertops. Countertops are not only where food is prepared, but it’s also where dirt, dust, bacteria and allergen particles floating in the air often settle. For granite or tile countertops, you should use a mild cleaner. The ideal cleaner is one that can refresh the sealer on your countertops, which wears down with time and use. It’s important to keep that sealer fresh. This will prevent bacteria from getting into the porous areas of the stone and making your counter look worn and dirty.

Keep carpets and rugs clean. Vacuum your carpets and rugs at least weekly with a bag vacuum to keep dirt and allergens off of the top surface. It’s best to use a vacuum that has either a HEPA filter or a microfiltration system. However, it is important to note that while vacuuming does pick up dirt and dust on the surface, there can be a lot of bacteria and allergens trapped deep down within the fibers of the carpet – including pet dander and urine, particle pollution and everyday dirt and dust. While these toxins may not be visible to homeowners, they can still be the source of unpleasant health issues and allergy symptoms. This is important to factor in when considering your home’s cleanliness and your family’s health.

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The EPA recommends getting carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year. In homes with pets and/or children, it recommends using a carpet service, like Precision Chem-Dry, two to three times per year. For homes with pets like cats or dogs, it’s best to find a professional carpet cleaning service that has an effective urine detection and removal process.

Don’t neglect your upholstered furniture. Most people think about vacuuming and cleaning their carpets and rugs, but seldom put thought into cleaning their upholstery. This is a big oversight – especially since people spend significant time every day on their couches and chairs. Similar to countertops and carpets, particles like dust, dirt and allergens settle on upholstered furniture. Vacuuming upholstered furniture is nearly as easy and is just as important as carpets, particularly in the high-traffic areas like family rooms.

Sanitize high touch points around the house. Think of those spots in your house that get lots of potentially dirty fingertips and hands on a daily basis. These popular “hot spots” include door knobs, toilet handles, faucets and light switches. Spending just a few minutes sanitizing those areas, particularly before and after guests come into the home, can go a long way toward minimizing the spread of germs. More preventive approaches to minimizing the spread of germs include being vigilant about washing your hands regularly throughout the day.

It’s easy, and it is one of the biggest differences that you can make!

Place door mats or area rugs in entry ways and high-traffic areas. They are perfect preventive tools to utilize. Door mats and area rugs do a great job of trapping dirt and allergens before they enter into your home. Using door mats and area rugs is an efficient and inexpensive way to prevent these particles from getting deeper into your home.

Keep up on your heating and air conditioning filters. Their job is to trap particles and keep them out of your air, and they do that very well – as long as they’re not overloaded. While furnaces are vital to keeping homes warm in the colder months, it’s important to change the furnace 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 Precision Chem-Dry! We service Salt Lake as well as Weber County and Davis County.