When cleaning your home, why not do it in such a way that’ll keep your home cleaner with less effort? Here are 7 ways to keep your spring-clean fresh all year long:
1) Use Humidity to Defy Dust
Low humidity levels cause static electricity. Not only does static attract dust, it makes it stick, so it’s difficult to remove. High humidity causes problems, too — it’s an ideal environment for dust mites. Keep your home’s humidity level between 40% and 50%. That’ll eliminate static while decreasing dust mite growth.
2) Apply a Car Product to Keep Shower Doors Scum-Free
You can eliminate soap scum build-up by coating your glass shower doors with a rain-repellent product made for car windshields. When applied to glass, products like these create an invisible barrier that causes water, oils, and debris (like soap suds) to bead and roll off. You’ll know it’s time to reapply when water stops beading on shower doors. Keep in mind, windshield rain repellents were made to treat glass, not plastic, so only use on glass door.
3) Seal Your Stone Countertops
Natural stone countertops, including granite and marble, are porous, so if they’re not sealed, liquids like red wine, juice, or soy sauce can stain them. A countertop sealer repels stains by causing spills to bead instead of getting absorbed. To keep your countertops in tip-top shape, re-apply sealer twice a year.
4) Use Protectants on Furniture and Carpets
Protective furniture sprays and carpet sealants guard against inevitable spills by causing liquids to bead on the surface instead of being absorbed. Apply the appropriate sealer once a year after a deep upholstery and carpet cleaning.
5) Clean Your Oven the Old-Fashioned Way
Forget oven cleaners that promise an easy job. Most cleaners give off noxious fumes and make a horrible mess. The basic ingredient in many oven cleaners is lye, which can burn your eyes and your skin; it’s usually fatal if swallowed. Use a wet pumice stone to scrape off dirt and grease. It’s faster than oven cleaner and toxin-free.
6) Do Quick Touch-Ups
Small cleaning projects prevent filth from building up. When you spot clean daily, you can prevent smudges from staining, banish dust bunnies, and even combat allergens. Create a spot-cleaning kit so you can address small, dirty situations in minutes.
7) Update Your Light Bulbs
Okay, it’s not really cleaning. But good lighting can make you and your home look and feel great — and help you spot that spill before it gets funky. A room lit with low-wattage incandescent bulbs and compact fluorescents can look dark and dingy. “Daylight” bulbs brighten things up. These full-spectrum light bulbs mimic natural light, so they give better visual accuracy.
Information by Dierdre Sullivan from Houselogic.com.