It’s a commonly asked question, and one that everyone has a different answer to; how often should you vacuum? We all have different cleaning methods and routines, but how do we know we are actually doing enough to keep the germs at bay and eliminate dust effectively?
To help you understand more about the importance of vacuuming, and the impact it can have on your home, I have compiled this guide. It’s full of interesting and informative facts about how often you should vacuum your home, as well as general cleaning and the effects of dust. However, it’s not just my facts and research. I reached out to industry experts to get their advice on the matter as well, filling this guide with links to extensive research.
As with all of my guides, this has been a labour of love, and one that I am sure will help you to learn exactly what your home needs. All you need to do is sit back, relax, and take your time reading through some seriously fascinating facts. I guarantee some will surprise you.
Vacuuming Tips: Keeping Your Home Clean
Carpet Cleaning Tips
Spring Cleaning Tips
House Cleaning Checklist: Tools of the Trade
Spring Cleaning Lists: Ultimate Checklists
Housecleaning Tips to Ease Allergies
Vacuuming Tips: Keeping Your Home Clean
The first chapter of this guide is dedicated to what you came here to learn; vacuuming tips. Here, I will take you through how often you should vacuum, the best vacuuming techniques, and a few general cleaning tips.
How Often Should You Vacuum?
The truth is, it really does vary according to your circumstances. There are a few things that determine how frequently you should be grabbing the vacuum:
If you have pets, or there are people in your home that suffer from allergies and asthma, you need to vacuum at least once a week. This removes the dust from the air and ground, which makes the air clearer and so less likely to trigger a reaction.
Personally, I vacuum every other day as there are pets, allergies, and asthma in my household. You can really feel the difference by vacuuming more regularly, and the house looks so much cleaner.
With kids, I would also recommend vacuuming at least weekly. This is because they tend to bring in a lot of dirt from outdoor activities and playing with friends. Plus, more people in the house means more dirt, dust, and bacteria.
A quick hoover means that you suck up germs and grime; keeping the house clean for everyone. If you live alone and have no animals, you can easily stretch this time period to a good month without issue. I wouldn’t suggest actually leaving it that long though because too much dust is bad for anyone.
Smokers should also make sure to vacuum their carpets more frequently, as the smoke can become trapped in carpets, curtains, and upholstery. The smell and chemicals remain there, which can be bad for your health as well as unpleasant for guests. Giving these areas a good vacuum at least once a week (twice for good measure) is the best way to remove the smell and potentially harmful toxins.
The type of floor you have can also dictate how often you need to be using the vacuum cleaner. Hard floors can easily abide by the weekly (or longer) cleaning schedule because it is harder for dirt and dust to settle there for prolonged periods of time.
Carpet, on the other hands, needs more attention. Even under simple circumstances, it should be vacuumed at least twice a week. If you have pets, a daily clean is highly recommended.
This is because carpet traps dust and dirt deep within its fibers, and it builds up over time when it is left instead of cleaned. It will make your carpets look less appealing, but the gathering dirt, dust, and grime can also have negative effects on your health.
According to Nate Masterson of Maple Holistic, it may aggravate conditions like asthma (as well as cause allergic reactions). Additionally, harmful bacteria that has been tracked in my shoes could even result in you suffering from pneumonia or other illnesses.
Why Should You Vacuum?
“Your skin replaces itself constantly dead cell skins represent the 60% of your dust, 40% comes from the outside.” – Abe Navas, Emily’s Maids
We all know that vacuuming is important, but the question on all of our lips is why? Put simply; it’s good for your health. After all, a clean home tends to lead to a strong immune system and far less reactions or medical issues. To expand on the issue, however, I have gathered some handy facts.
Dust is something I am going to talk about a lot, but it’s also one of the main reasons you should be vacuuming regularly. Alone, it isn’t going to harm you because there are such small quantities. When you leave it to proliferate, however, it can lead to serious health problems like asthma, as well as allergic reactions.
This is especially true for pet hair and cigarettes, as both create dust very quickly and can also cause health issues. This is just part of why dust needs to be controlled carefully.
While dust is the most prominent issue, there is also bacteria and microbes in your carpets and on your floors that need to be removed regularly for the sake of your general health. It helps keep the floors fresh and clean, picking up the bacteria so that it doesn’t become a risk.
There’s no other way to get rid of them, and this is especially true for carpets which cannot self-clean. Vacuuming is the only method for definite elimination.
Aesthetically speaking, vacuuming helps keep your floors looking good. Your carpets and hard floors both benefit from being cleaned on a regular basis because it gets rid of the dirt and grime that would otherwise stain them. Think of it this way; if you leave a carpet unvacuumed for a few months, it starts to lose its colour and become darker.
This is because it is retaining that dirt and absorbing it. Even neglecting your carpet weekly can lead to this, it just might take a little longer to notice. This retention of grime also means locking in those harmful bacteria and allergens.
How Often Should You Clean?
The answer to this really can vary according to the task at hand. There are some things that should be done daily, some weekly, and some less frequently. It’s something I am going to go into more detail about in the next chapter on spring cleaning, but I will give you a brief rundown here.
Things that should be cleaned every day:
Things that should be cleaned weekly:
Things that should be cleaned monthly:
Things that should be cleaned every six months:
Things that should be cleaned every year:
Carpet Cleaning Tips
If you live with carpets, you need to know how to clean them properly and efficiently. Additionally, they are going to need a deeper clean at some point to keep them in good condition and looking as new as possible. I have a few great carpet cleaning tips and tricks that I am excited to share with you. Check them out below, and make sure to let me know how you got along with them.
1. Getting Rid of Stains
I actually wrote a fantastic piece on removing wine stains from a carpet if you are looking for something specific. I will be going through general stain removal steps in this section, though. For additional help with getting rid of those pesky stains, you can also check out this YouTube video I sourced.
- Treatment One: For impressions and indents left by furniture that has been in one place for too long, rubbing an ice cube on the area is often a great way to get the carpet to bounce back. It might take more than one cube, but you will be amazed by the results.
- Treatment Two: Take some white vinegar (or bleach if you prefer) and dilute well with water. Gently blot the affected area (never scrubbing else you damage the fibers), rinse it with clean water, and then repeat the process. This should be done until the stain is removed. You can also sprinkle some baking soda over the stain and allow it to soak up the moisture before vacuuming it up if it is a particularly bad one.
- Treatment Three: Chlorine bleach mixed with a good amount of water can be a very effective way of removing more severe stains that are water-soluble. This should also be applied using the blotting/ method, and you must remember to do so gently. Rinse with clean water and repeat until the stain is gone. Bear in mind that not all carpets react well to bleach, and you should check the manufacturer instructions before using it.
- Pro Tip: Always test cleaning solutions on a hidden area of carpet (such as under the couch) before you use it so that you know if it is suitable for your flooring or not.
2. Cleaning the Carpets
What about actually cleaning the carpets? Honestly, the answer is quite simple. The methods above are perfect for stain removal, but when you just want to give your floors the deep cleaning they deserve, a carpet cleaner is your best bet. These are a lot like vacuum cleaners, but they have been designed to wash and dry your carpets. You can choose to use a natural or chemical cleaner in it; it depends on what you prefer.
Even if you think your carpets are perfectly clean, you are going to be surprised by the amount of dirt that it picks up. I guarantee the water will be brown within moments. They shampoo your carpets and reach right down into the fibres, scrubbing out the grime and leaving your carpets looking better than ever. It’s an effective way of killing bacteria as well, making your home a safer and healthier place.
3. Maintaining the Carpets
General maintenance is also important so that your carpets look good over time. After all, you can’t just wash them every few months and hope they look good. Vacuuming is the obvious way to keep them maintained, but there are other methods you can use as well.
- Technique One: Keep as much dirt as possible outside. Have a doormat for wiping feet on before you enter the home, and take your shoes off outside. Wipe the dog’s paws down and make sure to wash them right after a walk if it is muddy out.
- Technique Two: Place castors on the feet of furniture to help prevent damage to the carpet fibers. It won’t stop indents, but it will prevent harsh scraping when it is moved. Stronger fibers also mean that stains can be removed easier if and when they occur.
- Technique Three: Deodorize the carpet if you have pets and kids as it keeps it smelling nice and fresh. You can buy this in a spray form or apply a carpet refresher that is left to dry naturally.
What Lives in Your Carpet?
A terrifying question, and perhaps one you wish you’d never asked. If you needed a reason to clean your carpets and keep them maintained before, you certainly have it now. This section deals with the things that are living in your carpet, and you might not be ready to face them quite yet.
- Dirt and Soil. We bring dirt into the home every day; we can’t help it. Dirt and soil are dragged in from the outside, and then they make their home in our carpets. The average flat in the UK will bring in 20kg of dirt and soil each year that contains potentially harmful particles as well as turns your carpet a new colour. With vacuuming, you can eliminate 90% of the dirt and soil being brought in.
- Bugs (Think Dust Mites). Bed bugs, fleas, dust mites. All of these loves your carpet, and they thrive in it. Left to their own devices, they will multiply and could end up causing an allergic reaction as well as asthma attacks. Not to mention that fleas bite people too and they are really itchy. Carpet cleaners that wash your carpet are one of the best ways to eliminate dust mites.
- Pet Dander and Human Skin Flakes. You and your pet are shedding skin and dander all the time, and it is part of the natural process. The average person sheds 1.5 million skin cells a day, and the bugs in your carpet feast on it. Vacuuming helps to keep on top of the pet dander and skin flakes, especially as the former, can be the cause of allergic reactions in some people.
- Mold, Mildew, and Bacteria. Trust me when I say that it is in your carpets, even if you cannot see it. Mold is not just for the bathroom and kitchen; it loves carpets too. All of these can thrive in carpet, especially when damp and not dried. Pathogens can incubate in the fibers for long periods of time, so regular vacuuming is a good way to prevent the rest of your household from getting sick.
- Old Food and Drink. Spilled food and drink become a feasting ground for the bacteria and bugs living in your carpet; especially if not cleaned up right away. It can even lead to the growth of mold and mildew, as well as causing allergies and general illness through the toxins that are eventually released. This is why cleaning stains quickly is such an important part of the process.
- Foul Odours. Cigarette smoke, pet urine, the old food and drink. These are just some things that can cause unpleasant odours in your carpet. Sometimes, they get so bad the whole thing needs to be removed, but a lot of the time cleaning and deodorizing works best. The advice you should take is not to smoke inside, and to clean up stains as soon as possible.
General Vacuuming Tips
An important part of studies, like those on the impact of mess on mental health, is to gather up the statistics. These give a better insight into the ways people are affected by things, as well as the differences between certain groups – like men and women or children and adults. Here are some of the general statistics for mess and mental health:
1. Cleaning the filters and the bin is so important, and the same goes for changing the vacuum bag on bagged models. Dirty filters and full bins/bags cause a reduction in suction and limit the cleaning power of the vacuum.
Not to mention, it could cause severe damage to the machine. Filters should be washed every month by running them under cool water and then leaving them to dry completely. Use a HEPA filter as well, as these are best for asthma and allergies due to trapping 99.7% of dust.
Vacuum bags should be changed when they are three-quarters full (it is easy to tell), and the canister should be emptied after every vacuuming session on the bagless models. You can also wash the dust canister with cool water, and I recommend doing this on a monthly basis just to ensure everything is running smoothly. Check that everything is completely dry before putting it back together though.
2. Remove small objects from the floor. Don’t risk damage to your vacuum or blockages by just ignoring those little objects you know shouldn’t be sucked up. Take the time to pick them up and dispose of them; it’s common sense. It allows the vacuum to run smoothly, and potentially saves you a fair amount of cash on getting it repaired (or having to buy a new one).
3. Make sure you are using the right setting. Don’t have it on hard floor mode when you are using it on carpet, and vice versa. The cleaning will not be as effective, and you could end up scratching your floors.
You want the best possible suction, and the first step to achieving that is buying a vacuum cleaner that is definitely able to cater to all the floor types in your home. It’s far from an impossible task as many of them are more than capable of coping with multiple floor types at the click of a switch.
4. Focus on the areas that are hardest to clean first. Like everything in life, it is best to get the hard stuff out of the way first so that you can enjoy the good parts. Vacuuming doesn’t always have a good part, but it does have an easier one.
Get the tough places out of the way first so that they get a good clean, and then you can focus on the rest of the home. Usually, these difficult areas are in areas with high levels of traffic, and they need the extra time and attention.
5. Stick with a routine. Now that you know how often you should be vacuuming your home, make it a fundamental part of your routine. It helps to maintain your carpets; it is good for your mental well-being because there is structure, and you will end up with a home that is tidy on a regular basis.
These are all good thing that you will find you want in life. Take your time, don’t rush the job, and make sure you get it all done well. This is the key to vacuuming success.
6. It’s all in the technique. You need to vacuum the correct way as well. Yes, there is an ideal way to vacuum, and I am about to share it with you. Pulling the vacuum back does the most work, so take your time with pushing it forward again.
Similarly, vacuuming in multiple directions will loosen the dirt and make it easier to suck up as well as keep the carpets looking nice. Remember to check the brush bar for clogs and trapped hair regularly as well, and remove any blockages you find.
Spring Cleaning Tips
In this chapter, I will be taking you through the art of spring cleaning, answering every question on the topic for you. After all, this isn’t just about vacuuming. The entire way you clean is important when it comes to a healthy and happy home. You don’t need to become a cleaning fanatic, but there are some great spring-cleaning hacks I know you’ll find useful. It’s all in the method.
When is Spring Cleaning?
When to start spring cleaning? That is a question that Google is often asked. Some even wonder if there is a specific date for it. Interestingly, there actually is. Going back to the traditions of the Catholic Church, the church was thoroughly cleaned the Thursday before Good Friday to welcome in the spring.
Other than that, there is no specific date that you personally need to perform it. Most see spring cleaning as something that is done in March or April. However, we should actually be doing it throughout the year.
What is Spring Cleaning?
Essentially, it is the practice of cleaning your home thoroughly once a year. You pull everything out, get rid of junk, and really scrub the house so that it looks brand new. We wipe away the winter, and the ashes of the fire that comes with it, and we let in the fresh spring air to make our homes smell fresh again. It’s giving us a chance to welcome the warmer weather, and to give ourselves a fresh start. Think of it as a second New Years, but without all the drinking and a lot more cleaning.
Just for a bit of fun, I thought this Spring-Cleaning video was really quite amusing:
How to Clean Your House
Cleaning your house is actually pretty easy, and it won’t take as long as you think. There are so many different ways you could do it, but I have collected the main cleaning tasks you need as well as some great methods to go with them. You can also check out the cleaning section in chapter one, as well as the spring-cleaning checklists below.
1. Dusting. You’ll notice I talk about dust a lot, and that’s because it’s a serious issue. It’s also something you can learn more about in the next section, so I’ll stick to the cleaning tips here. If no one in your house suffers from allergies, you can get away with this on a weekly basis easily. However, for homes with allergy sufferers, you should be doing this a few times a week, or even daily.
The best method is to start from the top and work down, as this will cause the dust to fall and then settle on the lower levels. This means you can collect it quickly as well as vacuum up any strays when you are finished. If you are reaching right into nooks and crannies, an old makeup brush can do an amazing job of reaching right in there.
2. Mopping/Steam Cleaning. Weekly mopping or steam cleaning is best, especially for homes with high levels of traffic or pets. The steam cleaner will kill 99.9% of bacteria and keep your house much cleaner.
Many of them can even be used on carpet as well as the standard hard floor. A standard mop is not quite as good in terms of effectiveness and cleanliness, but it can be handy for spills that need to be cleaned up quickly.
You should always vacuum before you steam clean as this is how you get the best results, and also prevent clumps of hair from sticking to the steam cleaner (or a standard mop).
You should also start from the top of the room and then go down to the bottom so that you are always standing on un-mopped floor and to ensure you do not go over the same spot twice. If you have a steam cleaner, you can press a button for a steam burst to tackle really stubborn spots.
3. Cleaning the Toilet. This must be cleaned frequently. We use it every day, multiple times a day, and it is a utopia for the growth of bacteria. It should be cleaned at least weekly, and some would argue that every few days is even better. I prefer to use a chemical cleaner for the toilet just so that I know it is completely clean.
If you want the best results, you should spray the cleaner all over the toilet bowl, rim, and seat before leaving it to sit for 15 minutes. While that is soaking, you can disinfect the exterior of the toilet; starting at the tank and working down from there. When it has finished soaking, give the interior of the toilet a good scrub and then flush. After, pour bleach into the bowl and let it sit for half an hour.
4. Cleaning the Showerhead. Once a year is usually more than enough to remove limescale deposits and other gunk. It can depend on your area and the showerhead itself, however. I have written an extensive guide to cleaning showerheads, but I will also run over the basics for you. All you need is a white vinegar and water solution.
You can soak the showerhead in a bag or basin of it for 30 minutes and then rinse the deposits out. For attached showerheads, you can tie the plastic bag around it and allow it to hang there. You can also scrub really stubborn deposits away with the trusty old toothbrush if you don’t quite manage to get it all out with the vinegar and water method.
5. Cleaning the Oven. It is terrifying how often we forget about the oven. Some say it only needs to be cleaned every six months, but I argue that and would say it is closer to three. After all, it is full of old food and grime. Remember to actually clean it though because otherwise, it can become a fire hazard. You should also be wiping the oven door down on a weekly basis for a clean view.
I like to sprinkle baking soda in the base of the oven and then spray white vinegar on it until it begins to foam. Then, it should be left overnight to really soak in and loosen up the grime. In the morning, you should be able to wipe it clean without issue.
You can also mix a solution of vinegar and warm water to clean any oven knobs. I tend to use an old toothbrush for this part as it can scrub tight places really well. Oven racks can be cleaned in the sink with the same ingredients and hot water; works a treat every time. Of course, you can use chemicals if you prefer.
6. Washing Towels. These are actually a little gross when you think about it. They absorb our body moisture, skin cells, and general damp. Bacteria loves it, and sharing a towel is never advisable for this reason to name but one.
To prove the point, though, cold sores and athletes’ foot can be spread through them. After every three uses, they should be thrown in the wash at 60 degrees C with an antibacterial product for good measure. Clean towels make for a happy body.
7. Cleaning Mattresses. I like to vacuum my mattress weekly because of the allergies and asthma in my home, but you only really have to do it twice a year. It removes skin cells, dust mites, and bacteria that might be lurking there, and it feels good. You should also flip it regularly for structural integrity and your general comfort at night.
It really is as simple as stripping the bed (weekly), washing the sheets, and vacuuming underneath quickly. Got stains? Just mix up a solution of baking soda, dish soap, and hydrogen peroxide before gently blotting the area to remove it. Repeat as necessary and watch the stain disappear.
8. Shampooing Carpets. This can be done once or twice a year, and you can hire one out professionally or buy a carpet cleaner for yourself. They shampoo the carpet to remove tough dirt and bring it back to life, as well as drying it afterwards a lot of the time. There are some who like to do this on a monthly basis to really tackle dirt and dust in the home, but most people should get away with a comfortable annual use.
I am also going to leave you with this fantastic video from Melissa Maker of Clean My Space. It goes through some of the top cleaning tips and tricks that you really should be using in your home. Her videos offer great insight and advice with regards to cleaning.
House Cleaning Checklist: Tools of the Trade
You need to have the right tools in order to do a good job, so I have got a checklist that will make life a lot easier for you. Actually, I have two lists. Take a look, print them out, and run to the store so that you are completely stocked up and ready to kick grime to the curb.
List One: Tools
List Two: Products (Natural)
Seriously, these two products will save you from so much, and the white vinegar is even able to work as a disinfectant. If you haven’t already, you should be giving natural products a try.
List Three: Products (Chemical)
Spring Cleaning Lists: Ultimate Checklists
What do I love? Lists. What am I going to give you? An amazing list. Except this time, it is a handy checklist that you can use when you are spring cleaning. Combined with the one above for cleaning products, you are sure to be an unstoppable machine on all of your cleaning adventures.
List One: General Tasks
List Two: Kitchen Tasks
List Three: Dining and Living Room Tasks
List Four: Bathroom and Laundry Room Tasks
List Five: Bedroom Tasks
Housecleaning Tips to Ease Allergies
This is an important topic, and perfectly suited to the final chapter of this guide. Allergens within the home are a serious issue, and one that needs to be clearly addressed. With the help of experts in the field as well as my own knowledge,
I hope that this chapter will prove useful when you are working on a home that is cleaner and as free from allergens as possible. As someone with allergy and asthma sufferers in my house, I understand the struggle that comes with this.
“Not only does dust make your carpet and floors look less beautiful, but the build-up can be detrimental to your health” – Nate Masterson, Maple Holistic
A dust allergy is also known as a dust mite allergy, since these are the little devils that cause it in the first place. They are a triple threat because their bodies, faeces, and skin can all cause allergic reactions. They are too small to see without a microscope, although you may be interested to know that they are related to tics and spiders.
They absolutely love warm and humid environments, and their ideal place to live in the home are carpets, furniture, and bedding. If you have an allergy to dust mites, this chapter of the guide will be able to help you take steps to get control over it. However, I will also note that there are times when medications and further treatments are required.
If you aren’t sure if you have a dust mite allergy, you can find the symptoms below. They are quite similar to hay fever though, so make sure you speak with your doctor:
Symptoms that are caused by dust mite allergies combined with asthma:
Allergens in Carpets
I have already mentioned the things that live in your carpet in the first chapter of this guide, but let’s take a deeper look at the allergens lurking there. Leslie of Sustainable Slumber reminds us that dust is one of the biggest concerns within the home and the carpets). Due to the fact that most home furnishings are flame retardant, when the dust settles into the carpet and rugs, it becomes full of flame retardant itself.
This can actually increase the risk of an allergic reaction because of the high quantities of flame retardant in the dust. It is likely due to a higher sensitivity to it in humans that are affected by allergies and asthma. The fact that dust can be found in all of our home furnishings; including chairs, couches, bedding, and mattresses, means that the risk of dust exposure is higher without proper cleaning.
This is why frequent vacuuming should be undertaken, and I don’t care how many times I need to repeat that. It will reduce sensitivity to the dust because most of it has been sucked up, and the carpets will benefit from a thorough cleaning. You can also switch your carpets and rugs for those that use gentler (but still approved) flame retardants to further reduce the sensitivity levels. This can be an expensive option, though.
Allergens and Other Floor Types
“There is a thought that only carpets harbour the dust that causes the increase in allergens and asthma, but hard, non-carpeted floors can be just as bad.” – Julie Finch Scally
Julie is an expert with dust, and she has provided a good chunk of the information in this section for me. It’s important to remember that dust and other allergens lurk on other floor types as well, and we need to keep on top of it before it becomes a problem.
Carpets might hold the dust, but hard floors allow it to move around freely and create more dust in the room. As it is always on the go, it feels dustier and can be harder to breathe through.
This is why professional tilers and layers of hard floors recommend that hard floors are swept and vacuumed daily (or at least twice a week) so that this loose dust can be removed quickly. Otherwise, the dust is allowed to accumulate and may lead to some unpleasant reactions.
Dust bunnies are the number one enemy when vacuuming, and they are often found lurking under the sofa and other furniture. This is why you should be moving said items when you vacuum in order to reach them effectively.
Although you may be able to avoid this if you are using a flexible stick vacuum to reach right under those tight surfaces. Either way, they need to be removed before they are allowed to build up too much.
If you have pets in the home, especially those with long hair or double coats, you are going to find even more fluff around the home. They also shed dander, which can cause allergic reactions in those who have allergies to them.
Pet vacuums are the ideal solution for this because they have bee designed to cope with the amount of fur left behind, and they also come with tools for cleaning their bedding as well as touch areas of carpet. This is also true if you have asthmatics in the home, as it will greatly reduce their symptoms.
Allergy Proof Your Home
It’s essential to make sure you are guarded against allergens so that you, or those who suffer, can live in peace within their own home. To bring an end to this guide, here are some great ways to build up a resistance and fight those pesky allergens once and for all.
1. You need to be more brutal with your cleaning, and this means things like damp dusting surfaces regularly, as well as mopping the floor after every vacuuming session, or steam cleaning it. Damp dusting should be carried out after vacuuming because any dust that has been stirred up by the machine will be caught by the cloth easily.
2. You should vacuum on a daily basis to make sure there are as few allergens as possible, and also make sure that your vacuum cleaner is using a HEPA filter to capture the majority of the dust particles and other microbes. You might be able to get away with vacuuming a little less, it all depends on the severity of the allergies you have.
3. With the fight against dust mites, you will discover that while more difficult to remove, it is certainly not impossible. Remove your bed linen and wash it on a hot cycle of 60 degrees centigrade every week.
When it has been through, dry it in your preferred manner and then make the bed again. While the linen in being washed, however, you can also vacuum the mattress and under the bed. The mattress should also be turned regularly for comfort, longevity, and dust mite prevention.
4. Curtains and slat blinds are hard to clean, but also gather dust like there is no tomorrow. The best idea is to replace them with washable materials or roller blinds that can be washed off easily and quickly on a regular basis. Similarly, during allergy season your windows should be closed at peak times of day to prevent pollen and other allergens from drifting through and into your home.
5. Air purifiers are one of the most effective forms of keeping the dust and pet dander away. They are a little more expensive to buy and run, but also well worth it for the results. It is amazing how much they catch, but also to see the change in air quality even after a short period of time.
It should also have a HEPA filter for better effect. They are a fantastic investment, and one that will make life a lot easier for you. Of course, they are best used alongside a very regular cleaning schedule.
6. Similarly, a dehumidifier is great for the bathroom as they suck up all of the extra moisture in the room and store it in a container. It reduces the risk of mould, mildew, and bacteria, as well as keeping the humidity levels nice and low. You are likely to find that you breathe easier, because dust isn’t the only allergen in the home.
7. Following the spring-cleaning steps in the previous chapter will help a lot. Spring cleaning is something that should be done regularly throughout the year, and it will help alleviate your allergies. A lot of it is quick and simple, and some of it will take a little longer, but it is worth it for cleaner air and a more comfortable living experience. Or, if you are feeling really lazy, you can always hire someone to do it for you.
I hope that this guide has been able to provide you with all the answers you need about vacuuming your home, why, and how often you should do so. It really is a fundamental part of the cleaning process, and it is exceptionally beneficial to your health. Without a vacuum cleaner, you are at risk of asthma and allergies, as well as general illness due to the accumulation of germs and dirt.
Dust is something we rarely think about, and you need to take it into consideration more often. While harmless on its own, it becomes dangerous as it grows and is left to settle on your floors and surfaces. Carpet, in particular, is the perfect home for harmful particles to amass and thrive.
Even general cleaning is underestimated. I’m not saying you should have a show home at all times (homes need to be lived in), but you should be mindful of the little tasks. Just ten minutes each day can make all the difference. It’s time we made cleaning a priority again.
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