Good ventilation is a great way to keep your household healthy. While keeping a consistent flow of fresh air through you home might seem daunting, it can actually be done quite simply. Opening a couple of doors and windows a few times a day for roughly 30 minutes is enough to exchange stale air for fresh air without worrying too much out losing heat. In the winter months, only open doors and windows for 10 minutes at a time. Additionally, refrain from opening any doors or windows when it is raining, as this will encourage the growth of mould by raising the humidity in your home. Another great tip is keeping a window open, or an extractor fan open when you are cooking or preparing a meal. This will keep any unwanted cooking smells out and keep the air in your home clean for longer. By allowing fresh air into the house, you are expelling any stale and dusty air, keeping your home feeling fresh and discouraging the growth of mould and mildew.
2. Keep it Dry
Keeping your home dry is a sure-fire way to not only keep ourselves healthy but save on your energy bill. Damp, wet homes are linked to all kinds of illnesses and can make the recovery time for those illnesses long and slow. Damp air also encourages the growth of mould and mildew which can spoil clothes, furniture, curtains and negatively impact your health. Check for leaks in your roof, the seals on drain fittings and check the ventilation fans in your bathroom are working correctly. Make sure you ventilate your home appropriately, and in the winter months use a dehumidifier to dry the air inside your house. Also, check that you have insulation in the walls, floors and ceilings of your home. If it has moved, particularly in the ceiling, simply move the insulation back in place to make sure you are trapping warm and dry air inside, and keeping cool damp air out. Having a warm and dry home can keep you and your loved ones healthy, and save plenty on the power bill.
3. Dust Free
There are a number of items in your house that mites and dust will love to hang out in. Things like curtains, carpet, clothes and bedding are particular areas of concern, but all of which can be sorted with a good clean. Dust mites contribute to poor air quality and can irritate everyone, even if you’re not allergic to them. This is because they produce waste and lay eggs. Things like hair, dead skin, and pollen, added on top of that can really pack a punch to those who are sensitive. A quick way to fight these pests is with zippered plastic mattress and pillow covers. Wash all bedding in hot water every week or so to kill dust mites and make sure to vacuum uncovered mattresses, and under the bed regularly. Manage the source of dust and contaminants by cutting out clutter, washing and cleaning smooth cleanable surfaces using effective cleaning methods.
4. Pest Free
Pests come in all shapes and sizes and can carry with them harmful bacteria, diseases, mites and ticks. However, they all have one thing in common. They look for food, shelter and water. Removing just one of these can help keep them away, but removing all three is a sure-fire way to get them gone for good. Seel up any cracks or openings in your home or areas where they can get in which might include gaps around the windows, doors, floors and roof. Install pest resistant containers, fly netting and self-timing bug spray to help control pests that might have made it into your home. Baits and mouse traps can also be a very effective method of removing rats and mice, but make sure to keep them away from children and pets.
5. Carpet Cleaning
The most effective and simple way to a clean and healthy home is achieved with a little elbow grease. Jobs like dusting, mopping the floors, cleaning showers and toilets, cleaning the kitchen and carpet cleaning. Jobs such as carpet cleaning are particularly important, as they can hold plenty of dust, mites and pet dander even after a good vacuum. Additionally, you might not know just how dirty they are until you see what they look like after a proper deep clean.
However, if you are short on time, or simply do not like the sound of cleaning a whole house worth of carpet, getting in professionals is a great idea. Getting professional help ensures a great result and removes the time and stress of doing it yourself. Not only that, the equipment and methods used by a professional will be more effective and longer lasting, and carpet dry cleaning prices are usually much more reasonable than you might think.
For professional help, Drytron offers carpet, couch and upholstery cleaning services and products to make keeping you carpets and other areas of your home clean and healthy. The Drytron carpet cleaning system is not just for carpets, it is perfect for cleaning a range of household fabrics. Couches, curtains, rugs and upholstery can all be cleaned to perfection using the Drytron system.
Cleaning up small stains and spills can be done through DIY carpet cleaning methods, or store bought products, however always make sure to check with the manufacturer’s guidelines and test on a small area before attempting any DIY carpet cleaning.