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Clean Surfaces in Your Home

Clean Surfaces in Your Bathroom

This collection of quick tips will help you make better choices about how to clean the surfaces in your home most effectively to prevent dangerous bacteria, mold and mildew from growing.


Wipe Out Bacteria With Antibacterial Wipes

Not only are antibacterial wipes affordable and convenient, they are effective. Sponges and rags can spread germs around the surfaces you mean to clean, while antibacterial wipes can knock out bacteria on non-porous surfaces, including salmonella and E. coli.

  • For bigger spills, use a soapy sponge or towel to remove the bulk of the material, and then follow up with an antibacterial wipe to disinfect.
  • You can kill up to 99.9% of common household germs using antibacterial wipes.
  • For more effective disinfecting action, allow the surface to sit for a few minutes before drying.


Frequently Forgotten Places to Clean

It is easy to overlook certain items and areas in our homes that can be breeding grounds for bacteria, such as the light switches, door handles and the remote control. When you clean any room, a good practice is to go through the room with a disinfecting wipe and swipe the areas you might have missed the first time around.

Don't forget about your laundry basket and hamper, which can be a breeding ground for germs. Disinfect these areas regularly. Also, your computer keyboard and the under-side of your garbage can are areas that need disinfecting. Don't forget to wipe them down when you are cleaning.



Mold-Resistant Paints

Mold-resistant paints contain agents that can inhibit the growth of mildew on the surfaces to which they are applied, making them an excellent choice for painting humid areas like the bathroom or the basement.

  • Make sure you remove any existing mold before you apply a new coat of paint. Mold can eat through paint, so clean the initial surface thoroughly before painting.
  • Prevent moisture in your bathroom by installing a bathroom fan. Run it for 10 to 15 minutes after showering to prevent mold from growing on the walls. Even the most mold-resistant paint will not work if you fail to remove moisture problems.


Best Practices for Dusting and Mopping

Keeping up with dust seems to be a never-ending job, but it is essential to the overall health of your home, especially if you or a family member suffers from respiratory problems like asthma. One of the most important changes you can make to help your home is to stop using a dry dust rag or a dry mop to deal with dust. This ineffective practice scatters dust particles around without removing them. Using a damp mop or rag will catch more dust and keep it away longer. Also, don't forget your ceiling fan as a source of dust, and look underneath your furniture for the elusive dust bunnies hiding there.

  • Toss a throw rug at your entrance, and encourage people to remove their shoes before coming in your home to prevent unnecessary dust and dirt from coming in.
  • Use the beater bar on your vacuum to kick up the dust that is hidden in your carpet.
  • Bathe and groom pets often to prevent pet dander adding to the dust levels in your home.
  • Wash bedding and blankets weekly to keep dust mites in your bedroom at bay.

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