Winter cleaning is an essential part to keep yourself physically and emotionally healthy, as the temperatures outside comes down and the sunlight hours diminishes. It is a time of year we tend to spend more time at home, protecting ourselves from the harshness of the weather. It is also a time of year we are prone to get the cold or the flu.
Winter is the perfect ‘bacteria accumulator’ period. How come?
- We must all admit nobody is super excited about washing their hands or taking daily showers, ensuring the removal of dead skin cells and possible bacterias you might have picked-up on the streets.
- The last thing you want to do is open the windows and let some fresh air in, we get its coooold outside!
- Moving around the house and organizing things is so much harder when you are chilly. Your muscles stiffen-up and that agility and flexibility stiffen along with it.
- Sticking to your cleaning schedule can be a real challenge if you are facing the winter blues. It is scientifically proven that with less sunlight the body can emotionally impact you by lowering your serotonin levels:“Without enough sun exposure, your serotonin levels can dip. Low levels of serotonin are associated with a higher risk of major depression with seasonal pattern (formerly known as seasonal affective disorder or SAD). This is a form of depression triggered by the changing seasons.” – Healthline website
These winter tendencies make cleaning a much slower process, which really can build up the dust, increasing allergies. Sparkling clean’s answer to ‘what is winter cleaning’, hopes to show you the importance winter cleaning has on making sure your energy and body stays healthy throughout the season!
Here are Sparkling Clean Pro’s best winter cleaning tips:
1. Change you air filters
Every winter, replace your air filters and consider having your air ducts and vents professionally cleaned. According to the EPA, it is best to replace filters at least every three months. We recommend more often in months where you use your HVAC heavily, like summer and winter.
2. Take your shoes, coats and bags off at the doorway.
Make sure to set-up doorway hangers and shoe boxes to help you neatly put your ‘outside clothing’ away, as soon as you get home. This will help insure that outside germs won’t spread throughout the house.
3. Wash your hands as soon as you get home.
Our hands are the gate way to the world of germs. Make sure to wash your hands at home and diminish the chances of spreading the germs you picked up from the streets.
4. Keep a towel next the door to dry out the dog after walking.
During winter it is very common to have rain, drizzle or snow. Although it might prevent you from wanting to go outside it for sure doesn’t prevent your pet from wanting to pee or not, lol! So set yourself up to keep their wet hair off the carpets and furnitures, and make sure to dry your furry one as soon as you walk in the doors
5. Steam Carpets and Furniture
Winter weather brings with it cold, snowy and mud. While you may think steam cleaning in winter is counterintuitive, we urge you not to let the stains settle. Address them right way, and they are much easier to clean up. Consider professional steam cleaning for heavily soiled furniture or high traffic areas.
6. Change your bed sheets
Although your bed might be extra cozy this winter, make it a point to refresh them with a weekly change of sheets.
7. Open the windows
Although it might feel like a terrible idea, it really isn’t! Trust us, 10 to 20 minutes a day will help the sticky air circulate and help dust naturally make its way out of your home. The renewal of the air is extremely important to keep those annoying allergies away.
8. Hire The Pros
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