A Spring Clean Checklist for a Healthier Home
Spring cleaning is an annual tradition at households across the country. Whether you live in a studio apartment or a sprawling mansion, the rejuvenating feeling of spring stems from more than just the warm air outdoors. It's also the opportunity to open the windows and let that warm air breathe some new life into your home.
Though spring cleaning is primarily about ridding a home of a season's worth of clutter, it should also be about making a home healthier for the months to come.
Once the clutter has been cleared, the following cleaning tips can make your home a healthy haven when those inevitable spring showers arrive.
Tackle mold and mildew
Few homes can escape the wrath of mold and mildew during the winter months. In addition to being unsightly, exposure to mold can also cause a host of physical problems, including respiratory ailments, eye irritation, and nasal and sinus congestion. Highly effective at controlling mold and mildew, Spray Nine(R) Cleaner/Disinfectant is perfect for tackling existing mold and mildew around the house and preventing any future problems, such as those that commonly result from spring rains.
Clean the filters, ducts and vents
Spring might be synonymous with warmer temperatures, but for allergy sufferers spring can be a difficult time of year. When spring cleaning, don't forget to thoroughly clean filters, ducts and vents to help decrease exposure to airborne allergens.
Protect against viruses and bacteria
Effectively cleaning a home can involve several preventive measures to keep everyone free from viruses and bacteria. Spray Nine(R) Cleaner/Disinfectant takes just 45 seconds to disinfect a surface of harmful bacteria, including those associated with food poisoning and even infections such as MRSA. Registered as a hospital grade disinfectant by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Spray Nine(R) takes even less time to disinfect a surface against viruses, doing so in just 30 seconds while protecting a home's inhabitants from viruses including Influenza A2 and others that can cause the common cold and respiratory illnesses.
Clear the garage and basement of potentially harmful supplies
Garages and basements are often used to store paints, paint thinners, oils, solvents, and other potentially toxic supplies. If any of these toxic supplies are old, consult your local sanitation department to determine how best to discard such items. For those you want to keep, be sure the lids are tight and not leaking potentially harmful chemicals into the air.
Make up for lost time
For those who don't consider spring cleaning an annual tradition, it's never too late to start making your home a healthier place. Such was the case with Richard Tobias, who was responsible for cleaning his father's old apartment after his father moved to a nursing home. A smoker for 40 years, Tobias' father left behind an apartment with walls encrusted with decades of cigarette smoke. "I sprayed the walls, doors, countertops, ceilings, furniture, and anything that was going to be saved with Spray Nine(R), and the nicotine did not stand a chance," said Tobias.
In addition to its many household uses, Spray Nine Cleaner/Disinfectant can be used on your car, boat or RV, and in your office. It has also been know to be effective in hospitals, schools, institutions, and restaurants.
Embrace eco-friendly cleaning
A healthy home should also be one that's healthy for the environment. With its water-based formula, Spray Nine(R) is oftentimes much more eco-friendly and offers a better choice over chlorine bleach or pine-based cleaning products, which can negatively impact air quality and cause discoloration and damage to surface finishes in some cases.