What do you think of when you think of spring? Do you think of spending more time outdoors because of warmer temperatures? How about cleaning your home? Many are familiar with the concept of “spring cleaning” as it has been a tradition for quite some time. But what makes cleaning specifically during the beginning of spring still important today?
- Eliminate Excess Dust
Have you felt that there has been more dust in your home than normal? You’re probably right – but don’t panic – that is common during winter. As you know, it’s normal for snow and colder temperatures to keep people indoors more often and using their home’s heating system.
This change in behavior doesn’t come without its drawbacks. For example, your home’s heating system can cause your skin to dry out and shed. Dead skin cells are a part of dust, and with people spending more time in doors, there’s more chances for skin to shed.
While more dust may only bother some as they prioritize keeping a clean looking home, it affects others more seriously. Those who are allergic to dust, for example, could experience a variety of symptoms. These include red, itchy, or teary eyes, sneezing, a runny or stuffy nose, wheezing/coughing, or shortness of breath.
With winter gone, now is the perfect time to address the increased dust in your home. It is important to note that there may be some things in your home that require extra cleaning. For example, dirty filters, carpet, curtains, upholstered furniture and unsealed windows tend to gather more dust than other things in your home.
- Improve Indoor Air Quality
Spring is in the air – but without some thorough cleaning, more indoor air pollution will likely be as well.
When preparing their home for winter, one thing many people do is seal cracks in their home’s insulation. Did you know that sealing insulation cracks can worsen your home’s indoor air quality? Yes, while doing so does keep the cold air out, in turn it keeps fresh air from entering your home. It also increases allergen and pollutant concentration.
What kind of an impact can indoor air pollution have on you or your loved ones? It’s important to note that it there are a variety of negative health effects. For example, it can cause people to get a headache or experience dizziness. But, there are also other serious, long term health consequences such as heart disease or cancer.
Yet, it isn’t all bad news. Luckily, there are a few tasks you can add to your spring cleaning and regular cleaning list to improve your home’s air quality. Aside from checking and replacing HVAC filters,you will want to vacuum as well as change bedding, drapes, and curtains. Spring cleaning is also a great time to think about making lifestyle changes. Make a vow to not let laundry or dishes pile up as doing so can also worsen the air quality in your home.
- Stop the Growth of Bacteria and Keep Allergens Out
It’s no secret – there’s plenty more to see outside in the spring such as flowers blooming. This is just one small upside to ensuring your home’s windows are cleaned regularly. While you may look out them often, it can be simple to forget to clean them. Also, we know that cleaning windows can seem too involved and time-consuming, especially depending on how many windows need to be cleaned. This makes it incredibly easy to put off the task again and again.
Yet, clean windows aren’t just a nice-to-have. When you go without cleaning your windows, you help bacteria grow on them. The bacterial growth can lead to an increase in airborne diseases and pathogens. It can also lead to respiratory problems, for example, as allergens will also easily flourish on dirty windows.
As we all know, rain is needed for watering our lawns or gardens, for example. Rain also naturally rinses pollution particles out of the air. With less rain, pollutants may cover your home’s windows faster.
We also recommend taking the time to clean your home’s window screens. Your home’s window screens keep the air flowing inside your home clean by trapping allergens like dust, dirt, and pollen.
If deep cleaning has never been a part of your transition from winter to spring, we understand the task can be overwhelming at first. We encourage you to recruit some helping hands or save time and ensure satisfaction by hiring a cleaning service.