With New Years coming up, many people are setting goals for the upcoming year. Many people set big goals and never break them down, so they are almost impossible to reach. If you want to reach a large goal, you need to break it down into smaller, more manageable goals. If one of your goals is to have a cleaner, healthier home, here are six smaller goals that will help you to achieve a clean home all year long.
Wipe down countertops every night.
Countertops get a lot of use. They often have food particles or liquids spilled on them, and they’re also a flat surface so they accumulate dirt and dust from the air. One of the easiest ways to have a cleaner home is to wipe down your countertops every night. This will help to keep this large surface in your home clean, and you’ll have to clean clutter off your countertops before you wipe them down. That means doing your dishes, putting groceries away, and other clean habits. If you want a cleaner kitchen set a goal to start at the countertops. If your countertops need more help, you can get a granite countertop renewal from San Juan County Chem-Dry that will remove dirt, germs, and water spots and leave your kitchen beautiful.
Keep carpets and rugs clean.
If you have carpeting in your home, it’s probably the single largest surface in your home. Just think how much it affects the appearance and cleanliness of your home! Dirty carpets make the rest of your home seem dingy, as well as hold tons of germs, allergens, and bacteria. This year, resolve to get your carpet cleaned twice (about every six months) by a professional carpet cleaner to remove any built-up germs and bacteria, as well as remove stains. In between cleaning, improve the life and appearance of your carpet by vacuuming your carpets and rugs weekly.
Remember your upholstered furniture too.
Most people think about vacuuming and cleaning their carpets and rugs but they forget about cleaning their upholstery, even though people use their furniture every day. Similar to countertops and carpets, particles like dust, dirt, and allergens settle on upholstered furniture as well. Vacuuming upholstered furniture is nearly as easy and is just as important as carpets, particularly in the high-traffic areas like family rooms. You should also get your upholstered furniture cleaned about twice a year by a professional furniture cleaner to ensure a healthy living environment.
Sanitize high touchpoints around the house.
Touchpoints are, like they sound, the places you touch the most every day. They often include doorknobs, toilet handles, faucets and light switches. Because they are touched so much they often accumulate germs, dirt, and more. Everyday night or every other night, take a sanitizing wipe and wipe down these areas. This will prevent them from looking too dirty for spreading germs to your family.
Use doormats or area rugs in entryways and high-traffic areas.
If you’re worried about bringing in dirt, bacteria, or allergens from outside, using doormats is a quick and easy way to stop those. Doormats and area rugs do a great job of trapping dirt and allergens before they enter the heart of your home, so using doormats and area rugs is an effective and inexpensive way to prevent unwanted and unhealthy particles from getting deeper into your home or from remaining in the air where they can spread more easily to members of the family and get you sick or trigger allergic reactions. You can take this one step farther and even encourage your family members and guests to take their shoes off at the door for even less mess brought into your home.
Replace your heating and air conditioning filters.
Your furnace probably runs all winter long while your air conditioner runs all summer long. Just think of how much air those are circulating. All of that air passes through a filter which is supposed to clean it. However, if the filter is dirty it won’t do its job correctly, and you’ll be blowing dirty air, full of allergens, dust, and germs, throughout your home. Luckily, this is an easy fix. Resolve to check the replace date on your filter and replace them as needed. When you replace the filter, add its next replacement to your calendar so you’ll always remember to do it.
There are a lot of easy steps that you can take this next year to have a healthier and cleaner home for your whole family to enjoy! May 2019 be your cleanest and healthiest year yet!