As you wake up your home from its long winter hibernation, it’s time to deep clean for the first time in a few months. Spring cleaning doesn’t just make your home look nicer and fresh – it helps you control your allergies and asthma symptoms. This is why changing your air filter should be #1 on your Spring Cleaning list. Follow this checklist to optimize indoor air quality as you get your house clean and spotless for the upcoming months.
1. Change Your Air Filter
The recommendation is to check your air filter every 30 days and change it after no more than 90 days in use. Include this task on your spring cleaning checklist for a fresh start to the season.
A fresh filter will help eliminate common allergens such as pollen, pet dander, dust, and dust mites. More efficient filters can even remove bacteria and viruses for ultimate air filtering power.
2. Dust the Ceiling Fans
It’s been a few months since you’ve used the ceiling fans, you’d better add dusting the fan blades to your spring cleaning list. Otherwise, when you turn on the fan for the first time, it will recirculate the built-up dust back into the air and surfaces.
3. Clean Mold from the Bathroom
With less airflow during the cooped-up winter months, mold can start to grow in damp places like the bathroom or basement. Kill mold with a solution of water and hydrogen peroxide, which is just as effective yet safer than bleach.
4. Vacuum in Unusual Places
You probably break out the vacuum once a week all year-round, but while you’re in the spring cleaning mindset, vacuum places that don’t usually get attention. This means moving furniture around so you can vacuum beneath it. It also means connecting the brush attachment and vacuuming upholstered furniture and drapes.
5. Hire a Carpet Cleaner
A professional carpet steam cleaning reaches deeper than a vacuum. It removes dirt and stains, improving the appearance instantly and extending the life of the carpet. What’s more, carpet cleaning removes pollen, dust, and dust mites that like to hide out there and aggravate your allergies.
6. Have the Air Ducts Cleaned
This may not be something you need to do every year, but if you suspect your ductwork is excessively dusty and grimy, or see dust particles floating in the air when the AC is on, schedule a professional cleaning this spring. Then, every time the AC kicks on, conditioned air will travel down sleek, smooth ductwork before entering your home.