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Three Tips to Keep Yourself Safe While Spring Cleaning
Spring is in the air and if you’re feeling motivated to start cleaning, you’re not alone. A survey done by Ketchum Global Research & Analytics in February 2017 found that 66% of adults participate in spring cleaning. Of that group, 25% say they spend at least two days cleaning and 28% take three to five days each year to deep clean their home.
No matter how “into it” you get, you want to be aware of the very real safety hazards that come with spring cleaning. You might be rolling your eyes right now thinking, “how dangerous can cleaning your house actually be?”
While dusting probably won’t lead to any serious injuries, there are some things that you want to keep in mind as you embark on your big yearly cleaning binge:
Cleaning the Fridge – Bacteria can actually survive in your fridge for a long time, so keeping it clean is so important to prevent the spread of bacteria and to keep your food safe. Clean the shelves, drawers, and especially the fridge handles with an antibacterial cleaner regularly and wipe up any spills right away. Spring is the perfect time to take everything out and wash all of the surfaces with warm soapy water. Throw out any expired food before re-stocking your fridge.
Self-Cleaning Oven Safety – Your oven may come with a self-cleaning option, but there are a few things you should be aware of before going that route. First, the self-cleaning option on your oven has the potential to create carbon monoxide, which is a very toxic gas. Additionally, the fumes generated can be dangerous for those with asthma and pets with more sensitive respiratory system. If you do use this feature, put pets outside and open your windows and doors to keep your home well-ventilated.
Lift Furniture Carefully – Most likely, you’ll be lifting and moving furniture to get at those pesky dust bunnies. Lifting heavy objects incorrectly is the number one cause of back pain, so please take a few minutes to stretch first and lift with your legs! Bend both your hips and knees (like you’re doing a squat) and slowly straighten your legs to lift the object, being sure to keep it close to your body.
Gentle Mattress Cleaning – A good spring cleaning session usually includes disinfecting your mattress of any germs and dust mites that have settled in over the course of the year. However, it’s best to avoid bleach. It might be tempting to use something this powerful, but remember, this is where you sleep and bleach fumes are not pleasant or safe to breathe. Also, it’s too harsh for the fabric covering. Instead, start by cleaning the surface with one of your vacuum attachments, then use a gentle disinfectant that’s been diluted with water. Let your mattress dry either outside in the sun or in your house before putting the sheets back on.
BONUS TIP: Test the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. This isn’t necessarily a “safety hazard” but taking this small step will keep you and your loved ones protected. If you can’t remember the last time you tested your detectors, go ahead and test them now (and then continue to do it twice a year, right around daylight savings time). Make sure you can hear the alarm throughout the house. If the alarm doesn’t sound or isn’t loud enough, replace the batteries or the detector itself.
Want to really revamp your home this spring? Acima Credit can help you buy a new set of furniture, new appliances, a new mattress, and more with our No Credit Needed payment option. Head to our website or give us a call at (801) 297-1982, and we’d be happy to answer your questions!