As long summer days give in to colder weather and longer dark hours we spend more time indoors. With more time in enclosed spaces comes the spread of germs especially if you have school age children in the home. This is a great time to do a thorough deep cleaning of your home to keep germs at bay and sickness from rendering you stuck on the sofa.How to Clean Your Home to Prevent Flu

A deep clean may seem daunting but it can be done in just a few hours when the whole family works together as a team. Here are some areas to give special attention to in your germ fighting attempts to keep sickness out of your home:

-Focus on public areas- living rooms, entries, kitchens, guest baths, and game rooms/media rooms/family rooms are used by your whole family and guests. Keep these rooms as clean as possible because they are where germs begin

-Use a diluted bleach solution to clean bathroom floors, toilets, countertops etc. bleach is effective at killing many germs and viruses including the dreaded norovirus stomach bug

Have tiles professionally cleaned and sealed

-Start at the top and work your way down- this ensures that debris you move around when cleaning near the ceiling that land on the floor get cleaned because you did the floor last

don’t forget about those small areas that come in frequent contact with hands such as remotes, keyboards, light switches, oven knobs, fridge handles, and door knobs. Consider giving these areas a quick wipe down every day or every 2 to three days if someone comes home with a cold.

Give some attention and care to all upholstered furniture. Vacuum the surfaces regularly especially when you have a sick family member camped out here. Now is a great time to get a professional upholstery cleaning.

Wash the interior of windows

Launder and clean bedding ask if your carpet cleaner does mattresses as well and have them deep cleaned

Check the air ducts if you have central heating and have them cleaned

Get out the humidifier and make sure it is clean and ready to take on extra duty if needed

Begin a no shoe policy and vacuum carpets twice weekly and have carpets professionally cleaned.

The best way to keep germs at bay is to keep common spaces clean and make an effort to keep good hand hygiene. Let All Kleen help you get your home truly deep clean and germ free. Make an appointment online.

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