I told him he was tempting fate but a friend of mine was convinced this week was the right time to service his snowblower for long-term storage and put it away for the season. Frigid temps, snow, and ice still seem like an all-too-recent memories, but I guess he has a point (and I hope he is right). The calendar “formally” switched to spring this week and next week marks the Reds’ 100th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade. So, I guess it is officially spring.
I’m looking forward to moderate temps that allow me to open the windows and feel a warm breeze blowing through the house. However, before we get there, it’s a good idea to talk about spring cleaning.
I know…I know, we would all rather focus on something else, but hear me out. As soon as the weather breaks there are going to be plenty of distractions around town. From the Reds and FC Cincinnati, to Kings Island and the Cincinnati Zoo, there are an almost infinite number of outdoor activities that will be calling us.
So, it’s a good time to take care of a little housekeeping before the urge to run outside is too great. And the need is not just about keeping tidy appearances. Your home has been bottled up all winter, allowing dust to settle. You have had people, and maybe pets, tracking in dirt, bacteria and allergens.
Before you open the windows and kick up sitting dust and allergens, capture and remove as much as possible. The best general approach is to start at the “top” of the room and work your way “down.” Dust ceiling fans, light fixtures, and return air vents first. (And while you are “up there” test the batteries in your smoke detectors!) Then wipe down windowsills and window tracts before vacuuming curtains and window blinds.
Now it’s time to work on the “middle” of the room. In between professional upholstery cleaning sessions I recommend damp dusting and vacuuming furniture. Just mist water onto a clean white towel and lightly wipe (never scrub) arms and seating areas of all furniture in your home. It’s also a good time to flip the cushions of all seating areas. This not only helps to maintain firmness and limit distortions but may lessen the temptation of “others” in your home from flipping the cushions to a hide a spill. (And for any non-upholstery cleaning, this article from Nationwide Insurance has some good spring cleaning tips.)
Parts of your home that are easy to forget, especially given that it’s a pain to bend down to clean, include baseboards. The top of trim pieces, and any profile details, are notorious for gathering dust. To avoid crawling around on your hands and knees, try using the extension wand on your vacuum or a duster on a stick. (If the dust is tenacious, they even make dedicated baseboard cleaning tools!)
Finally, it’s time to move to the carpet. Hopefully, the logic of this approach is obvious. It doesn’t make sense to vacuum the floor first and then watch dust from the ceiling fall onto your clean carpet. And despite recent heroic efforts to restore a lightweight rechargeable stick vacuum, that is not the tool for the job. You want a standard vacuum with plenty of power and (ideally) a HEPA filter.
And, as much as I hate to revisit this stat that talked about the importance of professional carpet cleaning, “…microbiology research published in 2001 found an average indoor carpet to be about 4,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat, with about 200,000 bacteria per square inch.” If it’s been more than 6 months since your last hot water extraction cleaning, please give us a call.
Questions? I am always available to answer your stain removal questions and concerns. Call us today at (513) 777-8770 to learn more about our carpet and upholstery cleaning services. Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about this month’s cleaning special.
Elliott S. Fishman, Co-Owner
Extra Effort Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, Inc.
About Elliott S. Fishman
Elliott Fishman, along with his son Brian, is the owner and operator of Extra Effort Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, Inc. We serve the residents and businesses of Greater Cincinnati to include West Chester, Mason, Maineville, Loveland, Wyoming, Fairfield, Indian Hill, Montgomery, Hyde Park and Anderson Township. Elliott started this company in 1984, based on the belief that it takes Extra Effort to make each job a success. The father/son team puts the extra time, extra care, and extra effort go into every task they undertake – no matter how large or small the job. Extra Effort’s quality equipment, trained technicians and safe products have made the company a top choice for residential and commercial carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, water damage / water extraction, fabric protection, odor control and spot removal.