Two weeks from tomorrow marks the official start of spring. And, with the weather in West Chester flirting with highs near 60, it is starting to feel like spring! Before you know it, the kids will be out of school, and we will all be thinking about summer recreation. So, with fun times looming, it is a good time to think about the elephant in the room – spring cleaning.
If you are like most people (myself included), it can be difficult to get motivated, so I thought some headlines might provide some inspiration, incentive, and shock therapy to spur your need to clean.
Let’s start with the shock: Leave your shoes at the door: Science says they’re covered in poop and could make you sick –
Your clodhoppers track in dirt, yes, but also fecal germs and diarrhea-inducing bacteria, studies show, and the shoes themselves can get dirtier than a toilet seat. And science has shown just what makes up that filth, too. That fecal bacteria “indicates frequent contact with fecal material, which most likely originates from floors in public restrooms or contact with animal fecal material outdoors,” Gerba said for the study. And here’s the, ahem, kicker: The transfer rate bacteria from shoes to clean tiles was 90% to 99%.
The last line is particularly disturbing when you consider they are talking about tiles. I can only imagine what it would be for carpets, which seem to attract debris like a magnet.
Let’s move from shock and think about the incentive, especially for those that struggle with seasonal allergies: 8 commonly neglected items that need a good cleaning before allergy season –
“Keeping a clean home is very important as allergies and asthma are directly impacted by your external environment,” says Dr. Purvi Parikh, an allergist and immunologist with Allergy & Asthma Network. “Besides improving allergy and asthma symptoms, a clean home has also been linked to fewer mental health problems and lower levels of anxiety, depression and stress. Even the act of cleaning is a stress reliever for some.”
This article offers a good reminder of the hidden areas that need to be cleaned and the upside to making the time to tackle the task.
And, let’s round out the headlines in a high note with some inspiration: The potential mind-altering, life-extending benefits of spring cleaning–
And by starting anew in less cluttered space, we reduce our stress, improve our moods, and get more energy — which in turn could give us the boost we need to eat healthy, exercise and get more sleep — which in turn, could lengthen our lives.
Part of me thinks it might be reaching to say that spring cleaning offers “life-extending benefits,” but who am I to argue with “science,” especially when it is the motivation to achieve a good goal.
I have noted in the past that I recommend a top-down approach to spring cleaning where you work from the ceiling toward the floor. There’s no sense in vacuuming your carpet first and then kicking up a bunch of dust that just eventually settles on your floor.
Also, don’t forget about damp dusting and vacuuming furniture. If this isn’t already part of your routine, here are the best practices for upholstery cleaning.
Finally, if it has been more than 6 months since your last professional carpet cleaning, you should consider if for a number of reasons. First, it is a good opportunity to try to undo some of the damage from the holidays. Second, families often find it easier to have their carpets cleaned when the kids are in school. Finally, we currently offer a free application of DuPont Teflon to help protect your carpet and upholstery from the coming spring rains and (heaven forbid!) any late-season snow.
You also need to make sure you choose the right carpet cleaning method. As noted last month, while there is a good deal of marketing hype around the various types of cleaning methods, carpet manufacturers recommend the hot water extraction method. The hot water extraction method is not only recommended but required by some carpet manufacturers to maintain your warranty.
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 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.