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Getting Rid of Bacteria

Family, pets, and kids, along with yourself, contribute to all the bacteria and mess on your floors and carpets. Stains are bound to happen, but there are proper ways to get rid of those stains and get rid of most of the bacteria. First of all, you should use a non-toxic antibacterial solution, just like professional carpet cleaners use.

After you clean up after accidental messes or stains, there are still microorganisms that can’t be seen by the human eye. You should use a non-toxic antibacterial solution, and you can make a very effective one yourself at home. Get two cups of baking soda and mix it with one cup of vinegar in order to make a paste. Vinegar is an antimicrobial substance, and baking powder is, of course, a universal cleaner that can has a variety of uses, including deodorization. Before you use the mix, test it out on a small piece of your carpet first. Then, you can rub in the solution in a circular motion on the stained area with a clean white cloth. Let it sit for a couple of hours to do its magic. When the liquid has evaporated, you can vacuum the area.

Antimicrobial solutions are great at helping to get rid of mildew, urine, bacteria, sewage, contaminants, and water damage. If bacteria in your home aren’t cleaned up, it can severely affect your skin, allergies, and make you more susceptible to illnesses. You don’t even have to limit the antimicrobial solution to just your carpet, as you can use it anywhere in your home, such as your kitchen tile, upholsteries (check first to see if it won’t ruin it), couches, fabrics, etc.

Upgrade Your Vacuum

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If you’re allergies are getting worse while in your home, the cause can be rooted to your vacuum. The problem may be that you’re not vacuuming your home often enough (once a week is the minimum) or your vacuum is an older model that needs to be upgraded.

If you have an older vacuum, it’s quite possible that the model you have may not be working as well as it used to. The older vacuum you have may be releasing more dust, dander and bacteria than it is removing. What happens with some of the older vacuums is that the vacuum will pull in the particles and dirt out of your carpet and release them back into the air. The efficiency of the vacuum really all depends on the brand and age. It’s been said time and time again, but you truly do get what you pay for. Tests show that older vacuums and cheaper models release most dust and bacteria back into the air.

In reality, all vacuums release at least some dust and bacteria back into the air, and there’s no escaping that. This doesn’t mean vacuuming is a bad thing to do; it’s still very effective and is one of the best things to do to reduce air borne particles and improve your home environment. The key is to use a well-reviewed vacuum made by a reliable brand. So if you have an older or cheaper model, shell out the money to upgrade your vacuum.

In addition, you can do other things to reduce dust and debris in your home, such as washing throw rugs in hot water, replacing carpet with wooden floors and cleaning behind your furniture. Also something to note: vacuums with HEPA filters perform nearly the same as vacuums without HEPA filters.

Cleaning Your Upholstery

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Upholstery is important to take care of, but most people tend to ignore their upholstery unless it gets stained. Your upholstery should be cleaned on a regular basis because if it isn’t, your living space will be open to poor oxygen quality, leaving you and your loved ones open to potential health problems. When the oxygen circulates around your house, it goes through all of your carpet, rug and upholstery, and those parts of your house act as filters or distillers. They trap all the dust and debris in your home, making it difficult to pick up all of it with just regular cleaning.

Cleaning your upholstery is as important as cleaning your carpets. Yes, you can clean your upholstery yourself, and you should, but your upholstery should also be cleaned professionally at least once every year. Having licensed cleaning professionals clean your upholstery will lower the allergens in your home, keeping allergies down to a minimum. If you leave the dirt, debris and past stains on your upholstery, then they will just sink deeper until it can’t be picked up anymore.

When it comes to cleaning your carpets and upholstery, there shouldn’t be one that’s attended to more than the other. Cleaning your upholstery is just as important as cleaning everything else in your home. Most people just clean their upholstery when it gets blotched or gets stained, but just because it doesn’t look dirty doesn’t mean it’s completely clean. Put your upholstery on a list of things to clean on a normal basis because it does make an important difference in the health of your home.

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