“Dust monsters”

If you have hardwood floors in your bedroom, it’s likely that you have a nice collection of dust under your bed. These unwanted visitors like to make an appearance when the windows in the house are open and circulating that fresh breeze from the coast. You may not even notice these pesky monsters until your child or pet goes under the bed to find a lost toy and emerges looking like the abominable snowman.

Give these tips a try to minimize the dust in your house:

•Instead of using a broom to collect the dust bunnies under the bed, break out the attachment on your vacuum. This way, you’ll trap the dust bunnies instead of just pushing them around your house.

•Next, take a dryer sheet and wipe the entire floor area under the bed. This will remove the static on the floor and make it more difficult for dust bunnies to accumulate.

•Replace your heating or cooling system’s air filter regularly. Most experts recommend changing the air filter every three months. However, if you have any furry pets at home, it’s likely that the filters will need to be changed more frequently.


Cleaning and disinfecting toys


If you have children in your home, you probably have more than a few bins filled with toys. It’s important that these toys get cleaned and disinfected regularly, to prevent germs from spreading in your home and to keep your little ones healthy. We’ve put together some great tips for cleaning all kinds of toys:

•To clean small, non battery-operated toys, simply place them in the dishwasher and run a regular cycle. This will clean and disinfect a large quantity of toys in a short period of time.

•For bigger toys, disinfect them with a basic bleach solution. Using a large bucket, or even the bathtub, mix ½ cup of bleach with a gallon of water and let the toys soak for 5-10 minutes. Rinse with water and then air dry.

•If toys have batteries and cannot be soaked in water, use a towel to wipe them with the bleach solution. Rinse by wiping down a second time with a water-wet towel.

•For fabric toys, blankets, and stuffed animals, wash them in the laundry with hot water.


Tips for Reducing Indoor Allergens


Here are some tips for reducing indoor allergens in your home and specifically, in your carpeting – helping you to keep your home a healthy one for you and your family:

• Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum. This cannot be stressed enough. You should vacuum at least twice a week, more often if you have pets. Vacuuming helps rid your carpeting of dust, dust mite feces, animal hair and dander, human hair and dead skin, mold spores, dead bugs and abrasive – carpet life shortening – sand and soil. Make sure that you use a vacuum cleaner that has a high efficiency HEPA filtering system.
• Don’t sweep your hard surface flooring. Sweeping redistributes allergens to the air. Vacuuming your floors, followed by a damp mop, will help keep the air your family breathes cleaner.
• Adopt a “no shoes” policy in your home. This will keep outdoor pollutants from entering the home.
• Make sure that you change your filters monthly. Consider using high-efficiency HEPA air filters.

We hope your find these tips helpful. Follow these simple tips, and not only will you have a healthier home, but your carpeting will last longer also!

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