May is Clean Air Month. Did you know that the pollutants inside a home are up to five times higher than those found outside? As many people spend upwards of 90 percent of their time inside, that’s alarming. Make sure your parents’ indoor air is as clean as possible. Here are some of the simple ways to clean their home and improve air quality with in-home care to assist.
Wipe surfaces and mop hardwood, vinyl, and laminate wood floors often. That removes the dust, pet dander, and hair that settles every day. If your parents have carpeted surfaces, wait a little after vacuuming so that any dust that’s stirred up has time to settle.
If your parents have hardwood floors or similar, a dry mop with a pad designed to trap pet hair and dust is ideal. It’s also quick to do a quick clean-up with this type of mop. Once a week, you should steam clean them to remove any germs and stuck-on grime.
Open Windows When Possible
When it’s possible, open windows to allow fresh air inside. There are times when this won’t work well. If there’s a high pollen count or high smog levels that day, keep them closed. Don’t leave windows overnight when possible, as mold and mildew spores will be more elevated in the night when it’s damp from the dew.
Purchase and Use an Air Purifier
Invest in an air purifier to help clear the air in your parents’ house. Some have UV lighting to help kill the germs in the air the unit draws in to filter. When you’re shopping for an air purifier, look for a unit with filters you can wipe clean. It saves money by avoiding regular filter changes.
Have In-Home Care Get Rid of Carpeting or Shampoo It Often
Carpeting is a dust magnet. If your parents have carpeting, make sure you vacuum it regularly to remove as much dust and pet dander as possible. A few times a year, you should also rent a steam cleaner or purchase one and clean the carpets to remove dirt, dust, and pet dander.
After shampooing carpets, run fans to help dry the flooring as quickly as possible. If you want to avoid shampoo products, clean with hot water and white vinegar. It will clean and disinfect without the use of a chemical cleaning product.
Use Chemical-Free Cleaning Products
Use chemical-free cleaning products to wipe down surfaces. White distilled vinegar is a good choice for cleaning and sanitizing surfaces.
Hiring In-Home Care Services
Once your parents’ home is clean, make sure it stays that way. Hire in-home care providers to help them with light housekeeping chores like dusting, vacuuming, and mopping. In-home care aides can also help them schedule or complete routine maintenance tasks like changing air filters on a furnace or having dryer vents cleaned. Call to learn more.