Spring is officially here, and it's time to rid your house of all of that dust, dirt, and debris that settled indoors during the chilly winter months when your home was closed tightly to preserve warmth. While wintertime insulation is helpful in terms of heat and comfort, it may harm the quality of your indoor air. Because indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), restoring your indoor air should be at the top of your spring cleaning to-do list to help keep your home and family healthy. Our spring cleaning tips will help you rejuvenate the air inside your home and tackle germs on your household surfaces.
When it's time to start cleaning hard surfaces in your home, don't reach for topical cleaners that can add noxious fumes to your environment. Use a vapor steam cleaner instead. A quick, easy, and safe alternative to topical cleaning solutions, steam cleaners transform ordinary tap water into a powerful deep-cleaning, dry steam vapor that eliminates dirt, grime, mold, mildew, germs, bacteria, and other contaminants from a wide variety of surfaces within seconds. This is in stark contrast to ordinary chemical cleaners that typically require the cleaning solution to be left on the surface for as long as 10 minutes to achieve only a percentage of disinfection. Simply moving the steam cleaner across the surface sanitizes and disinfects it in seconds, which makes cleaning with dry steam much quicker, more effective, and more efficient.
Steam cleaners, such as the Ladybug XLT 2300 with TANCS, are also invaluable for preventing cross-contamination during cleaning jobs. When cleaning with a sponge or cloth, contaminants removed from one area can be easily transferred to another. Since steam cleaners eliminate the irritants within seconds as opposed to minutes, cross-contamination is highly unlikely. Ultimately, steam cleaners leave behind only sparkling clean, disinfected areas—minus the toxic chemical residues and wet, sticky surfaces.
While steam cleaners are great for sanitizing and disinfecting hard surfaces, they might not be as effective as vacuum cleaners for removing larger particles from carpet, rugs, and upholstery. Using pressurized suction, vacuums are able to dig deep down into even high-pile carpets to trap unwanted particles like dirt, dust, debris, and pollen, permanently removing them from your indoor environment.
Vacuums that feature HEPA filtration, like the Nilfisk GM80 Residential Vacuum, go beyond simply removing irritating particles from your carpet, rugs, drapes, and upholstered items. These vacuums also protect your indoor air. HEPA filters are rated to remove 99.97% of particles 0.3 microns and larger, which includes dust, dust mites, pollen, pet dander, mold spores, and many more allergy- and asthma-aggravating contaminants.
Once the HEPA filter has captured these particles, vacuum models like the Nilfisk GM80 permanently lock the harmful particles away from your environment in a sealed bag. Although bagless models featuring HEPA filtration are available, these vacuums can put your indoor air at risk when it is time to empty the canister. If you choose to use a bagless vacuum, make sure that you always empty the container outside to avoid re-circulating those contaminants throughout your home.
After thoroughly removing indoor pollution sources by steam cleaning and vacuuming the surfaces in your home, use an air purifier to maintain your now-healthy indoor quality. As more and more people have become aware of the benefits of air purification, a wide variety of air purifiers have been introduced on the market. However, to achieve the best particle filtration results and the cleanest air, choose an air purifier with HEPA filtration, such as the Oransi v-hepa Max Air Purifier. Like HEPA vacuums, HEPA air purifiers are rated to remove 99.97% of particles 0.3 microns and larger. This protects your air between cleanings and helps nurture an overall healthy indoor environment.
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