One of the biggest cleaning offenders in the home is dust. You can't see it, until it settles all over the place. You can spend your days walking your home like a french maid with a feather duster keeping your surfaces clean, but what you don't see is the dust and dirt that settles into your carpets and upholstery.
I've read that it's recommended you get a new mattress every six to eight years because of the build up of dead skin, dirt, and dust! We all think "yeah, but I keep my bed clean so mine must not be that dirty"...
But even a bed that looks clean can be teaming with thousands of dust mites and ounces of dead skin cells. This not only weighs down your bed but encourages the spread of dust mites and bacteria.
There are many small things you can do to help reduce the amount of junk that ends up in your mattress and furniture. Here are a few of the ways I have learned to keep my furniture cleaner.
Clean Up Spills Quickly!
We all do our best as adults to clean up any spills on our furniture or carpets quickly. The faster you get to it the less that soaks in. But when tragedy strikes you can take some simple steps to keep it from getting worse. Always blot up liquids as fast as possible, do not rub that will just push it farther in. Pour a thick layer of baking soda over it, this will help soak up any remaining wetness and pull odors. Make sure to let this sit for an hour before vacuuming it up. If a stain remains you can always pour lemon juice on the spot, agitate it with a firm brush, and blot it up.
How to Reduce Smells
There are several ways to keep the fabric on your furniture smelling fresh. Most of us would spray it down with Fabreze and forget about it. Products like that can be expensive and only mask odors.
Getting your carpets and upholstery cleaned regularly will reduce dust, dirt, and bacteria. We can't all clean our carpets daily and who would want to?
Between cleanings I maintain freshness by dusting my bed and couches with baking soda. I like to add some essential oils to mine, not too much or it will clump! I let it sit for at least an hour, then i vacuum it up. This leaves my unwashable fabrics smelling great and helps keep them odor free.
My final step is to spray everything down with vodka. That's right... I said vodka. The alcohol content is strong enough to kill bacteria that might be growing under the surface. It also does a great job of reducing smells from dirt and sweat. And don't think you need to go big for this one, any cheap vodka will work!
Change Sheets regularly and vacuum
This may seam like a no-brainer but, changing sheets regularly and keeping them washed is the first step in keeping your bed clean. Also, taking a vacuum to your couches, chairs, and mattress keeps debris from getting smashed and ground into fabric.
Have Carpets And Furniture Professionally Cleaned Regularly
The carpet experts at Affordable Cleaning Services recommend you have your carpets and furniture cleaned 2-3 times a year.
Professional cleaning can remove dust, dirt, and bacteria from your furniture and beds better than you can.
Regular cleaning will reduce the need for new mattresses and furniture.