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Cleaning is a chore most people dread doing, but it does not have to be so unbearable. There are a few tweaks you can make to your routine that will make your home cleaner quicker. Do not waste any more time cleaning the old-fashioned way. Modernize your method with these tips and tricks:

Ditch carpet

This flooring material is the biggest reservoir of dust in most homes. Its dense array of fibres absorbs dust like a huge sponge. Replacing carpet with hardwood, laminate, or tile may seem like an extreme measure, but it can make all the difference for people who suffer from allergies. Homes with hard flooring also tend to sell better as well.

Use your dryer as a duster

Pillows, slipcovers, drapes, blankets, and other fabrics in your home trape and create dust as they shed. Drapes and curtains, in particular, get dusty because they absorb dirt and moisture from outside and retain dust from air vents and ceiling fans. This is why you should wash them at least twice a year. For textiles that are not machine washable, you can put them in the dryer on the no heat setting for 20 minutes with a damp towel.

Change bedding weekly

Have a second set of bed sheets so that you can wash them each week without having to deal with a bare bed. These sheets collect skin flakes and dust from your house while you sleep. Be sure to gently roll the sheets when it is time to change them so that you are not throwing the particles back into the air.

Use synthetic soap

Switch to a gel or liquid soap in your shower as they are less likely to form a layer of scum. Some bar soaps are also synthetic like Ivory and Zest, which will also leave your sink, bath, and shower clean.

Fill counter gaps

Most crumbs and debris that falls between the cracks of counters get left there because it is such a hard to reach area. Prevent this by filling the gap with plastic tubing – there are several widths available at your local hardware store.

Use a bleach pen on the grout

This method is a bit tedious, but it can really pay off. Drawing bleach across grout on wall tiles in your bathroom or kitchen will them it looking clean and crisp. The pen lets you target stained grout without getting bleach all over the tile. Simply wait 10 minutes after you apply the bleach pen and rinse with water.

Trap dust – don’t spread it

Dry rags and feather dusters pick up some dust, but most of it ends up settling elsewhere. Use a damp rag or disposable cloths with an electrostatic charge like Swiffer to trap dirt. A more environmentally-friendly option is microfiber rags. They also hold an electrostatic charge but can be washed and reused over and over again. Leave vacuuming to the end so that the exhaust from it does not whip up a dust storm.

Ban shoes inside

More than half of the dust that enters your house comes through doors, windows, vents, and the soles of your shoes. A study found that home with a doormat that also banned shoes indoors has a 60% decrease of dust and other contaminants and allergens.

These tips are an excellent way to maintain the cleanliness of your home between servicing. For bigger jobs or more extensive cleaning, call Luna Janitorial. Our professionals will leave your entire home in pristine condition.

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