Spring Cleaning Tips for Healthier Homes

spring cleaning pickeringSpring has arrived! The springtime is a perfect time to deep clean and organize your home. For some, this is a big endeavor that can become overwhelming and downright daunting. Don’t let the scale of the task intimidate you–break tasks into smaller pieces and tackle things one step at a time and you will be amazed at how quickly things get done and how great your home looks.

We’ve compiled a few tips for Pickering homeowners wanting to do a little spring cleaning. Not only will your home look great, but you can have the peace of mind that it is a healthy indoor environment for you and your family.

1. Get Organized

Throughout the year we all collect new things, forget to put things back where they belong, and dump all sorts of random items in junk drawers. Take a moment in each room to go through and remove items that don’t belong. Throw out expired products or food and put like items together.

Springtime is also a perfect time to clean out your closets and pantry. Donate clothing that no longer fits or that you no longer wear to a local Pickering charity, and organize your clothing by type and color. You can also go through your linens and replace items that are worn, old, or stained.

2. Tackle Deep Cleaning

At least once a year take the time to do some deep cleaning. This means cleaning under and behind appliances and furniture, cleaning your tile and grout, and having your upholstered furniture and carpets cleaned. Dust your baseboards, clean the tops and insides of cabinets, and clean all of your appliances. Don’t forget to wash small rugs, curtains and blinds, too.

Regular maintenance cleaning throughout the year should keep this from becoming a big task, but remember to just take things one step at a time. The good news is that you can hire QJS for a professional clean of your tile and grout, carpets and furniture in The Durham Region or GTA. If a deep-cleaning is necessary, this is often the best way to ensure you get the deepest clean and you can check these items off your spring cleaning checklist.

3. Schedule Maintenance Tasks Throughout the Year

The best way to make spring cleaning worthwhile is to make sure you keep the items clean and organized throughout the year. If you know that your baseboards accumulate dust each month, add that to your regular cleaning routine. If high-traffic areas of your carpet get dirty and require professional cleaning more frequently, schedule a professional carpet cleaner to perform a touch-up.

Keeping your floors and home clean throughout the year ensures you keep a healthier home, but also when spring cleaning comes around, means there will be less work for you.

Maintain a Healthy Home

The key to maintaining a healthy home is keeping a clean home. The battle with dust is never-ending, and if you have pets or children, you may only have time to clean up messes as they happen! Set aside time each month, whether it is a few hours or just 30 minutes, that you can focus on deeper cleaning, even if just one task gets accomplished.

As a result of your efforts, your home will be healthier, with reduced amounts of dust and allergens that can affect your indoor air quality. If you are in need of deep cleaning like professional carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, or air duct cleaning in Durham Region or the GTA, QJS can help! Call us today to schedule.

Carpet Care Tips For Long Lasting Carpet

carpet cleaningThe carpet in your home is a big investment and it should receive the same care as other major purchases. Maintaining and properly cleaning your carpet will make it last twice as long. But we all know how tough it can be to keep it clean. Especially challenging are those high traffic areas like the hallway, the front entrance and to a lesser degree, every room entrance.

Although the fight to keep carpet looking good is a challenge, there are things one can do to protect and keep a good looking carpet in good condition. Most consumers allow their carpet to become soiled before cleaning. This is a major mistake in judgment. Care of your new carpet is a major determining factor in how your carpet will perform and how long it will last. Carpet care amounts to more than weekly vacuuming. Proper carpet care involves preventing soil from entering your home by using entry mats, selecting a vacuum cleaner with a good vacuum cleaner rating, immediate stain removal, and regular professional carpet cleaning.

Prevent Carpet Wear and Tear

One especially helpful tip is to vacuum the carpet as much as possible. Vacuuming in many directions is particularly helpful to pull out deep embedded soils that are hard to get to. Make a habit of vacuuming as often as possible to avoid any soils to settle into the threads. This can eventually stain and discolor the carpet if not addressed regularly.

Too much pressure on one area of carpet can be stressful to the fibers causing the carpet to sink, flatten and ultimately wear out. These high traffic areas should be protected and given TLC to lengthen the life of the carpet. It is helpful to use rugs or carpet runners so that the high amount of traffic doesn’t destroy or flatten the carpet being walked on.

Often it’s the small things that count. With some extra care, carpet can stay looking new and clean for a long time. Placing a shoe mat at the front entrance comes in handy so that people can wipe their shoes before entering, eliminating the possibility for loose soils to be embedded into the carpet.

Keep Carpets Clean and Stain-Free

Never take your time cleaning up a spill as it can stain the carpet permanently. When spills happen, the best thing to do is to clean them up right away. Plain water should do the trick for most spills by simply dabbing the spill with a wet cloth. Do not rub it back and forth as this will only cause more widespread staining.

Professional Carpet Cleaning

On a yearly basis, sometimes more frequently, it is recommended you have your carpets cleaned professionally. Not only will this brighten the carpet if done regularly, it will bring it back to life and bring out any deeply embedded soils that have gotten trapped deep down in the fibers. This is definitely the way to keep the carpet in tip-top shape, giving you the comfortable feel of a clean carpet with a nice look.

Professional carpet cleaning should occur regularly to ensure you carpets are clean, healthy, and look great. If you have pets, kids, or suffer from allergies, you may need to have your carpets professionally cleaned more frequently to keep them looking great and to reduce allergens embedded in your carpets.

QJS offers both residential carpet cleaning and commercial carpet cleaning services to Whitby, Ontario and surrounding areas. QJS uses the least toxic cleaning products available and is committed to providing eco-friendly cleaning solutions and carpet cleaning options. Contact QJS today to schedule your Whitby carpet cleaning.