Do you love your cosy living room, the one you’ve decorated and personalised as accurately as possible to your Pinterest inspiration board? Well, tough luck – it could be plotting to get you sick! So pay attention to these disease traps in your living room, and get them taken care of before they strike:
1. Remote Control
Your TV, media player, air conditioner, and fan remotes are a reservoir for all sorts of germs and disease-causing ickiness. Everyone and anyone handles them, and we get a little lax with our own hand hygiene before using the remotes. They are also in contact with various, sometimes unsavoury surfaces and are rarely cleaned. In fact, remote controls notoriously have more germs than your toilet seat!
Clean up your act and give your remotes a regular wipe-down. Handle them only after you’ve washed your hands and ensure they’re clean! Keep them limited to certain locations, and definitely avoid carrying them around – keep them out of the kitchen and toilet!
2. Air Conditioner & Fans
Un-serviced air conditioners and neglected fans accumulate dust, dirt, mould, spores, and bacteria – all of which will kick your allergies into overdrive and get you sick. Water from leaking air conditioners can also harbour pathogens. Both appliances are also distributing air throughout your living room, further dispersing any harmful nasties all around and posing harm to your family.
Maintain and service your air cond and fan regularly, and clean the filters every week or so. Get your air conditioner checked and fixed as soon as you notice problems like warm air or leaks to ensure they are clean and working correctly.
3. Carpets & Carpeting
Plush carpets make a great statement piece and a nice place to chill on in the living room. However, they are also dirt and dust trap that accumulate dander, hair, and other allergens that could harm you and your family. Dirty carpets can also harbour mould and breed bacteria, which exposes you and your loved ones to diseases. Trapped food particles can also promote mites and parasites to grow, further harming your health!
Clean your carpets regularly by vacuuming and using carpet cleaners. For plush, harder-to-manage carpeting, consider engaging a professional to clean and sanitise them. Limit eating or drinking around your carpeting and keep shoes and pets off to avoid getting your carpets dirty and contaminated.
Like carpets, curtains are a dust trap – they’re also a great place for mould and bacteria to thrive. The railings and curtain fixtures will also collect dust and dirt that could cause your allergies to flare up.
Launder fabric curtains from time to time, and make sure you remove the dust around curtain railings and fixtures. Use the proper cleaners for hard-to-wash curtains, or get a professional to clean and maintain your curtains if needed.
5. Sofas & Upholstery
Another regularly used but minimally cleaned article of your living room are your sofas and furniture. Friends, family, guests, and pets are welcome to sit and sleep on them, and you’re probably guilty of letting a few crumbs slip between the cracks when your binge-watching Netflix with a bowl of Cheezels. The dirt and grime will attract all sorts of insects and disease-causing mites, as well as harbour mould and parasites.
Remove and launder sofa upholstery if possible, and clean and polish leather sofas with the proper cleaning agents. Vacuuming and wiping down your furniture also helps. If you have particularly finnicky pieces, get an expert to do it instead.
6. Ceiling & Walls
Your whole house might be out to get you! Mould can grow under peeling paint or within wallpaper, while dust bunnies and cobwebs cause allergies or allow bacteria to breed. Paint and wallpaper could also be releasing harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that could cause headaches, breathing problems, and long-term health issues.
Besides regular cleaning, consider using certified environmentally friendly and health-safe paint with low VOC levels. Older houses with decade-old paintjobs can be particularly dangerous, so you should also consider repainting or reapplying wallpaper after a certain period of time. Keeping your walls dry by addressing leaks immediately will also help with maintaining their cleanliness and safety.
Your furry friends are an integral part of your family, but they can bring pathogens and diseases along with fun and joy. Animal fur, dander, and saliva are allergenic and can cause irrigation and flareups in susceptible family members. Pets that live both outdoors and indoors can also track dirt and parasites into the house.
Generally, you’re advised to not let Fido or Fifi onto the couch or eat from the same table as you. Ensure your pets are receiving their regular vaccines and deworming, and are groomed and cleaned regularly to reduce the likelihood of them carrying diseases. Vacuum and clean your carpets, sofas, and floors to get rid of dander and shed fur.
8. Cleaning Supplies
In your quest to eliminate dirt and disease, you might be using cleaning liquids and aerosols liberally. But not all supplies are created equally, and some cheap, harsh chemicals could end up harming your health. Harsh chemicals like bleach can irritate airways and cause headaches, while certain compounds are toxic to human health.
Avoid using too much of these chemicals and stick to plain water and a cleaning cloth when possible. Consider switching to organic, health- and environmentally-friendly cleaning products that are non-toxic. You can also opt for simple, home-made cleaners using relatively harmless supplies like white vinegar and baking powder for a cleaner, healthier home.
Your living room will only be out to get you if you don’t take care of it properly. Regular maintenance and a deep clean once or twice a year – using the proper methods and products – would be sufficient to keeping your home and family healthy and away from illnesses. If you are in need of home cleaning services, get in touch with one of the many verified professional cleaners on Kaodim today!