ServiceMaster by Knipper and ServiceMaster Cleaning Services offers tips for keeping a clean and healthy environment this winter. We provide carpet cleaning, residential cleaning services and commercial cleaning services to the Tri-State area of Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin.
Hate it or love it, winter has officially arrived and Old Man Winter is spreading his icy breath across the upper Midwest. For those who love this chilly season, it means glittery winter landscapes, the chill of cold arctic air, and lounging in front of a cozy crackling fire at nights. For those who aren’t quite so fond of the winter invasion, thoughts may go to gloves, scarves, hats, snowsuits, boots and wet shoes littered throughout the house. Carpet cleaning nightmares become reality as trails of accumulating sand, gritty salt and grime are repeatedly tracked across floors and carpets. Toss in a case or two of the flu and colds that never quite go away…ah, nothing like the wonders of the winter season!
Just thinking about all the things that can stress you out during the holidays and take the fun out of the festivities. With a little added effort and a few small modifications, the winter months can be a breeze (although a cold one).
The first and most noticeable problem to address is the wintery mix of gunk that gets tracked in the door. The best line of defense is to contain it at the door before it makes its way into the house. That starts with setting up a designated spot for boots and shoes to be removed and stored. Low-priced plastic boot trays are available and useful for catching and containing sand, dirt, and melting snow. Once the family gets accustomed to removing their shoes at the door, the rest of the cleaning gets easier. If you have dogs that need to go out to do their business, hang a towel by the door to clean and dry their paws before they get the opportunity to romp throughout the house.
Of course, even our best of plans can’t catch all the dirt, so to lessen the impact on your floors and carpets, put down area rugs near entryway doors and high traffic areas. They will act as an additional line of defense for guests and family members to wipe their feet before bringing dirt and salt any further into your house. Another good idea is to vacuum and sweep your hard surface floors and carpets more often in winter. All those abrasive substances can scuff floors and damage the fibers deep down in your carpet.
Winter also ushers in the flu season. In addition to getting a flu vaccination, there are some basic safeguards that will help keep the flu far away. The number one preventative measure for thwarting the flu virus is the regular, thorough washing of hands with soap and warm water. Huge selections of anti-bacterial hand soaps are available, but since the flu is not a bacteria, these soaps have no affect on the viral invaders! If you have kids or grandkids, tell them to scrub hands for the amount of time it takes to sing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” It may seem silly, but it is effective. Another good idea is to keep anti-microbial cleaning wipes on the computer desk so that everyone can give the keyboard and mouse a quick wipe down. Also, make it a rule for everyone to use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before using the computer. These little things can make a big difference.
Cleaning and sanitizing common surfaces like countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and vanities is easy, effective, and fast. Use a disinfecting cleaner with a clean cloth or paper towel to ensure a thorough sanitizing. Just for a second, think about all the things your children come in contact with at school or play with every day. It’s a great idea to launder their scarves, mittens, and coats weekly. It doesn’t take as much as you may think to protect your family.
Lastly, regularly check and change your furnace filter. Not only will a new filter help keep dust, allergens and airborne pathogen levels to a minimum, but it also helps keep your HVAC system running more efficiently, saving you money on heating bills. Every four years or so It’s a good idea to have your furnace checked by a professional HCAV company to ensure proper operation and fuel efficiency. Along with a furnace check-up, have your air ducts professionally cleaned to ensure the air your furnace is circulating is as clean and healthy as possible.
If you need professional cleaning services in Platteville, Lancaster, Fennimore, Boscobel and Cassville in Grant County, WI, or Galena, Stockton and Elizabeth in Jo Daviess County, IL, contact ServiceMaster Cleaning Services. For professional cleaning services in Western Dubuque, Delaware and Buchanan counties including Dyersville, Manchester and Independence, contact ServiceMaster by Knipper.
Keeping a fresh, clean house throughout the winter months is even easier if you start the season with a fresh, clean house. We’ll take care of the carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, hard floor cleaning and just about any other cleaning project you can think of. When your house is clean, it is easier to enjoy the winter, the holidays, and all they have to offer.