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22 October 2014

Tips for Safe House Cleaning

You wouldn't have thought perhaps that house cleaning, or indeed any type of cleaning, was a dangerous activity and in many ways you would be right in this early assumption but in many other ways it might be worth considering the ways in which cleaning can be hazardous to yourself and those around you and the precautions you can take to ensure that everyone is kept safe in the clean and pleasant environment that you are working hard to create.

house cleaningVentilation: Especially when you are cleaning with toxic products, it is important to make sure that you keep the room as well ventilated as possible.  This does not just mean cracking a window and calling it ventilation you need to en sure that you have a window on separate sides of the room open or a window and door so that you can create a through breeze.  It is also worth ensuring that after your episode of domestic cleaning, you keep the breeze going because the fumes will probably endure for a little while after you have stopped applying fresh amounts of cleaning product.  Therefore, ventilation is very important.  It is also worth bearing ventilation in mind when you are dusting.  Once you've lifted the dust, the breeze can easily carry it away and your job becomes much easier.

Clothing: Especially if you are working with bleach, it is worth remembering that you can’t just do a quick house clean before the guests arrive whilst wearing your dinner dress and using heavy duty products if you don’t want to end up getting strange pink splash marks on all of your clothes and bizarre patches where you have accidentally leant on an area that you only recently wiped the bleach clean from.  For this reason, it is worth having clothes that you don’t mind getting a little dirty – ironically – whilst keeping everything clean.  I like to have specific cleaning clothes.  Then I can really commit to doing the whole house because after all, I've changed my whole outfit to make cleaning just that bit more convenient.

Protection: You don’t need to go all science fiction and put on a haze mat suit just because you are handling some potentially irritant chemicals but it is worth having gloves handy.  By wearing gloves you can still get into all the nooks and crannies that your hands would usually be able to reach but you are also in a position to use chemicals that might damage bear skin without worrying.  One of my favorite things about cleaning with gloves is that it gives you the confidence to be able to handle things that you might not like to touch with your naked skin.  For example, the hair that clogs up the plughole can take on the texture and weight of a greasy rat and it’s not something I am particularly fond of handling but wearing gloves, it’s absolutely fine.
Warning: Especially if there are young or vulnerable people in the house, it is worth reminding and warning people that you are cleaning – especially if you are doing something like mopping the floor.  You don’t want to be responsible for any accidental injuries which happen as a result of your well-meaning home cleaning adventures.  In fact, one of the things you might like to do is put up little signs of even get a cone from somewhere just as professional household cleaners would do if they were carrying out office cleaning.  You might think that this is perhaps going a little far for what is essentially a low risk eventuality but, as the old saying goes, it is better to be safe than sorry.

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