|16 December 2014|
Are You Cleaning Safely?
You would think that your home being the safest place on earth, nothing you do within it can endanger your life. Home cleaning is one of the most mundane household tasks and the biggest dangers that you might run into might involve ruining your caret or upholstery. However, as harmless as it may seem, house cleaning can be a lot more dangerous than people make it out to be. Depending on what you are cleaning, you run the risk of suffering a physical injury or being exposed to allergens or harmful chemicals. But with a little bit of attention and care, you can greatly reduce the risk of harm to yourself and get your house clean. Here a few safety tips to keep in mind when cleaning your home. 1. Don’t stretch to reachHard to reach areas are often neglected during regular cleaning and so they gather more dust and dirt over time. As much as you are tempted to climb on furniture and stretch to clean these areas, don’t do it. In spite of your desire for a thorough cleaning, the last thing you want to do is to have a fall and hurt yourself. Instead use the right equipment to get to the places you want to reach comfortably. For example, if you want to clean the curtain pelmets, use a step ladder and extended arm on the duster to reach the top of the pelmets. 2. Be careful around chemicalsAs much as I would advise against using harsh chemicals for cleaning, sometimes they are essential to your cleaning routine. Also, some natural cleaners can also be potentially harmful if exposed to the skin or inhaled. Some cleaning agents can also be flammable. This is why you must store them away from the children and heat source. To prevent exposure or inhalation, always wear a mask and rubber gloves when handling them. Don’t mix chemicals, especially if you are not aware of what they are made of or how they would react. Even in diluted forms, mixed chemicals may do you and your belongings more harm than good. 3. Store your supplies safelyBecause of the dangerous nature of the chemicals, these must be kept away from the reach of children and pets. When storing them, always make sure that the lids or caps are shut securely and the safety valves, if any, are in place. Put them away immediately after use do that they are not left lying around, making it easier for them to be knocked over or spilled. Don’t place them near a heat source or in the sun for long. There are some industrial cleaners that are not meant for storage at home and only professional cleaning contractors are licensed to store them in large quantities. Make sure you are not violating any law when using certain chemicals for cleaning purposes. 4. Don’t lift heavy objectsIt might be that you will have to move your furniture around while cleaning, but if you don’t have help in moving the bulky items, don’t try to do them yourself. You might hurt your back, trip or fall or even damage the item in an attempt to do so. When lifting, bend your knees so that you don’t stress your back. If you can’t move it, let it be until help arrives and clean around it. It is best to ask for professional experts to help with your cleaning. Not only are they trained in handling these kinds of cleaning jobs but their services are usually insured as well.
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