Spring clean for a healthy home

Spring clean for a healthy home

It's all very well keeping your home tidy, but have you thought about whether your property is keeping you healthy?

Unlike older dwellings, new home buildings tend to be built with health in mind. For instance, such properties tend to be well insulated, while many have double glazing. Such features can help keep your humble abode warm and dry.

And with Spring upon us it's the perfect time to think about thoroughly cleaning your home to keep you nice and healthy.

Get rid of mould

Mould is a fungus that thrives in dark, warm and moist environments.

There's a better chance of it running wild in a poorly ventilated bathroom than a home office with frequent air flow, for instance.

As a preventative measure, ventilate your home regularly, and don't crank the heater up too high. The Western Australian Department of Health recommends removing mould with a tea tree oil and water solution - simply combine two cups of water with two teaspoons of the oil in a spray bottle, shake and apply to the wall. Wipe down affected areas with a cloth and keep up the preventative steps in the future.

Clean your carpet

Unlike wooden floorboards, carpet can harbour dust that's not easily seen.

A house-wide carpet clean every year is a smart idea - removing accumulated dust may even help reduce kid and adult allergies.

Many people favour steam cleaning, while others prefer to shampoo their carpets. You can hire carpet cleaners from supermarkets for a fee. For a once or bi-annual task, it's a small price to pay for a fresh home.

Between steam cleaning sessions, regularly vacuum all areas of the home to get rid of dust and keep the space healthy.

Complete a thorough spring clean

With spring on our doorsteps, spend a weekend thoroughly spring cleaningyou property.

Throw open all the windows, wipe down surfaces with a mixture of hot water and disinfectant and toss out unwanted items.