With the kids back in school again, and with you back at work after the holidays, chances are, you know someone who is sick. Maybe it’s even you.
Flu and cold season is upon us. And with it affecting anywhere from ten to fifteen percent of the US population, you want to try your best to avoid catching something!
Being sick is no fun. The sneezing, chills, fatigue, and other symptoms can take a lot out of you. Plus, it forces you to put your daily activities on hold. The flu is often made worse when you lay in bed, thinking of everything that you should be doing instead.
So is there a way to prevent it? Is there a way to keep your home germ-free?
Why do we get sick more during the winter?
Catching a cold has nothing to do with the temperature outside. Instead, it’s the frequency you’re around other people.
During the winter months, people spend a lot of time doing indoor activities. You and your family are likely staying inside more; you might take your kids to a museum or an indoor play center instead of the park. This keeps you nice and warm, but it unfortunately encourages the spread of germs.
Luckily, there are simple steps you can take to help you stay sickness-free for the rest of the winter.
First, encourage good hand-washing habits for everyone in your family. After returning from outside, wash up with soap and water. This will prevent outside germs from spreading on surfaces in your home. And like you were taught when you were young, always make sure to wash up before you eat.
You should also avoid touching your face, especially if you’re out and about. Rubbing your eyes after touching a germ-covered shopping cart isn’t a good idea. You never know if an ill child sneezed on it before you used it.
At home, wash towels and bedding in hot water. This disinfects them better than cold water, lessening the chances of spreading disease. As well, don’t share towels, blankets, and clothes if one of your family members is sick.
You should also change out your toothbrushes if you have been putting it off, especially if someone’s been sick in your house. Germs can linger on toothbrushes.
All of these are easy steps, but what about the rest of your home? There are so many surfaces that your family touches on a daily basis that it seems difficult to clean everything.
That’s why you should consider hiring a cleaning company to help you out. This is a simple way to help stop the spread of germs. Plus, it takes no effort on your part besides contacting the service and making a booking,
How hiring someone to clean your home can help you live germ-free
It’s important to have a clean house year-round, but it’s especially important in the winter months. As mentioned previously, your family is likely staying inside more due to the weather. Countertops, handles, tables, and other surfaces are being touched more than normal.
But how often do you clean every surface in your home? Where might germs be unexpectedly lurking?
Kitchens and bathrooms, for example, are the biggest germ-collectors in your entire house. They’re some of the most frequently used rooms in your home. Plus, they have a lot of surfaces where germs can collect: the faucet taps you always use when you wash your hands after coming home, the counter where you put your car keys, and the fridge, which your kids always open right after coming home from school.
Hiring a cleaning company can make your life a lot easier. All of your surfaces will be cleaned on a regular basis, so you can be sure that you’re not overlooking anything. While we can’t promise you we’ll remove every single germ, having your home cleaned regularly can reduce the possibility of your family getting sick.
Our maids can also help clean the most frequently-touched areas of your home, like doorknobs, cabinet handles, and light switches. These get used a lot but probably aren’t your highest priority to clean.
We will also clean other surfaces in your house, which can help stop the spread of disease. If your child’s just spent several days on the couch watching tv while they were sick, we’ll make sure to clean that coffee table that they were using to set their drink on.
It’s not just germs
Seasonal flu and colds aren’t the only thing that could be making you feel sick. You could live in a completely germ-free house and still feel sick.
That’s because many homes also have a build-up of common allergens, like dust, mold, and pollen. These and other allergens can build up in hard-to-reach places. You might not be cleaning these if your cleaning routine is quick.
Unfortunately, these buildups can trigger allergen flare-ups, worsen asthma, increase coughing, and make it harder to breathe. This makes you feel sick, but it could last for months, not just days. Your house shouldn’t make you sick, which is why having a service who knows what they’re doing come and clean for you is a good idea.
A cleaning service will not only remove germs from your surfaces, but it will also help eliminate allergens that have been building up for a long time. This will leave the air quality of your home safer and cleaner for everyone.
We go a step further, as all of our vacuums are equipped with HEPA filters. These help to trap dust and other allergens as we clean.
Having a clean home is important for everyone in your life – no one likes to get sick – but it’s especially important if you have infants and elderly family members in your life, or people whose immune systems are otherwise compromised.
Are you ready to live in a healthier, germ-free home?