Deep Cleaning Is the Key To Healthy and Comfortable Living
Spring will be coming up in a month and that means spring cleaning. Cleaning is necessary to staying healthy in your home, but there are things that can often be overlooked. If you want to breathe easy in your home, here are 7 deep cleaning items to consider to get rid of hidden dust and funny smells.
1. Duct Cleaning
Here at Easy Breezy Pros, duct cleaning is our best service. Duct cleaning often gets overlooked because nobody sees the inside of their ducts. This lets dust and a variety of other surprising things build up inside that can mess with the air in your home. We also do a santization process that can kill bacteria, viruses, and help prevent mold from taking root. This will make sure the air coming from your vents is fresh and clean.
2. Deep Clean The Oven
How long has it been since you cleaned the oven? If it’s been a while, you may have spilled food in it, or crumbs may have built up inside. Grease may have splattered from food you cooked. Any number of things could be making that oven dirty. When you cook with a dirty oven, those old foods burn, producing odors that can fill your kitchen. If you have a self-cleaning oven, this process can be easier, but whether it’s self-cleaning or not, you need to clean the oven out regularly to avoid bad smells.
3. Stove Exhaust Fan
Most stoves will be set up under exhaust fans to help carry away excess steam and vapors. That stove fan picks up more than just steam, though. It often gets splattered with grease from the food you cook. This can get really smelly. As a part of your deep cleaning, you should take some degreaser to that exhaust fan and clean it up.
4. Bathroom Exhaust Fan
Your bathroom exhaust fan is meant to carry steam and bad smells out of your bathroom and vent them out of your house. While the exhaust fan isn’t a source of smells, dust can clog it up. Not only will this prevent the fan from drawing out the smells, but it increases the wear on the fan, leading it to need replacing sooner. Open up the vent and clean out the dust to prevent this. Just make sure to turn off power to the bathroom first to prevent accidents.
5. Dryer Vent
Dryer vents can gather a lot of lint over time, especially if the exhaust vent is long, or blows the air against gravity. This should be cleaned at least once a year to prevent it from becoming a fire hazard. Lint build up will also create a damp, musty smell in your laundry room, as the vent can’t remove the damp air as efficiently. This also causes your laundry to take longer to dry out, costing you more on the power bill.
Depending on how short the dryer line is, you might be able to do this yourself, but we recommend checking just to be safe.
6. Carpet Cleaning
You probably vacuum the carpet regularly, but this isn’t enough on its own. To have a really clean carpet that lasts its full lifetime, you need deeper cleaning from a professional. No matter how often you vacuum, some dirt will remain behind and over time, it hardens into crystals that cut apart the carpet fibers as you walk on them. Only the right carpet shampoo will break up this hardened soil and get your carpet clean again. At minimum, this should be done annually, but twice a year is better – once in spring and once in fall. For high traffic areas, once a season might be recommended.
Not only does this extend the life of your carpet, but it also helps clean the air in your house. Your carpet attracts and holds dust and soil, pulling it out of the air, but it can only hold so much. If you go too long without a proper carpet cleaning, that excess dust just starts to float around in the air, making it hard to breathe easy.
7. Unseen Dust
There is always dust in places you don’t see. These spots are easy to miss in casual cleanings because they’re out of the way. These can include high shelves, ceilings, and ceiling fans. As soon as something disturbs these places, all that dust goes into the air, which irritates the lungs and allergies.
Ceiling fans are especially bad for this, as you probably don’t use them much over winter. When you do turn them on, they throw the built-up dust all over the room. A pillow-case is a surprisingly effective tool for cleaning ceiling fans without spreading the dust.
How Long Has It Been Since You Deep Cleaned Your Air Ducts?
While most of these deep cleaning items are things you’ll do on your own, cleaning air ducts is best left to professionals with the right tools. Professionals like us! Most people we talk to tell us that they can’t remember when the air ducts were cleaned, or that they’ve never been cleaned before. The amount of dust that can build up in your air ducts over time can really affect the air quality in your home. That dust can also get into your HVAC system, forcing your furnace and AC to work harder to get the same results. This costs money on your power bill and wears them out faster, meaning they’ll need repairs or replacements sooner than they should.
We can help you prevent this. We can clean and sanitize your air ducts so you’ve got the freshest air circulating through your home. For most modern homes with good filters and properly sealed ducts, a duct cleaning might be needed only once every three years, while older homes might need it more frequently. However often you need it, it’s definitely something you shouldn’t neglect.
If you haven’t had your ducts cleaned in a while, then give us a call. We’ll get your air ducts cleaned out so you can rest assured that only the freshest and cleanest air is blowing from your vents!