Why Do We Clean In Spring?

Have you ever wondered why we are annually seized by a sudden urge to air out the house, banish dust, organize closets, clean out cabinets, scrub floors, wash windows and organize our garages, attics and basements?  It turns out there are biological, social and psychological reasons for the spring cleaning ritual… and that’s a good thing.

Biological Reasons

During winter, days are shorter and melatonin production (the hormone that produces drowsiness and enables us to fall asleep) is increased, making us want to relax and sleep more.  Our mood tends to be more subdued and energy levels are lower.  Housekeeping habits may slip.  We spend more time indoors, added indoor activities, coupled with the fact that we tend to keep doors and windows closed results in soil and contaminant build-up.

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Then, the first day of spring comes in late March.  When it arrives most of us are ready for the renewed energy and freshness that spring brings.  Days get progressively longer and nights are shorter.  The additional daylight suppresses production of melatonin.

The more daylight we are exposed to, the less melatonin we produce and the more alert, energetic and active we feel.

Emotional Reasons

Once the winter doldrums pass, we become more aware of the less than ideal condition of our surroundings.  The energy and optimism of spring prompts us to improve our environment.  It’s easier to be enthusiastic about cleaning and organizing in the springtime.  You feel a sense of accomplishment upon completing a task.  Your self-esteem increases.  Endorphins are released into your body increasing your sense of well being.

In addition, you feel pride of ownership when your home is clean and organized, further improving your mood.  Few things make you feel more positive than living in a home that is clean, fresh and neatly organized.

Logical Reasons

Spring has always been a time of change.  Americans tend to have two distinct wardrobes: one for warm weather and one for cool weather.  Since closet space is limited, we often clean and organize closets this time of year.

The types of work and play activities change, so we put away winter toys and tools and get out the ones for warmer weather.  Now we need to clean out and organize our garages, basements and attics.  An organized home is more efficient, resulting in less wasted time and frustration.

Health Reasons

A clean home is a healthy home.  Cleaning is the process of removing soils and contaminants from an environment or material.  This results in better indoor air quality, a reduction of microbial growth and the added benefit that your carpet and other furnishings will last longer.

 

 

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How Often Should I Clean My Carpets, Rugs and Floors?

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Clean vs Dirty

Have you ever wondered if you are cleaning your floors and fabrics enough?  Or too much?  Are there frequency guidelines for professional cleaning?  If so, where do you find them? Surely you have heard “Wait as long as you can before you clean your carpet…” or “Once you’ve cleaned your carpet, it’s never the same…”

These widely used comments have stemmed from unfortunate encounter with uniformed cleaners that have left the carpet with an overload of detergent residue.  The consumer has assumed that this is the case with all carpet cleaning and resolved to wait until the carpet is in dire straights to clean it.

The good news it that a properly cleaned carpet will not re-soil as quickly and will actually stay clean longer.  Why?  Because damaging soils are removed with effective cleaning.  Soil that is not removed by vacuuming, even though it can rarely be seen by the naked eye, cuts and slices on the carpet fibers as the carpet is being walked on breaking down the carpet yarns in the traffic areas.  The result is that even with restorative cleaning at that point, it will not correct the damage that has been done to the fiber.  Fiber producers and carpet manufacturers recommend that a residential carpet should be professionally cleaned at least every 12 to 18 months for best performance.  Cleaning is recommended more often in heavily trafficked and heavy soiling situations.

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New Year’s Resolution: Take Better Care of My Carpet!

With the new year comes new resolutions.  Have you felt like you have neglected your carpet?  Maybe even felt a tinge guilty? After all, you wouldn’t  drive your car for 100,000 miles without changing the oil, would you?  Of course not.  Just like your automobile, your carpets, floor and fabrics represent a significant investment.  To keep your carpet “tuned-up” simply follow these 5 vital steps.

5 Easy Steps To Protect Your Investment

  1. Check Your Warranty:   All stain resist warranties require regular cleaning and immediate spot removal.
  2. Vacuum Your Carpet:  Vacuuming removes the sharp soil that can cut and slice the fiber causing premature wear.
  3. Have Your Carpets Professionally Cleaned:  Professional cleaning by a certified firm should be done at least every 12 months according to DuPont and major carpet manufacturers.
  4. Remove Spots Immediately:  Spots that are not immediately removed can turn into permanent stains very easily.
  5. Have Carpet Protector Re-Applied:  The soil resistor thatr is built into stain resistant nylon carpet is removed with regular foot traffic and harsh cleaners.  To keep your carpet cleaner longer, have your protector re-applied each time you have your carpet professionally cleaned.

 

 

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