8 Tips to Keep Your Home Clean Longer
Make your home stay clean for weeks with these eight quick and easy tips from Domestic CEO.
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You just spent hours cleaning your home. You scrubbed. You vacuumed. You got down on your hands and knees, and you stood on step stools. Everything is sparkling clean … so long as nobody moves. There are few things more frustrating than seeing your house get dirty immediately after you clean it. Luckily there are some tricks that you can use in your home to keep your home cleaner longer.
Remove Your Shoes
The first tip to keeping your house clean longer is to always remove your shoes outside. Our shoes often carry lots of dirt, dust, and other unwanted items on them. If you wear them in your house, they are going to leave traces of that icky stuff on your floors. Even if your shoes seem clean, it’s always good to get into a habit of removing them as soon as you get into your home.
If you have kids, this tip is especially important. I used to run a daycare, and was constantly amazed at the amount of sand, dirt, and rocks that came out of kids’ shoes when they took them off. How they didn’t feel all that stuff in their shoes was a wonder, but it did teach me that you can never trust a kid’s shoe in your house. Teach your kids to remove their shoes before, or right when they enter the house, and you’ll at least keep the bulk of the outdoors out of your house.
Change Your Air Filters
I’ll be honest, I didn’t know the importance of air filters until I married my husband. At that time, I had never owned a house, and figured the maintenance of my apartments was the responsibility of the apartment complex. Then we bought a house together, and he started educating me on all the things you get to do as a homeowner. Changing air filters on a regular basis was one of those things.
Those papery air filters may not seem like they do a lot, but they get a lot of the dust and dirt out of the air. They are placed in the vents where the air is being pulled, so the air goes through, and the filter catches all the stuff from the air. If the filters are dirty, that means that less air can get pulled through, and less dust can get trapped in the filter. If your house gets dusty soon after you clean it, your air filters may be too full to do their job. Change them out once a month, and they will help collect a lot of the dust that would otherwise be settling on your furniture.
Groom Your Pets
If you have pets, your house is almost certainly going to get dirtier than a house without pets. When the animals go outside, or even crawl under furniture, they are collecting dirt and dust in their fur. Then, when they hang out in the house, the dirt and dust starts to fall off them all over the house. Combine that with normal pet shedding, and you have a recipe for a very dirty home.
The solution: Groom your pets often. Brush your pet outside every couple days to help get some of the loose hair and dust to fall out, and give them a bath at least every few weeks. During the summer, when they are shedding a lot, we do a serious hair removal brush about once a week, and bathe them every other week. It’s time intensive, but consistent grooming will help prevent them from leaving hairballs and dirt all over your home.
See Also: 5 Quick and Easy Ways to Remove Pet Hair
Clean Under Furniture
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve cleaned the house, only to have a dust bunny fly out from under a piece of furniture as I walk past it the next day. If you aren’t cleaning under your furniture, especially in rooms with hard flooring, you are missing a bunch of dust that is bound to make its way back into the room. To make sure you aren’t constantly chasing dust bunnies, use a fluffy floor duster to reach under all your furniture and wrangle up those bunnies.