Spring cleaning is a way to say goodbye to winter and ready yourself and your home for a new season of sunshine and warmth. It’s a time to clean out the old to make space for the new, and to reorganize your home to better serve your needs. However, in the process of cleaning, there are several hazards to be aware of. It’s important to follow some essential spring cleaning safety tips to ensure that your pursuit of a cleaner space is accident-free.
Check out these key spring cleaning safety tips for the info you need to spruce up your home without injury or damage.
Spring is a great time to bring new life to your walls with a few fresh coats of paint. However, it’s important to practice safe painting techniques. No matter which kind of finish or color you choose, make sure your home is well ventilated while you work, and for several hours thereafter. Keep windows open and a fan going, if possible.
Choose Your Cleaning Products Wisely
Spring cleaning means deep cleaning, but you want to avoid unnecessary toxic chemicals in your home. Even if you follow the house-cleaning golden rule to never mix bleach and ammonia, you can still unknowingly select a cleaning product that does more harm than good, if you’re not careful. Here is a great list of EPA-approved disinfectants to help you choose safe and proper cleaners for your home.
Practice Ladder Safety
If you’re going to work on a ladder or step stool, keep the ground clear and set up on a flat, even surface so you don’t accidentally topple over. Have someone assist you while you’re up there to avoid falls and spills. If you’re working with a tall ladder, don’t try to move it yourself. One misstep can cause serious damage to your person and your property.
Don’t Re-Clutter While You Declutter
It feels great to clean out old belongings from drawers and closets, but remember to stay organized. Trips and falls can occur when you leave too many items strewn around in your effort to clean them out. Instead, place a few boxes marked “keep,” “donate,” “trash” in a safe location out of any walking paths and place all items there until you’re ready to move them.
Keep an Eye on Your Children
If you have small children or pets, make sure they have a safe place to move around and play while you’re working. Keep them where you can see them, and remove any potential hazards from their environment. If you’re going to be working with chemicals, make sure they’re away from the fumes but still monitored by another person.
Take Your Time
As a general rule, move at a steady pace, and don’t speed through each cleaning task. Break up your spring cleaning into several different sessions over a few weeks to ensure that you can thoroughly complete each element without additional stress. Spring cleaning can be a fun activity or at least a peaceful one if you allow yourself to take your time and alleviate any pressure to get everything done as fast as possible.
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