If you and your family are constantly under the weather have you considered whether your house is playing a part in making you sick? If so you may need to do a spot of healthy renovating.
Unfortunately, germs love to hide away in all sorts of nooks and crannies in houses. If your family can’t stop spluttering, you should consider fortifying your place from nasties and being more germ-aware on a daily basis with these eight tips.
Germ-proof your renos
Tip 1. Smooth your surfaces
Unappealingly, some old bathroom vanities, and even kitchen countertops have tiled surfaces. A throw-back from the 70s, this not only looks pretty ugly but is also a germ-magnet. Whilst you may be able to wipe down the surface of the tiles, germs can linger in the grout. Tiled kitchen splashbacks don’t usually pose as much as a problem, however the grout can still get pretty grubby.
Consider replacing these areas with smooth surfaces such as marble or engineered stone which germs will find harder to cling to. You could even replace the tiled walls in your bathroom with a smooth material such as polished concrete.
Tip 2. Install user-friendly heating and cooling systems
Did you know that when air-conditioning cools your home it often leaves behind traces of water in the ducts that can become the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and mould? Yuck! This microbial growth can then cause respiratory ailments. Oh dear. The solution is to install systems that are easy to access which are able to be professionally cleaned every few years.
Tip 3. Seal up leaks and crevices
Leaks here and there may be causing mould growth in your house. Unsealed doorways, window trims and wall vents may also be wafting in allergens from outside as well. Ensure that you seal up as many leaks as possible which will also help to keep heat in during winter. Also check any pipes to make sure everything is dry.
Tip 4. Ditch the daggy carpet
This is especially important if you have pets who shed fur which may be causing people to sneeze. Consider installing easy to wipe down floorboards or polished concrete instead.
Tip 5. De-bug your bedroom
Ever seen a magnified picture of a dust mite? Did it gross you out? Thought so. For some people these stomach-churning little creatures, which we all sleep with, do no harm. But for many others they can really exacerbate allergies and asthma. To keep their numbers down wash and change your sheets and pillow case every week. Also vacuum and dust your room weekly to keep them out of flooring, curtains and furniture.
Tip 6. Attack your scary bathmat
Quick! When was the last time you actually washed your bathmat? If you vaguely remember doing it before Australia Day then it’s time to give it a hot wash. Bathmats are breeding grounds for all sorts of things you don’t want to know about. And it goes without saying that you need to clean your bathroom more.
Tip 7. Scrutinise your vacuum cleaner
Unfortunately, even when you try to do the right thing and vacuum, some vacuum cleaners could actually be spewing allergens back into the air. Look for a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter which filters more than 99 per cent of the particulates in the air.
Tip 8. Be chemical-wise
Cleaning with chemical sprays are convenient for many people. However, it’s a good idea when using them to wear gloves, open windows and dilute the product if it is super-strong. Those who have bad reactions to these products such as sneezing, eye irritation or headaches, should consider making their own solutions from vinegar, water and baking soda.
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