With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, love is in the air and Cupid is hard at work. Red roses, chocolate strawberries, chilled champagne and the usual sentimental greeting card are all ready to go and your house is ready for romance. Or
Just because your toilets sparkle and your floor glistens does not necessarily mean your house is as spick and span as you might think.
The Aitken Home Team
suggests seven things in your cozy, romance ready abode that may not be feeling the love:
- You might be surprised to learn that carpeting and rugs are their own brand of air filtration. The tiny fibers
in your floor coverings possess the ability to collect and trap dust, dirt and a multitude of additional allergens. Even more surprising is the fact that your $20,000, 7 x 10 authentic Oriental rug can hold roughly 200,000 bacteria per square inch.
Shoes only exacerbate this problem as even Jimmy Choos can track in E. coli. Romance buzz kill, right?
Solution: Invest in a sturdy HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter vacuum and use that bad boy three times each week. To really stay on top of bacteria, make sure you have your carpets and rugs cleaned every six months by a trusted, experienced
professional and don't wear your shoes in the house.
- Your kitchen sink is the primary harbinger of bacteria in your home and your sponge is it's evil partner in
crime. One cubic centimeter on your trusty sponge can house as many bacteria as there are people populating the Earth....multiplied by seven!
Solution: Germaphobes unite and throw those leftovers directly into the trash, compost bin, garbage disposal, light it on fire, do whatever it takes to conquer and destroy! Be sure to clean your sink, faucet and handles with hot, soapy water and
sanitize with bleach after every meal. Ignore those "helpful" sponge tips and DO NOT put them in the microwave or dishwasher as you are only fostering the growth of additional bacteria. Replace the sponge every week.
- A dirty doorknob can affect up to 60% of people in a work environment in less than four hours. In other
words, less than five percent of people wash their hands properly after using the restroom. This is especially disturbing during flu and cold season.
Solution: Use antibacterial wipes DAILY to wipe doorknobs and don't skip the light switches!
- We are now entering sensitive territory. Your beloved coffee maker is also a bacterial nightmare. The
truth hurts, but a regular cleaning of your beloved Black & Decker just isn't enough as the water reservoir and piping system are often damp and dark and provide the perfect incubation system for bacteria.
Solution: Clean all removable coffee maker parts weekly with hot, soapy water and allow them to fully air dry. Mix one part vinegar and one part water and run the mixture through your coffee maker no less than monthly. Vinegar is a natural
disinfectant and will remove buildup, likely lending years to your beloved appliance friend.
- Coliform is a fecal bacteria commonly found in wet, moist bath towels and especially in hand towels. Enough
Solution: Change out your bathroom and kitchen towels every other day and launder them in HOT water (with detergent, of course). If this is too taxing, consider investing in paper towels.
- Shower liners often hang right next to the commode collecting bacterial plumes each time the toilet is flushed.
In addition, soap scum is really just the accumulation of more bacteria and black discoloration is a result of millions of mold spores and you're going to need more than Calgon to take it away....
Solution: Bleach, bleach, bleach! Make sure to hit the curtain, rod and rings and invest in a new shower liner/curtain monthly. Always keep the curtain drawn regardless of whether the shower is in use so as to prevent further bacterial infestation.
- The remote control has been a longtime collector of cheeto dust, buttery popcorn residual and all manner
Solution: Use rubbing alcohol to deep clean and a disinfectant wipe weekly to clean your remote.