Did you know that over 137 million people in the United States live in areas with highly polluted air? That’s about four in 10 Americans!
You may think you and your loved ones are okay since you usually stay indoors. However, that may not be the case, as indoor air can sometimes be far more polluted than outdoor air. The thing is, Americans, on average, spend 90% of their time indoors.
That’s also why maintaining a clean home is of utmost importance.
Below, we’ve outlined how cleaning your home can help boost wellness and safety indoors, so read on.
Helps Maintain Optimal Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
Your home’s IAQ is the overall quality or state of the air inside your abode. The lower it is, the more polluted the air you and your loved ones breathe.
There are two primary classifications of indoor air pollutants: biological and chemical. The latter include bacteria, viruses, parasites, molds, pollen, and animal dander. These can trigger allergies, asthma, and other respiratory infections.
Chemical pollutants include carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, acid gases, and soot. They come from inefficiently burning appliances, such as dirty stoves, ovens, or furnaces. They’re also byproducts of fire or smoke, such as those from fireplaces and cigarettes.
Chemical pollutants are dangerous, even causing poisoning.
For instance, carbon monoxide is toxic and even deadly if inhaled in high amounts. Indeed, accidental exposure to it results in 20,000 emergency room visits in the U.S. annually. It also lands around 4,000 people in hospitals.
Maintaining your home’s cleanliness can help mitigate indoor air pollutants. Doing so allows you and your loved ones to breathe cleaner, fresher air and avoid health hazards.
Fewer Germs to Worry About
Pathogens, organisms that cause disease, can spread through living and non-living things. Living things include people (and their hands), pets, and pests. Shoes are perfect examples of non-living things; studies say up to 80% carry germs.
Even more concerning is that many pathogens can survive on surfaces for days, even months. These include countertops, handles, tables, glass, floors, and carpets.
Thus, wearing shoes inside the house can turn your home into a nest of disease-causing germs. It could get even worse if you don’t practice regular house cleaning and disinfecting.
That should prompt you to ensure your home is clean from top to bottom. Alternatively, you can hire professional cleaners if you don’t have much free time. Better yet, consider investing in recurrent house cleaning services.
Minimizes Safety Hazards
Maintaining a clean home also means keeping it free of clutter, items that can cause injuries. For instance, such objects strewn over the floors or stairs can result in slips, trips, or falls. When that happens, you or your loved ones can get bruises, cuts, sprains, strains, or even broken bones.
Falls are also a leading cause of disability in the U.S., especially among older people. About 10% of such incidents result in severe injuries. They also happen to over 30% of individuals aged 65 or older yearly.
You don’t have to have an elderly loved one at home to start decluttering, but it’s all the more crucial if you do.
Besides, clutter increases the risk of fire hazards. For example, all it can take is a rogue ember from a cigarette or a lit candle to make them catch fire. And the more of these items you have at home, the higher the odds of a fire spreading.
The mess can also contribute to the delayed evacuation of a burning home. They can block the exits, or if they catch fire, too, they can add to the suffocating smoke.
Improves Mental Well-Being
Did you know that having a clean home can actually add to your happiness? And, of course, the opposite can be true. At the very least, clutter can detract from the beauty of your home and make it look messy. Messy surroundings, in turn, can elevate stress levels while reducing productivity.
When you’re not feeling productive, it may make you want to delay cleaning your home. As a result, the clutter continues to pile, and the thicker the layers of dust that settle on these items. It’s a cycle that may continue unless you break it by cleaning your home now.
If you know that you must clean your home but feel too overwhelmed, why not hand over the task to pros? The outstanding results they provide may even be enough to make you want to keep your home clean all the time.
Keeps Pests Away
Ants, flies, mice, rats, and roaches are among the most common pests in Idaho homes. These critters can invade your house if you make it attractive to them by leaving dirty dishes in the sink. Likewise, they can enter it if food debris is all over your countertops, appliances, or floors.
Unfortunately, such pests are more than just annoying; they can also cause health woes. For instance, they can transmit germs by contaminating surfaces and food. They can also spread diseases through bites (yes, that includes certain types of flies).
By tracking their feces all over surfaces, rodents and roaches can also cause health woes. When their excrement dries, the particles can go airborne and pollute indoor air. Even more unfortunate is that these particles may contain bacteria and viruses.
There’s also the risk of electrical fires occurring due to rodents gnawing on cords. They may also damage gas lines, causing them to leak gases into your home.
Those are just some of the hazards that pests can bring, which is why you never want them to invade your home. That’s also why you should maintain its cleanliness, as doing so makes it less attractive to them.
Boost Wellness by Maintaining a Clean Home
As you can see, maintaining a clean home can help improve IAQ and even mental wellness. It also helps reduce the risks of germs, safety hazards, and pest infestations.
So, why not start giving your home a deep-cleaning job today? The sooner you do, the sooner you can reap all those benefits.
If you need extra help to get the job done, the Scrub ‘N Bubbles Cleaning team is happy to assist! Contact us now to schedule a professional top-to-bottom or recurrent house cleaning service.