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Getting Down and Dirty- 3 Places to Look for Hidden Germs at Home

September 12th, 2013

Residential Cleaning Tips

Usually we use this blog to discuss fire restoration, water damage repair, mold removal, carpet cleaning and such. But, we are going to take a break from our regularly scheduled programming to talk about some residential cleaning tips.

Just about everyone has “dirty little secrets”. Did you know your house has dirty little secrets as well? We probably all think about it and sometimes we may even go on a cleaning rampage – hands inside latex gloves, clad in a plastic apron, dust mask and goggles, armed with a mop and enough cleaning supplies to disinfect everything and launch a complete antibacterial carpet bombing campaign between here and the South Pole! Instead of going totally ballistic let’s talk about some areas in your house that may be dirtier than you think, starting with just about everyone’s favorite room, the kitchen.

Number one on our Kitchen Germ Hit Parade is something you actually use to get your kitchen clean – the kitchen sponge.  When it comes to wiping things off, sponges are pretty good at it. But what they’re GREAT at is growing bacteria. What makes a sponge good for wiping down surfaces? It can absorb a lot of liquid and has holes to give it a lot of surface area, which makes It like a theme park for germs! That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to throw away that great little kitchen helper. Just keep it clean. One of the easiest ways to do that is by simply putting it in the microwave on high for two minutes at least twice a week. Then it’s good-bye germs and hello clean!

Number two on the  dirty little secret list, is something that’s supposed to help get things clean too – the kitchen faucet. Every time you turn it on it springs forth with clear clean water for cooking and cleaning. Whenever you rinse something in the sink under running water, some of it spatters back onto the faucet where it sits waiting for germs and bacteria to find it. It could be anything from cooking residue to bits of raw chicken. Think about that the next time you reach for a cool glass of water! Yuck! But all you have to do to fight back is spray some disinfectant on the end of the faucet a couple of times a week and it’s humans 1, germs 0.

 Number three in our contamination countdown is your toothbrush. It’s a perfect breeding ground for germs and bacteria. We even supply a lot of them when we take our toothbrush out of our mouth after brushing. Then we put it away. Where? In a wet and warm bathroom! Before you get too grossed out and feel like you need to unwrap a new toothbrush every morning, consider this; dip it in boiling water or run it through the dishwasher now and then. Do that, and follow your dentist’s advice about periodically replacing your toothbrush and you’ll be on the way to clean smile.

There are all sorts of things you can do to get your house clean and keep it that way in places you can see and places you can’t. Once you have all these little places cleaned, you have a friend to help you get the bigger places clean – ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning. We’ve been helping keep homes and businesses clean in the following areas: Menomonie, Hudson, Hayward, Rice Lake, River Falls, Spooner and surrounding communities for years, and we can help you. If you have a residential cleaning project, problem or a question, simply gives us a call. We can even help you get rid of some of your house’s dirty little secrets.


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