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3 easy tips to prevent breathing volatile chemical compounds when cleaning at home
Cleaning at home usually takes place every week and there are some cleaning things to do every day as well. However, the big home cleaning is that cleaning that continues longer, but only once or twice a year. Changing the wardrobes for the winter and the summer or vice versa is only a hint of what`s to come. There are also complex procedures for deep cleaning rugs, carpets and other upholstery at home, while the windows may look like the easiest part of the journey, but they require a lot of patience and the exact type of cleaning solution as well. So, take your free time to consider all the types of detergents and the solutions needed for the big seasonal cleaning. The chemical compounds should be applied strictly according to their labels and the most important thing is to take all the measures to prevent breathing volatile chemicals during the cleaning itself. The protective gloves, masks and eyewear are very useful items, but next are few other tricks and easy tips to follow to reduce the volatile compounds even more.
It comes to choose the best week of the season for cleaning. It usually takes place twice a year somewhere in the early springtime and the late autumn, but it all depends on your location. For example, the first springtime days might be yet windy and crisp, and so the cooler air reduces the evaporation by contrast to the hot warm summer days. Another important thing to keep in mind is the wind. A great idea is to try not to leave the doors or the windows open when it`s windy and especially while cleaning with detergent solutions in the meantime. Open the doors and the windows so the fresh air to enter, but after finishing with spraying detergents onto the windows or the carpets, for example. Therefore, the volatile chemical compounds form tiny little droplets, which can fall straight down freely instead of floating through the air in all over the room.
Another easy tip is to wait for a cloudy springtime or an autumn day for cleaning with volatile compounds. This is due to the invisible power of the sunshine rays, which enhance the evaporation quite rapidly. You can try this on a window – just spray onto its glass shiny surface and make sure that the sunlight beats straight on the window. Before you have finished scrubbing with a clean cloth or a squeegee at the one section of the window – the other section might already be dry. The fast evaporation due to the direct sunlight causes the long darker dirty lines and stretches, which aren`t visually pleasing and you have to repeat each section time after time. Because of that, try to clean the windows when there is no wind nor a direct sunlight. The evaporation is less and so the risk from breathing volatile chemical compounds is less too.
Reducing invisible compound particles often means to reduce common allergens in the air, especially when you have pets or domestic plants. You can go through one simple step after finishing the deep cleaning of carpets, furnishings and upholstery. It comes to deodorizing and sanitizing all the rooms and the objects in it. Always use clean towels and clean water, while the sanitizing agents also make the clean effect longer lasting.
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