Winter is a tough season for many reasons. After the holiday season is through, the fearful wait for credit card bills is just the half of it. There’s also the increased likelihood of colds and flu and the chance to slip and fall on ice or snow. There are definite upsides – few things beat a cozy evening in front of the TV with a warm drink – but it’s a time that presents more than a few challenges that you need to consider.
One of the aspects that needs to be addressed is the difficulty of keeping a house in tip-top condition during the colder months. Wherever you live, winter brings with it an increase in wet weather. That includes rain, but also snow, because if you venture outside you’ll know that crisp white blanket doesn’t stay crisp and white for long when you walk on it. And with increased wet weather come some challenges when it comes to keeping your home clean.
Keeping your floors as pristine as possible
We all know about the benefits of taking off your shoes before stepping inside the house – it’s best practice at any time of the year. However, in winter it’s inescapable that there will be more moisture brought into the house. Even if residents and visitors take off their shoes and jackets before coming in, they’ll be carrying more water on themselves, and it will find its way onto the floors through simple gravity. Consider changing out carpets in downstairs rooms for engineered wood flooring which is both easier to clean, and more durable in extremes of heat and cold. Throw down a few rugs, too, as these can be picked up and washed easily.
Work wonders with your walls
Science isn’t in your favor when it comes to keeping a home moisture-free in winter. If it’s cold outside and you’re keeping it warm indoors, then there is going to be condensation. Not only is that a risk for unwelcome visitors like mold, but it also provides a handy meeting point for the microscopic dirt particles that you can’t keep out. Through human traffic, it can easily be deposited on the walls, so investing in good wipe-clean wallpaper is a good way of keeping things from getting too mussed-up.
Clean hands = clean house
The final tip has a dual purpose. You should always keep hand soap next to every sink in your home, particularly in winter. Due to the conditions, it’s easy to pick up dirt on your hands, particularly when you venture outside. In winter, it’s also easier to pick up germs – and as we have all seen, that’s a particular concern at present. Whenever you, or anyone in the house, is near a sink, it’s a good time to wash hands and keep both dirt and germs at bay. Your house, and your health, will thank you for it.
Although spring cleaning may be a popular pursuit, keeping the house as dirt- and germ-free as possible in winter is also important. The above tips may help you as you plan to keep things clean.
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