Keeping a home clean without kids can be challenging enough – you add kids to the mix, and a clean home may seem to be an impossible task. If you have kids and want a few shortcuts to keep your home looking and smelling as clean as it would without kids running about, keep on reading. Here, you'll find a few tips to help you do just that.
Carpeting is lovely and can really make a home more comfortable, but when you're fighting a war against grime, it can present a true challenge. Carpeting does more than just get ugly stains on it – it traps so many dust mites and contaminants that you might never lay on it again if you could actually see what's hiding deep in the fibers. So, how do you keep your carpets clean?
Vacuum Regularly – The more often you vacuum with a quality machine, the less dust and dirt will settle in the fibers. The less dust and dirt, the cleaner the carpet will look and smell – and the spills won't present as much of a stain issue as they would if there was lots of dirt to mix in with the spill. When vacuuming, be sure to go in different directions and to take your time. The more you move the carpet fibers during vacuuming, the more dust and dirt will be released from being trapped within the carpeting.
Yearly Cleanings – At least once a year, the carpets should be professionally cleaned. During this cleaning, the furniture is moved, the stains are treated, dust mites and mold spores are killed, and the carpets are given fresh life. To make it less likely to forget about the carpet cleaning, schedule next year's cleaning at the time of this year's cleaning – you'll receive a reminder call a week or so before the date of the cleaning so that you can prepare.
Food and Drink Spills
Kids love snacks – some even eat their meals on the go. If food and drink spills are an issue around your home, you may want to restrict the food and drinks to the kitchen and/or invest in non-spill drink cups, plates with higher sides, and deeper bowls. The harder you make it to spill things, the easier it will be to keep up with the cleaning.
Talk with your kids and express how challenging it is to keep your family home clean for them. They may just surprise you and take better care of the home as they go about their days.