Now that winter's chill is thawing and the spring warmth has started to settle in, it's time to think about spring cleaning. While most people relate spring cleaning with dusting, cleaning windows and dealing with the upholstery, there's a lot more to consider when it comes to proper spring cleaning methods. Here are some of the additional things that you should consider when you're ready to embrace the spring season.
Address The Waste
The first place to start when you're tackling the spring cleaning cycle is by dealing with any accumulated items that you no longer need. Clutter can provide places for dust mites to gather, which can increase your allergy issues. Start the process by purging any unwanted items, unused furniture and other items. Things that are in good condition are ideal for donation, but if you have things that are damaged, old or worn out, consider renting a dumpster to collect everything. You can find dumpsters in many different sizes, including small units that fit 10 to 20 yards of waste, which are ideal for home clean-outs like this.
Deter Dust Mite Accumulation
Keeping your home cool and minimizing the humidity indoors will help to discourage the presence of dust mites in the house. Dust mites thrive in warm, humid environments, so consider investing in a dehumidifier for each room and set the thermostat so that it stays cool inside. If you're disposing of furniture, make sure that you vacuum thoroughly where that furniture was once it's been put in the dumpster. That way, you eliminate any residual dust mites from the furniture that may have settled on the carpeting.
Clean Up Your Sleeping Space
Remember to flip your mattresses at the start of spring to encourage more even wear. If your mattress is aging and needs to be replaced, it's a perfect time to do so. Just check with the dumpster rental company about whether or not you can put the mattress in the dumpster first. Otherwise, you may face additional disposal fees if they don't have a way to dispose of it properly.
While you're at it, remove any dust-collecting items from beside your bed. Stuffed animals, throw pillows and the like are common dust collectors, which can lead to respiratory issues.
Finally, keep in mind that pillows often accumulate dust mites over time. If your pillow seems heavier than it's been in the past, that may be why. Wash and dry your pillow thoroughly every couple of months, and replace it completely at least once every few years. Consider a mite-repellent cover for your pillow, too.
With these tips and a local company offering dumpster rentals, you'll be in a better position to deal with the process.