Pet hair and pet stain removal

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English Bulldog Puppy Sitting on A Carpet

Your pets are wonderful, cuddly creatures that offer affection and companionship. But they shed. And sometimes they make a mess on your floor (or worse, your carpet). Being a pet owner means having to clean up after your animal friends, and it can be a difficult, time-consuming task. Here are some ways you can make the clean-up process easier, so you can spend more time having fun with your pet.

Manage pet hair

One of the best ways to combat animal hair is to contain it. Place an old towel or sheet on the area where your pet likes to rest. Every now and then, take the covering outside, give it a good shake, and toss it in the washing machine. Don’t overlook pet grooming either, it’s an effective way to cut down on the amount of hair you’ll find around your home.

Vacuums for the carpet

There’s no big secret on how to remove animal hair from carpets – you’ll need to vacuum. Don’t wait until there’s a layer of dog or cat hair on top of your carpet; if you vacuum multiple times a week, you won’t run the risk of your vacuum clogging or losing suction. If your vacuum comes with attachments, make use of them on carpeted staircases, drapes, and other upholstered areas.

The power of static electricity

For wood and other hard flooring, an electrostatic mop will do a better job than a vacuum, which will just end up blowing the hair around. Similarly, a rubber broom makes use of an electrostatic charge to trap fur and dirt. Conventional broom bristles will just push the fur from one spot to another.

You can also put dryer sheets to use outside the laundry room. Rub dryer sheets on furniture and drapery to pick up animal hair. Once more, it’s the electrostatic force that traps the hair for an easy clean up.

Cleaning pet hair from clothing

Unless you have an all-leather wardrobe, you’re going to end up with animal hair on your clothes from time to time. Lint rollers usually do the trick, but you can also try using masking tape. Place pieces of masking tape over the areas of your clothes where pet hair is clinging, and then pull off the strips with a quick motion. Of course, don’t try the masking tape trick on delicate clothing.

Cleaning up pet stains

If your pet has an accident on a carpeted floor, you’ll need to spring into action right away. If left alone, pet urine can permanently alter the dye in your carpet. Here are two cleaning concoctions you can utilize.

The first is a simple formula of vinegar and baking soda. Soak the stain with vinegar and then add a small amount of baking soda on top. You might actually be able to see the yellow stain being sucked into the mound of baking soda. Cover the affected area with a bowl and let it dry naturally for a day or two. Sweep up the baking soda and vacuum the area thoroughly.

The second solution combines ¼ teaspoon of clear dishwashing liquid with one cup of lukewarm water. Apply the solution to the stained area then blot with a clean, dry towel. If the stain persists, wet the area using a towel dampened with lukewarm water. Dampen another towel with the solution and blot the area again. Keep alternating between the damp towel and the soapy towel until the stain is gone.

 

Carpet Trends

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The words “carpet” and “trends” don’t usually find themselves beside each other. That’s because carpet is seen as something as an afterthought when it comes to interior design. Furniture, paint, lighting, and even accessories are often the areas that receive the lion’s share of the attention from interior designers and homeowners. But there’s no reason why carpet can’t stand out, and perhaps even be the standout item in a room. You just have to go beyond beige.

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Blasts of colour

Coloured carpets give any room a distinctive style, and more homeowners are starting to utilize their carpeting to set the tone for, and be the focal point in, rooms around the house.

When deciding on the colour of your carpeting, think about the area that it will service. For high-traffic areas like stairs and hallways, consider a durable carpet in a darker shade that will minimize dirt and vacuum marks. Chocolate brown and even charcoal are good colour options in areas that will see plenty of footwork. If there are small areas of your home that need carpeting, they’re good candidates for places to play with colour; you can bring out a bit of fun without overwhelming your living space.

For bold styling, carpets in shades of red, blue, and purple create striking bases from which you can build the rest of your interior design. But if you’re not quite ready to take the plunge into a daring colour palette, you can opt for neutrals with a little bit more to them, like creams and both warm and cool tones of grey.

 Texture

Another, sometimes overlooked way that carpets add to the style of a room is how they feel. Carpeting is meant to be comfortable underfoot, and with so many manufacturing options now available, you can really crank up the coziness.

Bedrooms are the best rooms for plush carpeting with deep textures, or carpeting created with tighter twists that can make you feel even more nestled in. Some other luxurious styles include high, dense twists, chunky felts, and oversized loop piles. You can even find carpets made of unique blends that pair wool with silk, linen, cotton, and even paper.

Lastly, texture can be made visible with patterns woven directly into the carpet. Designs in flowers, lattices, and leaves offer unique shapes that can be coordinated with patterns on other furnishings.

 Earth tones

You can go green with your carpet quite literally by selecting a shade of green, but you can also opt for environmentally friendly carpeting that uses natural materials. Raffia, sisal, and sea grass are all organic substances that can be used in the creation of carpets and rugs. Their typically earthy tones work well in urban settings where a touch of nature is welcome.

If you want a natural look indoors, you don’t necessarily need organic materials. As noted above, textured carpets that incorporate floral and other nature-centric patterns can bring a bit of the great outdoors indoors.

The range of new carpeting products available gives you a great amount of creative flexibility.  It also shifts the design focus from the furnishings on top of a carpet to the carpet itself.

Where and Where Not to Place Carpets

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Carpet and Couch

Carpeting in your home has its pros and cons. On the plus side, carpets provide warmth, cushioning as you walk around the house, a comfortable place for kids to play, and a degree of sound absorption. On the other hand, carpets require more maintenance than other forms of flooring, and there’s always the worry that one errant glass of wine will make a big splash and permanently mark the fibres on your floor. Because of the two sides to carpeting, it’s important to place it in the right areas of your home so that you can enjoy its benefits without worrying about its drawbacks.

Bedrooms

Have you ever arose on a winter morning, tossed your warm comforter aside, then felt a cold shock when you stepped foot on bare flooring? Unless you can seamlessly slide your feet from your bed to your slippers each and every morning, a carpeted bedroom floor may be worth considering. Carpeting in the bedroom gives the room a softer feel, both literally and figuratively, and that’s important for the place where you rest and recharge. Additionally, the sound absorbing ability of carpet can help keep the activities of the bedroom’s occupants private – teenagers can listen to their music, and adults can do whatever it is adults do in their bedrooms.

The living room

Carpet in the living room means your couch won’t be the only soft seat in the area. A carpeted floor creates space for people to stretch out comfortably and watch TV, play a game, or just converse with others. In the colder months, carpeting can help keep the family room warm, reducing the need to crank up the furnace.

Staircases

When you consider carpeting for your home, look beyond the rooms themselves. Staircases are good candidates for carpeting, because they provide more traction than hard, flat surfaces, making climbing or descending stairs a little safer. If you have kids who like to run around the house, you don’t want to risk them slipping on a step and hurting themselves.

The kitchen

When’s the last time you saw someone with a carpeted kitchen? Well there’s a reason for that. Cooking and serving food can be messy processes, and there’s always the risk of food and drink spilling on the floor. Crumbs alone would be a pain to constantly vacuum up, but imagine spilling tomato sauce or chocolate pudding. Using the kitchen sink can also pose a problem, as splashed water will soak into carpet.

The bathroom

Like the kitchen, the bathroom is rarely, if ever, a room that sees carpeting. Bathroom rugs that can be easily removed and cleaned are okay, but wall-to-tub carpeting is a no-no. Because bathrooms are often warm, damp, and humid places, they can be a breeding ground for mold. A carpeted floor only adds to that possibility by trapping heat and soaking up water.

Basements and attics

Mold can be a problem in both basements and attics because, like bathrooms, they are often damp and humid places. Carpet in these areas can turn into a home for mold, which may lead to costly and time-consuming cleaning. In the case of basements, carpet can be problematic in the event of a flood. Rather than risk having to tear out carpet after a basement flood, you might be wise to leave it out of the basement to begin with.

Areas with the worst air pollution in Ontario

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Smog from a Factory

Every summer, air pollution becomes a particular concern for municipalities across Ontario. Hot, smoggy air can be disruptive to outdoor activities, and make life even more challenging for people who suffer from respiratory illnesses. While communities around the province do produce their own airborne emissions, our neighbours to the south end up exacerbating the problem.

The burning of fossil fuels in power plants, factories, homes, and vehicles is a major cause of air pollution. Those activities happen on both sides of the border, but unfortunately for us here in Ontario, American pollution doesn’t remain within American borders. From May through to September, prevailing winds from the United States run in a northeast direction, causing polluted air from the Ohio Valley, the Cleveland area, and the Detroit area to travel across southern Ontario, as well as southern Quebec and the Maritimes.

Within Ontario, a few cities’ meteorological and geographical locations make them especially vulnerable for polluted air.

Sarnia

In 2011, the World Health Organization released a massive compilation of air quality statistics for nearly 1,100 cities in 91 countries. In that report, the city of Sarnia was ranked as the worst city for air quality in Canada, having the most particulate matter per cubic metre of air. Coal-fired plants in the Ohio Valley and the Detroit area are partially to blame, as their emissions drift across the border and contribute to Sarnia’s poor numbers. Sarnia itself, however, is an industry-rich city. In 2007, Ecojustice Canada released a report that highlighted the fact that there are 62 large industrial facilities located within 25 kilometres of Sarnia (an area dubbed “Chemical Valley”), which emitted more than 131,000 tonnes of air pollution in 2005.

Windsor

Another city notorious for poor air quality is Windsor, largely because of its climate and its proximity to Detroit. In a 2013 report that used data from 2011, the Ontario Environment Ministry noted that Windsor had the highest number of smog advisory days with eight. Windsor was also among the worst cities in the province for fine particulate matter, which can be especially detrimental to humans because it can penetrate deeper into the body’s airways. Those high particulate levels are the combined result of pollution from the United States, local industrial emissions, and truck traffic making its way around the region and across the border.

Hamilton

The city of Hamilton averages five smog advisories a year. Those advisories are issued when air quality is poor because of ground-level ozone and particulate matter. It’s not surprising that Hamilton needs to declare a few smog days each summer, because the city, like so many others in Ontario, lies in the path of pollutant-laced air moving north from the Ohio Valley during the warmer summer months. In addition, Hamilton has a number of industrial facilities and several major highways running through it, and those elements add to the total air pollution.

London

Even though London does not have active industrial operations on the scale of Sarnia or Hamilton, its air quality can take a hit. Once again, its geographic location puts it in the path of moving currents of polluted air originating from the United States, but a wide range of local, small sources also contribute to air emissions, including vehicles, lawn mowers, and solvent use in homes and small industries. Moreover, high electricity use in the warmer months means a spike in air pollutants, as local gas- and coal-fired plants meet the demand for power.

 

Why you should clean your air ducts

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You never know what you might find in your air ducts. Dirt, dust, debris, rodents, mold, and even small animals can get into your ductwork. If that happens, you and your family could suffer ailments as a result of dirty air flowing into your home. Your heating and cooling systems might also run less efficiently if ductwork is significantly clogged.  Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of cleaning your air ducts.

Health concerns

It’s important to note that there is no definitive link between air duct cleaning and a reduction in health problems.  Any company that claims otherwise isn’t one you want to be dealing with.  Nevertheless, there is one contaminant that has the potential to harm your health if left unchecked in your ductwork – mold.

If you can see mold growing inside your air ducts, it’s most definitely time for a cleaning.  A dirty duct system can cause your heating and cooling systems to circulate mold spores around your home.  When inhaled, those mold spores can trigger a number of maladies, such as cough, sore throat, sneezing, runny nose, and eye irritation.  More serious illnesses can take hold if you’re exposed to mold for an extended stretch of time, so it’s a good idea to clean your ductwork at the first sight of mold.  Keep an eye on your air ducts after a leak or flood in your home; water that has entered the ductwork can spark mold growth.

Energy efficiency

A small amount of dirt and dust in your air ducts won’t cause a significant decrease in the efficiency of your furnace or air conditioner.  However, if a large amount of debris, or a large-sized piece of debris, manages to get into your system, it can block the flow of air, forcing your furnace and air conditioner to work harder, and for longer periods of time.

Good times to clean your air ducts

If you’ve had some significant renovation work done on your home, a thorough duct cleaning can be valuable. Construction creates a great amount of dust, dirt, and debris, all of which can gather in your air ducts.

We noted earlier that visible mold in your ducts should be addressed immediately.  Likewise, if you see insects crawling out of your air ducts, you might have a nest somewhere in your system; another good reason to clean out the duct work.

Just moved into a new house? You might want to get the air ducts cleaned so that you can have a fresh start in your new abode, particularly if the previous occupants were smokers or kept pets in the house.

Know what you’re getting

It takes some special gear to get a good look at what’s inside your air ducts – special gear like Kleen Rite’s duct cameras. Our cameras snake through your air ducts to give you a clear view of what’s inside. You’ll be able to see whether there are any chunks of debris clogging your system, if there’s a rodent or animal camped out, or if there is a significant accumulation of dirt and dust. What’s more, you’ll be able to see after the cleaning just how clear your duct-work is.

Just because you never look behind the refrigerator, or couch, it doesn’t mean you shimmy it out once in awhile to clean behind it.  The same applies to duct work.  Knowing all parts of your house are clean just makes you happier.

Highest areas of Air Pollution in Hamilton

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smoggy city

The good news with pollution in Hamilton is that it has been declining since the mid 1990’s. This means fewer deaths.  For example, in 2003, 229 deaths occured due to bad air quality. In 2012, that number has been reduced to 186 deaths. The decline in air pollution is mostly due to many manufacturing industries shutting their doors, such as the Dominion Glass Company, Westinghouse, Procter & Gamble, and Camco.

There is still a lot of pollution in Hamilton, some which cannot be helped, as it migrates here from America (at least 50% of Hamilton Pollution comes from the states. Furthermore, the average mortality risk due to exposure to air pollution in Hamilton is 4.6%, which is a little high.

A study was recently done by Rotek Environmental Inc for the city of Hamilton. This interesting read on Air Polution in Hamilton lists a few areas were Air Pollution is the Highest in Hamilton. The following is our summary on these areas.

Anywhere within 200 meters of a highway.

All major highways are a major source of air pollution, and living within 200 meters of arterial roads and major highways drastically increases your exposure. Houses near the 403, the Linc and the QEW are exposed to air pollution that is 300% greater than other neighbourhoods. If you live near these areas, keep your windows closed as much as possible, and have your ducts cleaned regularly so pollution does not circulate within your home.

Below the Escarpment

Air pollution levels are higher below the escarpment because of the manufacturing industries, the higher density of traffic and people. Furthermore, the escarpment walls block the clouds of smog.

Air Pollution on Jones Road in Hamiton

Jones Road Hamilton
In the Hamilton Air Pollution study, the Jones Road area had the highest levels of air pollution. Meanwhile, Dundas Ontario had the lowest levels of pollution in Hamilton.

Between Barton and Burlington Street

This area of northeast Hamilton has high readings of nitrogen dioxide. These concentrations are suspected to be from heavy diesel truck traffic. Wentworth Street North in particular showed higher levels of both particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide.

Eastport Drive

Eastport Drive Hamilton Pollution

The Eastport drive has elevated levels of nitrogen oxide which more than likely comes from the Skyway Bridge.

How can I reduce my exposure to Air Pollution?

If you live near these areas in Hamilton, it might be best to have your ducts cleaned. Pollutants can enter your home and enter duct work, where it is difficult for you to vacuum. This will assist in assuring that you are circulating clean air when you are running your furnace or air conditioner.  A good carpet and rug cleaning is also beneficial as pollutants do get stuck in the fibers of your carpets and rugs, which Kleen Rite’s deep steam cleaning can safely and effectively remove.

Eco-friendly cleaning

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For years, cleaning products laced with chemical concoctions have been used to clean our homes, our cars, and our workplaces. Typically, those cleaning products have been petroleum-based, and as such, can have detrimental effects on the environment as well as our own health. If you’re looking to live a more ecologically friendly lifestyle, there are plenty of cleaning products and processes that you can utilize to ease the pressure on Mother Nature.

Breathe easier

Emissions from cars, trucks, factories, and elsewhere all contribute to poor outdoor air quality, but did you know that the air you breathe indoors can be up to 10 times worse? That’s because microbial contaminants like mold, pet dander, and plant pollen can combine with chemicals like radon to create a toxic environment inside homes and workplaces. One simple way to improve indoor air quality is to keep windows open as much as possible to let fresh air flow in and toxins flow out. Keeping windows open while cleaning is particularly important.

If you detect odours indoors, baking soda is at your service. Not only does an open box of baking soda in the fridge absorb odours, it can also freshen a funky carpet. Sprinkle on some baking soda to suck up the smell and then vacuum it up.

When you want a room to smell extra nice, skip the faux-flower aerosol sprays and try boiling cinnamon, cloves, or other spices. And while indoor plants provide a tiny bit of fragrance, their true value lies in their ability to filter the air – plants with broad green leaves work best.

Go for green cleaning products

More companies are vying for a spot under your sink by marketing their cleaning products as environmentally friendly. To really qualify as environmentally friendly, cleaning products should be non-toxic, biodegradable, and made from renewable resources rather than petroleum. If you really want to ensure your cleaning solution is eco-friendly, you can make your own all-purpose cleaners. Pour some baking soda and vinegar on a damp sponge to clean and deodorize your bathroom and kitchen surfaces, and mix vinegar and salt to clean other household surfaces.

Replace responsibly

So you’ve decided to swap your old chemical-based cleaning products in exchange for some green ones. Great! But as part of your new found environmental stewardship, you’ll need to dispose of your old cleaning products properly. Pouring petroleum-based cleaning products down the drain or tossing them in the trash can contaminate soil and water. Contact your local municipality to see if it has a safe disposal site or collection day.

If you’re introducing more ecologically friendly products into your cleaning regimen, you’ll be doing a service to your environment, and even to your possessions. Over time, chemical-based cleaning products can damage furniture and other household surfaces, so cleaning with the environment in mind can even prolong the life of several items around your home.

Whether it’s an all-natural homemade mixture or a store-bought eco-friendly cleaning product, there are plenty of options out there to make cleaning your living spaces a green process

Commercial cleaning and presentation

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When you manage a staff, no matter the size, you’re likely to run into some different opinions. Those opinions can be centered on what exactly constitutes a clean office. One person’s idea of cleanliness can be vastly different from another’s. That’s why when it comes to cleaning a commercial space – whether it’s a store, a factory, an office, or any other type of work area – a cleaning service can establish uniform cleanliness around the entire workplace. What’s more, professional cleaners can let your company present itself in a sparkling (pun intended) manner.

Why it’s good for business

How you present your company is vital to your employees and clients alike. Employees who work in a dirty environment can feel less affinity towards the company they work for, leading to a slump in productivity. Clients who step into an untidy workspace can lose confidence in the company’s ability to perform professionally. A clean commercial space radiates professionalism, reliability, and success – characteristics that you want your company to be synonymous with.

Moreover, commercial cleaning services can handle areas of the office that employees dread cleaning, like the kitchen, the bathrooms, and the garbage bins. Cleaning these areas isn’t exactly a fun activity at home, so why would it be any different in the office? Utilizing a professional cleaning service allows employees to focus on the job they were hired to do, which can bolster their loyalty to the company.

Health benefits

A clean workplace can keep you and your employees healthy. Germs can amass on dirty surfaces like desks, conference tables, kitchen counters, and bathroom fixtures. The more your employees make contact with those contaminated areas, the more likely they are to develop an ailment. Ill employees need time off, which means reduced productivity and potentially less profit.

It’s also worth noting that office cleanliness refers to cutting down on clutter as much as wiping down frequently used surfaces. Items left haphazardly around the office have the potential to injure employees who trip, slip, or fall over them. Cleaning services can help reduce the amount of clutter strewn around a workplace.

What needs to be done?

Business environments constantly deal with foot traffic, the movement of goods, piles of paperwork, and the occasional spilled cup of coffee. That means sweeping, scrubbing, dusting, mopping, vacuuming, window cleaning, and waste disposal are required. Depending on the size of your organization, those tasks may be needed on a daily basis. That’s a lengthy to-do list for any business owner, who has plenty of occupational duties already on his or her plate. Hiring a cleaning service can save time and energy, while ensuring all of the necessary cleaning tasks get done.

Think about the size and scope of your organization when it comes time to consider what cleaning services are needed, and how often they need to be done. Remember that hiring a cleaning company is an investment in the image and culture of your workplace, one that will allow you to present a fantastic first impression to clients and stakeholders.

Emergency cleaning and avoiding mold

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When severe weather strikes, it can lead to flooded homes, which in turn can trigger the growth and spread of mold.  If you’re unfortunate enough to have your home flooded, you’ll need to act quickly to salvage what possessions you can, and to protect your home from mold.

flooded living room

What is mold, and why is it harmful?

Mold is a type of microscopic fungus that can grow both indoors and out.  Mold thrives in warm, damp, and humid conditions, where its spores can spread and reproduce.  A flooded basement is a perfect example of an environment that would promote mold growth.

For people with breathing problems, such as allergies and asthma, mold can be particularly problematic.  However, you don’t need a predisposition to respiratory ailment for mold to make you sick.  Mold exposure is typified by coughing, sneezing, wheezing, shortness of breath, sore throats, flu-like aches and pains, and fatigue.

On top of health concerns, mold can damage building materials, furnishings, and other materials that it grows on.  Over time, mold growth combined with moisture can compromise a building’s structural integrity.

Get cleaning right away

Mold can start growing within 24 hours of a flood, so you’ll need to get your clean-up efforts underway as soon as possible.  The faster you act, the more you may be able to save.

The first step should be pumping out or soaking up any standing water, but you’ll need to approach this step with caution.  If water levels have reached or surpassed fuse boxes or any other electrical circuits, you may be at risk of electrocution.  Have emergency crews inspect the area and give the all clear before entering the flooded area.

You might also consider calling in a professional restoration company, which can utilize heavy-duty pumps, fans, and dehumidifiers to quickly dry out the flooded area.  In lieu of professional cleaners, you can use a shop or wet vacuum to suck up standing water, and set up fans to get the air flowing into and out of enclosed spaces.  If you can get your hands on a dehumidifier, it can be used to help dry out affected areas by keeping moisture levels low.

Things to toss

It may not be easy to say goodbye to a favourite chair or some beloved reading material, but items that look or smell moldy (musty), or ones that have been submerged in floodwater should be discarded.  These items can include carpeting, rugs, upholstered furniture, papers, books, and appliances with fans such as computers, microwaves, and air conditioner window units.

Depending on the flooding conditions, you may be able to salvage items such as artwork, photographs, clothing, and hard, non-porous items like jewelry, china, glass, porcelain, and metal.

It’s not always easy to take fast action during an emergency, because it’s hard enough to face the fact that your home has been damaged.  It’s during such times of emergency that a professional clean-up crew can help expedite the process of cleaning the areas impacted by floodwaters.  Remember that the sooner you get the clean-up underway, the more items you’ll be able to save, and the less time mold will have to grow and spread.

Cleaning a home before selling it

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An immaculate, clean kitchen

If you’re thinking of selling your house, you’ll need to have it looking fresh and clean to impress prospective buyers. That means more than just a little dusting and vacuuming – you’ve got to scrub and scour and apply a generous amount of elbow grease before putting that For Sale sign up on your front lawn. Remember that a clean house commands higher bids from possible buyers.

The importance of a clean house to home buyers

Dirty or cluttered houses convey disorder, and potential buyers can leave your house with the impression that it has not been well maintained, even if it’s in very good condition. Clutter can also make it seem as though the house is difficult to maintain or is lacking adequate storage space. Often when buyers look around a house, they try to picture their own furnishings in a particular space. If that space is already loaded with stuff, they may have a hard time picturing their things, and therefore themselves, in the house.

Step one: de-clutter

A cluttered house can be very difficult to sell. It’s not exactly easy on the eyes of a prospective home buyer, and it can even pose a safety hazard. If a potential buyer trips over your stuff, you can forget about him or her putting in an offer. The first step in thoroughly cleaning your house is to purge items that are no longer needed. Items in good condition can be sold or donated to charity, and the rest can be sent to the dump. If you find some items that you want out of the house but not out of your life, consider storing them at a rented storage facility or a friend or relative’s place until you can transplant them into your new home. Once the clutter is gone, rooms will appear more spacious, closets bigger, and shelves roomier.

Areas that need the most attention

Before you get wiping and polishing, plan out how you’re going to tackle the cleaning process. Pay special attention to the rooms that potential buyers would be most interested in: the living room, dining room, kitchen, and bathroom. As you enter each room, ask yourself what you notice first. Work to get that focal point clean and spread out your cleaning efforts from there.

In the kitchen, it’s important not to have any dirty dishes lying around, even in the dishwasher; you don’t want any aromas from last night’s dinner lingering in the room. It’s essential to have your bathroom mold- and mildew-free, and spotless tile grout will leave a good impression on buyers.

But wait, there’s more (that needs cleaning)!

Windows need washing, carpets need vacuuming, furniture needs cleaning, and blinds need dusting. When it comes to dusting blinds, or any other surface, use a dust-trapping product rather than a feather duster that will just disperse dust in the air. Also give some attention to little details like cleaning the fingerprints around light switches and doorknobs. In the bedrooms, make sure that the beds are made.

If all of the cleaning work seems like a daunting task, which it can be, hiring a professional cleaning company is a good idea. Think of it as an investment in your house that will pay for itself when you receive a solid offer when it comes time to sell.