Spring is right around the corner, which means everyone is getting ready to tackle their Spring cleaning chores. Cleaning and maintenance however can be dangerous and people who are not experienced or who are careless often make mistakes that can lead to injury. Consider these house cleaning safety tips to reduce your chances of making a mistake while cleaning your home.
- If you can’t reach it don’t clean it. When you are reaching to clean an area you risk over extending your body which can make you lose balance or knock something over. Next time you want to clean on top of your tall dresser use a step ladder. The ability to reach above high places not only makes it easier to balance, but you will also improve the quality of your cleaning.
- Take your time cleaning. We all know cleaning is not the most fun activity, but trying to get the job done as quickly as possible can increase your chance of making a mistake, or obtaining an injury. Taking your time will also help you do a more thorough job so you do not miss a spot.
- Store your cleaning supplies in a safe location. Leaving cleaning supplies in the open can be dangerous. They can get knocked over and spill, release fumes and it can pose a danger for children. To prevent any risk keep you’re cleaning supplies in a locked cabinet on lower shelves. Also make sure you secure the lids, tops and caps of any cleaning supplies you use.
- Don’t lift objects that are too heavy. If you lift something that is too heavy you can throw your back out, drop the item on you or yourself or possible fall over with the item. To lift an item properly, lift with your legs and bend your knees so you are not putting stress on your back. Sometimes we tend to let our pride get the better of us, but if you are having trouble lifting an object stop and ask for help.
- Use a professional residential cleaning service. If you are struggling with your home cleaning because tasks are just too difficult call a local residential cleaning service. An experienced cleaning company will be better off cleaning areas of your home that may be associated with risk such as your stairs, hard to reach areas, and places that require the removal of heavy furniture.
Note: If you are cleaning with chemicals please read our article on chemical safety.