Let us preface this by saying this article isn’t meant to gross you out, it’s to help you recognize what in your home could use a little extra cleaning. With that said, here are eight of the most germ-infested areas you likely come in contact with every day, and tips for keeping your home clean and safe with help from Chem-Dry.
Did you know that the average dollar bill touches about 14,000 sets of hands in its lifetime? These precious bills can actually be carriers for a variety of bacteria, pathogens, and even traces of drugs. And don’t think that you’re safe because you use your card for everything. Just think about how many cashiers you have handed your card to, and how many machines you’ve put it in. It’s gross too. Wash your hands after you visit the store.
Shopping carts are exposed to many hands and even food, sneezes, and more each day, which makes them easily contaminated. That’s why stores provide sanitizing wipes. Take ten seconds to take advantage of them if you want to avoid germs, and consider this another reason to wash your hands after shopping.
Your couch is probably your safe haven, but we’re sorry to say it’s also gross. Consider how many hours you and your family spend lounging on the couch. This is especially concerning when you know how much bacteria and allergens are filled in your soft upholstery fibers. An upholstery cleaning should be part of your spring cleaning!
Crevices between your keyboard keys are a breeding ground for bacteria, yeast, and mold. Just think about how often you eat while using your keyboard. Sanitize that thing, and consider compressed air to blow away any crumbs or dust.
The device that’s constantly in our hands actually contains about 10 times more germs than the average public restroom toilet seat. In fact, cell phones often contain bacteria, infections, pneumonia, food poisoning and more. Run a sanitizing wipe over your phone before you next put it up to your face!
Carpet, tile, wood, they’re all gross. Even if you never wear shoes in the house, germs get on your floor. Blame gravity. Vacuuming is helpful for carpets, but you want to get them deep cleaned every once in a while as well to remove germs.
The kitchen sink, handles, and faucet is usually dirtier than bathroom surfaces. A recent study found that almost half of kitchen sinks contain coliform bacteria, which includes Salmonella and E Coli. If you don’t want to make your dishes even dirtier, wash your sink before the next time you wash dishes.
The next time you reach for the remote control, consider what could be lurking on its surface. And if you’re staying in a hotel, it’s even worse—with more than 13 times the maximum acceptable level of bacteria per cubic center allowed in hospitals. If you aren’t packing a small pouch of sanitizing wipes in your luggage, you might want to consider doing so.
We can’t clean your cell phone or remote control for you, but we can help remove germs and dirt from the surfaces in your home. Give Aroma Fresh Chem-Dry a call to schedule spring cleaning for your carpets, upholstery, area rugs, and more! (Just sanitize your cell phone first!)