Air Duct And Upholstery Cleaning Tips
Air Duct Cleaning

Air ducts are ventilation pipes that carry the cold or hot air in all centrally air conditioned places. Most commonly, homes and offices and other places where people have to spend a large period of time in one place are often centrally air conditioned and have air ducts in their ventilation systems. The need for cleaning depends on a variety of factors, including pets, smoking, recent renovations, local weather conditions and overall home cleanliness. It is recommended that the ducts should be cleaned every three to five years.

Recently however, there have been growing concerns about the cleanliness when it comes to air vents. Since all the air in a house is being ventilated through these pipes, a dirty ventilation system can increase the air pollution inside the house. Indoor air pollution is becoming a worry because humans spend around 90% of their time indoors.

Dirty air ducts can easily be rectified with a good cleaning session. Although there is little scientific data that supports or necessitates the cleaning of air ducts, it definitely shows that the presence of mold, bacteria and other airborne particles that can irritate and aggravate allergies is drastically reduced.

Since your air ducts are integrated within the house and are difficult to reach, it is greatly recommended that the help of a cleaning service is employed for this purpose. With the increasing awareness for the need for air duct cleaning, most cleaning companies have introduced introductory specials that clean your vents for a minimal charge.

Although routine maintenance is required, air ducts do not require extensive measures and should only be cleaned when there is an excessive of dust creating a blockage, mold in the vents or some form of vermin. There are also other factors to be considered such as the cost of having a company clean your ducts.

Although it is possible to clean ducts and air vents on your own, the quality and thoroughness that a cleaning service can guarantee is not the same. Similarly, if you can’t spare the expense, then it is possible to clean out dust and mold particles easily. However, if a vermin infestation has taken hold of the air ducts then the ducts will require a thorough cleaning which can only be provided through professional services.

When choosing to clean air ducts yourself, you will require the following:

    Heavy Duty Gloves
    Cleaning Brush
    Vacuum Cleane

The gloves and screwdriver are needed to remove the air grill plates and gain access to the air vent. The cleaning brush is required to clean the air grill and other areas of the vent that are easily accessible with your arm. Next, use the vacuum cleaner to reach inside the vent and clean up as much as possible.

One final note, checking and changing filters will help cut down on the amount of cleaning needed in the future!

Cleaning Upholstery

Upholstery is a significant part of your home and very essential to maintain. Most of the upholstered furniture uses fabric or leather covering. These materials can easily catch dirt from the surrounding air or fade if exposed too much to the sun. If you have kids living with you, taking care of the upholstered furniture can become even more difficult as kids tend to stain the fabric. Below are some useful cleaning tips to keep your upholstery as good as new.

Vacuum Regularly

It is normal for fabric on upholstered furniture to catch dust from the air. To keep your upholstery clean, it is important vacuum it regularly. Excess dust and grime can create stains on the fabric and if in case, there is a water spill, the dust will settle even more deeply and will be very difficult to remove.

Fix a schedule to vacuum your upholstery. You can do it after every seven days or fortnightly. If you have a schedule, you will tend to follow it. With no fixed schedule, you may not realize the time lapse before your next vacuum cleaning session. It may be after weeks or even months.

In Case of Spills

If there is a fresh spill on your upholstery, do not let it sink into the fabric. Immediately get a dry white cloth and blot as much of the liquid as you can to prevent the stain from spreading. Avoid rubbing or scrubbing the cloth over the spill as it will make the spill seep deeper into the fabric. You can then use a dry cloth and water or a stain remover to clean the stain out of the fabric.

Professional Cleaning Services

You can also call in a professional cleaning service if the type of fabric you have on your upholstery is sensitive and difficult to clean. Fabrics of different kinds need to be treated differently in case of stains. Cleaning services will send expert workers who have the required supplies to clean your upholstery without damaging it.

For Leather

If you have leather upholstery, then try keeping it away from the sun. Too much exposure to the sun can dry and crack the leather. For stains, you can dab a cloth dipped in alcohol over the stain and rub it gently until the stain is gone.

Finally, take preventive measures like keeping foods, pets and moisture away from your upholstery. This will prevent any mishaps that may damage your upholstery.