Staying safe while spring cleaning
15 May 2018 10:43:24 GMT
With the warmer weather approaching, now might be the time you begin to think about getting some spring cleaning done. You might not think too much about safety before you get started cleaning the house, but it’s actually really worth putting some thought into how you are going to get everything done safely. Here are some tips for how to stay safe while spring cleaning.
Don’t try to rush it
It is most common to have safety issues when you are spring cleaning if you are trying to rush the job. Cleaning is not something that many of us enjoy doing and so there can be a tendency to try to get it out of the way as quickly as possible. But it is when you try to do things too quickly that mistakes can be made.
Set aside time for your cleaning session and remember that it can tiring to try to get all done at once, so take regular breaks or consider splitting up the work across a couple of days.
Be safe on step ladders and stools
To carry out a thorough spring clean, it’s going to be necessary for you to get up high at certain points. Whether you are cleaning windows or dusting on high shelves it will likely require you to use some form of access equipment such as a stool or step ladder. Firstly, you shouldn’t be tempted to do a botch job and use a chair or some other unsuitable method of reaching up high.
Choose a stable step ladder with a handrail to ensure that there is no risk of you falling. Additionally, wherever possible you should have someone around to help you and make sure that you are safe while you are using a ladder. And if you find that you are trying to reach something that is too high, don’t stretch or put yourself in a dangerous position – use a different ladder.
Take care on wet surfaces
When you are spring cleaning you likely be getting the floor wet as you mop them. But you need to remember that these will take time to dry, so when you are carrying out the rest of your cleaning you need to be careful on the wet surfaces. This goes back to the importance of taking your time and not trying to rush through tasks too quickly without really thinking about what you are doing.
Also remember to warn any other family members about wet surfaces while you are cleaning as they may not notice and end up slipping over.
Follow label safety instructions
Remember that using chemicals to clean your home can be perfectly safe as long as you follow the instructions on the bottle. Chemicals that need to be diluted should be done so in accordance with the recommend amount of water and you should ensure that the room is well ventilated so that you aren’t breathing in the fumes.