It's spring, what should you be cleaning?


When it comes to clean, don't be fooled by what you see, or at least what you can see.

"If you are starting to see dirt, especially on carpet, hardwood floors or upholstery, you've probably already developed a wear pattern," says Mark Gilliland of Modernistic Cleaning.

Gilliland says there's really nothing in your house that only needs to be cleaned just once a year, "Pulling out your refridgerator or stove, sometimes quarterly or bi-yearly is good to do. Washing your walls twice a year; cleaning carpet twice a year."

Getting the deep, down dust and dirt out of your home is not about passing a white glove test. In fact, Gilliland says, the dirt you can't see, is often the stuff that can make you sick.

"Most people don't realize your carpet acts as a filter for your home. It may look like it's clean but you don't know or realize what is really embedded in the carpet or even your upholstery fibers."

Your bi-annual cleaning should also include tile and grout , along with your hardwood floors.


"You have your wood planks, in between each plank debris, allergens, standard dust and dry particulate break up. Our machine has soft bristles that agitates all of that and pulls it up, and then goes back over it with a fresh coat of polyeurethene," says Gilliland, of Modernistic's service.

It may seem like a big expense, but Gilliland says your floors and your home are worth it, "Maintaining your home, at the end of the day, is a lot cheaper than replacement."

Another potential money saver, Mark says, is having your heating and cooling system inspected annually, and cleaned out every two to four years. The air you breathe will be healthier too.

The US department of energy says that you can save 25 to 40 percent on your energy bill just by maintaining your HVAC system."

Don't forget to clean blinds and other window treatments- along with your windows. They're dust and dirt traps.

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