Beyond Spot Treating: Deep Cleaning Your Soft Furniture
by Kimberly Tronic
When balancing a hectic schedule — career, family, bills, what to eat for dinner — you prioritize items that need immediate attention first. The same applies to housework. It’s easy to forget about less visual tasks if you’re greeted by a mountain of laundry as you walk in the door.
The “out of sight, out of mind” mentality shouldn’t apply to your cleaning habits, though. In fact, some of the most vital tidying tasks may barely register on your radar, but they could have a major impact on you and your family’s health and comfort. Your living space may look orderly once you put away the dishes and wipe down the counters, but hiding among your household surfaces are pesky layers of allergens.
And not to give you nightmares, but you’re not alone in bed: Your mattress is a tiny lounge for up to 10 million mites, bacteria and viruses. If that doesn’t make you cringe, you should also know that mites leave fecal pellets and carcasses throughout your home. As much as we love them, our pets – and the hair and dander they leave behind – can also turn into a microscopic feast for dust mites.
This all leads to the unpleasant world of allergies. The price of admission is sneezing, itchy or watery eyes, coughing, runny nose, nasal congestion and more. Before you start walking around with X-ray glasses to catch the minuscule culprits, try a slight alteration in your cleaning routine: Use an allergen vacuum with a HEPA filter.
How to Clean Cushions
Between Sunday afternoon football, Netflix and pet cuddles, cushions become a welcome mat for pet hair, dander, dead skin cells and dust. The stubborn layers of buildup won’t dissipate with a simple wipe-down. And rather than ruin your cushions in the washing machine (or drop major cash on dry cleaning), an allergen vacuum is the simplest solution.
We know — Mittens the kitten is your best friend. But the Raycop RN is your cushion’s new favorite companion. The pulsating brush removes Mitten’s fur and other debris, which then collect in a washable dust box filter. The teeny allergens get trapped in a HEPA filter that safeguards those pesky irritants. The RN removes three times more fabric allergens than other vacuums, which tend to have bulky attachments and less deep-cleaning power. All you need to do is gently run the RN across your cushions and other upholstered furniture. To maintain results, vacuum regularly as part of your cleaning routine. Mittens will thank you.
How to Clean Pillows and Mattresses
Your bed is the one place you should be able to (literally) lay down your head and rest. Unfortunately, when it comes to mites and bacteria, your pillows and mattress are like a hotel during the holidays: booked at full capacity. (And no, changing the linens won’t help.) Think of dead skin cells and dandruff as a complimentary breakfast for those bothersome pests. If you experience congestion, sniffling, itching or sneezing, you may have a dust mite allergy.
But you can evict these buggers. The Raycop RN allergen vacuum removes over 90 percent of dust mites after just three minutes. Its UV light extracts 99.9 percent of bacteria and viruses and reduces future dust mite populations by deactivating the DNA in dust mite eggs (so they don’t hatch). Glide the vacuum along your mattress and pillows to keep allergens at bay — and put your dust mite worries to bed.
How to Clean Drapes
Beautiful curtains dress up your space, but as a backdrop of a room, they’re easy to neglect. Without proper cleaning, drapes become a trap for dust and other allergens. Instead of pulling them off the wall and shoving them in your laundry, try a lightweight mobile cleaning system.
The Raycop Lite combines unique technology of UV light sanitation, vibration, suction and HEPA filtration to provide a deep clean that’s also gentle on delicate fabrics. And because the Lite is compact, your arms won’t tire while nabbing those hard-to-reach areas. The HEPA filter collects allergens without releasing them back into the air, so let the Lite do your dirty work and keep your curtains looking good on the inside and outside.
If you’re accustomed to only spot-treating your soft household furnishings (i.e., that sinister guacamole stain when you hosted Game Night), this new routine will necessitate a bit more mindfulness. But cleaning and caring for your furniture on a deeper and more consistent basis means a happier, healthier home.
Kimberly Tronic is an author, copywriter and content creator. She enjoys coffee, cleaning her apartment, cats, more coffee and nibbling on pencils.