Staying safe while spring cleaning
Category: Spring Cleaning
So before you get out the bleach, the mop and the hoover, think carefully about what you can do to protect yourself from some of these common spring cleaning injuries and ailments.
Falls from height
If you need to stand on something to dust your curtain poles or reach high shelves, make sure it's something sturdy like a step ladder that's designed for the purpose, and use it on level ground.
Standing on a wobbly chair, a countertop or a piece of furniture could result in a nasty fall, which as a worst case scenario could land you in the accident and emergency department.
Burns and skin irritations
It's always a good idea to wear rubber gloves when using cleaning chemicals, especially strong substances like bleach, as they can very easily cause burns or bad skin reactions.
You can reduce the risk further by using natural cleaning agents such as white vinegar, bicarbonate of soda and lemon juice, which can be just as effective as chemicals in cutting through dirt.
Sprains and back problems
Thorough spring cleaning can be a physically demanding task, particularly if there are areas of the home that have been neglected throughout the rest of the year.
Before you start scrubbing madly, take time to warm up as you would before doing any type of exercise. You should also take care when picking up and carrying heavy objects.
Breathing problems can occur as a result of harsh fumes from cleaning chemicals, so you should only use the minimum amount required and make sure the room is properly ventilated.
Dust and other substances can also trigger attacks in those who suffer from asthma or allergies, so it may be a good idea to use a vacuum cleaner rather than a duster, or to wear a mask.
Reduce the risks and hire professional cleaners
One of the most obvious ways to avoid sustaining an injury while spring cleaning is to get someone else in to do the work for you.
A professional cleaning company will have all the health and safety basics covered, and while their staff get down to the task at hand you will be free to spend your time on more enjoyable activities.
Posted by Toni Tsocheva