Many people wonder why they need to do a general cleaning if they clean their house every week. While it is true that we put things in order and clean them on a regular basis, a significant amount of dust and garbage accumulates in our homes over time. In fact, German scientists have found that 7.6 mg of dust accumulates per day per 1 sq. m of the floor in a living room, which adds up to 3 g per year. This is especially high in old buildings. Therefore, experts recommend carrying out general cleaning at least twice a year to achieve actual cleanliness.
The accumulation of dust and dirt in hard-to-reach corners of the house creates favorable conditions for the reproduction of various bacteria, mold, dust mites, and other harmful microorganisms. This can cause serious health problems such as allergies, fungal infections of the respiratory tract, dry skin, conjunctivitis, asthma, meningitis, silicosis, kidney disease, and more. Being in an environment with low-quality cleaning can also lead to increased heart activity, discomfort, and reduced immunity.
About 60% of household dust is composed of particles from outside. Natural particles include soil and flower particles, flower pollen, spores and fungi, insect excrement, wool, animal dander and dander, sea salt crystals, and cosmic dust minerals. Particles produced by people include dead skin cells, fibers from clothing, textiles, furniture, upholstery, and paper, cigarette smoke, rubber dust from vehicle tire wear, and heavy metals.
When carrying out general cleaning, it is important to pay attention to specific areas such as the sleeping area, utility rooms, seams between tiles in the bathroom, chandeliers, flowers, ventilation grilles, batteries, plinths, inside cabinets, and upholstered furniture. It is also essential to repeat general cleanings for individuals who are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of dust and dirt, such as pregnant women, small children, allergies, persons who are the first to suffer from bronchial asthma, and the elderly. Additionally, if a family member is sick, it is important to pay extra attention to cleaning as the disease-causing bacteria can affect the health of other household members.
By carrying out general cleaning, we can extend the shelf life of our products by processing the middle of the refrigerator, extend the service life of household appliances by removing dust from all surfaces, improve the appearance and ensure the durability of upholstered furniture by chemically cleaning them, and ensure the influx of sunlight with useful ultraviolet rays by washing the windows. All of these factors have a positive effect on the health of all family members.
In conclusion, regular cleaning is important, but general cleaning at least twice a year is necessary for actual cleanliness and to prevent the accumulation of dust and dirt, which can lead to serious health problems. Paying attention to specific areas and repeating general cleanings for vulnerable individuals is crucial. Additionally, general cleaning can help extend the life of household items and ensure the health of all family members.
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