Most home cleaning fixates on how good your home looks afterwards and ignores how clean your home actually is. Small particles such as residual mold spores and fungal fragments persist even after normal cleaning methods. This video will provide you with some simple changes to your cleaning practices that will help you eliminate these particles from your home.

Steps to effective cleaning for hard, smooth, non-porous surfaces:

  1. HEPA vacuuming surfaces is a pre-cleaning technique that helps remove dirt and debris. HEPA vacuums are sealed and have special filters that clean the air going out of the vacuum so that dirt and debris will not be released back into the home.
  2. Use disposable microfiber cleaning cloths to clean hard surfaces. The fibers generate a static electric charge when moved across surfaces. The electric charge attracts dust and contains it, rather than spreading it around or releasing it into the air when dry dusting.
  3. Use a well-tolerated fragrance-free soap or detergent. Dilute 5 drops of soap/detergent with 1 quart of water in a spray bottle. Spray the cleaning solution onto the wipe, not onto the surface that is being cleaned.
  4. Using a flat mop with microfiber cloth, mop in an “S” pattern. With the “S” pattern, you can ensure all the dust and dirt don’t end up where they started. Continue cleaning until the microfiber cloth is no longer picking up dirt.
  5. Edge-cleaning is an important cleaning technique for mold, bacteria, and other water damage related contaminants that are hidden in wall cavities. Over time, these contaminants work their way out of tiny openings, especially where there is a gap present between the bottom edge of the baseboard and the top of the floor. These contaminants tend to build up more in the areas closest to wall. Mop the perimeter of the room with a flat mop and microfiber cloth, always keep the forward edge moving forward. The side edge of the microfiber cloth should remain in contact with the junction where the floor meets the bottom edge of the baseboard.

Effective Cleaning Tips:

  • Focus on floors for rapid removal of larger quantities of contaminants.
  • Change to a new microfiber cloth once the cloth is too soiled to be effective. Continue cleaning until the microfiber cloth is no longer picking up dirt.
  • Extension poles can extend the handle of a flat mop, allowing you to cleaner higher walls and ceilings.
  • Large walls can be cleaned with a combination of the “S” pattern cleaning and edge-cleaning. Smaller surfaces must be cleaned by hand.
  • If you find that the microfiber cloth is snagging on rough surfaces then other cleaning methods are necessary.
  • Clean frequently enough to keep contaminants from accumulating.

Pathways™ testing can be used to judge the cleanliness and monitor the progress towards creating a healthy home and can also pinpoint hot spots that need more frequent attention.