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Publications on Cleaning and Maintenance

9 publications were found.

  • Childproofing Your Home: A Room-by-Room Safety Checklist (C 1049)

    Nearly 2.3 million children are accidentally injured every year and more than 2,500 are killed, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since one of the biggest threats to children is an injury occurring at home, it is important to take preventative steps to childproof your home. While this may seem like a daunting task at first, this checklist includes basic tips, broken down by room, to help make your home safer for the whole family. Published on Jun 30, 2017.

  • Cleaning Healthy. Cleaning Green. (C 1114)

    People spend an average of 90 percent of their time indoors. Studies conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) show levels of several common organic pollutants to be two to five times higher inside homes than outside. Many of these pollutants come from the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released from household cleaning products. Indoor pollutants can be reduced by limiting the number of chemicals used indoors. By following three basic guidelines you can improve your indoor environment, save money and help conserve natural resources. Published on Apr 25, 2017.

  • Hazardous Household Products: What's in Your House? (C 1051)

    Our homes are filled with potentially hazardous household products we use for cleaning, gardening, auto maintenance and other activities around the house. These products may contain ingredients that can be hazardous when not used, stored and disposed of properly. You can make your home safer and healthier by reducing exposure to hazards in your home by following these tips. Published on May 31, 2017.

  • Healthy Homes: Dealing with Household Clutter (C 1067)

    Clutter is a collection of things lying around in an untidy mess, usually because we don't have a designated place for it. Household clutter has a big impact on your health and quality of life. This publication will help you asses if you have too much household clutter and then recommends ways to take charge, clear the clutter, and maintain a clutter-free home. Published on May 31, 2015.

  • Home Maintenance Checklist (C 1082)

    Just like your personal health, your home's health will decline without regular care and maintenance. Maintaining a healthy indoor environment helps increase your quality of life and the life of your house. With a few simple steps you can keep your home healthy. Use this checklist as a guideline for your regular spring and fall home maintenance evaluations. Please note that maintenance frequencies may vary depending on your local climate and appliance manufacturing recommendations. Published on Jun 30, 2017.

  • Leave it at the Door: A Guide to Reducing Contaminants in Your Home (C 1070)

    There may be insect fragments, lead dust, pesticides, pollen, dust mites, animal dander, hair, human skin flakes, fungal spores, or cigarette ash in household dust. Around 30 to 40 percent of the contaminants inside your home are brought in from outdoors. Dust gets into your home on shoes and clothing, or pets can track contaminants in on their paws and fur. Not surprisingly, the greatest concentration of household dust is found in carpeting near the entryway.

    The first four steps you take inside your front door bring in close to 85 percent of the outdoor contaminants found inside your home. By taking a few simple steps you can improve the health of your home and reduce the time spent cleaning. Published on Sep 30, 2015.

  • Mold and Moisture Home Inspection (C 1083)

    Mold spores need only a comfortable environment, food (like wood, paper, carpet, etc.), and moisture to grow. If left undetected or untreated, mold can lead to negative health effects such as allergic reactions, respiratory infections, and more. Use this checklist as a basic guide to inspect your home for signs of excess moisture and mold growth.

    CAUTION: When investigating possible mold issues, you may disturb contaminated areas and, in doing so, further spread contamination into the rest of the home. This poses a serious health risk to those with compromised immune systems, asthma, or allergies; therefore, before conducting a thorough mold investigation, you may want to consult your doctor or hire a professional. If you choose to conduct this search yourself, please use appropriate safety gear as recommended by the EPA ( Published on Jun 30, 2017.

  • Mold, the Uninvited Guest Series: Preventing Mold in Your Home (C 1047-1)

    Mold in your home can be a serious health hazard. While molds come in a variety of forms, all of them can be potentially harmful to your health. Unless preventative steps are taken, mold can progress from being an unwanted visitor in your home to an almost permanent resident. Learn what attracts mold growth and how to keep it from growing in your home. Published on Jul 14, 2014.

  • Mold, the Uninvited Guest Series: Removing Mold in Your Home (C 1047-2)

    If you suspect that mold has invaded your home, it is important to locate and eliminate the source of moisture, address the problems that provide the right conditions for mold growth and then clean it. This publication provides information on detecting mold in your house and how to remove it. Published on Jul 14, 2014.