It’s almost spring cleaning season. Most people think of it as a time to shampoo upholstery and carpets. It’s a time to wash windows, run curtains through the wash, and clean comforters after the long winter. There are other areas that get ignored.
When did you last help your parent tackle these areas?
-Behind and Under the Refrigerator/Freezer
When dust, pet hair, and grime cover the condensation coils on your refrigerator/freezer, the unit must work harder to cool things. Not only does it boost electricity usage, but it also puts an unnecessary strain on the components. That can shorten the appliance’s life.
To avoid this, the refrigerator/freezer should be pulled away from the wall and vacuumed with an upholstery attachment once or twice a year. At the same time, go under the front of the unit and vacuum any vents there. Finally, clean the floor to remove any dust and pet hair to keep it from creating issues in the future.
-Heating Vents and Registers
Vacuum the different components of any registers in your home to remove any dust and hair. If your home has forced hot air, vacuum dust and hair from the vents. You can remove the floor grates to get into the piping below the vent and get anything that’s fallen through.
On a forced air system, you should also be replacing the filter every few months or sooner. The general guidelines are to change the filter every 6 months if only one person lives in the home, every 90 days if there are two or more people, every 60 days if there is also a pet, or every month if there are multiple pets or allergies.
-Behind and Inside the Toilet Tank
Over time, components within the toilet tank may develop build-up that impacts how well the flapper is able to close and seal. The arm on the water float arm may not rise high enough to stop water from flowing.
The inside of the toilet tank should get cleaned twice a year. If it hasn’t been cleaned at your parent’s home recently, it’s time to do that. You don’t want the minerals building up and corroding the inner components. Some white vinegar or bleach and a scrub pad can help remove any mineral build-up.
Keep your parent’s house clean throughout the year by hiring help. While your mom or dad may be able to wipe counters, is vacuuming stairs that easy? Elderly care services include light housekeeping like vacuuming and changing sheets. To schedule caregivers for your parent, call an elderly care agency.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring Senior Care in Linden, NJ, call the caring staff at Helping Hands Home Care today at 908-418-4299. Providing Home Care Services in all of Northern and Central NJ, including Clark, Westfield, Cranford, Scotch Plains, Rahway, Linden, Summit, Edison, Elizabeth, Mountainside and the surrounding areas.
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