The Best Seasonal Cleaning Tips from our Lake Charles Retirement Home

Transition to the warmer seasons in 3 easy steps!

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Spring and summer mean warmer weather, longer days, and lighter layers. It also means preparing your home for the warmer months, and the best way to do that is through a thorough cleaning! While it’s never fun to tackle big cleaning projects, a yearly cleaning is essential to both readying your home for warmer weather and feeling more peaceful in your space.

We at The Verandah Memory Care and Transitional Assisted Living are here to help your loved ones to keep their spaces tidied and ready for every season. But if you want to take care of this yourself and help your loved one with this process, we have compiled some of our best tips for cleaning their home and belongings. Check out our top three tips below!

Air it Out!

One of the best ways to breathe fresh life into belongings is a good-old-fashioned airing out of linens, pillows, and comforters. The best way to do this is by laundering each item. But for down stuffed or down alternative items like pillows or comforters, also be sure to give them a daily fluff to help hold their shape. Hanging them outside for several hours on a clothesline on a bright sunny and breezy day is instrumental in keeping them fresh and removing dust. Regular attention to bedding is important to avoid stale smells, excess dust, and bunching in pillows or comforters.

While you’re at it, consider swapping out heavier linens like flannel or fleece sheets for lighter fabrics like linen and cotton. For those who need nighttime temperature control, we suggest bamboo sheets, which stay cool for sleeping but warm enough to keep from getting too
chilly at night.

Thorough Clean Your Space!

Keeping a germ- and allergen-free space is imperative for staying healthy during the tail end of cold and flu season and the start of allergy season. We recommend completing a good cleaning every week of you or your loved one’s space, but also a complete top to bottom cleaning to get into every nook and cranny. Start off the cleaning ritual by vacuuming and sweeping. Both activities kick up dust, so it’s important to start with this task in order to avoid excess dust coming up later.

Then, take the top to bottom approach for surface cleaning. Starting at the top – ceiling fans, lights, bookshelves, and working your way down to the ground will allow you to collect any falling dust, dirt, or debris to the ground for a final sweep and mop of the space. Round the cleaning out with a quick spritz of linen refresher around the room, or open the windows briefly for a bit of fresh air to circulate the space.

Air Purifiers

This takes a little less effort than cleaning, but one of the best things you can do during the season is to set up an air purifier. Especially important for those with allergies, a solid HEPA standard air purifier can remove at least 99.7% of all air particulates, which makes it super important for avoiding dust, dander, mold spores, pollen, and yes, even illness. While they certainly make air purifiers for industrial spaces, we find that for studios and spaces like those for our residents, even a smaller one can work wonders in a space. If your loved one doesn’t have an air purifier, we suggest taking a look at this list from the New York Times. What better gift to give a loved one than the gift of clean air?

With a few easy steps, you can create a clean, happy, and healthy environment in your or your loved one’s home this season. We hope you found a couple of simple tricks you can incorporate into your yearly deep cleaning!

If you are interested in learning more about our amazing Lake Charles retirement home, please give us a call. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have, and schedule a virtual or in-person tour for you at your convenience!

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