Cleaning tips from The Maids help parents prepare for new arrivals

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Valentine’s Day babies will be arriving this season, but newborns and cleanliness don’t often go hand in hand. Sleep-deprived new parents have their hands full, literally, and little time or energy for keeping the house in order.

With wee ones around, however, neatness is optional; cleanliness is not.

New parents need to make sure their home is a safe and healthy environment for their baby. Contaminants like radon, carbon monoxide, lead and allergens can make their way into the home, putting infants at risk for sickness or injury. Proper cleaning ensures babies will be safe as they explore their new environment.

Keep in mind:

  • Viruses and bacteria are commonly spread by contact with diapers, changing areas, uncooked meat, bathrooms, high chairs and toys. Handling any of these items puts you at risk for contaminating your baby with bacteria. Wash your hands with soap and warm water after changing diapers, handling food or cleaning supplies.
  • To clean areas such as changing tables, high chairs and bathtubs, spray a disinfectant and antibacterial cleaner about 4-6 inches from the surface, let stand for 30 seconds and wipe clean.
  • In other areas, to keep your little one from inhaling cleaning fumes, spray the product directly onto a cloth then wipe the surface. This minimizes fumes.
  • Don’t wax wood or linoleum stairs. The wax makes for a slippery surface.
  • Keep babies away from fireplaces. Creosote, the byproduct of burning wood, can be toxic.
  • Don’t use paint that contains lead or mercury.
  • Make sure all carpeting has a flat pile. Bacteria and mites can nestle into thicker, shag carpets and crawling babies can pick up these contaminants.
  • Wipe up any spills immediately.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home to safeguard against carbon monoxide poisoning.

We at The Maids understand how overwhelming such a big change can feel to parents and the whole household. Think of a clean, safe home as a family project. Dads – that’s a hint.

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