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Cleaning Wooden Floors While Pregnant
With hectic and stressful life, we all have to handle a lot of everyday tasks and chores. For most of us cleaning the floor probably is not a number one priority of the day. To be honest – quite often we end up in the situation of quickly vacuuming and mopping the floor. However, this is not enough to be labelled as good maintenance, although to keep your wood floor clean and tidy is not long, and expensive or difficult process especially during pregnancy.
After all that has been said, to be pregnant and to handle everything that has been mentioned looks tiring and difficult and quite often makes going through the day much harder. It does not mean that if you are expecting a child you are ill or sick, but it is not an exception to feeling tired and exhausted more than usual. Moreover, the usage of different ingredients and cleaning products is regularly not recommended for pregnant women, but it does not mean that you cannot keep your household clean and tidy even when you are pregnant. That is why we have created this article, which is dedicated to future mothers on how to clean a wooden floor, while they are pregnant.
Is it safe?
Maybe a lot of future mothers are wondering is it even safe? Usually, the quick answer to the question comes to a “yes”. However, if you are not the type of person who likes quick and short answers, you will be able to find the information in this article quite useful, as we are going to explain everything more than in detail. Probably you will be surprised that the majority of housework is very safe for pregnant women, but it is true. Fortunately, wood flooring maintenance and cleaning is not an exception. Furthermore, light and not pressuring physical activities is even encouraged by doctors for pregnant ladies if the pregnancy is not difficult. Still, there are a few concerns and considerations, when it comes to this process.
The main one is moving around furniture pieces and lifting heavy objects of your household, which is not recommended at all. The reason is the additional stress on the mother’s body that could affect the baby as well. However, both concerns are not a necessity in this case. Thanks to the industrial and market progress, today there is a great choice of lightweight and very mobile vacuum cleaners, which makes the cleaning process easier, faster and flexible. Besides, wiping the floor with a mop, or cleaning it with a broom is not something that mother-to-be necessarily would be afraid or concerned of. Also, using a mop or broom is easy enough and does not require bending or squatting.
Although cleaning the floor is not something you should stop doing, only because you are pregnant, there are a few things to keep in mind and to be prepared for. It is very important to take breaks and not put too much pressure on your body. We all know that stress is something that all moms-to-be has to avoid. It is best if you do particular sections of the floor rather than cleaning the entire area at once. Remember – taking a break is important for you and the baby as well. Additionally, if you have general concerns about doing housework it is recommended to consult with your doctor first. Bear in mind that if you don't feel comfortable enough to do this on your own, you can always count on our professional wood floor cleaning service.
Which Floor Cleaner Is Safe For Your Baby?
It is natural for every future mother to be worried mostly for the child that she carries and not that much for herself. Besides, the fact that you have a newborn baby at home changes your priority to keep perfect home hygiene on top. In terms of that, it is quite reasonable to worry about the type of products and equipment that you are using and how safe and healthy they are.
The good news is that these days there are many baby-and-pregnancy-friendly products offered on the market, and there are many options that you can choose the ones that are not harmful. To clean the floor does not require strong, powerful and heavy chemicals, as they are not recommended for the good condition of wood as well. In this case, we suggest making sure the cleaning and care products that have been purchased are natural and eco-friendly. It is better to choose less heavy chemicals and detergents as possible, non-toxic cleaners, that are mild and safe enough for both - the child and the mother. Also, make sure to select floor cleaning products with a neutral pH and designed especially for wood’s structure.
Dear future moms, when you are shopping try also to look for cleaning and care products with an AAFA certificate from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. These products are created to reduce the bad side the detergents and ingredients have. We are all aware that some chemical and cleaning products could provoke allergies and this could be extremely dangerous for babies. The good thing is that AAFA are safe for health products and at the same time are effective enough to take good care of your wooden floor and finish. Make sure to check out Bona’s famous collection of free & simple wood floor cleaning as care products that are AAFA certified.
Here are some simple tips and tricks that you can follow when cleaning your flooring:
- Make sure that the room you are brushing, is well-ventilated. Try to open windows and doors as often as you can, while you are cleaning.
- Proper preparation is very important. You will need gloves, a mask, or other protective clothing. Minimise skin contact with cleaning detergents, ingredients and chemicals.
- Avoid using plug-in air fresheners.
- Try to minimize the use of cleaning sprays to avoid spreading airborne chemicals and inhaling them.