Almost always before the newborn comes home we repaint, sanitize and buy new furniture for the nursery.
We advise you not to do this at the last minute. If you are planning to buy new furniture, do so at least 2-3 months before the baby is born. The new furniture has a large number of varnishes and adhesives, which often emit a strong odor for months. The same applies to some plasters, floor paints, wall insulation, wallpaper, and so on. The emission of these odors into the air may contribute to the development of an allergic reaction. Modern synthetic products used in construction and furniture are not harmless, and if chemicals accumulate in the air, they could lead to respiratory or allergic problems. Often, when you enter a new apartment or a newly furnished room, you feel a strong odor that we say “smells new.” This scent is not necessarily unpleasant, but it is irritating to the more sensitive people, and if it can cause sneezing and watery eyes, how much more this applies to the little baby.
If you do not have the opportunity to repair earlier, but you have to do it at the last minute, make sure you take one of the following precautions:
– Keep an open door or window permanently, at least until the baby comes home.
– Buy or borrow an air purifier to remove odors.
– When it is convenient and possible, keep the baby in another room until the room stop smell. Unfortunately, this sometimes lasts more than a month or two.
– Ventilate the room regularly.
CLEANING AFTER REPAIR
Here are our tips on cleaning your home before the baby arrives:
– We highly recommend that if you plan on basic cleaning, do not do it on the last day before the baby comes home, at least a few days in advance. Sometimes, especially when the room is repaired, it is necessary to use stronger preparations. For this reason, it is good to go 2-3 days before the baby gets home. If you need to handle at the last minute, do not use highly smelly and very aggressive preparations, be careful with the quantity.
– If you need to wash flooring such as carpets or paths, as well as upholstered furniture, make sure you have one or two days to dry them completely. Then clean them with a vacuum cleaner to remove the residual detergent.
- The same applies to curtains if you decide to have them in the baby room.
- If you bought new furniture for the baby’s room, clean them with a disinfectant or odor neutralizer. If you do not, use a neutral detergent.
- Carefully wash the entire bathroom thoroughly, not missing the sink and the toilet bowl. Use appropriate lime, mold and disinfectant preparations.
- If it is winter and you will use thicker duvets in the baby’s room, wash them in advance because they collect a lot of dust and mites. Emphasize the rinsing!
- A day before baby’s arrival you can do a maintenance cleaning by removing the dust from the windows and smooth flooring such as parquet, laminate and terracotta, the bathroom and the toilet, the furniture. You can wash the floor with a neutral detergent or, best of all, with water if you cleaned up a few days ago.
And if you want all this can be done by professional cleaners.
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