Spring Cleaning

It is that time of year when people break out the dusters, buckets, and ladders for some good old Spring Cleaning. As good as your house may look post clean, your body may suffer the consequences. When you’re motivated, it’s easy and tempting to take on more spring cleaning chores than your body can handle. Here are some simple tips to keep in mind before you pull up your sleeves.

How to Avoid Spring Cleaning Injuries Inside the Home

  1. Prepare an appropriate schedule. Trying to complete too many tasks at once can cause you to hurry and may increase your risk of injury.
  2. Reduce the strain on your back and knees when cleaning the floor. Clean the floor with a mop, as opposed to washing the floor on your hands and knees.
  3. Use a steady and wide base of support. Use a step stool instead of furniture to dust in high corners.
  4. Have someone assist you when moving furniture. Do not try to lift heavy objects by yourself for spring cleaning activities. Remember to squat and lift object with the support of your knees, not your back.
  5. Use long strokes to push the vacuum instead of short strokes. Pushing and pulling the vacuum in short, hurried strokes can hurt your back.


How to Avoid Spring Cleaning Injuries Outside the Home

  1. Protect your skin from the sun. Apply sunscreen to any visible skin to avoid sunburn.
  2. Select appropriate clothing to avoid injury. Wear clothing that is suitable for the task, usually loose fitting garments of breathable fabric. Wear gloves to protect your hands from blisters and bites. Choose appropriate foot gear. Wear durable, rubber-soled shoes that have some traction to avoid slipping on a wet surface.
  3. Avoid injury by using the ladder correctly. Set the ladder on a solid and level surface, preferably not in front of unlocked doors. Position the ladder as close to your work area as possible to avoid overreaching. Fully open the ladder and lock the spreaders before climbing. Do not use the top of the ladder or the fold-out shelf as a rung or seat.
  4. Pull weeds with the support of your legs. Pulling weeds with your legs will put less strain on your back as will pulling weeds with tightened abdominal muscles. To do this, brace your abdominal muscles as you would if you were about to receive a punch to the midsection.

Dr. Huston and Dr. Lindstrom are here to get you ready for a weekend of spring cleaning. Give our office a call 843-884-1876 to make your appointment.

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