Are you Ready for Spring Cleaning?

As temperatures begin to rise across the country, many Americans are ready to throw open their windows and rid their residences of stale air and old dust that accumulated during winter.

Kate Strauss, president of Grand Forks, North Dakota-based cleaning service Maid Simple, told Inforum getting your supplies together is the first step to starting spring cleaning, which means you need a fresh supply of disposable gloves. Before using chemicals and harsh detergents, removing mold or tossing out that mystery container of food at the back of your fridge, safeguard yourself with the right barrier protection.

This is particularly important if you risk coming across rodent droppings while cleaning. In Washington, for instance, state health officials warned residents to be careful if they encounter signs of rodents while cleaning, as these small animals carry hantavirus and other diseases, The Associated Press reported. Spring cleaning is a high-risk activity for hantavirus because many people unknowingly stumble upon infected surfaces.

To protect yourself – and your family or community if you are conducting a team effort – from harmful bacteria and contact with harsh cleaning solutions, make sure your cleaning supply bucket has ample disposable gloves.