How to attain a healthy home and keep it that way

Experts offer their must-haves for fighting dust, soap scum and all those other pesky pests and pollutants.

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Photo courtesy of Benjamin Moore

Whether you want to spend a couple bucks or a couple hundred, there are products available to help you keep your home as clean and safe as possible. Experts offer their must-haves for fighting dust, soap scum and all those other pesky pests and pollutants.

Paint It On
Shanon Munn, owner of McLean-based Ambi Designs, likes to brush on paints from Benjamin Moore’s Aura line. “It is a little more expensive but goes on beautifully,” she says. Other pluses: The zero-VOC colors offer easy coverage, mildew resistance and low odor. // Benjamin Moore Aura Paint,$25.99 (quart), $69.99 (gallon)

Shower Sorcery
Tina Beauchain, owner of Beauchain Builders, has a nothing-fancy, down-and-dirty trick for cleaning her shower: She takes a swipe with the budget-friendly Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, which truly lives up to its name. // Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Bath Scrubber, $2.97 for two

Mr. Clean
Photo by Mike Ramm

Contain It
For a healthful, green thumbs-up, take care of indoor plants. Experts suggest pots of tropicals, such as dracaenas, pothos and spider plants, which work to remove pollutants from the air. // Sizes and prices vary at local garden centers; Merrifield Garden Center or Meadow Farms

Get FLOR-ed
Transform any floor from a dirty zone to a safe, clean spot. Design your own look thanks to FLOR’s extensive library of colors and textures. These eco-friendly, easy-to-clean 19.7-inch carpet tiles are made from recycled nylon. // FLOR Tiles $8-$16

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From Room to iRoomba
Kick up your feet while cleaning the house? Why not? Deep-cleaning floors will still require a more hardcore vacuum cleaner, but let the free-range iRobot Roomba bump along, banishing dust bunnies and picking up pet hair. It’s equal parts space-agey and fun—and it actually works. // iRobot Roomba 960 Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum, $699.99

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Photo courtesy of Sherwin Williams

This Paint Kills Superbugs
Roll on this high-powered germ-fighting paint to high-traffic areas; it effectively kills bacteria (MRSA, E.coli and staph) within two hours of exposure. It’s available in 500-plus colors, so germophobes won’t have to sacrifice style. // Sherwin-Williams Paint Shield Microbicidal Interior Latex Paint, $84.99 (gallon)

Quietly Dehumidifying
Today’s dehumidifiers are so quiet, you can hardly tell they’re running, says Beauchain. With this sleek model, you can set and forget your humidity settings; the built-in alarm will alert you when the tank is full. // Frigidaire 95-Pint 2-Speed Dehumidifier, $449.99

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Photo courtesy of Frigidaire

Vacuum—Packed
All vacuums are not created equal, says specialist Jay Bazensky at Ace Vacuums in Leesburg. An expert in uprights and canisters and their HEPA filters, he’s the go-to guy for what to buy. Makes by Sebo are workhorses, Miele is more of a looker, and Riccar is tried-and-true. These don’t come cheap, but they’ll suit your needs. // SEBO K2 Turbo Vacuum, $489, Miele Dynamic U1 Jazz, $549; Riccar Classic Vibrance R20SC, $429.95

(June 2017)

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