Follow these tips for some real green cleaning

While green cleaning products might be the new trend, green cleaning really begins with basic cleaning techniques.

Prevention is key.

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, or IICRC, recommends the following tips to help keep dust, soil and contaminants to a minimum, which will decrease the need for cleaning products:

• Use entry mats outside your home and always wipe shoes before entering.

• Remove your shoes at the front door.

• Vacuum at least twice a week.

• Use a high-efficiency HVAC filter — not fiberglass — and change every month.

• Have your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year by a qualified specialist.

• Get water leaks fixed immediately to avoid mold.