7 Places You're Forgetting to Clean
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Take a look at 7 places you're forgetting to clean during your cleaning routine!
When you enter a room, it is usually easy to see what needs to be cleaned. There are a lot of dirty clothes waiting to be washed; or the kitchen sink is full of dirty dishes, pots, and pans.
But once the obvious things are cleared up, do you forget about the rest of the room?
1. Undersides of Furniture
When you look under your bed or sofa, there are usually some dust bunnies that can be quickly caught with a vacuum cleaner or mop. But did you stop to look at the bottom of the cabinet? You may be surprised by what you find attached to the bed frames, chair seats, and table supports.
Use your vacuum cleaner or a dust wand to get rid of cobwebs and eggs, dust, and dirt at least twice a year.
2. Walls and Baseboards
Dust and soot can adhere to both vertical and horizontal surfaces. Open the curtains or blinds and turn on all the lights and you will be surprised how furry your walls can be. If you have textured wallpaper, there will be even more dust lurking.
Start at the top of the wall and work your way down using a duster that will trap particles. Finish up by cleaning up any loose marks or dirt on the body that may be around the light switches and door handles.
Complete the wall cleaning paying attention to the baseboards. An incredible amount of dust can collect on these little bumps. In rooms like kitchens and bathrooms where there is more humidity, you will probably need to wipe the baseboards with a damp cloth because the humidity has turned the dust into dirt that clings to the surface.
3. Tops of Cabinets, Doors, and Picture Frames
When cleaning, take the time to look up. You can see more dirt than you would like. We tend to ignore what is beyond our vision plan. Periodically clean the tops of door frames, kitchen and tall storage cabinets, frames, and ceiling corners.
While upstairs, check the fixtures and ceiling fans. A disposable duster with an extendable handle is the best tool for capturing dust and cobwebs. If you don't have one, use a clean microfiber cloth and attach it to the handle of a broom or mop with a rubber band.
4. Air Filters and Vents
If your home has central heating or air conditioning, there are pipes that connect the system to the living spaces in your home. Treated hot or cold air exits the openings and returns to the air handling system.
If the air returning to the system is not filtered to trap dust and pollen particles, they will simply return to the home environment. There are all kinds of filters, from very expensive HEPA filters to cheap screens. Whichever type is used, they must be changed or cleaned to be effective. While changing the filter, take your time to clean the vents as well. You will breathe better and have less dust.
Be sure to handle the filters and openings on the single window unit for a thorough cleaning as well.
5. Closet Floors
It's easy to see when a closet needs cleaning. Clothes pile up, shelves pile up, and things fall on you when you open the door.
But when was the last time you cleaned the closet, including the floor? The closet floor, especially if it is carpeted, can become dusty and dirty from the external dirt that shoes bring. Carpet can become a breeding ground for mold and insects like carpet beetles that later eat your favorite clothes.
At least seasonally, remove everything from the cabinets and clean the space thoroughly. It's also the perfect time to dispose of and donate all the things you don't really need and store the rest properly.
6. Vacuum Cleaners and Cleaning Tools
If all of your cleaning tools are dirty, every time you use them, it can spread the dirt. When was the last time you took a good look at your vacuum, mop, or scrub brushes?
Of course, you empty the waste container or throw the disposable bag in your vacuum. But the mug needs to be thoroughly washed and cleaned every month or so. Most can be washed in hot soapy water and allowed to air dry. There are probably filters that should also be washed or changed. Check the spinning bars and brushes and remove tangled hair or strands. You will get better cleaning results and less dust.
All mop heads and scrub brushes should be cleaned with hot water and a disinfectant cleaner after each use. Make sure the sponges dry between uses.
7. Indoor Plants
Whether your indoor plants are real or silk, they can collect an incredible amount of dust. Most live plants will benefit from a quick shower under the shower. If they are too large to move, use a microfiber cloth or disposable duster to clean each sheet.
Silk plants can also be "dusted in" with a cloth or taken out and used a cold hairdryer to blow out the dust. To lighten individual stems of foliage or silk flowers, place them in a paper bag with plenty of salt or baking soda. Give the bag a good shake and a lot of the dirt will be left in the salt or baking soda. Finish off by cleaning up any residue with a cold hairdryer before exposing it.
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Source: Apartment Therapy
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