Cleaning your home is a critical task to maintain a healthy and tidy environment.
With that said, though, it doesn’t mean that you always need to be cleaning your house thoroughly. Not only are you going to tire yourself out, but you’re also making your body more sensitive to any potential irritants in the environment.
Although you can live a life with a stray germ here and there, there are some areas in your home that you might have neglected. These are spaces that you’ve left dirty for far too long and need more care. Before you do a thorough home cleaning, make sure that you stop by and clean these ten neglected spots around your home and clean them too.
At some point, we’ve all been guilty of having swept some debris under furniture or appliances. Moreso, when we’re too lazy to pick up. Even if you aren’t, there is still a lot of dust and dirt underneath your appliances and furniture. Therefore, you have to make sure that you reach those spots when you do a deep-cleaning. If you can’t lift this furniture and appliances because they’re too heavy, you can put a rag around your broom handle. Use that to clean underneath instead. If you can lift it, though, try to do so but keep things safe. That way, you thoroughly clean your home.
2. Door knobs and handles
When you clean a room, make sure that you don’t neglect the door knobs and handles around you. That’s because these are things at home that people often touch. So if someone is sick, diseases can quickly spread through a doorknob or a handle. Therefore, you should wipe it down and sanitize it every once in a while. It’s vital that you not forget to clean door knobs and handles since they are quite dirty. They are so dirty that they likely contain more germs than your toilet seat. Disinfect these spots regularly. That way, you won’t have to deal with viruses that you got from your door knobs and handles.
While you might be wiping down and cleaning your floors often, it’s not the same with your ceiling. Dust can accumulate around your ceiling, so if you leave them be, it’s much easier for the dust to remain in your rooms. Therefore, when you’re cleaning your floors, remember to look up and clean your ceiling first. Also, make sure that you protect yourself adequately before you clean your ceiling.
Cover your face with a mask so that you don’t trigger a sneezing fit from the dust falling all over you. To clean your ceiling, you only need to use a mop and your cleaning solution. You can also opt for something similar, preferably with a long handle.
Again, remember not to start cleaning your floors before you wash your ceiling. Otherwise, you’re wasting a lot of your hard work.
4. Exhaust fans
When you have exhaust fans around your home in the kitchen or bathroom, you should remember to clean them. Exhaust fans help remove excess humidity in any room. It also enables you to deal with steam and smoke that you might be generating. Thus, if you leave them be, they won’t be as effective in their purpose. Remember to vacuum the inner parts of your exhaust fan to get rid of dust and dirt buildup. After that, you might want to use a degreaser if it’s needed. Exhaust fans help get rid of excess moisture in the air, which can lead to the growth of mold and mildew that you don’t want.
5. Indoor plants
Indoor plants help improve the look of your home, betters your mood, and cleans the air. However, they can also accumulate quite a bit of dust, so make sure that you wipe them down often.
The inside of your kitchen cabinets also needs a bit of cleaning. Since they’re a place where you store items related to food preparation, you want to keep them clean. Ensure that you wipe them down and use a water-soap combination to clean it. Once you finish that, you should wipe it with a dry cloth and leave the cabinets open to let it air dry.
Baseboards are a part of your home that also needs to be clean. It would help if you got as much light possible in the room to see all the possible dirt and grime. Start by dusting it, then wash it with soap and water, then let it dry. That simple step should get your baseboards right as new.
Your upholstery also needs a solid session of deep cleaning. You can purchase or rent an upholstery cleaner to get into each corner of your upholstery. You don’t need this too often, but you still need to make sure that you do this.
Ash, dust, soot, and so on are all in your fireplace, so make sure that you take the time to give it a thorough cleaning. It’s going to take a lot of elbow grease to scrub around the fireplace. Sweep the fireplace first. After that, you can start using your cleaner and scrubbing away at the entire furnace. It’s going to take some time, so make sure that you strap yourself in and prepare to be there for a while.
Since your dishwasher is the place you clean your dinnerware, you should also make sure that it’s clean. It would be best if you put your dishwasher on the hottest setting and then add baking soda. This can help thoroughly clean and sanitize your dishwasher. This is also something you want to do if it’s been a while since you cleaned it.
Over to You
It’s okay to be imperfectly cleaning your home, as long as you clean it. However, there are some spots that people often neglect. That said, you should come back to them and thoroughly clean them.
Next time you start a cleaning session, run through this list, and make sure you don’t forget anything else. That way, you can have a wholly sanitized home for a while.
About the Author: Jacky Xu is the Chief Operating Officer at Maid Sailors Maid Service Chicago. Maid Sailors takes pride in providing unparalleled cleaning services at affordable prices and will help transform your house into a home.