Don’t Forget to Clean These 7 Places
When it comes to cleaning a room, it’s easy to focus on the obvious areas like piles of laundry or dirty dishes in the kitchen sink. However, there are several spots that often go overlooked. Here are seven places you may be forgetting to clean during your cleaning routine.
Don’t Forget to Clean the Undersides of Your Furniture
When cleaning under a bed or sofa, it’s easy to capture the visible dust bunnies with a vacuum or dust mop.
However, the underside of the furniture often gets overlooked, and you may be surprised at the buildup of dust, spider webs, and grime on the frames, seats, and braces.
Make it a point to clean the undersides of your furniture at least twice a year.
Use a vacuum or dusting wand to remove any accumulated debris and spider webs, ensuring that your living space remains clean and healthy.
Dust and dirt can accumulate on both vertical and horizontal surfaces, including walls and baseboards.
Even textured wallpaper can trap more dust. To start, use a duster that traps particles and work from the top of the wall to the bottom, then clean around light switches and doorknobs.
Don’t forget to clean the baseboards, which can collect a surprising amount of dust, especially in humid areas like kitchens and bathrooms where it can turn into stubborn grime that requires a damp cloth to remove.
When you clean your house, don’t forget to check the high places that may be overlooked.
Dust and dirt can accumulate on the tops of cabinets, doors, picture frames, and ceiling corners. Make sure to clean these areas regularly to prevent buildup.
Use a disposable duster with an extendable handle or a clean microfiber cloth secured to a broom or mop handle with a rubber band.
This will help you reach high places with ease and capture dust and spider webs. Also, check your light fixtures and ceiling fans while you are up there.
Don’t Forget to Clean Your Air Filters and Vents
If you have a central heating or air conditioning system in your home, it’s important to regularly check and clean the air filters and vents.
The ductwork in your home connects the system to your living spaces, and if the air isn’t filtered properly, dust and pollen particles can circulate throughout your home. There are various types of filters available, ranging from expensive HEPA filters to more affordable mesh options.
Regardless of the type of filter you use, it must be cleaned or replaced regularly to be effective. Additionally, take the time to clean the vent grates when you change the filter.
If you have a single window unit, make sure to clean its filter and vents thoroughly as well. By doing so, you’ll breathe easier and have less dust settling on your surfaces.
Don’t forget about cleaning closet floors, which can accumulate dirt and dust brought in from shoes, especially if the floor is carpeted.
This can create a breeding ground for mold, mildew, and insects like carpet beetles that can damage clothes. Make sure to clean the closet floor at least seasonally by removing everything from the closet and giving the space a thorough cleaning. Use this opportunity to declutter and donate items you no longer need, and store the remaining items properly.
Don’t Forget to Clean Your Cleaning Tools
If you want to effectively clean your living space, it’s important to make sure your cleaning tools are in good condition.
When was the last time you took a close look at your vacuum cleaner, mop, or scrubbing brushes?.
While it’s important to empty the debris cup or change the disposable bag in your vacuum, you should also clean the cup thoroughly with hot, soapy water every month or so.
Don’t forget to check and clean the filters, rotary bars, and brushes as well to ensure optimal cleaning performance and reduce dust.
As for mop heads and scrubbing brushes, they should be cleaned with hot water and a disinfectant cleaner after each use to prevent the spread of bacteria.
It’s also important to let sponges dry completely between uses to prevent mold growth.
Indoor Plant Care: Don’t Forget These Steps!
Whether you have real or artificial indoor plants, they can accumulate a significant amount of dust.
To keep them looking fresh and healthy, it’s important to clean them regularly.
For live plants, a quick shower can do wonders.
If the plants are too big to move, you can use a microfiber cloth or disposable duster to wipe down each leaf. Preserved flowers, like Venus ET Fleur Eternity Roses, can be lightly dusted with a microfiber or feather duster.
Silk plants should also be cleaned regularly. You can take them outside and use a hairdryer on a cool setting to blow off the dust.
To brighten individual stems of silk greenery or blossoms, place them in a paper bag with plenty of table salt or baking soda.
Give the bag a good shake so that the soil sticks to the salt or baking soda. Finish by dusting off any residue with a cool hairdryer before displaying.
*The information is for reference only.