It’s usually clear when you enter a room what needs to be cleaned up. The kitchen sink is overflowing with soiled dishes, pots, and pans, or there is a mountain of dirty laundry that needs to be done.
Do you, however, disregard the remainder of the room once the obvious items have been removed? Look at the seven areas in your cleaning regimen that you frequently overlook.
Undersides of Furniture
There are typically a few dust bunnies floating about when you look under a bed or sofa, which may be easily removed with a vacuum or dust mop. But did you take the time to examine the furniture’s real base? What you discover adhering to bed frames, chair seats, and table bracing might surprise you.
At least twice a year, dust, dirt, and spider webs should be removed using a vacuum or a dusting wand.
Walls and Baseboards
Both horizontal and vertical surfaces are susceptible to the adhesion of dust and filth. You’ll be surprised by how furry your walls may be if you open the blinds or drapes and turn on all the lights. Even more dust is present if your walls are covered with textured wallpaper.
Use a duster that retains particles and work your way down the wall starting at the top. Finally, remove any stray fingerprints or body odor that may be present around light switches and doorknobs.
Finish by paying close attention to the baseboards. On those little ledges, an alarming abundance of dust can accumulate. You’ll likely need to wipe the baseboards off with a damp cloth in humid areas like bathrooms and kitchens because the moisture has converted the dust into soil that adheres to the surface.
Tops of Cabinets, Doors, and Picture Frames
Spend some time looking up when you are cleaning. Perhaps there is more scum than you’d like to see. Beyond our line of sight, we often overlook it. Clean the tops of tall storage cabinets, picture frames, kitchen cabinets, door frames, and corners of ceilings on a regular basis.
Check the ceiling fans and light fixtures while you’re up there. A disposable duster with an extendable handle is your best bet for eliminating dust and spider webs. If you don’t have one, use a rubber band to secure a clean microfiber cloth to the handle of a broom or mop.
Air Filters and Vents
If your home has central air conditioning or heating, ducting links the system to the interior rooms. Vents allow the heated or cooled air to leave after treatment and then return to the air handling system.
If dust and pollen particles are not captured in a filter before returning to the system, they will simply backflow into the living area. There are many different kinds of filters, ranging from cheap mesh to very expensive HEPA filters. For them to work, regardless of the kind you use, they must be changed or cleaned. While changing the filter, spend some time cleaning the vent grates. Your breathing will be improved, and everything will be less dusty.
Make sure to give filters and vents on single window units a thorough cleaning as well.
When a closet needs to be cleaned out, it is obvious. When you open the door, things fall on you, the shelves are stacked high with items, and the garments are crowded together.
But when was the last time you scrubbed the closet completely, including the floor? Closet floors, particularly carpeted ones, are susceptible to contamination from outside dirt dragged in by shoes. Mold, mildew, and insects like carpet beetles can breed on the carpet, where they then eat your beloved clothing.
Take everything out of the closets at least once a season, and thoroughly clean the area. Additionally, this is the ideal moment to purge and give everything you don’t actually need, and to keep the remaining items safely.
Vacuum Cleaners and Cleaning Tools
Every time you use a cleaning item that is dirty, you run the risk of spreading more dirt. When was the last time you thoroughly checked your cleaning tools, such as your vacuum, mop, and cleaning brushes?
Of course, you remove the disposable bag from your vacuum and dump the debris cup. But every a month or so, the cup needs to be completely cleaned and rinsed. The majority can be cleaned in hot, soapy water and then let to air dry. There may also be filters that need to be cleaned or replaced. Check the rotating bars and brushes for tangled threads or hair, then clean them. There will be less dust and better cleaning outcomes.
Following each use, all mop heads and scrub brushes should be washed with hot water and a disinfecting cleanser. Dry sponges well in between uses.
Whether they are real or artificial, indoor plants may gather a remarkable quantity of dust. The majority of living plants will gain from a brief visit under the showerhead. Use a microfiber cloth or disposable duster to clean each leaf if they are too big to move.
Cleaning should also be done to silk plants or preserved blossoms. You can softly dust preserved flowers, such as the Venus ET Fleur Eternity Roses, with a microfiber or feather duster. Take artificial plants outside and use a cool-setting hairdryer to blast the dust off, or dust them. Put individual stems of silk greenery or blossoms in a paper bag with a lot of table salt or baking soda to make them more vibrant. Most of the soil will stay in the salt or baking soda if you shake the bag vigorously. Before exhibiting, use a cold hairdryer to remove any remaining dust.