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Things You Might Be Neglecting when Cleaning

Written by Erik Larson, Community Blogger | May 25, 2017 12:26 PM

Most people have a routine when it comes to cleaning their home and maintaining it every few weeks. Although you may consider your house to be spotless, there are likely a few areas that you've neglected. When you want to improve how you clean your interior setting, there are a few little and big areas to pay attention to when you want to create a more habitable environment.

Overhead Ceiling Fans

One of the most common areas where dust accumulates is on the blades of ceiling fans in each room of the home. Most people fail to look up when they're spot cleaning the carpet or are wiping down the countertops, which can lead to having poor air quality inside of the home. Consider using a microfiber cloth to wipe down the blades every few months, which will catch the dust and prevent it from spreading to other areas of the room. Placing a pillowcase over each blade will also prove to be effective to collect the dust and prevent it from falling onto the floor. 

Baseboards

Baseboards are a beautiful addition to any type of home but can begin to look dirty when they're not wiped down frequently. Baseboards should be wiped down just as often as the furniture in the home to prevent dust from accumulating. They're easy to clean by running a damp cloth or household wipe across the top.

Underneath Appliances

Mopping your floors is a no-brainer when you want to keep your kitchen clean, but many people forget about the space underneath their appliances. Food, dust, and spills can accumulate over time due to the small space that can be difficult to reach. You'll need to pull out the appliances to wipe underneath and remove any dirt that has accumulated. The process should be repeated for refrigerators, dishwashers, and ovens. It's also important to clean the coils and wipe down the walls with a damp rag. 

The range hood filter also needs to be deep cleaned regularly to remove grease and dirt that settle on the surface. You can soak the metal filters in hot water for several hours and add a bit of ammonia to break down any grease that is present. The underside of the range will also need to be cleaned.

Coffeemaker

As one of the most used products in the home, the coffeemaker is also rarely cleaned in the household. Coffeemakers are prone to fail over time if water residue isn't cleaned out. A proper cleaning of the small appliance will require you to run a cycle of water and white vinegar. Finish the process with a cycle of water to rinse out any remaining vinegar that is left over. Cleaning the product every few weeks will prevent mold from developing and will remove any bacteria that grows as it's used each day.

Furnace

It's easy to forget about the furnace when it's not in use in different seasons of the year. The furnace can become less energy efficient if it's not cleaned out and can also lead to inadequate heating of each room in the home. Replace the furnace filter every two to three months, depending on its size.

Doors, Knobs, and Handles

Doors, knobs, and handles are rarely cleaned but are used multiple times of day and can accumulate a significant amount of dirt and germs. Clean the surfaces of the features with antibacterial wipes and make everything look new again. The front door should also be cleaned with a rag and soapy water to remove dust that has developed.

The walls can also be a common place where scuffs develop due to kids who run through the home or items that scratch the paint. A damp, soft cloth will quickly remove blemishes that have formed and can create a cleaner interior setting. Dings that are present can be filled in with a touch of paint and putty.

Cleaning the home from top to bottom will require you to take a few extra steps to avoid overlooking common areas of the property. With the right areas cleaned, you can create a spotless setting that doesn't look neglected.

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