As the holiday season approaches, it’s time to start thinking about getting our homes ready to receive guests. For many of us, this means redecorating, reorganizing, and of course, deep cleaning. Taking the time to clean every room from top to bottom – including the small details and hard-to-reach places we often overlook – is an essential part of making a home look, feel, and smell inviting and it isn’t just the bathrooms that need cleaning.
In this guide, we’ll take a look at five surprising places that even the most fastidious housekeepers often forget to clean, so you can make sure your next deep clean is a success. Or, if you would prefer to focus on other holiday projects and leave cleaning to the pros, you can contact our licensed, bonded maids in Louisville for deep-cleaning services.
5 Places Most People Forget to Clean – And How to Clean Them
Even if you protect your mattress with a topper, you should vacuum it monthly and deep clean it (or have it professionally cleaned) twice a year. Mattress cleaning is necessary because sweat and tiny particles, like skin cells and dust, can easily penetrate most mattress toppers and accumulate inside your bed, creating unpleasant odors and contributing to allergy and asthma symptoms. According to research published by the American Council on Science and Health, a single dirty mattress can host upwards of 10 million dust mites – which is bad news for the estimated 20 million Americans who are allergic to them.
To keep your mattress hygienic, make sure you treat stains immediately with a mattress-safe spot cleaner. And, at least once per month, use proper vacuuming techniques to remove debris from your mattress: First, remove and launder your mattress topper; then, sprinkle baking soda across the surface of your mattress. Wait at least one hour before vacuuming the mattress with your vacuum’s upholstery attachment. As long as you own a powerful vacuum with a HEPA filter, this process should keep dust mites and odors at bay between deep cleanings.
As a general rule, it’s better to have your mattress deep cleaned by a pro rather than trying the DIY route. Home cleaning methods can easily over-saturate mattresses with water, leading to mold and bacteria growth. If you do decide to try cleaning your mattress at home, use a high-quality extraction steam cleaner and make sure you let the mattress dry completely before replacing the topper.
Air vents and filters.
If you live in a home with central heating or air conditioning, paying attention to what’s inside your HVAC system can significantly improve your indoor air quality. Without proper cleaning and filter maintenance, HVAC systems can collect dust, mold spores, and pollen, which ultimately recirculate throughout the home.
To keep your vents clear of debris, wipe down the covers at least once a month and vacuum the grates with a crevice attachment. Every six months, turn off your heating or cooling system, then remove the vent covers so you can clean inside the ducts. Immerse the covers in a sink full of hot, soapy water, then dry them with a microfiber cloth to remove dust and grime. Before you replace the covers, quickly vacuum inside the vents using a long-reach crevice tool.
How often you’ll need to replace your furnace filter depends on the type of filter you have, so it’s important to check the manufacturer’s guidelines to determine your maintenance schedule. As a general rule, however, thin filters (1-2 inches thick) need to be replaced every one to three months, while thicker filters (3-4 inches) are suitable for six to nine months of continuous use. Very large filters (5-6 inches thick) may last all year.
Most of us periodically organize closets to ensure they don’t become messy or overfilled. Far fewer people remember to clean the closet walls, shelves, and floor, in part because these areas are often partially hidden by bins, shoe organizers, etc. However, this neglect can become a health issue because closets often harbor moisture, dirt, bacteria, and pollen that we bring in from outside.
Whenever you rotate the seasonal items in your closets, remove everything inside each closet. Then, wipe down the walls and shelves with a damp microfiber cloth before spot-treating and vacuuming the floor.
Baseboards contain small crevices that trap dirt and dust, no matter how often you wash your walls. Fortunately, mildly abrasive melamine sponges (e.g., Magic Erasers) provide a quick, effective solution for built-up baseboard grime. Just dip the sponge in a bucket of hot water mixed with either a cup of white vinegar or a few drops of all-purpose cleaner. Wring excess moisture out of the sponge before wiping down the baseboard using firm circular motions. When it looks clean, polish it dry with a microfiber cloth. Optionally, you can finish by running a fabric softener sheet along the baseboard to help repel dust.
- House plants.
Both live and artificial houseplants can accumulate a shocking amount of dust – which eventually finds its way back into your home’s air. As such, it’s a good idea to gently wipe your plants down with a damp microfiber cloth whenever you dust your home. Not only will this practice make your home look and smell better, but it will also help live plants stay healthy (because dust can reduce a plant’s ability to absorb water and light).
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