Everybody believes that their homes are clean, especially after spending hours every week trying to make it spotless. There are many forgotten places to clean that we tend to overlook when we are doing our regular house cleaning.
Have you ever had the feeling that you've missed something?
These forgotten spots get ignored for a variety of reasons: - being hard to reach, - out of sight or, - something so familiar it often fades to the background. These neglected areas can become grubby without you noticing. Once you take a look at them, I suggest putting them into a monthly checklist. This helps whether you are spring cleaning or diving into deep cleaning for freshness!
14 Surprising Places You Overlook When House Cleaning
1. Your Interior Doors
Think about how many doors that you have in your home. Over time, all your doors can become magnets for scuffs, dirt, and dust.
In our house, we seem to spend a lot of time opening and closing doors, but not looking at them. Unless company is coming then all the fingerprints on the glass suddenly come into focus! Try adding wiping down your doors once a month to your chore list. Pay close attention to some of the finer details, such as the inlets and mouldings where dust can quickly gather. If you are feeling ambitious, you can touch up the knocks and scuffs with a bit of fresh paint and make your doors look as good as new. You can follow the same process for your door frames as well.
2. Throw Pillows
Most of us are unaware of how dirty our throw cushions, blankets and throw rugs can become. They are pretty in our rooms and something to add comfort, but they can become allergen magnets. And like any decorative pieces in our homes, they will get dirty and need cleaning and maintenance. They should be washed on a regular basis, to keep them smelling and looking as fresh as possible.
3. Light Fixtures and Ceiling Fans
Because they are out of reach for most people, ceiling fans collect layers of dust over time. Anytime you turn on the fan, the dust can get tossed around the room, which is not good for indoor air quality. We recommend regularly wiping them with a long duster - that is part of our usual maintenance cleaning routine.
4. Top and Sides of the Refrigerator
The vast majority of us clean the inside of refrigerators regularly. However, the top and sides often get overlooked. Dust, dirt, and food particles can build up in these areas, creating a mess in the part of the kitchen that should be kept as clean as possible. We also recommend opening the door to run a cloth along the gasket seal, which is a place for crumbs and gunk to really build up!
5. Doorknobs and Handles
How many times a day do you grab your doorknob or door handle? These parts of your doors tend to blend in and can be forgotten about. Every time someone opens or closes the door, dirt or grime can be transferred to the doorknob or handle. This allows germs to spread around your home. Especially in these times of limiting the spread of Coronavirus, we recommend wiping these high touch points with a disinfectant. We’ve added that service to all our maintenance cleans to help protect our client homes from the spread of COVID-19.
6. Door Mats
Many homeowners choose to accessorize their entrance areas with mats of all shapes and sizes. But they forget that they can become a dirty eyesore if neglected. The front area has a lot of traffic every day. And, as a consequence, dirt can be tracked through the house. These mats should be vacuumed, and then lifted to clean the floor underneath. This also prevents floor damage from grit and debris under the mat.
7. Window Blinds & Curtains
Window treatments really add to the comfort and beauty of your home. However, they can be a challenge to clean. Buildup of dust on window treatments can cause a room to smell musty and feel unclean. Regular dusting of blinds and shutters will prevent dirt and dust accumulating. If you have curtains, they can be machine washed in most cases; make sure to check the material and care instructions as some may need to be dry cleaned.
Found in every room of the house, your baseboards are one of the most overlooked features when it comes to cleaning your home. They are the kings of accumulating dirt and dust even more so than your floors. The fact that the vast majority of baseboards are white, helps make the dirt stand out even more. Because they are at the bottom of the wall, we often forget to clean them. We recommend using a dusting wand or a small brush tool on a vacuum to regularly clean all baseboards and improve the overall cleanliness of your home.
9. Window Sills
They are not just for placing plants and holiday decorations! Window sills are an often-missed place when house cleaning. Paw prints from pets, dust, dead flies - eww - window sills are a wide horizontal surface which can get very dirty. We recommend wiping them down regularly with a damp cloth.
10. Air Vents
For anyone with allergies, it is important to clean the air vents on a regular basis. The air vents in your home are a trap for dust and dirt, and if left uncleaned will only filter it out of again. Dust can accumulate in the grates and vent. Most of this remains difficult to reach the area, and this is the reason that they can be ignored. Getting the filters in your home changed regularly and keeping your vents wiped down will help keep the air in your home healthier to breathe.
11. House Plants
House plants improve indoor air quality and are a beautiful addition to your home. But the broad leaves of some plants can be a real dust trap! A great spring cleaning task is to remove dust build up on leaves. Be careful not to break stems, and check on your plant variety to be sure you keep them healthy.
If you are wondering what kickboards are, you are not alone. Many of our clients don’t know what they are called. But they do know that the never get around to cleaning them, and neither did their last house cleaning service! Kickboards are the vertical places at the bottom of cabinets and cupboards. Though the front of cupboards and the floors are usually cleaned, the kickboards are often missed. This can create a gross build up of splashes from spills in the kitchen and bathroom. When cupboards are cleaned, keep on going - right to the floor! Wipe those kickboards for a thorough clean.
13. Under Sinks
The storage space beneath kitchen and bathroom sinks are a real catch-all for all kinds of items. There may be an assortment of bottles and boxes - cleaning products, hair care products, brushes, and jars. Purging these items and giving the space a thorough cleaning is usually part of a move-out clean. However, you don't have to wait until then! Consider adding cleaning these spaces to your next twice a year deep cleaning routine.
14. Picture Frames
Family photos, artwork, or memories of past vacations - most of us have pictures hanging around our home. It is amazing how often people overlook the tops of these frames when house cleaning. Like other horizontal surfaces, picture frames can quickly gather dust over time, which makes a home feel less clean. Add dusting picture frames to your regular house cleaning routine.
The cleaner your home, the healthier your environment, and the more relaxed you will be.
Do any of these need some extra care in your home? Did we miss some forgotten places to clean that should be on the list?
Let us know if you have any questions! Contact us today.