When walking throughout your home, it’s can be easy to see what needs to be cleaned. There sometimes is pile of dirty laundry waiting to be taken to the laundry room. The kitchen sink is piled with dirty dishes and pans that needs to be washed. There an obvious layer of dust on the furniture.
However, once these obvious things are cleaned, you might be overlooking the rest of the areas within the house. There are several places you might be forgetting to clean. Check out these 7 places you might just be forgetting to clean.
1. Top of Cabinets, Doors and Picture Frames
When you are cleaning your house, take the time to look up. You are likely to see more dirt than you might have thought. We often ignore what’s beyond our plane of sight. So, routinely clean the top of door frames, kitchen cabinets, picture frames, and even ceiling corners.
You should also check light fixtures and ceiling fans. Use a disposable duster with an extendable handle for capturing the dust and spider webs. You can also use a microfiber cloth by securing it to a broom or mop handle with a rubber band.
2. Walls and Baseboards
Vertical and horizontal surfaces can be collected with dust and grime. Open the curtains and blinds and turn on all the lights, you will be amazed at the amount of dust that might be on your walls.
To clean your walls, start at the top of the wall. Work your way down using a duster that traps particles. Finish by cleaning away any stray marks or body soil that may be around light switches and door knobs.
Move onto the baseboards by wiping down with a damp cloth. A damp cloth will help wipe away the dust that has turned into soil, which often clings to the surfaces of walls and baseboards.
3. Check Undersides of Furniture
Check under your furniture as there are usually a few dust bunnies hiding within the shadows and rolling around. These dust bunnies can quickly be captured with a vacuum. Use a vacuum or dusting wand to get rid of the spider webs, dust, and grim that hides under the actual bottom of the furniture pieces. Make sure you clean under the undersides of furniture two times per year.
4. Indoor Plants
Indoor plants, real or silk, can accumulate a lot of dust. You can move the lighter weight plants under the shower head, which often they can benefit from. For the more heavier plants, use a microfiber cloth to wipe down each leaf. You can also dust silk plants with a cloth or taking them outside and using a hair dryer set on cool to blow off the dust.
5. Clean Out Vacuum Cleaners and Cleaning Tools
When was the last time you took a good look at your cleaning tools? Even your cleaning tools can get dirty. Each time you use your cleaning tools you could possibly be spreading the dirt around.
For vacuum cleaners, empty the debris cup or toss out the disposable bag. Make sure you wash the cup and clean it thoroughly every month or so. You can use hot, soapy water, and allow it to air dry. Check to see if you need to remove the filters to be washed or changed. The rotary bars and brushes should have tangled strings or hair removed.
For mop heads, sponges, and scrubbing brushes, clean with hot water and disinfectant cleaner after every use.
6. Closet Floors
Closer floors can be full of dust and dirt, especially with carpet, that can harbor soil brought in by shoes from outside. Carpet can also be a great place for mold and mildew to grow.
Take the time seasonally to pull everything out of the closet and give the entire space a deep cleaning. It’s also a perfect time to weed out and donate things you don’t really need anymore.
7. Dust Out Those Air Filters and Vents
If you live in a home that has central heating or air, there is a ductwork that connects to the system to the living space within your home. If the air is returning to the system is not filtered to trap dust, then the dust will blow back into the spaces within the home.
Whatever type of air filters your use, they will need to be changed or cleaned. Make sure you clean the vent grates as well. Cleaning the air filters and vents will help you and your family breathe easier and have less dust within your living spaces in your home.