It’s that time of year again when spring cleaning is in the air. But did you know that some areas in your house hide so well they may escape notice? Whether they’re hiding in plain sight or whether it’s a case of out of sight, out of mind, these places may suffer from dust buildup and other issues when not cleaned regularly.
Check through this list of Tucson cleaning tips to make sure you’re not overlooking any of these frequently ignored areas in your house.
Ceiling and fans
Did you know that dust can stick to your ceilings, seemingly in defiance of gravity? Don’t limit yourself to running a broom around the corners to keep webs from building up. The entire ceiling can and should be dusted on occasion. Ceiling fans, on the other hand, need more frequent cleaning. Not only can dust settle onto the fan when at rest, but fan blades can also pick up dust actively while the fan is on.
Although your faucets are cleaned on a regular basis, cleaning inside them may not occur to you as often. The aerator heads located at the ends of faucets have small screens in them that require occasional scrubbing. And the sprayer head for your kitchen sprayer has an aerator too, even though it may not be as obvious. If neglected, these aerators can eventually become blocked by mineral deposits, especially if you have hard water. Clean aerators by removing them from the faucet, working them apart carefully, and using a small brush (such as an old toothbrush) and vinegar to gently brush away any mineral deposits or other gunk that may have built up. If the aerator doesn’t come out, which may be the case with sprayer heads, you can try just soaking the entire head in vinegar.
Washing machine and dishwasher
Although they do a great job of washing germs and grime away from your clothes and dishes, these two cleaning machines sometimes need cleaning too. Gunk can build up in their drainage holes over time, and giving them a little attention during your spring cleaning can increase the effectiveness of each wash. You may find soap scum buildup, hard water deposits, or even a musty odor if the machine hasn’t been washed out recently. You can clean your washing machine naturally with baking soda and vinegar, and the same ingredients can work wonders on your dishwasher when applied a little differently.
Potted plants are a great way to help purify indoor air. In fact, some even absorb chemicals from the air or “eat” mold spores and dust. But even dust-eating plants have a limited appetite, and if too much dust settles on their leaves it can build up and form a light-blocking film. Gently wiping dust off plant leaves with a soft, damp cloth (don’t use any cleaning products) can free them up to breathe and photosynthesize again.
Condenser coils, which release the heat extracted from inside your refrigerator, are an essential component of the cooling process. When dust collects on the coils, it insulates them, slowing down this crucial heat dispersion and making your fridge work harder to keep food cold. So cleaning the coils can not only help your fridge but can save you money on your energy bill! All you have to do is unplug the fridge, find the condenser coil (either on the back of the fridge or underneath), and vacuum and wipe away all the dust that’s collected.
Upholstery and curtains
Even if you do remember to vacuum your furniture, it’s so easy to forget the drapes at your windows. This is an important cleaning tip for those of us in Tucson, as we tend to track a lot more dirt and dust into our homes. And window curtains aren’t the only ones susceptible to this neglect; shower curtains need attention too! You may even be able to wash your shower curtain in the washing machine if it’s a sturdy one. And remember to soak both shower curtain and liner in salt water before re-hanging to help prevent mildew.
In addition to these commonly overlooked areas, make sure your cleaning plan includes paying special attention to easy-to-miss nooks and crannies such as:
- under and behind large appliances
- inside lighting fixtures
- above and around cabinets
- in your closet
These areas don’t garner much attention throughout the year, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t collecting dust the whole time.Did you enjoy our Tucson cleaning tips? We’ve got more in store for you. How about a guide on how to keep your home clean between Maids visits? As Tucson’s local professional maid service, we know all the spots where dust loves to hide. If you need to hire professional help for spring cleaning this year or if you’d just like to hear more about our services, call us today at (520) 795-7977.
Royal Housekeeping Tips
Ever wonder what it would take to have your house cleaned like a royal palace? Check out these tips from a former Queen’s housekeeper:
In the bedroom
- The open end of pillowcases should be inward-facing on the bed.
- Smooth the duvet, plump the pillows by punching them and carefully fold the bedcover into thirds, concertina-style.
- In the bathroom
Lay the towels flat, then fold it in three, lengthwise, before hanging on the towel rail.
- To remove lime scale build-up on chrome taps, apply a paste of 2 tbsp. salt and 1 tsp white distilled vinegar. Use a toothbrush to clean difficult areas, and a bottle brush to clean plugholes.
- Keep a sponge and rubber gloves dedicated to the loo – and manually clean under the rim of the bowl.
- Use a lime scale product; bleach takes the shine off porcelain.
- To remove mildew or mold, mix equal parts lemon juice and baking powder into a paste, leave on for two hours, then rinse off.
- Toilet paper should roll from the front. Fold the end into a point to show the bathroom has been cleaned.
Even if you don’t live in a palace, The Maids of Tucson will have your home so clean you’ll feel like you could entertain the Queen.
Contact us today about the needs of your castle.
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