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.
We’re taking spring cleaning and decluttering and mixing it up for you. We aren’t giving you any tired old lists to follow. We’re going to give you some tips to turn spring cleaning on its head and make it easier and less tedious for you and your family, and yes, we’re getting the whole family into the act.
Start in the Bathroom
Your bathroom and kitchen are the most used and most necessary rooms in your home, yet they get the short end of the stick when it comes to spring cleaning and general decluttering. Choose the main bathroom and find ways for your kids to help. Remove all chemicals, razors and other hazardous items from the bathroom. Now you and your children can dig in and clean and declutter the bathroom.
Ask the children to organize their bathroom belongings, then tell them to pick out things they no longer need. Toss almost-empty shampoo and bubble-bath products. Tell the kids that from now on you won’t buy any new bath products until the old ones have been used. Direct each child to make a shopping list or dictate a shopping list to an older sibling. What makes this spring cleaning method special are your kids. Teach them organization and smart shopping at the same time (although there are some tips here for you, dads and moms.)
If you run into a problem like heavy mildew or what appears to be mold, don’t try to tackle it yourself. That’s why we’re here. You may think that your bathroom is mold and mildew free until you encounter a leak under the sink. Call us. Let us clean up the really nasty messes for you.
Parents, look around at your kids’ rooms. Then go look at yours. Then sit down and breathe. It’s okay. Let’s declutter your bedrooms.
You used the bathroom to teach your children decluttering. Now you can tell them to do the same thing in their bedrooms. Tell them to pick out things they don’t wear or play with anymore. Set a good example by doing the same thing when you go through your closet. Get rid of things you aren’t wearing but are holding onto because you might lose or gain weight. Keep only what you wear.
Let your children keep their sentimental old toys. Tell the oldest child how to set up a display shelf of his or her favorite old toys. Then instruct the younger children to follow suit, but let them each do their own toy shelves. Throw away broken toys or toys with missing pieces. Any toys that can’t be passed down to younger siblings should go to a thrift store.
The Kitchen and Living Area
Remember that part of the benefit of decluttering is to reveal hidden messes like carpet stains and dirty appliances. Ask the kids to reshelve books, games and DVDs. Neaten your entertainment center. Put all unused devices and cords into a plastic bin. Buy a nice toy box for the living room or den. Donate magazines to a senior center.
Do a quick pantry and fridge scan and toss everything past the expiration date.
Throw away plastic soda cups from restaurants. Take out the drawer full of straws, sporks and condiments and dump it in the trash. Wipe it out with an antibacterial wipe and then use it to organize the new kitchen towels and dish cloths that you’re going to buy. That’s right; it’s time to reward yourself. Don’t forget to reward the kids. Ask each child what one item he or she feels they need for their room. Set a price limit. Items may range from lamps to cork boards to posters. Remember that your children have worked hard with you and everyone needs a treat.
When You’re Through Decluttering
You’ll find messes and you’ll panic. Call us. You’ve made room for us to work on steam-cleaning your carpets, disinfecting all your bathrooms and cleaning your grout. We’ll also clean your appliances inside and out, take down and wash your drapes and get rid of those upholstery stains that have been bugging you for months. Please feel free to ask us about anything else you’d like cleaned. If you follow the instructions in this article, you’ll have your house ready for cleaning by our professional cleaning technicians. Contact us for a free consultation.