When cleaning, there are definitely places that most people overlook. Whether accidentally or on purpose, every area in your home needs to be cleaned effectively. Even so, there are places which are not easily seen or cleaned. Now, given that fact, and the fact that dust triggers allergies and asthma and germs cause illnesses, the Signature Maids have put together these tips to help you clean those not easy to reach, awkward spaces.
Starting at the Top
Ceiling fans and high light fixtures are hard to reach without a ladder or stepstool, but they don’t have to be. You can invest in a disposable duster with an extension designed for the purpose of capturing dust and cobwebs from fans and fixtures overhead. You can also make your own cleaning apparatus by attaching a microfiber cloth to a broom or mop handle. Either way, a disposable duster or a microfiber cloth works better than a feather duster because dust and other debris cling to their surface, rather than simply scatter around the room. If you choose to use a ladder or step stool, always have someone hold the ladder or step stool for safety.
Like fans and light fixtures, your ceiling and crown molding are often a haven for dust, debris, and cobwebs. An extension handle duster, broom, dust mop, or a clean dry sponge mop can work to clean away the dust and cobwebs which you can vacuum up easily.
Tall furniture pieces and cabinetry are also often overlooked, but they, too, can be cleaned easily with an extension handle duster which features a rotating head. For kitchen cabinetry where grease and splatter also becomes an issue, you’ll want to use a step stool to reach the top, cleaning with warm water and your favorite cleaner. Be sure to rinse with a clean damp cloth and then dry the area as well.
Blinds, Windows, and Door Tracks
Window blinds, while always in view, are often overlooked, simply because they do require some effort to clean. Here’s how to get the job done easily and effectively. Using a static duster can get the job done simply, just remember you have to close the blinds and clean each side individually. If you don’t have a static duster, then you can use microfiber clothes attached to kitchen tongs. Proceed by wiping each slat, top and bottom, with the cloth covered tongs.
Windows, sliding doors, and shower doors all have tracks which gather dust, debris, and even mold. These tight spaces are hard to clean, but you can get the job done with the help of the crevice attachment on your vacuum. Begin by vacuuming up loose dust and dirt. Next, use a solution of warm water and your favorite cleaner or dishwashing liquid with a small brush to clean away dirt, grime, and mold. If soap scum is a problem, the addition of vinegar can help. Once clean, rinse with water.
Behind the Toilet
This is one area you don’t want to let go, as it will get worse if you do! Instead, tackle the job every time you clean the bathroom. The area is problematic as most mops can’t fit the space between the toilet and the wall, so you’ll need to don your gloves and use a sponge with a solution of warm water and your favorite bathroom disinfectant to get the job done effectively.
If You Need Help
If you need help cleaning the awkward places in and around your home, don’t hesitate to call on the experts at Signature Maids who know how to clean every space of your home thoroughly and efficiently.