When’s the last time you gave your home a seriously good clean? When was the last time you brought out the dust mask to prevent all the mites you’re disturbing from affecting your lungs? If you haven’t taken out all of the serious tools and safety gear for a long time, then there’s a good chance that your house isn’t as clean as it seems. For germaphobes, this is a frightening idea, but for others, it’s simply just disturbing.
If you really want to give your home the deep cleaning that it deserves, then here are a couple of tips that will help you clean even the dirtiest and most forgotten areas that are in desperate need of a wash.
Many people think that bathrooms don’t need much cleaning because of all the hot steam and soap that splashes everywhere. Unfortunately, that couldn’t be further from the truth. In addition to grime being a persistent problem for most people’s bathrooms, there are also other smaller parts of your bathroom that you’re probably overlooking.
- Bathroom mat. The bathroom mat is a surprisingly overlook area of the home that could harbour lots of bacteria. When you get in and out of the shower or bath, your feet are sweaty and could cause the bath mat to develop mildew if you’re not careful. Throw out your bathroom mat if it’s beyond recognisable and in future, make sure you wash your bathroom mats at least once a week.
- Shower curtains. Shower curtains can also start to small if they’re left unattended. Simply throw them in the washing machine and use a temporary replacement.
- Faucets. Faucets can build up a nasty deposit of minerals if left unchecked, so consider giving them a good clean on both the inside and outside.
- Shower head. Your shower head follows the same concept as the faucet. If it’s being barraged with hard water on a regular basis, then it will start to generate mineral deposits that could reduce the efficiency of the shower head.
- Toothbrush holder. Although all it does is hold your toothbrushes, the germs and bacteria that could be laying on the teeth of the brush could spread to other toothbrushes.
- Soap dish. Damp soap eventually turns nasty. It could leave behind some residue and it can start to stick to the dishes, making it annoying to clean on a regular basis.
The kitchen is a prime example of a location in the house that you absolutely do not want to be infested with germs. It’s important to practice kitchen safety tips that will keep your worktops clean, free of bacteria and safe to use for cooking.
- Kitchen cabinets. Your hands probably touch the cabinet handles on a daily basis. It’s never a bad idea to give these cabinets a clean because we touch them virtually every day. Clear out the kitchen cabinets of anything that is out of date or unusable while you’re wiping down the cabinets.
- Pantry. It’s a good idea to clear out anything that you find in the pantry so it’s easier to clean, and you might find some hidden gems as well like long-forgotten candy bars and chocolate.
- Sink drain. Just stop and think of all the garbage and trash that you stick down the sink drain. It will eventually get clogged, so why not clear it out? Simply pour some cleaning solution down the sink and it will loosen up all the debris so that the water can wash it out.
- Fridge and freezer. Fridges and freezers can start to look nasty if you’ve spilt one too many things. It’s important to use the right tools in order to clean your fridge and freezer, and it’s recommended to defrost the ice in your freezer every few months to prevent it from building up too much excess ice.
- Dishwasher. Your dishwasher needs to be cleaned as well. Despite it being filled with water and cleaning solution during its use, you’ll still need to use separate cleaning solutions that can make it easier to clean up.
Bedrooms might not seem like the place to worry about deep cleaning, but there are many locations in your bedroom that could be infested with bacteria, and pests like bed bugs and spiders might be lurking in the shadows, ready to pounce when you’re fast asleep.
- Carpets. Bedrooms are prime candidates for carpet use. Sadly, it takes a lot of time to clean carpets, so you might want to consider a professional service instead of doing it yourself.
- Blinds. If you use blinds, there’s a good chance that they’re absolutely filthy and caked with dust. Use something like a duster or a sock to loosen the dust, then use a vacuum cleaner to suck the dust away.
- Bedding and mattress. Your bedding and mattress will need regular cleaning to ensure that the sweat (and subsequently bacteria) doesn’t have a chance to seep in and do damage. In addition, lazy habits could result in pests such as bed bugs, and you’ll need to contact professionals like SmoothQuotes in order to get rid of bedroom pests.
- Lampshades. Lampshades are absolute dust magnets. Get rid of the dust by using a lint roller or by taking a handheld vacuum to it.
- Closet. If you haven’t given your closet a good clean in several years, then you may want to double check the inside to see if there aren’t any dead insects, pests or anything that was thrown in and forgotten.
If you or anyone else in your family spends a lot of time in the living room, then there’s no doubt that it has become a potential breeding ground for bacteria and other germs. To give your living room the deep clean that it needs, here are some of the spots that you may have missed on your last clean.
- Carpets. The living room typically sees a lot of use and this means lots of foot traffic. If you’re only using carpets or rubs for certain parts of your home then this isn’t as bad as it sounds.
- Remote controls. Remote controls are picked up by every family member and friend, and if they’ve been eating, scratching their nose or picking their skin, then there’s a good chance that your remote controls have become Petri dishes of bac
- Television. The television itself attracts a lot of dust, so it’s crucial to wipe down the back in addition to blowing out all of the dust from the exhausts so keep it clean.
- Sofas. If you’ve ever spilled something on your sofa and you didn’t get up straight away to clean it, then it’s probably already too late. The stains might be removable with some elbow grease, but it’s probably better to speak with a professional that handles stain removal, or you could attempt a DIY stain removal solution.
- Houseplants. Don’t forget about your houseplants either. They can easily start to pick up dirt and grime, and if they aren’t cleaned or at least wiped on a regular basis, the dust could interrupt their growth.
Study or Home Office
Your study can serve a number of different purposes. For most people, it’s all about storing things like books and keeping a computer in the room for both recreation and study. However, the way you use your study could be turning it into a germ-infested room.
- Computer keyboard. Our fingers can get dirty, and if we’re going to be typing away on a keyboard then it’s a good idea to clean your fingers so the dirt, sweat and grime don’t spread across the keys.
- Computer monitor. Much like a television screen, your computer monitor is going to need a lot of dusting and cleaning if you’ve neglected it recently. It will help improve the lifespan of the monitor and also make consuming content much more enjoyable because the screen is clearer.
- Computer tower. Your computer tower is going to constantly spit out dust and hot air, so try and keep your computer tower on the floor if possible. This will give you lots of extra space on your desk and makes it look more presentable.
- Bookshelves. If you have a large collection of books or magazines, then it’s never a bad idea to cover it and install new shelves to store them in.
- Desks. Lastly, we can’t forget about your desk. If you eat on your desk, work on it and even occasionally spill drinks on it, then you’ll want to give your desk a good clean because it could be caked with different bacteria, dirt and grime.
Hopefully, these deep house cleaning tips have given you some insight into the lengths we have to go to really give your home a complete clean. While a clean surface is good for appearances, the real problem lies beneath the surface in the form of mildew, mold and bacteria that is usually invisible to the human eye. Give your house a proper full inspection before you decide to invest in cleaning it even more deeply.