Cleaning is dull and time-consuming. That is why most people choose to maintain the visible parts of their homes and leave the rest to their own demise. However, dust and dirt don’t care if you are tired. They spread like wildfire in your house. So eventually, you will need t deal with them. But where to start? How about from the most hard-to-reach places in your home that usually don’t see a lot of cleaning action? Our Top Cleaners’ experts will show you how to effectively get rid of the dust and dirt in no time.
1. How to Clean Ceiling Fans and Light Fixtures
The ceiling fans a probably the most overlooked thing in the home when it comes to cleaning. You usually concentrate your energy on tidying up the visible parts of your home and ignore looking up. However, the blades of the ceiling fans are extremely dirty, especially, if they are near the space you cook. The kitchen fumes condensate and create a sticky surface that attracts all sorts of small particles and dust. And once the fan starts spinning, it spreads this delightful nastiness across your home. So how can you effectively clean one of the highest spots in your house?
It’s actually pretty easy, and you don’t have to disassemble anything.
- Make a mixture of warm water and dishwashing liquid.
- You will need a clean microfibre cloth and a chair or a latter that you can use to reach the ceiling fan or light fixtures.
- Make sure the power is off.
- Soak the cloth and squeeze it, as it must be damp with no water dripping.
- Gently wipe the blades or fixtures.
- Repeat until all the grime is gone.
Overall the whole process should take you about 15 minutes. Professional house cleaners advise repeating this procedure once a week to prevent dust accumulation.
- Secure the chair or latter you are using. It is a good idea to have a helper who can keep watch on you and aid you.
- Always make sure the power is off.
- Do not spray or pour liquid on your light fixtures or ceiling fan. Remember, water and electricity don’t go well together.
2. How to Clean Your Blinds
Washing and dusting your blinds can be a tedious task, and most people tend to skip it. Not to mention how hard it is to effectively clean all of the different parts. Thankfully, we got you covered. Our London experts have created a detailed blind cleaning guide that can help you maintain a tidy house.
3. How to Clean the Toilet
In theory, the toilet is not a hard-to-reach place. However, how many of you actually clean under the rim of the toilet bowl? And do you know how to do that in 5 minutes?
So here is what you need to do:
- Get yourself a good toilet bowl cleaner and pour it under the rim of the toilet bowl. You can also spray it on the other parts of your toilet.
- Leave it to do its magic for about 30 minutes.
- Using your toilet brush, scrub the bowl while periodically flushing the water.
- Then use your shower or a bottle of clean water and rinse the whole toilet seat, lid, and everything else.
You don’t need to get on your knees and rub the toilet, the solvents have already killed all of the bacteria, and you only have to wash everything off. You can be in and out in 5 minutes. Do this every week to maintain proper hygiene in your house.
- You need air ventilation when cleaning the toilet, so make sure to open as many windows as possible.
- The toilet bowl cleaners are full of harsh chemicals, and you always need to wear protective gloves.
- If possible, don’t let your toddlers and pets near the WC while cleaning it.
4. How to Clean the Sliding Doors’ Tracks
This one makes even experienced house cleaners groan. It is hands down one of the most tedious tasks. Unfortunately, if you want to clean everything properly, you can’t speed up the process and skip steps. The good news is that if you do it right, you will only have to do it once a month. Do the following:
- Vacuum the track using the crevice tool or extended wand, whichever you’ve got.
- Make a mixture of warm water and dishwashing liquid or multipurpose detergent.
- Using an old toothbrush, start scrubbing. Make sure to remove all the grime that has been accumulated in the corners of the tracks.
- Get a damp clean microfibre cloth and wipe the dirty water. Rince it and repeat until everything is removed.
And you are done. We won’t sugarcoat it – this task is time-consuming, as you have to diligently clean every crevice of the tracks.
- Secure the door or window and make sure it won’t suddenly slam on your fingers while you are cleaning.
- Be careful when opening the windows as you will be crouching on the floor for an extended period and can easily get a cold. In this particular case, too much airflow is dangerous.
- Make sure the whipping cloth is damp and there is no excess water. If you fail to dry out the tracks you can create the ideal environment for mildew and mould.
5. How to Clean Cabinet and Wardrobe Tops
You will be amazed at how much dust accumulates on top of your wardrobes and kitchen cabinets. However, due to their location in the home, both places require different cleaning techniques. Let’s start with the one that will require the most effort and time – the kitchen cabinets.
- Get a ladder or a chair that you will be using to reach the high spots.
- Make a mixture of warm water and a multipurpose cleaner.
- Get a damp microfibre cloth and wipe the tops of the cabinets to remove the first layer of dust.
- Now, using a soft bristle brush start rubbing to remove the accumulated grime.
- Wipe everything dry and clean with kitchen paper.
We don’t recommend vacuuming the tops of your kitchen cabinets, since there are two layers of dirt – the first being the dust and the second the sticky residue from your cooking fumes. The grime will cover your vacuum attachment and clog the filters of the machine.
- You are done with the kitchen, so let’s get started with your wardrobes.
- You will again need a ladder or a chair
- Use your hoover to vacuum the tops of your wardrobes.
That is it. You don’t have to wash anything. Just suck the dust and you are done.
- Get a helper that will make sure your ladder or chair won’t flip while you are standing on top of it.
- Make sure you dry off all of the surfaces as humid, light-deprived spaces are the perfect breeding ground for fungi.
6. How to Clean the Air Vents
There are good news and bad news when it comes to air vent cleaning. The bad once is that there are almost no cleaning tools that can fit into the vents and everything must be done by hand. The good news is that house cleaning professionals advise you to repeat this process only two times a year – in Spring and Autumn.
- Vacuum the vents using the crevice tool.
- Using the well-known mixture of water and dishwashing liquid wipe the vents.
If you can disassemble your vent and remove the plastic cover, vacuum the space inside.
- You might want to put on a mask while cleaning the air vents to prevent inhaling the accumulated dust.
7. How to Clean Under Heavy Furniture
Be honest, how often do you clean the narrow space under your couch or bed? If you can’t squeeze the vacuum brush underneath it, the space is deemed uncleanable and you go on your merry way, right? But did you know that this can actually harm your health? Dust can be dangerous for your well-being and you must concentrate your efforts precisely in the spots with high accumulation. Do the following steps every two weeks and we guarantee you will see an improvement in your sleep quality.
- Get a flat mop, preferably one with a 360’ rotating head.
- Fill the bucket with lukewarm water and add a multipurpose cleaner.
- Crouch down and push the mop under the furniture.
- Since you won’t be able to see the area you are washing wipe the surface until the mop starts to come out clean of dust.
The mop’s handle must be long enough to reach every corner of the space under your bed. The process may take some time but you will be happy with the end results.
- Be careful when you lift or move heavy furniture, you can easily injure yourself. The described cleaning method is designed to help people clean without the need to physically push or pull the furniture. If you are dead set on moving it, always have one or two helpers close by.
- You need to kneel down or crouch for the duration of the washing process. So this type of cleanup is not recommended for elderly citizens or people with back problems. If you fit into one of those categories consider hiring a domestic cleaner to help you with these tasks.
8. What Cleaning Tools Do You Need
It is important to prepare all utensils and detergents in advance. This way you will save time and skip running to the store in the middle of the cleaning process. Here is what you need to clean the top 7 hard-to-reach places in your home:
- Vacuum cleaner equipped with a crevice tool and an extension wand;
- Clean microfibre cloths;
- Kitchen paper, if you need to dry off a particle spot;
- Protective gloves. Bonus points if you have a mask or goggles;
- Old toothbrush;
- Soft-bristle brush;
- Soft sponge;
- Dishwashing liquid or a mild liquid soap;
- Multipurpose cleaner;
- Small ladder or a chair;
- Flat mop with a 360’ rotating head and a bucket.
Most of the listed items you already have, so it’s not hard to organise the cleanups. Include the tasks in your weekly and monthly routines and see how much brother your home feels.