You probably vacuum regularly, wash your dishes, and complete the everyday chores necessary to keep a home clean and presentable. There are several jobs you should be doing more frequently, however, which might not cross your mind. Read on to learn more about three parts of your home you should probably be cleaning more regularly.
The air ducts in your home contain millions of particles of dust, dirt, hair, pollen, spiderwebs, and other potentially harmful allergens. Cleaning your air vents will improve your quality of air by keeping it clean.
You should clean your air vents every three to five years, or whenever they need a cleaning. You can clean them yourself or hire a professional. First, make sure you turn off the power connected to your air conditioning and heating system. Unscrew the air vent covers and use a cleaning brush, with soap and water if necessary, to clean them thoroughly. Use a vacuum to clean the ducts themselves. There could be mold or mildew growing inside the air vents, so make sure you do this part thoroughly. You may want to use a heavy-duty vacuum. It is a good idea to wear a dust mask when cleaning the vents in your ceiling, because dust and debris may fall on you.
Bacteria have been known to double every 20 minutes. Because bacteria and debris get caught in your carpet’s particles, and just vacuuming or spot cleaning can’t catch them all, it is important to deep clean your carpets regularly—every 12 to 18 months, to be specific.
To deep clean your carpets, you can either hire a professional or rent a carpet cleaning machine. Start by vacuuming, then pre-treat stains and pass over the carpet with your carpet cleaning machine. Hot water extraction or steam cleaning is the way to go if you want to get your carpets clean.
Your fridge is one of your most often used and most important appliances in your home. You should be deep cleaning your refrigerator every three to four months. Take out all of your food, turn the fridge off, remove the shelves and drawers, and wash everything with hot, soapy water.
You should be spot cleaning your fridge even more frequently to keep it in good condition. Make sure you are wiping up spills and getting rid of expired foods regularly—don’t wait until it’s time for the deep clean! If you don’t clean your fridge, you can end up with mold and spillage built up inside it.
Although it may not seem obvious, your carpets, fridge, and air vents need more upkeep than you may be giving them. When it comes to making your cleaning to-do list, make sure you include these three often-overlooked parts of your home!
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