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Daily cleaning is part of owning a home: doing dishes, washing laundry, cleaning countertops—the list goes on. Apart from addressing the day-to-day maintenance, just how clean is your home actually? For many of us, we almost never have time to do a proper deep clean. What does that entail? Here are some areas to consider:
Give the toilet, tub, shower, and sink a meticulous cleaning, removing any hard-water stains and soap scum. Include the base of the sink and toilet as well as the surrounding floor. Wipe down the faucets and handles and give the mirrors a polish. The shower nozzle will have build-up from time to time, and that should be addressed, as well.
Kitchen Cabinets and Drawers
Kitchen cabinets and drawers will become disorganized over time. The best method for deep cleaning is to remove all the contents of the cabinets and drawers and set them aside. Clean the interiors with a moist rag and scrub the exterior with a sponge to remove fingerprints from around the hardware. After they’re clean, replace the kitchen items so they’re conducive to your kitchen needs, storing the frequently used items where they are most accessible.
Whenever possible, you want to pull appliances away from the wall and uncover all the dirt, crumbs, and dust build-up that’s inevitably behind (and under) them. Once you’ve cleaned the area, take some time to vacuum the refrigerator coils and vent, which will help to extend the life of your appliances. If there’s a vent over your stove, use mineral oil to tackle grease build up. Once you’ve removed the grease, wipe down the vent down with warm, soapy water to remove any oil.
While dusting may be on your weekly to-do list, your furniture may not get the attention it deserves. Wipe down baseboards, blinds, ceiling fan blades, light fixtures, and the tops of tall furniture. Start from the top and work your way down to the floor. This will keep you from having to re-clean. If dusting isn’t something you address weekly, give your furnishings and knick-knacks a good cleaning, too.
For the pantry and other cabinets in the house, use the same method you used for the kitchen cabinets—remove the contents of the area that needs to be organized and reorganize it once the area is spotless. If you’re dealing with a closet, wipe down the shelving and sweep and/or vacuum the floor. If you decide to deal with clutter under the bathroom sink, wipe out the dust in both the cabinets and the drawers. Inspect the pantry shelves for any debris from pests. Examine the contents to determine if they’re expired. Once the areas are clean, you can reorganize your items.
While it may take a couple hours for an exhaustive deep-cleaning, the final result is well worth the time and energy expenditure.
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