10 Cleaning Tips for Often-Missed Places

Cleaning tips for places that you may often times forget.

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Sometimes when cleaning gets tedious, we tend to cut corners to shorten the time it takes us to get our chores done. I know I need to take some of the below cleaning tips more seriously in my own home. Since it’s flu season right now, it’s especially important to get the high-contact areas; this will make sure to keep your home germ free and flu free, too.

 

Door Knobs
Its FLU SEASON, are your knobs germ free? Door knobs are probably the dirtiest thing we can forget to clean. Countless people come into contact with them every day, leaving behind the oils from their hands, their germs, and who knows what else. Simply take a clorox wipe and wipe down your doorknobs daily to keep the grime at bay.

Lamp Shades
Lamp shades always seem to attract a massive amount of dust and pet hair, a simple and effective way to clean dirty lampshades are by running a lint roller over the shade. For more soiled plastic, fabric, or stitched shades, go ahead and fill up a tub with cool, mildly soapy, water, swirl, then rinse clean.

For paper and shades with glue water might not be a good idea for obvious reasons, your best bet is to vacuum them frequently with your dusting/upholstery attachment.

Plant Leaves
Use water and a very mild degreaser-if you absolutely must use chemicals to clean, although I’d only suggest water for LIVE house plants.

Microwave
Of course, wipe away all crumbs, then fill up a microwaveable safe bowl with about 1-2 cups of water, mixed with lemon juice (or a freshly cut lemon half, squeezed into the bowl) microwave until the water boils and let it sit for a few minutes to let the steam really penetrate, the steam will loosen any yucky dried on particles and the lemon will leave a nice smell, naturally. Wipe down the interior with a damp cloth, and wash the revolving tray like any normal dish. Wipe down the outside after spraying with your choice of kitchen surface cleaner. Also, don’t forget to microwave the rag or sponge you used for 45 seconds to kill any nasty bacteria it may have picked up.

Base Boards
As you sweep, take your broom and run it along the edges of your baseboard to knock off any dust that may have accumulated, then go over it with a Lysol or Clorox wipe, or your own favorite cleaning solution, to make them sparkly clean.

TV/Computer Screens
Here are some cleaning tips for a few different types of screens. Each type is a little different, but they should all be handled with care. If you’re not sure about something, refer to your owners manual for further cleaning tips and instructions.

Plasma- Use only a microfiber or 100% cotton cloth, to dry dust. If you absolutely need to damp your cloth using only water, however if you need a little more power in your punch, you can add a touch of vinegar

LCD– Follow the steps for a plasma tv, but make sure to dry the surface quickly with a separate dry cloth, make sure your screen is dry before turning it on and never push on the screen, it can permanently damage your screen, and that would be a bummer.

Projection- Projection televisions that have a special plastic screen over the actual television screen can be cleaned with a damp soft cloth. The screens can be damaged by paper towels and heavy duty cleaners. Projection televisions without a shielding screen will need special consideration, so refer to your owners manual.

Conventional- While older televisions can usually be cleaned with glass cleaner and a paper towel, some newer models still have special coatings on the surface that could be scratched and damaged. If your not sure about your television, the best thing to do is use a soft dampened cloth.

Books
Books can get especially dusty, especially fast. Make sure your books are tightly closed, weather it be because you are holding it, or because they are packed on a shelf. Take your dusting/upholstery extension (the kind with bristles) on your vacuum and go to town.

Kitchen/Bathroom Drawers
Every 2 to 4 months pull out your drawers and give them a good wipe down with a Clorox wipe, or surface cleaner. This is also a good time to re-organize your junk drawers 😉

Front Door
While your guests are waiting to be let in, they’re staring at your front door, think, is your covered with grime from seasons past? You can simply spray the door down with a hose, but for the more adventurous, an alternative solution–give the front door a makeover, painting it in a playful, fun color! We like RED! The outside of houses often gets forgotten when it comes to cleaning but it’s also important to clean your gutters, or at least get some gutter covers from MastershieldAtl to stop a build up of leaves and other debris.

Bonus Cleaning Tips:
Since flu season is in full swing, and not letting up any time soon, go ahead and take your clorox wipe and attack any and all surfaces that come into contact with germs! To help get your mind rolling here are some suggestions, but make sure you’re wiping down anything that gets handled a lot, such as: the phone, keyboards and mice, doorknobs iPods and tablets, faucets, coffee pot handles, the steering wheel and gear shifts in your car, etc.

Hopefully these cleaning tips will help you keep your home germ free this spring. And, as always, you can’t forget the most important thing–your carpets! Fresh, clean, carpets are inviting, and clean carpets say ‘I care about my home’!

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