Common Areas That People Neglect to Maintain in Their Home

No matter how much you tidy and clean your home, there are undoubtedly some spots in your home that absolutely need a bit more love and care. Surprisingly many of these locations are going to be places that you frequently touch and come in contact with, so get ready to give your home a spring clean by attacking these neglected areas and giving your home the love and care it deserves.



Why take care of these neglected spots?

Before we start, let’s help you build up the motivation to clean up these often-neglected spots. You might be wondering why you should bother cleaning them when they’re out of the way and most people won’t see them, but here are some surprising advantages of putting in the extra time and dedication to clean up these areas of your home:

  • Increased resale value. If you’re planning to sell your home in the future then it’s a good idea to look at these neglected spots and ensure that you’re cleaning and maintaining them for the sake of resale value.
  • More hygienic. There are some areas on this list that should be cleaned not just for the sake of appearance and resale value, but also hygiene. You can get rid of dust mites, bed bugs, germs, bacteria and all sorts of nasty stuff at these commonly neglected locations.  If you need help getting rid of the bugs, contact a local pest control company such as BugThumpers!
  • Better home appearance. Perhaps the most obvious reason to clean up these neglected areas is to give your home an overall better appearance. Not all of these neglected spots are in weird locations that are out of the way. Some of them are in fairly obvious locations and it’s important to clean them up just as much as the more visible areas.

With that out of the way, let’s finally take a look at some of the neglected areas in your home that are due for a deep clean.

Shower Curtains

Showers are usually steaming hot and wet which might lead you to believe that your shower curtains don’t need much cleaning. However, they turn into the perfect breeding location for mould, bacteria and even mildew thanks to the warm and moist locations. As a result, you’ll want to give your shower curtains a wash with some detergent and even a cup of baking soda if you want to give it some extra cleaning power. Allow it to air dry once you’re done and your shower curtain will be as good as new. It might help to have a second shower curtain so that you always have a fresh one ready should you have guests coming over that might use your shower.

Carpets and Wood Flooring

Carpets are dust magnets that will attract all types of allergens and bacteria. It’s best to give these a proper clean now and then by a professional especially if you’re neglecting to vacuum your home at least once a week. Dust can easily and quickly build up, and this makes it a huge problem especially if your home is fairly dusty already. A steam cleaning mop can help you do this at home on your own, but you’ll probably need to hire a professional to have your carpets cleaned efficiently and quickly. If you have hardwood flooring, then you may need to check with a service like this one here to get the best-quality cleaning that you can. Wood floors often need more work than just a vacuum and a wash due to the way the material works.



Above Your Fridge

People seem to forget that the top of their fridge can attract lots of dust and dirt. Get yourself a step ladder and check the top of your fridge for any dirt, grime and other types of dust. Wipe it clean with some spray and a damp cloth or use soapy water. You’ll want to check again in a few days to see how much dirt has accumulated so you know how often you should clean the top of your fridge.

Exhaust Fans

Whether it’s in your bathroom or kitchen, exhaust fans that blow hot air and steam out of your home can often be clogged with things like dirt, dust and grime. Give the fans themselves a nice clean with some solution and a cloth and consider poking around the exhaust to unclog any dirt and other junk that has been caught in the fans. You might also want to oil the fans to keep them spinning correctly.

Lighting Fixtures

Whether it’s a desk lamp or a large chandelier, these lights can attract a lot of dust and even dead bugs. If you’re having trouble cleaning a complicated and fancy lighting fixture, then you may want to consider professional assistance or at least taking it down so you can clean it without standing on a ladder. Make sure you disconnect the lighting fixtures before you work on them to prevent the risk of being electrocuted. Lampshades are also dust magnets that will require a bit of cleaning as well. You can clean it with a bit of soapy water on a damp cloth to lift off and remove the dirt.



Game Controllers, Computers and TV Remotes

After a long gaming session, you can easily build up dirt and grime on controllers and video game remotes. What makes it worse is that kids tend to eat snacks while they play and this can result in grease from snacks or biscuit crumbs getting over these remotes and computer keyboards. You’ll want to blow out all the dust and get the grime out of the little crevices of each controller to ensure they’re hygiene and safe to use. Remove the batteries or turn off the consoles before you clean the controllers so they don’t accidentally turn on or disrupt something. Computers themselves can attract a lot of dust too and it can even decrease their performance. Take them outside to a well-ventilated area and simply blow out all of the dust with a can of compressed air. Don’t take a vacuum to it because the static generated could damage certain components.


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