The time for spring cleanup is here again! Even if you vacuumed, mopped, dusted and organized each room of your home already, are you sure you cleaned every nook and cranny you can? Uncover five areas you might have missed when decluttering and clearing out your home this season by using the spring cleaning checklist for overlooked spaces from the experts at ServiceMaster Clean®.
Forgotten Areas to Check during Spring Cleanup
- Curtains and Upholstery
People hang curtains, and then completely forget about them. Even if you open and close them every day, your curtains will collect dust and other particles that, if left unchecked, can damage your décor and even your health. The same theory applies to upholstered furniture pieces, which accumulate germs from the air and from the people or pets who use them.
How you wash your curtains will depend on the material they’re made of. Consult the label or manufacturer for instructions. Like curtains, your approach to cleaning upholstery should depend on the fabric. Browse the ServiceMaster Clean® blog to learn how to clean drapes like a pro and get tips on cleaning suede, velvet and other materials.
- Door Frames
You walk through them every day, but do you ever stop to wipe them down? Dust and other particles will settle on top of your door frames, and one solid slam of the door can make the dust go flying. At the same time, germs and smudges from dirty hands might start staining the sides of your doors. Keep the unsightly filth on doors and door frames to a minimum by wiping them down with a wet cloth or feather duster.
- Ceiling Fans
Dust accumulates on fan blades and arms, and if you don’t pay attention, that layer of grime can quickly become a giant pile of gray fuzz – especially in winter when fans get less use. When it comes time to turn on your fan for spring, whoosh! The dust will scatter across the room. To clean your ceiling fans and avoid the mess, grab a handle extender or long-handled duster that can reach the fan blades.
Pro tip: Magnetize a static duster before use by wiping the fibers with a plastic bag. The charge will help the duster attract and retain more dust.
- Dishwasher & Washing Machine
Everyone remembers to clean the refrigerator, but it’s easy to forget that your cleaning appliances need cleaning, too. Check your dishwasher and washing machine to see if they have automatic cleaning buttons. If so, follow the directions for your model. Otherwise, give each machine a good wipe down, and run a cycle with a cup of white vinegar and a sprinkle of baking soda. You can also use this time to wipe down and clean other overlooked appliances, like the dryer or oven.
- Remotes, Door Knobs and Handles
You’ve tackled all the big things, but sometimes it’s the little ones that get the filthiest. Remotes, door knobs and handles all harbor germs that can transfer to your hands every time you touch them. As you check off each of your overlooked spring cleanup tasks, don’t forget to disinfect these smaller items with sanitizing wipes as you pass by.
After you clean these five areas, your home can truly shine for spring. Remember to follow up with daily, weekly and monthly cleaning checklists to ensure your home sparkles all year long.