Cleaning hard-to-reach spots in your home is a perennial challenge. But with the right know-how, you can make accessing these problem areas much more manageable, helping to keep your home spotless.
Here are some must-know tips for how to clean hard-to-reach places, without causing yourself bodily injury.
Buy A Duster With An Extendable Handle
There are all sorts of situations in which a long-handled duster comes in handy, such as cleaning kitchen cabinet tops, closet tops, and even the ceiling.
Extendable handles, sometimes called telescopic poles, let you extend your duster, making it easy to reach all those places that usually get ignored.
If you’re cleaning the kitchen, you’ll need to be extra careful. Dust on top of kitchen cabinets and stove extractor fans can often combine with grease, creating a sticky residue that you can’t remove with dusting alone. Thus, if you suspect that there’s a thick layer of greasy gunk on top of your cabinets, you’ll need to use the following method.
Combine two cups of warm water with one teaspoon dishwashing liquid. Then pour over a soft cloth and wrap it around the end of your pole. The combination of the dishwasher solution and cloth fabric should lift any grease and grime that might be lurking out of sight.
Use A Stiff-Bristled Brush For All Those Difficult-To-Clean Crevices
A lot of homeowners have UPVC double-glazed windows, and for a good reason: they help to keep heat in the home and slash utility bills.
But these supremely popular windows have a dirty little secret: literally!
Go and open up any of the double-glazed windows in your home and take a look at the hinge tracks between the outer and inner surface of the frame. Unless you have a penchant for cleaning these tracks, you’ll notice dirt: a lot of it.
Dirt from the outdoors accumulates in these crevices whenever the window is open, leaving a nasty mess over time.
There are other examples of crevices around your home – such as the plumbing under your sink – but you get the picture. These parts of your home are often neglected simply because they’re so hard to access.
For this reason, it’s worth investing in a range of small, stiff-bristled brushes that you can insert into all of the small gaps around your property. With the right brushes, you can dislodge dirt and then wipe it away with a damp cloth.
Use A Toothbrush And Baking Soda For Limescale Deposits
Limescale deposits in your bathroom are an unsightly yet common occurrence if you live in a hard water area. Limescale builds up on the surface of faucets and enamel, leaving a streaky mess – not what you want.
You can, however, get rid of these limescale marks using little more than a toothbrush and baking soda. Make a baking soda paste with a bit of water, then put it on the stain and start scrubbing. You should find that the stains lift off, leaving your enamelware and metals looking fresh, polished, and beautiful.
Use Grout Cleaner To Remove The Mold From Your Shower
Mold is one of those annoying species that seems to be able to grow anywhere, no matter how sterile or clean the rest of your bathroom. Typically, black mold species grow on grouting, the putty-like substances between the tiles in your shower cubicle and around your bathtub.
Removing mold stains by hand is a challenge. You can find yourself scrubbing for minutes at a time, with little effect on the stain itself. You can, however, buy a mold-specific surface cleaner that attacks the fungus, causing it to fall off your walls and grouting naturally.
Clean Your Refrigerator Coils
Refrigerator coils have a nasty habit of collecting dust while in operation. Over time, the layer of dust can build up so much that it causes the radiator to overheat – not good if you want your unit to last a long time.
Cleaning the back of the refrigerator, however, is a challenge, which is why many people choose cleaning companies like SwiftClean to do it for them.
The approach you use to clean your fridge depends on the coil design. If the coils are on the rear face of the refrigerator, then grab your handheld vacuum and fit the upholstery attachment. Sweep the bristles across the radiator element, removing dust as you go.
If the coils are at the bottom of the unit, tucked underneath, then the upholstery attachment probably won’t fit. If it doesn’t, then try wiping the dust off the radiator first with a thin brush before using the crevice tool on your handheld vacuum to slurp the rest of it up.
Use A Plug Hole Cleaner To Get Rid Of The Nasty Bacteria In Kitchen Sink U-bends
Unfortunately, kitchen sinks can wind up smelling pretty foul. Over time, food particles enter the u-bend, providing bacteria with an opportunity to multiply.
You can quickly tell if you have a kitchen sink bacteria problem. Run the cold water tap for ten seconds and then switch it off. If you can smell foul odors, it means that there are colonies of microorganisms living in the pipes leading from your sink.
While you can try using specialist cleaning fluids, one of the most effective tools for this situation is a plughole cleaner. Plughole cleaners are special devices that you insert into the plugs around your home, scrubbing them from the inside, keeping bad smells away for longer. Just use them in conjunction with bleach or other household cleaning product for the full effect.
Remove And Clean Heating And Air Register Covers
HVAC registers and air return covers can get filthy, especially if there is a lot of dust or particulates in the air. Not only are they unsightly, but the dirt can overload the filters on your HVAC system, causing it to wear out sooner.
Fortunately, air registers are incredibly easy to clean. All you need to do is switch off your HVAC system and then unscrew the cover, detaching it from the wall. Once you’ve done that, you can then wash it, just like anything else, in warm, soapy water.