You might think you are doing a great job keeping your house clean. You regularly hoover, mop and dust surfaces. But are you really keeping absolutely everything clean? We bet there are quite a few areas in your house you always forget to clean! To do a real, thorough deep clean of your house and keep the germs away, you really cannot miss these.
So what are the 9 areas in your house you always forget to clean?
Did you know plants attract an awful lot of dust? You might not notice it straight away, but cleaning the leaves and stems is important to keep your house dust-free. You can either clean them by carefully and gently wiping a wet cloth over all areas. Or, if your plants are small enough, you can dunk them briefly underwater – without drowning them!
Of course, you will take your bin bags out once they’re full – but have you ever thought of the bins as an area to clean in your house? You would be surprised how much leftover litter remains stuck in little parts of the inside of the bins. Especially food leftovers, or parts of recycling. Bins can be warm, enclosed areas so a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Make a habit of it to deep clean your bins, with soap and warm water, at least once a month.
3. Toothbrush Holder
One should hope that the bathroom is not an area of the house you forget to clean. However, have you really closely looked at everything inside the bathroom?
It goes without saying that a toothbrush carries many germs. Which doesn’t have to be a problem, as you would normally rinse it clean after every usage, as well as replacing it fairly regularly. But have you ever looked at your toothbrush holder? You might keep your toothbrush in a cup or designated holder – and this is an area of the house that really should be cleaned very regularly! At least several times a week, to make sure the bacteria from your toothbrush don’t linger around in its holder.
4. Remote Control
This is not necessarily an area of the house, but definitely an item in the house you will probably forget to clean. The remote control is one of those items that will pass through many hands, many times a day. Especially if you are eating or drinking whilst watching tv, chances are the remote control can get very dirty, very quickly. If you really want to deep clean this, make sure you do not just wipe it down but also clean the edges where dirt can accumulate.
5. Behind the Toilet
Back to the bathroom. Again we should not be worried about the toilet – one could assume this is being cleaned on a very regular basis. But when cleaning the toilet, do you clean the whole unit? The outside and back of the toilet can be more difficult to reach with a regular vacuum-clean or mop session, and dirt can build up very quickly. So definitely add this in to your weekly bathroom deep clean!
6. Dishwasher & Washing Machine
These are areas in the house where it is fairly easy to remember to clean them. With both the dishwasher and the washing machine, you will know it’s time to clean them when they will start to smell a little. Cleaning both is not very difficult. There are many store-bought cleaning products you can put inside the empty machine for a cycle to give it a clean. Also, make sure you clean inside with a cloth. In the dishwasher, remember to clean the filter for any food leftovers. In the washing machine, make sure to clean the inside of the door and the top tray when liquid laundry detergent would be put in.
7. Skirting Boards
Something that can be found in pretty much any area of the house! No matter how well you vacuum and mop the floors, if you do
not specifically clean the skirting boards you are missing a large part of your house. Skirting boards are full of little nooks and crannies perfect for dust to accumulate very quickly. Once a week, make a habit of specifically vacuuming around all the little corners and also wipe them clean with a damp cloth and some cleaning product.
Another perfect place for dust to collect is lampshades. You might see and notice it on the smaller lower standing lamps, but the ones hanging right up the ceiling can often be missed. Again, make a habit of dusting these off regularly so that dust does not stand a chance.
9. The vacuum cleaner.
After having used it in all the areas of your house, it is important to then finally also clean the vacuum cleaner itself.
Are you considering investing in a new vacuum cleaner? This area has really developed enormously in the last couple of years and there are big differences between each vacuum cleaner available. This handly list might give you some guidance on which one would be best for you.
How can Polo & Tweed help?
If the above list shows anything, is that cleaning your house to a high standard is a real specialist skill – and time-consuming too! if you value the hygiene and cleanliness of your house and also are limited with the time you can spend on it, hiring a housekeeper can be a great solution. A housekeeper can be parttime or fulltime and can follow a plan for cleaning and organising your house so that no area will be missed.
Polo & Tweed are leading professionals in finding the right housekeeper for you and your household. With client and candidates all over the world and an internationally recognised housekeeping training academy, Polo & Tweed cover all areas of the market.
If you would like to know more about how we can help, please do get in touch with us here and one of our experienced recruitment or training consultants will be in touch to discuss how to find, or train your housekeeper.