The phrase “out of sight, out of mind” certainly applies when it comes to cleaning your home. With so much to clean just based on what’s visible, it’s easy to forget about what can’t be seen and leave it to continue to accumulate messes. That or it’s easy to simply say the spot can’t be seen so you can afford to put it off for a little while longer. This isn’t a good thing because the mess will only continue to accumulate and may be a huge pain to fully get rid of the mess by the time you actually do get around to it. To help you avoid falling victim to this fairly-common trend, here are a few spots you should make sure to clean periodically to prevent them from getting out of hand.
Under the Couch
When was the last time you cleaned under your sofas, easy chairs, or loveseat? If it’s been a while, you may have a large accumulation of dust under there, along with things like lost change, the TV remote, snack scraps, pet hair and much more. Cleaning this area can be difficult, especially if you have carpet below where the fibers grab onto and hold dust, making it hard to vacuum. You should make sure you lift the couch upward to expose the underside and vacuum or sweep this area out every time you clean your floors to prevent it from becoming a serious allergy contributor and major clean-up headache.
Behind the TV/Entertainment Center
Wall-mounting the TV is a rapidly-growing trend in homes, but for those who don’t have the ability to do this, have an older-style television, or don’t want to put a huge hole in their walls, television stands and entertainment centers are still extremely popular pieces of furniture. However, few people actually clean around them frequently enough because of how heavy they are. Make sure you get someone to help you (if necessary) move this furniture and clean beneath and around it thoroughly ever so often to prevent too much dust buildup.
If you want something truly “out-of-sight,” what better way to make it so than to put it on the top shelf of a cabinet or bookshelf? These hard-to-reach places are one of the most easily forgotten-about places to clean, which means dust will accumulate over time, and by the time you get around to cleaning it, will probably have built up to substantial levels. When doing your dusting, consider getting an extension handle for your duster to make reaching these spots easy and more convenient.
Under/Behind the Refrigerator
This spot is often forgotten about for the same reasons that you forget to clean under and behind your couch: the fact that the piece of furniture is so large and heavy makes it difficult to move, and that means it’s easy to either put off the task, or to forget that you really need to clean there in the first place. However, you should really make an effort to clean around your refrigerator at least twice a year, and even more if your kitchen sees a lot of foot traffic regularly.
Behind the Toilet
Cleaning the bathroom can be a pretty icky job to begin with, but getting down into the tight space behind your toilet can be extremely tough. Not only is there not a lot of room to get something back there, but the fact that nobody pays any attention to this spot means it’s super easy to forget about. However, hair and dust can accumulate, prompting the need for cleaning, and doing a visual inspection can help you make sure your toilet hasn’t started leaking slowly.Trust our team of Manassas home cleaning service experts to get your home sparking and pristine every time! Call Elite Cleaning Services, LLC at (888) 627-1497 to request an estimate.