Most of us have busy schedules and try to manage all of our weekly activities and chores as best we can. As far as cleaning goes, we tend to perform the same routines where we vacuum the floors, dust off the furniture, wipe down the vanity and clean the toilets as needed. However, there are areas that we either don’t think about cleaning or don’t take the time to clean. But, these often overlooked items require our attention to maintain a healthy environment. Review the following seven items and you will realize the importance of keeping them clean and including them in your household cleaning routine.
Home Gym Equipment
Today there is greater emphasis on regular physical workouts to stay healthy, and when we work out using equipment or yoga mats we perspire. So our sweat, lotion, hair and skin cells collect on everything our bodies come in contact with such as weights, treadmills and floor mats. In time, these body particles will transfer bacteria back onto us and others who come in contact with the workout area. So remember to wipe down your exercise equipment with an antibacterial cleaner to prevent spreading unhealthy germs.
Sheets and Pillowcases
Sure you’re busy with weekly loads of laundry for your family and don’t always seem to have the time to wash bedding, but just like gym equipment it needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. As with your workout equipment, sheets and pillowcases collect our body’s perspiration, dead skin cells, fluids and dust mites. Although we think the bedding feels okay, it contains this dirt that may be invisible to our naked eyes. To maintain better health, especially if someone has allergies, it’s important to wash your bedding on a weekly basis just as you would your clothing.
Personal Electronic Devices
Nowadays everyone is connected to their cell phones, laptops and tablets on a continuing bases. Consider how many different surfaces we touch every day and then touch and swipe on these electronic devices. And, when we’re talking on our cell phones, we’re pressing them next to our face and mouth not thinking how we’re transferring bacteria onto ourselves. We need to remember to use anti-bacterial screen cleaners daily and wash our hands frequently to prevent picking up harmful germs.
Refrigerator and Freezer
We buy food at the grocery store and pack it into our refrigerators and freezers to keep it fresh, but how often do we clean out items that are past their expiration date and clean inside these appliances? You have to admit it’s not that we forget to clean them; usually we just don’t want to take the time to do it. But, it’s important to consider how not keeping these items clean can affect your family and guests. Harmful bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella can make people seriously ill if they have an environment to thrive in so it’s very important to clean regularly.
Believe it or not, one of the dirtiest items in your home is your shower curtain as it’s in a constant damp environment which promotes mildew and mold, not to mention hard water stains and soap scum. This environment can foster skin problems and allergies so it requires cleaning with the appropriate type of cleaners such as anti-bacterial sprays with bleach and anti-mineral and rust agents. If you don’t want to always have to clean your shower curtain, purchase a vinyl liner to hang inside that can be disposed of when it collects mildew and soap scum.
Baseboards and Vents
Baseboards and vents become covered in dust over time and can trigger allergies, not to mention give guests an unfavorable impression of your housekeeping. It’s best to take the time every couple weeks to take a microfiber cloth and wipe down the vents and baseboards. If you don’t want to do too much bending, purchase a light mop with disposable cloths that will pick up the dust.
Light Fixtures and Ceiling Fans
Last but not least, remember to clean your light fixtures and ceiling fans. They are easy to overlook as we don’t often look at them until a serious dust layer builds up or flies through the air. It can be especially embarrassing when dust falls onto a table when you’re entertaining visitors. You can prevent these situations by adding light fixtures and ceiling fans to your cleaning list periodically. There are convenient cleaning products on the market to make these chores easier.
If you think your cleaning list is overwhelming and you can’t make the time to attend to all of these items, consider contacting a local professional house cleaning service to manage some of the tasks for you. It will not only save you valuable time for other activities, but give you peace of mind that your home is thoroughly clean and a healthy environment for your family and guests.
Maid Spotless Cleaning Services is a professional house cleaning company servicing Albany and the Greater Capital Region.