‘Tis the season for hosting holiday parties with family, and friends! You’ve probably already deep-cleaned all the high-traffic areas in your home in preparation for your guests, but you might have missed a few spots. To keep your loved ones safe this holiday season, don’t forget to clean these 10 often overlooked areas in your home.
1. Cellphones and Other Electronics
Your phone is most likely the dirtiest thing in your house without you even knowing it. In fact, studies have shown that on average, cell phones have more contaminants per square inch than public toilet seats! Not only that, but a recent study showed that 16% of all phones also contain E. Coli bacteria from other contaminants. To avoid this health hazard, regularly wipe down your devices (phones, remotes, game controllers keyboards) with a cleaner.
It’s no secret that doorknobs get dirty easily since they’re constantly being touched! However, what you may not know is that contaminants can survive on metal surfaces for up to 8 hours. To prevent the spread of dirt, be sure to clean your doorknobs with a cleaner every few days.
Over time, your microwave will naturally collect grease and oil from all the food you heat up inside. Additionally, touching the exterior of your machine will transfer dust and oils from your fingers to its surface. To keep things clean, make sure to wipe down both the inside and outside of your microwave with soap and water at least once a week.
4. Trash Can
One of the filthiest objects in your home is most likely your trash can because, well, it contains all of your garbage. To keep it clean and dust-free, wipe down the inside and outside every month. Also, use durable liners or bags that will prevent any liquids or other materials from spilling out.
5. Ice Cube Tray
Just like any other tool in your kitchen, your ice cube tray collects germs and dirt over time. To keep it clean (and ensure that your drinks taste great), run it through the dishwasher about once a month. If you have a silicone tray, simply soak it in vinegar and warm water for a few minutes.
You might think that your tiles are clean after giving them a good mop or scrub, but there is still hidden dirt and grime in the tile pores and grout. The best way to get rid of this build-up is to hire an expert with the right tools for the job. At Jeff’s Chem-Dry, our professional tile cleaning services in Tulsa can remove 98.6% of the dust from all types of tile, stone, and grout.*
7. Air Vents and Dryer Vents
If you take a look inside your air and dryer vents, you’ll find more dust than you thought was possible. When this dust gets released into your home, it can exacerbate allergies, asthma, and other respiratory problems. Blocked dryer vents also contribute to fires, mold growth, and carbon monoxide poisoning. Keep these vents clean and free of dust to avoid these dangers! If you need a dryer vent cleaning in the Tulsa area, give us a call at (918) 664-0815 for our professional services.
8. Shower Curtain
If you don’t wash your shower curtain regularly, mold and mildew can start to grow in the folds. We recommend putting your shower curtain in the washing machine every month or so.
9. Vacuum Filter
The filter of your vacuum needs to be cleaned, as you are probably well aware. Although many people think that only emptying the collector is sufficient, this isn’t actually the case. Each vacuum model has unique parts and functions, so it’s best to check the specific instructions depending on your model before attempting to clean or replace the filter.
Even if you vacuum your carpets once or twice a week, it’s not enough to keep them clean and fresh. Carpets need to be deep-cleaned regularly in order to extract all the dust and contaminants embedded in the fibers. Most manufacturers advise that you have your carpets cleaned at least every 12 to 18 months; however, if you have kids or pets, they’ll likely need cleaning more often – about twice a year.
Jeff’s Chem-Dry offers affordable and effective carpet cleaning in Bartlesville, OK, and the surrounding area. Our carpet cleaning service removes pet dander and dust allergens in the home.
Remove Contaminants From Your Home
At Jeff’s Chem-Dry, we care about keeping your home clean and family during the allergens outbreak in Oklahoma. Our Hot Carbonating Extraction (HCE) cleaning process, when combined with our hospital-grade cleaner eliminates dust from the hard surfaces we clean on tile and stone, wood floors, and granite countertops.
*Based on studies conducted by independent laboratories of Chem-Dry’s HCE (Hot Carbonating Extraction), P.U.R.T. (Pet Urine Removal Treatment), Granite Countertop Renewal, and Tile, Stone & Grout cleaning processes. Allergens tested were dog and cat dander and dust mite allergen. Pet odor results are based on testing with the most common odor sources found in dog and cat urine. Pet urine dust results are based on Chem-Dry’s HCE cleaning process and a cleaner, combined with P.U.R.T. All dust results include the use of the cleaner. Figures are an average across multiple tests.