What is the one thing in your home that you neglect cleaning?

The best way to keep your home clean is with a regular cleaning routine, vacuuming floors, cleaning bathrooms and a general tidy up weekly. It’s the bigger tasks that tend to get neglected and bypassed in the weekly cleaning routine.

A survey in USA recently interviewed a group of homeowners to identify the cleaning tasks in homes was ignored of put off.   Interestingly at the top of the list was cleaning the fridge and some had never deep cleaned their carpets.

Cleaning the fridge

The fridge is one of the hardest working appliances we have in our home, it is on all day, every day, keeping our food and drinks cold.

The fridge is prone to food spilling onto the shelves, and if gone unnoticed it will dry up or start to smell.   Some fridges also become graveyards for expired food.  If we don’t clean them out, they will start to smell and may even grow mouldy.

The fridge is the place where we store fresh food and vegetables.  Food contamination can happen with serious consequences. Therefore, it’s important to give the fridge a good clean to ensure it is safe and free of contaminants.

How often do you clean the fridge?  At least once every three months if you are vigilant in discarding expired or stale food and drinks from the fridge.

The best way to clean a fridge?  Grab the sponge and bucket and get onto the job.

Cleaning the range hood

We sometimes clean the oven.  But did you know that you also have to clean the range hood above the stove?

The purpose of the stove range hood is to collect fumes and grease from your cooking, so you can only imagine how much grime it catches. Keeping the filter clean improves power efficiency and allows the range hood to work effectively.

To clean a metal range hood filter:

Sprinkle into sink 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1-2 tablespoons dish detergent, mix with a kitchen brush.

Fill your kitchen sink with boiling water.

Remove the filters from the range hood and place into sink, covering with water.

Soak the filters for 15 minutes.

If your sink water is filthy, empty sink and refill, adding detergent.

Using a kitchen brush, scrub the filters to remove any trapped grease.

Rinse the filters thoroughly in hot water to remove any detergent and grease.

Air dry the filter.

Place filters back into rangehood.

Wipe over the rest of rangehood with all-purpose cleaner and paper towel to remove grease and dust build up.

How often do you clean the range hood?  At least once every three months.

The best way to clean your range hood?  Grab the rubber gloves and bucket and get stuck into it.

Deep cleaning the carpet

Despite our best efforts to keep our carpets clean, spills and accidents happen. Most commonly we spot clean our carpets when we find stains on them, which may eventually lead to darker patches in your carpets.

Surprisingly even with regular vacuuming, you may not realise the dirt coming through windows, on feet and shoes and with the daily traffic the overall appearance of the carpets start to dull slightly too.

Carpets are not just dust traps.  They are fertile breeding grounds for bacteria and germs.  Dirty carpets can irritate eyes, nose and throat.  Dust particles can be stirred into the air and breathed in.  Germs and bacteria in carpet can cause respiratory illnesses like asthma or allergies like hay fever and skin rash.

Vacuuming the carpet is only one step of the cleaning process.  The more important step is deep cleaning the carpet by carpet steam cleaning.  The hot steam used in carpet steam cleaning is the most effective way to kill germs, bacteria and mould.

The best steam cleaning method is to call a professional carpet cleaning company in Sydney.  A professional carpet cleaner has the right equipment to do a proper deep clean.  Don’t attempt to hire a DIY steam cleaner and do the job yourself.  Rented steam cleaning equipment do not have the same high wattage as industrial-grade equipment.

How often do you steam clean the carpet? At least once a year.  Twice if you can afford the time and money.

What’s the best way to steam clean the carpet?  Call a professional carpet cleaner to clean your carpet.  It’s affordable and hassle-free.

Getting rid of dust bunnies

Dust can build up very quickly, especially those areas that the vacuum cleaner or broom can’t reach easily.  Areas such as under beds and lounges behind TV units and the fridge can collect bunnies which can irritate allergies and affect the efficiency of appliances.

To clean away dust bunnies

Remove what you can from large heavy furniture piece to allow you to move it away from walls to then vacuum behind it.

Use a step stool to clean ceiling fans.

Most fridges have stoppers on the wheels to prevent them from moving when you open and close the door.  Unclip the stoppers so you can easily move out the fridge and vacuum behind.  You will notice an improvement in your refrigeration efficiency when it’s dust free.

Use a step stool and brush attachment on the vacuum cleaner to suck up all the dust in air conditioning vents.

How often do you remove dust bunnies?  Once every three months

What’s the best way to clean dust bunnies? Take out the vacuum.  Ask the spouse to help lift the furniture. Call a carpet cleaner and ask them to give your home a thorough clean mentioning furniture, etc.

Upholstery cleaning

Between, pets, food, dust, dirt, sweat and just everyday life, the lounge can get quite grotty and over time you may not even realise it. Each year it’s ideal to give your upholstery a good clean to remove stains and keep it smelling fresh.

How often do you clean the upholstery?  A proper deep clean at least once a year.

What’s the best way to clean upholstery?  Call a professional carpet cleaner.  It is part of their portfolio.

Do you have a cleaning chore that you keep postponing?  Time to call DryTech Carpet Cleaning to get it out of the way.

DryTech Carpet Cleaning is one of Sydney’s best domestic cleaning and carpet cleaning companies.  For more information about our wide range of services or a free quote call: 0408 578 918 or email: info@drytechcarpetcleaning.com.au

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