Some overlooked cleaning areas in the home that are associated with cleanliness are often given a pass on deep cleaning. It’s easy to say “How could that get dirty?” and move on. But this lack of attention allows a build-up of grime and germs that should be attended to like anything else.
The only time you ever step on your bath mat is when you’re brand-new clean getting out of the shower, right? So it could never get dirty from this limited use, right? Wrong.
You step on your bath mat getting into the shower. From normal uncleanliness to post-gym grossness, you’re tracking that across the mat with each shower. Do you remember to put the mat up after each shower, or trample over it in your shoes the rest of the time?
The dampness of the mat also contributes to some issues with bath mats. Whether you put it up or leave it to dry on the floor, it likely stays damp for a while. This dampness can contribute to bacteria and mold growing in the fabrics of the mat. Regular washing of your bath mat (as frequently as you wash your towels) is essential to keep it from becoming musty.
Like the bath mat, you likely think you only ever touch the sink handle with clean hands. However, how do you turn it on before washing your hands? That’s right, with dirty hands.
Regularly wiping down your sink handles removes anything that may have been spread when washing hands while cooking, using the bathroom, or after doing grimy outdoor work. Make this part of your routine to keep your household healthy.
Bleach and Fabric Softener Ports
Depending on the design of your washing machine, the ports for bleach and fabric softener may be open to the laundry itself. This can result in a collection of hair, lint, and other junk from your laundry as it washes. You may not be able to easily see this collecting, so it’s important to disassemble these ports and wipe them out regularly to keep your washing machine in the shape it should be.
The truth is, your vacuum is disgusting. People forget about the vacuum because it’s a cleaning product itself. But given its proximity to the dirt it picks up, there’s no question that requires a cleaning routine of their own.
If you haven’t been completely cleaning it out and washing the filter after each use, it has just been building up layers of grime, dead skin cells, and dirt that will eventually cause a massive clog. Staying on top of this will make vacuuming more efficient and keep you from having to unclog the machine.
Don’t overthink these overlooked cleaning items–just call in the experts from HouseMaids to perform regular cleanings that will catch all of these sneaky spots. Call (941) 953-4300 to ask about our cleaning process and services.