Spring is here, and so is the yearly call for deep cleaning your home. Even if you’re renting, there are probably areas around your apartment that might have been overlooked in the past year. To help, here are some overlooked places to clean and how you can do it:
Use a grout cleaner or make your own with vinegar, baking soda, and water. Let the cleaning solution sit on the grout for a couple minutes before starting to scrub it with a bristled brush. Wipe or rinse with warm water once done scrubbing.
An often forgotten part of your kitchen, the microwave could potentially need a deep clean. Mix a water/vinegar solution (1 tablespoon of vinegar for every cup of water), microwave it for 5 minutes, and use the condensation to help wipe away any stubborn food contaminants.
Under the Stove
Carefully remove the bottom tray to get to the floor under the stove. Vacuum up the dust or anything else that has gotten stuck under it.
Behind the Fridge
Pull the fridge away from the wall so you can vacuum out the coils and vent. Also vacuum and wipe down the floor and walls while you can get to that area.
Your garbage cans can gather bacteria and grime over time, both on its interior and exterior, so wipe it down with some antibacterial wipes.
These appliances can suffer from buildup and bacteria thanks to the warm, moist environment in the machine. Fill the reservoir with equal parts vinegar and water and brew half of it. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes before turning it back on to finishing brewing. Brew another pot of just water to make sure you don’t get vinegar in your next pot of coffee.
If you haven’t dusted these in a long time, prevent dust falling on you by using a pillowcase first. Slide each fan blade into the pillowcase to get the majority of dust and then use a rag to get the rest.
Your vacuum needs some deep cleaning once in a while as well. Break apart the vacuum and use warm water and dish soap to clean the plastic parts. If it has a replaceable filter, it could be time to get a new one.
Pillows in general should be cleaned a couple times a year, but ones used for decoration can often be forgotten. They can gather dust and contaminants just the same as the ones you use for sleep, so make sure you throw them in the wash once in a while.
We hope these tips helps you have a cleaner, more organized apartment. If you’re looking for a new apartment in the Twin Cities metro, Tycon Companies can help you Love Where You Live.