Where Are Your Places?
From the title of this piece you might think it’s from an Army recruitment poster or a Dr. Seuss book. But in fact it refers to those places in your home that you ignore, overlook and generally forget when it comes to your regular weekly cleaning. For instance, when is the last time you got up on a step stool or a kitchen chair and really cleaned the top of the refrigerator? As a professional cleaner, I can tell you it is one of the places that people tend to skip or only gloss over in their weekly routine. How about places likes window sills, especially ones that hide behind the sofa or behind blinds? And while we’re on the subject of window sills, let’s talk about the ledge of a double hung window where the lock is. Those are places that generally are neglected.
Cobwebs Hide In the Craziest Places
One tool that should be in the cleaning tool kit of every household is some kind of extendable duster. This will reach cobwebs along ceiling lines, corners, chandeliers as well as low places like door and window frames and baseboards. Use this duster to dust vents. It will fit into recessed lighting fixtures too.
Other Places to Check
How about chair rails? They should be dusted every time you clean. Same thing with railings and bannisters of stairways. Other woodwork to pay attention to is miscellaneous woodwork. Things like switch plates and door knobs are likely to have finger prints on them. This will require a little more effort than just dusting. Use a microfiber cloth with a neutral pH cleaner to remove anything dirty or sticky. Use another microfiber cloth moistened with plain water to dust ceramic or porcelain items and to shine glass table tops.
If this sounds like a lot of work on top of the big stuff like tubs, floors, counters etc. then perhaps you’re ready to hire a professional. At Custom Maid, we do all of the things I just mentioned every time we come to clean, whether that is weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or just occasionally. Call us at 757-499-8568.
Editor’s Note: We originally published this article in January 2015. We have edited it for freshness, accuracy and comprehensiveness.