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How to clean hard-to-reach places in your home

Posted: 23/04/2023

Dust and dirt may be out of sight but it should not be out of mind - just because you cannot see it does not mean it is not there. Chances are the tops of your cabinets, under your bed, and the back of your oven are far from spotless.

Periodically cleaning the hard-to-reach places in your home will help to reduce the number of bacteria that can make you ill and reduce the risk of dust-triggering allergies and asthma.

Prepare to clean your home from top to bottom with this guide to cleaning some of the hardest-to-reach places in your home.

Ceiling corners

It is a good idea to go from top to bottom when cleaning, as you are likely to get dust and dirt on the floors and surfaces whilst cleaning.

Look up and scan your eyes around the edges of your ceilings and you will likely see dust and spider webs. Use a long-handled or extendable duster, or the end of a mop or broom, to get rid of these.

Light fixtures

Typically suspended high up in the centre of a room, ceiling lights tend to be difficult to reach and clean effectively.

We recommend using a duster with a long or extendable handle to dust your high-up light fixtures. If you do not have one, try securing a clean microfibre cloth to a mop or broom handle and use that instead.

If you still struggle to reach and must use a ladder, make sure someone is there to stabilise the ladder and help you should you fall.

Cabinets and tall furniture

If you do not already have one, be sure to get a duster with a pivoting head. This will allow you to adjust the angle so that you can reach the tops of cabinets, wardrobes, and other tall furniture you cannot see.

If these surfaces have not been cleaned for a while, or a lot of dust, dirt, and grime has accumulated, it might be a good idea to get up on a stool or step ladder and give them a good clean with a cloth and cleaning solution, then rinse and dry.

Window and door tracks

Window, sliding door, and shower door tracks easily accumulate dust and dirt but can be difficult to clean. To give them a thorough cleaning, you may need to remove screens. Use a crevice tool or cleaner and your vacuum to remove as much dirt as possible.

Then use a scrubbing brush and cleaning solution to scrub out the tracks before rinsing. If you have a pressure washer, try using this on your outside windows and door tracks.

Behind the toilet

Possibly one of the most unpleasant and trickiest tasks is tackling the area behind the toilet. It can be difficult to clean the floor and wall behind the toilet but it should not be overlooked.

For this job, you should get some knee pads or something to cushion your knees from the floor and some rubber gloves.

Use a stiff brush, a crevice tool, and your vacuum to remove loose dust, hair, and dirt. Wipe down the area with a soft brush or sponge, dampened with disinfectant cleaner, then rinse and dry.

If you do not have the time to keep on top of your cleaning, or would simply prefer to leave it to the professionals and spend your time relaxing or doing other activities, you may want to consider hiring someone to take care of the cleaning and ironing for you.

Time For You specialises in providing properly screened and vetted domestic cleaners to private households to provide you, our client, with more time for you. Find a cleaner near you by simply entering your postcode, and let us take care of the cleaning, so you do not have to.

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