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Apartment Cleaning Checklist: Don’t Forget These Commonly Neglected Places

July 20th, 2017

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It’s easy to see the apartment cleaning tasks that are out in the open. The clutter on the counter, the dishes in the sink, the grime in the bathroom. But dirt doesn’t discriminate—the tasks that aren’t right in front of you need to be done just as much as the rest. Make sure you pay attention to these three areas to give yourself a home that’s clean all the way through:

Furniture and window coverings:

Dust doesn’t discriminate. It settles just as freely on fabric surfaces as it does on the smooth ones that we dust routinely. And once dust, dead skin, and grime meet fabric, the fabric holds onto them. Make sure you involve your vacuum’s upholstery tool in your apartment cleaning routine. When you vacuum your carpet, stop, pull out the hose, and vacuum furniture, curtains, and blinds. Additionally, launder any washable fabrics (such as slipcovers, removable pillow covers, washable curtains, duvet covers, and so on) from time to time as well. If you have a pet or allergies (or both), you’ll find yourself much more comfortable at home.

Inside the dishwasher:

Does something smell wrong when you open the dishwasher? It’s normal to blame the plates and close the door as quick as you can, but your plates aren’t the problem. Dishwashers have filters, and if that’s new information to you, your filter is probably past due for a cleaning. It will be located wherever your dishwasher drains, and there should be an arrow or some other direction on how to remove it. Wash it in the sink with a dish brush to free any particles, put it back in place, and then run a cycle or two with machine cleaner. (Ask for machine cleaner in the appliance section of home improvement stores.) You don’t need to do it often, but it’s a quick apartment cleaning chore to do whenever you notice the need.

Inside the washing machine:

The damp, dark, closed environment of your washing machine during the vast majority of its life is the perfect place for mold and mildew to grow, and ordinary laundry cycles won’t take care of those problems. If you’ve noticed your clothes not smelling fresh, it may be time for a cleaning. When you live in an apartment with your own laundry, you can clean the washing machine whenever you want and know that it’s always clean. The machine does most of the work, so cleaning it is going to be one of the easiest chores on your apartment cleaning list. After you read these instructions from DIY Network you’ll find yourself doing it all the time.

It doesn’t add much to your apartment cleaning routine to take care of these forgotten spots and have a more comfortable home to greet you every day.





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