Cleaning Hard to Reach Places

The saying goes, “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is the extra.” Just because the corners are difficult to reach doesn’t mean they shouldn’t sparkle like the rest of the carpeting. In the modern age of microfiber, enzyme cleaners and vacuums, it’s easier than ever to do that extra bit. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

  1. Ceiling fans – Do you never turn off your fan, simply to avoid seeing the buildup of dust and gunk on the blades? Using the extension wand on a vacuum, it’s easy to make those blades sparkle. Remember to turn the fan off, and use a stool. Hold each blade and carefully run the soft duster attachment along the sides and top of the blade. Gently spin the fan to reach the next blade. To finish, vacuum the center part of the fan, being careful around any light fixtures. To clean the light fixture, remove the screws and bulbs. Gently wipe the glass with a microfiber cloth and reassemble.
  2. Electronics – Disconnect them from their power source, and run over with a microfiber cloth to dust. For deeper areas (for instance, keyboards) , a can of compressed air will help remove the debris. If you don’t have canned air, a paintbrush or makeup brush should do the trick.
  3. Personal computers – These boxes sit on the floor, inhaling dust all day long. If not cleaned regularly, they can become clogged and overheat, leading to crashes and damage to components. To begin, unscrew the panels from the case and slide them off. Use a static duster and canned air to remove dust. Disassemble fans and wipe them with a lint-free cloth. Never use liquids or solvents inside a computer. If the idea of this is intimidating, contact your local computer geek.
  4. Garbage disposal – To deodorize it, dump a cup of baking soda down the disposal while it’s off. Pour a cup of plain white vinegar into the disposal, and wait for the frothing to subside. Then run the disposal with plenty of water. To minimize odors, make sure the disposal is free of food waste each time it is run.
  5. Behind large appliances – If you can, disconnect the appliance and pull it out from the wall a small bit. Use a mop with a sponge-style head to remove dust, grease and debris from behind the appliance. Wash the area with soapy water or cleanser.
  6. Under appliances – Slip an old sock over a broom handle. Wrap the base of the sock tightly in masking or duct tape so it doesn’t fall off. Slide the broomstick under the appliance. This will catch the dust bunnies in a place that’s too small for a vacuum attachment. This is especially useful under stoves, washing machines, and refrigerators, since these often have sticky substances underneath that you don’t want clogging a static duster
  7. Behind the entertainment center – Use a long-handled static duster. The static duster is the best choice because it attracts dust in an area that is usually more roomy than under an appliance. Clean the duster outside when finished.
  8. Valences and curtains – There are a couple of options for cleaning these. If they are washable, you can do the job yourself. If your curtains require extensive pressing or are delicate, you can take these items to be professionally cleaned.
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