Busy schedules often act as the perfect excuse for skipping out on household cleaning. The temptation is to think, ‘I’ll do that little bit there when I clean next week’ or, ‘I’ll just focus on these areas today, I’m strapped for time.’ And lo and behold, a thick coating of dust forms on neglected areas. However, there are often even more areas in need of a clean that we forget to consider. This means that a large proportion of our rooms are filled with dust, germs and bacteria which could lead to allergies such as asthma and dust mite allergy.
So what are the commonly overlooked areas when cleaning?
According to cleaningservicesgroup.co.uk, ‘almost two out of three (60%) of employees say that they eat at their desk.’ Crumbs are a ‘common source of bacteria’ and often fall between the gaps of the keys on keyboard, making the device less sanitary for future use. Wiping over electrical equipment such as phones, computer mice and keyboard can help to drastically reduce bacteria.
Pcworld.com advises that, to thoroughly clean your keyboard, you should:
- Shut down your computer. If you’re using a wired desktop keyboard, unplug it.
- Tilt the keyboard upside down and shake it to remove any loose debris.
- Dip a cotton swab into some gentle isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) and brush it in the area surrounding each key. Test the strength of the solution on a small, inconspicuous area first to make sure that it doesn’t cause discoloration or remove the lettering on the keys.
- For particularly dirty spots, you can use a toothpick.
- Use a dry, lint-free cloth to remove dust and polish the keyboard.
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Head-boards are prone to gathering dust and are in close proximity to your face and breathing space. Cleaning them frequently can help to reduce allergies.
If you have an iron or brass-style head-board: Simply wipe over your lint-free cloth.
If you have a fabric headboard: Vacuum it using the upholstery-brush attachment
If you have a leather headboard: If dusty, simply wipe with a lint-free cloth. If any fingerprints or stains appear on the headboard, simply wipe with a slightly damp cloth. Do not use any household products on the headboard as this may damage the leather.
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Tops of bathroom cabinets
Because the tops of bathroom cabinets are not at eye-level, they often go unseen when cleaning the bathroom. Some families then choose to store items that have overflown from the actual cabinet on top, using the flat surface. With some families storing bandages, plasters, spare teepees and floss in bathroom cabinets, it is essential that you keep them as bacteria-free as possible. Dusting bathroom cabinets will help to achieve this.
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Door handles are touched by different family members throughout the day, multiple times per day. Often, individuals can carry harmful germs and bacteria without having contracted any form of the illness themselves. By simply wiping door handles over with an anti-bacterial wipe, you will aid in preventing the spreading of germs from person-to-person.
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Tops of picture frames and mirrors
Dust often gathers on the top of picture frames and people typically miss it when cleaning their rooms. Simply use a lint-free cloth to remove dust from the tops of your pictures and your mirrors.
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Static also causes dust to be attracted to lampshades. Over time this can discolour lighter shades especially.
There are multiple ways of cleaning lampshades:
- Vacuum it using the upholstery-brush attachment
- Fill your bathtub with warm water, then gently swirl the shade around to remove excess dust and dirt.
- Wipe the lampshade with a microfiber cloth
- Use a lint roller
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Picture rails & skirting boards
Instantly give you home a face-lift by wiping over your picture rails and skirting boards. Mud splatters, rubber scuffing, food stains and dust can all discolour skirting boards. Dust can also collect on picture rails. To clean such stains, use a soft cloth to wipe the surface clean. This will prevent any damage to the paintwork. Warm water with a drop of washing up liquid (well mixed) should be enough to lift the stains.
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Remote controls are handled frequently by multiple people. Often overlooked, germs and harmful bacteria can build, and be passed on from person to person.
An article featured on Huffington Post recently gave advice on how to effectively clean your remote controls:
First, remove the batteries from the back of the remote. Then, dip a cotton cloth into rubbing alcohol and wipe down the entire surface of the controller. Next, use a alcohol soaked Q-Tip to carefully clean around the buttons. If there is grime inside the buttons, use a toothpick to remove it. Then, dry the remote with a lint-free cloth. Finally, reinstall the batteries and store the remote in a box to avoid excess exposure to germs.
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The back of the television
Due to static, dust is attracted to not only your television screen, but the back of the unit also. Over time, dust can enter inside of your device diminishing its lifespan. It is therefore advisable that you clean your television on a regular basis to minimise the chance of a build-up.
“For general cleaning of both the frame and screen of your LED TV, use a soft, clean, lint free, dry cloth. Never use cleaning fluids, wax, or chemicals.”
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