I'm sure we've all had moments like this before: you';re out grabbing coffee with your friend and they're describing all the cleaning they need to do around the house before company comes in town for the weekend - dust the mantel, mop the kitchen floor, vacuum out the living room floor vents…
Although they've already moved onto another topic, you're still racking your brain, trying to remember the last time you vacuumed out your floor vents, or if you've ever vacuumed them out at all.
We've all been there, which is why we came up with this list of chores people often overlook - either by accident or on purpose - and our best recommendations for how to handle them.
Floor Vents: A classic case of "out of sight, out of mind!" Wipe off the vent cover with a damp cloth, then completely remove it from the vent. Use your vacuum and a brush or crevice attachment to extract all the dirt and dust before reattaching the vent cover.
Baseboards: If you have any kneepads leftover from the 90's rollerblading craze hiding out in your garage, now would be a great time to grab them! After your knees are comfortably cushioned, spray an all-purpose cleaner, such as Zep Commercial's All Purpose Cleaner and Degreaser, onto a manageable section of the baseboards and let sit for 1-2 minutes, being careful not to let the product dry. Then wipe down with a damp cloth or sponge.
Under Stoves, Refrigerators and Washers & Dryers: No need to risk injury (or bribe college football players with pizza) to help you move these appliances so you can clean under them. Instead, use a rubber band to secure a dust cloth to the end of a long flat object, such as a broom handle, and coat with dusting spray. Then slide your makeshift broom under the appliance and sweep out the accumulated dust and crumbs until clean. Vacuum any debris from the surrounding area.
Icemaker: Most refrigerators remind you to change the filter, but unfortunately not when it';s time to clean out the icemaker! First, stop ice production, either by raising the ice-bar arm or flipping the switch to "OFF". Clean the ice bin, along with any detachable parts, with warm water and a bit of dish soap and dry with a towel. Use a damp cloth to wipe down the inside of the ice maker before replacing the detachable parts. Don't forget to restart ice production!
Ceiling Fans & Overhead Lighting: Forget those fancy duster extensions - this Clean Like a Pro™ trick will revolutionize the way you dust! Grab a sturdy ladder and lightly spray the inside of an old pillowcase with an all-purpose cleaner. Carefully slip the pillowcase over the fan blade and pull back, trapping dust inside and wiping the blade clean. Rotate to find a clean section of pillowcase for each blade. If needed, follow up by wiping the blades with a soft cloth sprayed with all-purpose cleaner. A pillowcase can be used to trap dust for other overhead lighting fixtures as well.
Final Clean Like a Pro™ Tip: incorporate these spots into your normal cleaning routine to avoid forgetting about them in the future.