Believe it or not, deep cleaning some parts of your home that work very hard can be a potentially saving action. Even though you may not realise it, there are some areas that require the cleaning action, or else there is a risk.
Grimy build-up there can cause the appliances to break down, or even increase the chance of flood or fire. In order to reassess your cleaning routine, you should consider the following chores:
Apart from making the appliance work more inefficiently, dusty coils can shorten its lifespan. For the most part, cleaning the coils of your fridge is a simple DIY job. You may want to read the owner’s manual for special instructions on how to do it. Generally, you want to turn off the fridge and move it to the open, to have better access to the coil area. You can first scrape the dust build-up with a specialised brush, and then use the crevice attachment of your vacuum cleaner to finish the job. And while you are at it, don’t forget to vacuum underneath the fridge as well.
Perhaps you are not even thinking about this cleaning task. Not until you find yourself standing in water, which is not draining away. Standing water is mostly likely a result of hair cloth. What you need to do is remove the drain cover with the appropriate tool. You can then bend a wire and fish around the drain to pick up any strands of hair. Consider installing a strainer, which serves to catch any hair and other gunk, preventing clogs and making cleaning much easier.
If you cannot remember the last time you cleaned the gutters, it is time you do it. Clogging in that area of your house can lead to all sort of trouble, including ice dams and water not being able to flow freely. As ice melts, and then doesn’t drain away, it may find its way inside your home. It is a good idea to clean the gutters at least twice a year. Set up a ladder and scoop any debris inside the gutters with a bucket. You can use your hands (it is good to put on some gloves) or a trowel. Test for downspout clogs – flush the gutter with water and see if it drains properly. If it doesn’t, flush out any blockages with high-pressure water stream. If that doesn’t work, you may need to remove the downsprout to clean it properly.
If your dishwasher model features a filter you have to clean manually, you will do best to take care of it at least once each month. Otherwise, you will notice unpleasant odours and even food specks on the dishes you take out from the dishwasher. The way you clean the filter is by removing it from underneath the bottom rack and then scrubbing with hot water. You can soak it in your sink, if the contamination is severe.
If you clean the lint trap of your washing machine, you deserve congratulations. You also need to take care of the dryer duct. Otherwise, it can become a fire hazard. You can even install a rigid metal duct, which is more flexible. The way to clean it is by removing the dryer duct away from the wall. Loosen any lint inside with a long brush and vacuum the rest with your vacuum cleaner and its crevice attachment.
These are all great ways to clean in your home, which can also spare you a disaster or two. Make sure to include them on your to-do list.