At ServiceMaster of Baltimore, we’re not just focused on large-scale cleanups or disaster restoration. We’re also here to give you tips and advice for keeping your home and business clean, safe, and stress-free so you don’t have to deal with a disaster! Here are 5 areas you might be forgetting to clean and how easy it is to clean them.
1. Dryer Vent
The dryer vent is an often-forgotten part of your annual deep cleaning. Dryers produce a lot of lint, most of which is caught in the lint trap or funneled out of the house via the dryer vent. Lint particles can still linger and eventually harden in the vent and back of the dryer, which causes a fire hazard and makes the dryer less efficient. If you’ve noticed your clothes take longer to dry or come out of a cycle damp, it’s probably time to clean the dryer vent.
Read your dryer manufacturer’s instructions, but you’ll need to take the back of the dryer apart and vacuum the lint that has collected back there. There are also professional dryer vent cleaning companies who use special equipment to remove hardened lint from the vent.
When was the last time you cleaned your oven? Even a self-cleaning oven is challenging to clean, as it generates dangerous fumes, terrible smells, and uses a lot of energy to generate high temperatures. Many homeowners choose to avoid their self-cleaning oven altogether, and it is still possible to clean an oven without it.
First, use a scraping tool to remove the stuck-on food from the bottom and sides. Then mix a paste of baking soda and water, spread it all over the oven, and allow it to sit for a few hours. After you’ve let the mixture sit in the oven, use a damp cloth to remove the paste. Enjoy your shiny, clean oven!
3. Stove Exhaust Filter
If you saute or fry foods with any regularity, you probably use the stove exhaust fan quite a bit. It’s easy to forget to clean the exhaust filter, but it needs it! Some filters are dishwasher-safe, while others can be cleaned by soaking in hot water with an oxygen-based cleaner. You’ll be amazed at how much grease comes off, and your exhaust fan will work more efficiently.
4. Cabinet Hardware
If someone in your home is sick, you probably clean high-touch areas like doorknobs, kitchen and bathroom faucets, sinks, and bedding. But have you cleaned your cabinet hardware recently? Microorganisms can live on surfaces for several hours, and some can last for a few days, and this includes cabinet hardware. If your sick child went for the snack drawer, it’s a good idea to wipe down and disinfect your cabinet hardware and refrigerator handles.
If your laundry comes out smelling musty or you notice a smell around the rim of your high-efficiency or front-loading washer, it probably needs a cleaning. The seal around the door of front-load washers is a breeding ground for mildew, and can be a problem for people with sensitive respiratory systems. Even regular top-load washers can harbor mildew, especially if they are in a damp area of the home, like the basement.
To clean a top loading washer, set it to the largest and hottest setting and add 3-4 cups of white vinegar. When the washer is full but before it starts agitating, use a cleaning toothbrush to scrub away mildew. Allow the washer to continue its cycle, then run another large and hot cycle with baking soda instead of vinegar. To clean a front-loading washer, you can still use the vinegar and baking soda cycles, but also be sure to clean the seal around the door where mildew lives.
ServiceMaster of Baltimore Cleaning Services
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