5 Trouble Spots in the Home and How to Clean Them

by - 8/22/2018 08:14:00 PM

Unless you’re Cinderella with her helpful bunch of animal friends, you most likely experience some difficulties while cleaning your home. There are some things that are easy enough to do like dusting or sweeping the floor, but there are also challenging tasks that demand more of your time and energy. Moreover, there are also a lot of tricky areas around the house that even those who actually like cleaning might turn their nose up on.

To help keep your home sparkling clean, here’s a quick list of some of the hardest places to clean around the house and some cleaning tips and tricks from the pros for getting rid of the grime.

Stainless Steel Sinks and Appliances
Stainless steel sinks and appliances are beautiful to look at, but they are notorious magnets of fingerprints, water stains, and smudges. But keeping these shiny surfaces clean and looking new isn’t really that difficult. The secret is simply some good ol’ white vinegar and some olive oil or any other mineral oil of your choice. Simply spray the surface with some white vinegar, let it sit for a couple of minutes to loosen the grime, then wipe it off using a microfiber cloth. Make sure to follow the grain of the steel for a more thorough clean!

After completely wiping off the vinegar, simply moisten your microfiber cloth with a little bit of oil and polish off your sink or appliance. Again, follow the direction of the grain to achieve the best results. The oil will act as a sort of shield that will resist smudging and marks.

Mirrors and Glass
The trouble with mirrors and glass surfaces is that most of the time, you are using the wrong kind of cleaning cloth. So how do you achieve that streak-free shine? You need to invest in microfiber towels because they will not leave behind any lint, smears, and flecks of dust. You should also go easy on the cleaning products. Most of the time, just a bit of water is enough to do the job; if there are some stubborn stains and marks, you can use some white vinegar to get some more cleaning power. After a couple of passes with a damp microfiber cloth, immediately dry the mirror or glass surface with the clean side of the same microfiber cloth (or a separate one if the first one you used got a bit too dirty). The drying step is crucial since this will ensure that sparkling, streak-free clean.

The Toilet
Rare is the person who will say that they like cleaning the toilet. However, it needs to be done unless you want a stinky, dirty toilet that can cause a host of other problems.

To make things easier when you have to deep clean (which you should do about once a month), pour a cup of white vinegar or about half a cup of lemon juice into the bowl and let it sit for a couple of hours. Then, just lower the lid and flush. This will give the bowl a quick and refreshing wash. For the rim, just use a toilet brush specifically made to reach under the edge; you can also use an old toothbrush. Doing these once a week will keep gunk and grime from building up, which is what makes cleaning the toilet such a disgusting task.

From grease and oil splatters to spilled sauces, keeping the stovetop clean is really quite a challenge for the regular homeowner. What more if you’re quite the cook! However, it really shouldn’t be all that difficult if you don’t let the splatters and spills dry up. As soon as the stove is cool enough, get to cleaning immediately. Wet the surface before applying your choice of cleanser and scrub using a soft sponge or a microfiber cloth so you don’t scratch the surface. If there are any burned food, use a straight razor to scrape it off. After cleaning, wipe off the cleaning product, give it a quick rinse, then buffy dry using a soft cloth or microfiber towel.

Shower Curtains
It’s tempting to just throw away a moldy, mildewy shower curtain and just replace it with a new one. However, most shower curtains are safe to wash in the washing machine. Just let it soak in a solution of water and a cup of bleach for an hour or so before running a regular wash cycle. Do this about once a month or as soon as you see or feel the curtain get a little slippery from the accumulated soap scum. If the mold and mildew aren’t removed completely after two washes or if there is a persistent smell clinging to the curtain, that’s the time to buy a new one.

Cleaning your home is not a task that can be skipped; it’s absolutely required so you can live safely and comfortably. Hopefully, these cleaning tips can make this chore a little easier for you.

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