Did you know there’s an exhaust fan above your dryer? Have you touched the surface above your stove/range? These are just a couple of the secretly filthy places people don’t know about.
Especially for moving into a previously owned home, or a seldom-touched living space, here are some hidden spots you need to know about — or have maybe forgot about — for Spring Cleaning.
Take a second to mentally prepare, it could get dirty.
Underneath your built-in microwave is where the splashes of grease and the sticky steams call home. If you have an exhaust fan, swipe your finger across the outside covering, the steam/ smoke that doesn’t get sucked up has been settling on there, without your permission.
Inside your window could be a fly’s graveyard. It’s important to remove any screens and attentively clean in between the window tracks. This is where dirt, rainwater and anything else that blows around outside can sit and build up for years. Ever see the black gunk in the edges of a window frame? That’s where it comes from. This could prevent a proper seal as well, which could inflate energy costs.
Your keyboards! All the regular dust of day-to-day life plus the muck from your fingers, combined with all the food that’s fallen down while you stream. This not only gets really dirty, but also ultimately damages your keyboard. Get a can of compressed air to get in-between, and some wipes to clean the keys.
Next to your furnace and your central air system is an intake exhaust vent with a filter. Not only do these need changing anywhere between eight months to two years (depending on the filter), they effect air quality and the efficiency of your A/C.
Lastly, your showerheads need cleaning too. Soak in cleaning product and while you wait, remove the metal cover over the overflow drain; plenty of undetected gunk has built up there too. Now, your showerhead should have improved pressure and your home is fit for a military inspection! A mother-in-law might be a different story, though…