There are so many facets of your home to take care of. Ever feel like you're forgetting something? There are a few areas that most homeowners forget about, so you are definitely not alone. But here is your checklist for the most overlooked bits of your home that need cleaning.
- Range hood filter. The purpose of this filter is to sweep the air clear of food fumes and smoke, as well as trap grease. Most range filters can slide or pop out. Fill your sink with boiling water and submerge the filter with some dish soap that has degreasing properties for 10 mins. After it is done soaking, scrub clean, rinse, and place back in the range hood. It is best to clean the filter at least once a year.
- Refrigerator coils. If your refrigerator coils haven’t been cleaned since you moved in, it may be time to give them a good scrub. Best way to go about this is to first start with a vacuum and suck up all the big pieces of lint on the coils and behind the refrigerator. After the large pieces are up, it’s best to go in with a duster to get all the little crevices in the coils. It is best to clean these every 6 months - 1 year.
- Bathroom vents/fans. These are easy to spot when they are dirty but easy to forget to clean. The best way to clean the fans or vents is to start by taking off the cover. Then you’ll want to go in with a vacuum and a damp rag to get all the lint and dust out of there. Leaving the dust and lint can cause it to be spread into the home when the fans or vents turn on.
- Faucet aerators. Faucet aerators don’t take too long to clean but are often overlooked because they are so hidden. Your faucet aerators keep clogs at bay and prevent mineral deposits, mold, and mildew from coming out of your faucet. To clean the aerators, first unscrew them from the sink. Once it has been taken apart, soak the parts in vinegar overnight, then scrub off excess mineral deposits before putting it back together and back into your sink.
- Inside dryer/dryer vents. It is so very important to do this at least once a year as it can drastically decrease the chances of a fire breaking out in your home. There are several signs to look out for that point to it being time to clean the dryer vents and inside your dryer. If clothes are drying slower than usual, there is a “dryer smell,” or your laundry room gets humid when you run the dryer, it’s time to clean the dryer and its vents. The best way to do this is to get a vacuum and an old toothbrush. First, disconnect your dryer and wash the lint trap with the toothbrush to get rid of all the little bits of lint. Then it’s time to clean the dryer drum and the vent hose, which is where the vacuum will come in handy. Once those are cleaned, you can vacuum out the vent inside and out.
- Weeping holes. These are the small holes that drain water from your window back outside. Without them, water can seep into the wood and it will begin to rot. The easiest way to make sure there are no clogs or dirt stuck in them is to spray your windows from the outside with water. If dirty water or no water comes out of the weeping holes, they need to be cleaned. You can use a wire hanger or compressed air to remove any blockages and then try again with the water to make sure everything is working properly.
If you need assistance with any of the cleaning on this list, be sure to call Maestro Maintenance. We can make sure all of these little areas are clean and in proper working order for you!