Expert Solutions to Your 7 Trickiest Home Cleaning Challenges
Posted on by Umair
Cleaning is something that most people don’t enjoy. Nevertheless, it is a must to ensure the health and well-being of the household and extend the life of your furniture and entire home.
Hiring professional cleaners regularly is your best option, especially if you do not have the right knowledge and skill to keep every corner of your house free of dirt, grime, dust, and germs. Still, you have to equip yourself with some cleaning basics, including how to deal with the trickiest home cleaning challenges.
The greasy stovetop, the smelly overflowing garbage can, and the stinky dishwasher. These are just among the dirtiest spots in your home that must be cleaned immediately. If the mere thought of these messes is making you stressful, worry not because experts have shared some great solutions for making and keeping these problem spots spotless, sparkling and smelling clean and fresh.
Here are the seven trickiest home cleaning challenges and their solutions:
1. Greasy Stovetop
If cooking is your passion, you may have noticed that after preparing delicious meals, the stove now appears messy. If, for instance, you have prepared a cheesy meal, you may find cooked-on mozzarella and grease everywhere. And what if you fried some chicken? There may be oil splatters all around.
The best solution to keeping your stovetop clean and shiny is to always clean it after you have used it. Once the surface has become cool, get a microfiber cloth and warm soapy water to get rid of food debris and grease.
Only use a microfiber cloth because this is effective at absorbing the grease. Make sure to wash the cloth after each wipe before using it again.
If you have forgotten to clean the stovetop immediately, perhaps because you have attended to the needs of your kids or other responsibilities, you will need a tougher cleaning technique.
Squeeze a sponge dipped in sudsy, hot water over the stove. Let this sit for several minutes before giving it a scrub. Finish it off with a microfiber cloth.
2. Smelly Trash Bin
Just because the trash bin receives your garbage does not mean that it should smell gross. Make it a habit that after disposing of your trash (both biodegradable and non-biodegradable) every garbage collection day, clean the garbage can with the right cleaning agent. This helps you makes sure that your trash bin is clean and fresh, ready for your next loads of trash.
3. Stinky Dishwasher
Is your dishwasher stinky? This may be because of food debris. Of course, the best way to prevent this is to wash your plates thoroughly before placing them inside the dishwasher.
If, despite doing such, it is still smelly, considering running a wash cycle to eliminate the unpleasant odor. Empty the dishwasher and place some lemon cuts or dishwasher-safe white vinegar before turning on a cycle. For a thorough washing, you can wipe down the walls of the dishwasher first with a baking soda paste before running a wash cycle.
4. The Feared Toilet
The toilet is definitely an area in your home no one wants to clean. To make this task bearable, you can just pour a cleaning agent into the bowl and leave it there for about an hour. A half cup of white vinegar can also do the trick.
However, this will not clean the rim, so you will still need to grab the brush and manually scrub it.
5. A Mildewy and Moldy Shower Curtain
Once your shower curtain has accumulated molds and mildew, the easiest option would be to throw it in the trash bin and buy a new one. But cleaning experts say that making it look like new again is easy. All you have to do is to machine wash it. But first, you have to soak it in a cup of bleach with water. Repeat soaking and washing the shower curtain in the washing machine if a single wash is not effective. If this is still inefficient, it is time to buy a new shower curtain.
Avoid buying new shower curtains over and over again by preventing the build-up of mold and mildew. Wash it thoroughly at least once a month. Also, make sure to wipe off soap scum daily or weekly before it becomes unruly.
6. Grout Grime in the Shower
Over time, you may see grime building up in your shower grout. The best way to remove this is to create a glue-like paste using a chlorine bleach and baking soda. With rubber gloves, place this mixture over the tiles. Consider leaving it there overnight and just rinse it in the morning. Often, no scrubbing is required.
7. Pet Smells and Hair in the Carpet and Furniture
If you have pets at home, expect that they will be making a mess. They may accidentally urinate or poop in the carpet, sofa, and other furnishings.
When your furry friend accidentally urinated on a sofa, for instance, immediately pour club soda over the urine. This will help bring the urine to the surface so you can easily remove it using paper towels. Repeat this until the odor is removed completely. This also works well for old accidents.
As for pet hair, using duct tape is probably the easiest yet most effective method to remove them from your furniture and carpets. All you have to do is to wrap the duct tape around the cover of the paint roller with the sticky side out. Pet hair easily sticks to the duct tape as you roll it over the carpet and furniture. As the surface gets loaded with hair, add more tape.
Cleaning is not everyone’s forte, but this is not an excuse for you to not be aware of some cleaning basics, especially when dealing with the most challenging house chores.
Our cleaning experts at Matic Services can provide you with easy cleaning tips to keep your home free of grime, dust, and germs in between professional cleanings. So don’t hesitate to hire our maids for the best home cleaning services in Dubai now!