Dirty spots are normal in a home. But when the mess spirals out of your control, then you might need the expertise of a professional cleaning service to keep them from posing serious risks to your family’s health.
Since these grimy spots carry disease-causing germs, you should make it your number one priority to clean these areas as thoroughly as possible, and to maintain their cleanliness from then on.
Here are the dirtiest spots in most homes and how they should be tackled for the best results.
As one of the busiest areas in your home, the elements that support bacteria growth – heat, food and moisture – are plentiful in this place. For example, things like unwashed vegetables and fruits can bring harmful bacteria, such as E. coli, into the space.
Major areas of concern
· Cutting Boards – These contain molds and yeasts and harbor harmful coliform bacteria. To clean your cutting boards, hand-wash them with hot, soapy water after every use.
· Kitchen Counters – These are also contaminated with molds and coliform bacteria. To clean countertops, rinse with a diluted bleach and water solution.
· Stove Knobs – Besides sheltering molds and yeasts, knobs also contain coliform bacteria. To clean knobs, remove them once a week then wash with hot, soapy water.
· Dish Sponges – Ironically, the item you use to clean other things is the dirtiest in your household. Other than harboring coliform bacteria and containing yeast and mold, it also holds staph bacteria. To clean sponges, microwave them wet for two minutes once a day, and change every two weeks.
· Kitchen Sinks – As the place which houses your dirty dishes, which were handled by different individuals and contain food remnants, these harbor molds and coliform bacteria. To clean the sink, wash the bottom, sides, and strainer twice in a week. Also, pour a solution of one teaspoon bleach and water down the drain for once a month.
· Coffee Makers – Damp and dark coffee makers are ideal breeding grounds for bacteria. A great cleaning technique is to put 4 cups of vinegar in the reservoir and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Brew the vinegar and throw it out, then, run 2-3 cycles of clean water through your coffeemaker until the smell of the vinegar is gone.
After every use, some bacteria continue to linger in your bathroom. To control all kinds of coliform bacteria, consider doing the following every time you do your bathroom cleaning:
· Pay special attention to doorknobs, switches and faucet handles
· Keep disposable disinfecting wipes nearby for quick daily cleaning
· Wash mats and bath towels in hot water weekly and then dry them completely
· Wipe down bathroom sinks daily with disinfecting wipes
· Change hand towels several times a week
· Clean toothbrush holders and cups weekly
· Wipe flat surfaces such as walls near toilets using disinfectant products
3. Living room
Wherever your family chooses to gather, there will always be unseen dirt and bacteria. Think of the numerous times that game controllers, tablets, remote controls and smartphones are used in your home.
Are you sure that the people who touch them always have clean hands?
Wipe down controllers and keypads regularly with a disinfectant that is safe to use on electronics. And if someone has a virus, ensure that you clean the items they touch after each use. Also, don’t forget switch plates, lamp switches and doorknobs.
Here are other things to consider when cleaning your living area:
· Every week, vacuum upholstered surfaces because they are breeding grounds for allergens and bacteria
· Make sure to clean between and underneath cushions where pet hair and food can linger
· Clean and freshen using a disinfecting spray
· If someone has a virus, cover upholstered surfaces with sheets that you can wash or change regularly to disinfect
4. Areas with pet toys and feeding bowls
Your beloved pet only deserves clean water and food bowls. But since your fluffy friend loves to go outside and play in the dirt, and then come back inside the house, make sure you wash his pet toys and feeding bowls daily using hot, soapy water to prevent bacteria growth.
Brush hard pet toys with soap, mild bleach solution and water, while for soft toys, simply chuck them in the washer.
That comfortable personal refuge that is your bedroom can actually harbor bacteria, fungi, mites and insects. These dangers will continue to lurk in your bed if you don’t wash the blankets, sheets, bedspreads and quilts often.
To prevent these health issues from affecting your family, consider the following when cleaning:
· Change your bed linens weekly and wash them properly
· Encase pillows, box springs and mattresses in washable, removable and allergy-proof covers to prevent pest infestations
6. Everyday items
Finally, actual items such as the keys, backpacks, purses and wallets you handle daily can harbor germs and bacteria. Take the time to clean these everyday items by wiping them down with a disinfectant or washing them.
Make it a habit to keep fabric and leather bags away from the ground, and clean these intensely, including their interiors.
When you don’t have the time for efficient cleaning, booking a housekeeper through the Matic housekeeping app will get the job done for you. Instead of performing the tedious cleaning tasks by yourself, get a professional cleaner now to help you and get rid of the dirtiest spots in your home!