July 20th, 2017
Ahhh…there’s nothing like the fresh smell of a clean home. No matter how good of a job you do of apartment cleaning, grime and odors hide in places you may not think of cleaning frequently and leave you wondering why your apartment doesn’t smell fresh. Maybe the problem is lurking in one (or all) of these three places:
Fabric traps dirt and dust. You dust the tables, but the same dust settles in the curtains and upholstery. You wash the sheets, but the same dead skin, dust mites, and body grime ends up on the upholstery. When you vacuum the carpet, add a step to your routine apartment cleaning by putting on the upholstery attachment and vacuuming your upholstery, curtains, and blinds. Wash any removable pillow covers just as you wash your sheets and pillow cases.
That funky smell when you open the dishwasher probably isn’t coming from the dishes that have been there for only a few hours. Your dishwasher has a filter, and if you haven’t removed and cleaned it by now, chances are it’s clogged with food debris, soap scum, and hard water deposits. Remove the filter and clean it by hand, then run a cycle or two with machine cleanser, which you can usually find in the appliance section of home improvement stores. How often you need to do it depends on how much you use your dishwasher, but you’ll be glad if you make it a regular part of your apartment cleaning.
Warmth, moisture, and closed spaces are the perfect environment for mold, and nowhere do those come together better than in your washing machine. If your clothes don’t smell as fresh as you think they should, it might be time to clean the washing machine. The good news is that when you live in an apartment with your own laundry, you get control over keeping the machine as clean as you want. All you need are bleach and vinegar…which shouldn’t mix, and don’t in this process. Check this tutorial from DIY Network for complete instructions on this easy apartment cleaning task.
Adding just these few items to your apartment cleaning list will make you even happier to come home at the end of the day.