If you’re selling your home, hopefully you know that you’re going to have to give your home a deep, thorough cleaning! This means decluttering and organizing, but also scrubbing all the nooks and crannies that often go unnoticed. As your Houston real estate team, we’re here to fill you in on eight places that are usually forgotten, and therefore incredibly dirty.
Next time you clean in your home, don’t forget these spots:
- Underneath rugs – You might vacuum the rug, but do you ever look underneath it? Potential buyers might lift the rugs to see what the floor looks like, and dirt and debris tend to collect there! Move rugs and furniture around, vacuum and dust the floor and the underside of the rug, and then mop the floor. According to ABC Carpet Cleaning, if the rug shows signs of discoloration, have it professionally cleaned or replaced.
- Garbage disposal – This surprisingly may have the most germs in your house! It’s rarely properly cleaned since it’s out of sight. Reach into your disposal with an old toothbrush and scrub the rubber flaps with soapy water. Clean with a mix or white vinegar and baking soda overnight, or frozen ice cubes of white vinegar, and freshen with slices of lemon.
- Kitchen vent hood – If you find your vent hood covered in a layer of grease, be sure to clean the vent filter too. This could prevent a grease fire from spreading throughout your home’s duct work! Soak the filter in a kitchen-grade degreaser, then rinse with soapy water. Use degreaser to wipe down the interior of your hood, then wipe with a rag afterward.
- Kitchen crevices – Even if your kitchen looks clean, you know crumbs and drips of who knows what are getting between your countertops and appliances, and underneath, which could attract bugs. Always vacuum under appliances with vacuum attachments when possible, or attach microfiber cloths to a yardstick with rubber bands. Some dusters are even made just for hard-to-reach places like this!
- Fans and ceilings – These collect thick, grimy layers of dust when left unnoticed. Dampen the inside of a pillow case and slide it over each ceiling fan blade. Then run your hands along the sides of the blade as you slide it off. The pillowcase will collect the dust before it rains down onto the ground. Microfiber dusters also work great for less dusty areas. Dish soap is great for cleaning grimy fans or fixtures.
The other items on this list of dirtiest places to clean in your home include the toilet, crawlspaces and dryer vents. For more tips on cleaning all of these areas, check out this HouseLogic article.