Whether it’s in the office or at home, cleaning difficult to reach areas is often a tricky and time-consuming task. For many of us, the easiest answer is to skip these nooks and crannies and assume that they can be cleaned less frequently than other spots.
But leaving dust and grime to accumulate only leads to a tougher cleaning job down the line. And deep, narrow crevices that are magnets for dirt can also harbour nasty allergens.
With a few simple tools and our easy tips, you’ll be able to clean those spaces where traditional cleaning tools just can’t go. The best part? You don’t even need to invest in a fancy vacuum with lots of attachments!
Here’s how to get every corner and crevice gleaming…
The easiest way to keep ceiling fans clean and shining is to use an attachment designed to fit around the blades. If it’s been a while, slip a pillowcase over each blade and use it to remove the dust. This will prevent the dust from flying around the room.
As the old saying goes: out of sight, out of mind! When was the last time you checked the tops of your cabinets? Stand on a sturdy stool, and wipe the tops with a dampened cloth and eco-friendly cleaning solution.
The office keyboard is notorious for holding a shocking amount of bacteria. If you don’t stop to examine your keyboard every once in a while, you might not have noticed that it has become covered with crumbs, grease and dust.
An easy way to clean your keyboard is to use the office supplies at hand. Turn over your keyboard and tap out any crumbs. Then, run a sticky side of a Post-It Note between the keys to nab the debris.
Try to wipe down your desk at the end of every day, especially if you’re in the habit of eating lunch there!
Window tracks can be particularly hard to reach, and easily collect dirt. Sometimes the hard material on your vacuum’s crevice tool doesn’t allow for much flexibility. But if you put a toilet paper tube over the end, you can squish it until it fits any space that needs cleaning.
If you don’t want to get your hands dusty, there’s a kitchen utensil you can use to clean your blinds: tongs! Secure a microfiber cloth to the tongs using rubber bands, then close the tool on a slat and pull it across.
Fuzzy dust and cobwebs cling to heating vents and air conditioners. If your vacuum is failing to suck up the gunk, use a sponge paintbrush from your craft drawer to dust vents.
Residue can build quickly in shower door runners, and escalate to mould. The remedy is very simple. Just apply a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda on the dirty area. Let it sit for 5 minutes, and then rub with a stiff brush.
Ceilings, especially in the corners, are notorious for collecting cobwebs and dust. If your vacuum doesn’t reach these areas, use a mop, broom handle or fishing pole and cover it with an old T-shirt to do the job.
What do you think of these cleaning hacks? Let us know your tricks to clean hard-to-reach places!