5 Things You Should Clean Every Year

There are a few areas in your home that need deep cleaning each year to maintain efficiency and overall cleanliness. These are some of the tasks that can be easily overlooked but trust us they need to get done. Keeping an annual schedule will help keep your home in tip top shape.

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1. Freezer.

Cleaning the freezer is an annoying task  but needs to be done. If you leave this task for too long you will have a freezer full of outdated foods piling up and thick ice you’ll have to pick at so we recommend an annual deep cleaning. This article can help you out.

2. Carpets + Upholstery.

Say goodbye to those stubborn stains and hello to fresh carpets and upholstery. After a year’s time it’s likely they will need a deep cleaning. Weigh the pros and cons of hiring someone, renting a machine, or purchasing one outright (Watch our carpet cleaner review here, or read about it here). If you plan to DIY, be sure to spot treat any stains beforehand. These two articles can help you out with those: Protein stains and Food stains.

3. Pantry.

It’s time for a pantry purge. Pull everything out and check expiry dates or for stale products. Give it a good deep clean and get some organizers to make your life easier. We have it all covered in this article.

4. Behind appliances.

We’re talking about your stove, fridge, and laundry machines. This is a task that is easily forgotten. Out of sight out of mind, am I right? Appliances are big and awkward so it’s a good idea to have a second person to help you with the heavy lifting. Go slowly so you don’t scratch your floor or pull out any hoses or plugs. Once you have access back there, vacuum out any vents and the appliances, floor, walls, cabinets etc. Then give everything a wipe with a teaspoon of powdered Tide® and a gallon of hot water. Once complete, push the appliance back into place.

5. Vacuum floor vents.

Vents in the floor get filled with dirt and collect unsightly dust bunnies in the vent slats. When your HVAC system runs, it can blow that dust and dirt back up into the air. One day a year, go around your home and vacuum each vent with a horsehair brush. Remove the vent cover and vacuum inside the ducting as far as you can reach. You might be surprised how many crumbs are down there. Bring a bucket of hot water with a teaspoon of powdered Tide® around with you. Use a scrub brush and cloth to wipe down any remaining dirt from your vent covers. Not only will your vents look better, they will help your home run more efficiently and keep dust and allergens at bay.

Maintaining a comfortable and healthy living environment is important for your wellbeing. By setting aside some time each year to do these tasks you can enjoy a clean, organized home that you can feel good in and be proud of.

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– Becky / Denise @GoCleanCo

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