10 Household Items that You Forget to CleanThere are certain things in your home that you clean every week, but then there are the items that you always forget to clean! Unfortunately, some of these forgotten items can be the dirtiest things in your home! To ensure that your home is thoroughly clean, you have to take the time to clean these common household items. This will help prevent unpleasant odors and bacteria growth in your home that may cause you to get sick!

1. Carpets 

While vacuuming your carpets once or twice a week helps keep the plushness and freshness of your carpet, your carpet needs to be deep-cleaned to extract all the bacteria and contaminants embedded in the carpet’s fibers. Most carpet manufacturer’s warranty advises that you must have your carpets cleaned once every 12 to 18 months. However, if you have kids or pets, your carpets need to be cleaned more frequently about twice a year.

 Chem-Dry of Long Beach offers affordable and effective carpet cleaning in Long Beach, CA. Our carpet cleaning service removes 98.1% of allergens (pet dander and dust allergens) and 89% of airborne bacteria in the home. 

2. Cell Phone and Other Electronic Devices 

Did you know that your phone may be the dirtiest item in your home?  On average, cell phones have more germs per square inch than a public toilet seat and studies have shown that 16% of phones have E. Coli bacteria on them!  Make sure to regularly wipe down your phone and other electronic devices with a disinfectant wipe! 

3. Ice Cube Tray

If you’re like us, you use an ice cube tray every day to keep your drinks cold and refreshing. But, your ice cube tray gets dirty just like any other handy kitchen tool. You should run your trays through the dishwasher about every month. If you have a silicone tray, clean it with a vinegar and warm water soak. 

4. Shower Curtain 

If your shower curtain isn’t washed for a long time, mold and mildew can begin to grow in places where the curtain folds in on itself. We recommend throwing your shower curtain in the washing machine every month or so.

5. Doorknobs

You touch doorknobs at least once every day (if not more frequently), so it’s no wonder why they get so dirty! Bacteria can stay alive on these metal surfaces for up to 8 hours, so it’s important to clean your doorknobs with a disinfectant every few days. 

6. Microwave 

The inside of your microwave contains so much grease and oil from the many foods you have heated up over time. And the outside of your microwave, particularly the touchpad, holds a ton of bacteria from your fingers. Make sure to use soap and water to clean your microwave weekly! 

7. Tile

The tile surfaces in your kitchen or bathroom may appear to stay clean with a simple mopping or scrubbing. However, this method does not get rid of bacteria and grime that is hidden in your grout and the pores of the tile. The best way to effectively deep-clean your tile is to have an expert clean it with their powerful equipment. At Chem-Dry of Long Beach, we offer professional tile cleaning in Long Beach that removes 98.6% of bacteria from tile, stone, and grout. 

8. Trash Can

Your trash can inevitably is one of the dirtiest items in your home…I mean, it does hold all of your trash! Every month or so, make sure to wipe down the inside and outside of your trash can to keep it looking and smelling clean. Be sure to use high-quality trash can liners or bags that effectively contain liquids and other materials. 

9. Vacuum Filter

You are probably already aware of how dirty your vacuum filter gets, but are you cleaning it correctly? Many people only clean out the vacuum collector and don’t even touch the filter. Each vacuum model is different, so check the model’s instructions on how to clean or replace the filter. 

10.  Air Vents

If you take a deeper look at your air vents, you’ll find a lot more dust than you thought was possible. If you don’t want to breathe all that dust in, be sure to give your air vents a good cleaning!

Quality Cleaning Services

At Chem-Dry of Long Beach, we care about keeping homes in the community healthy and customers happy. We offer carpet, tile, upholstery, rug cleaning, and more services that have been proven to eliminate bacteria and allergens. We’re the preferred carpet cleaner in Long Beach! 

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