Important Maintenance and Cleaning Tasks that Experts Say Many Homeowners Miss


Experts say that homeowners more often miss some important maintenance and cleaning tasks, which might have serious consequences in the future.


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July 12, 2021
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Important Maintenance and Cleaning Tasks that Experts Say Many Homeowners Miss

“Happiness means a freshly cleaned house.”

Every homeowner wants a perfectly cleaned and tidy home and for this, they do daily cleaning with some additional weekly and monthly deep cleaning. But here is a bitter truth; experts say that homeowners more often miss some important maintenance and cleaning tasks, which might have serious consequences in the future. Here are 10 important maintenance and cleaning tasks that you often miss.


Clean All Your Ceiling Fans

If you have a home then you must have some ceiling fans in it and most probably you know how dusty they can get. These ceiling fans are difficult to clean daily. But the fact is they are also easily overlooked when we do monthly deep cleaning of our homes, especially when we have tall ceilings. Dirty and dusty fans can spread dirt in the rooms whenever you turn them on. Therefore, try to tackle this problem by cleaning your ceiling fans at least once a month. And remember one thing, whenever you clean any electrical equipment, cut the power first. If you can’t reach them, try to hire professional cleaning services providers for deep cleaning your ceiling fans.


Clean Your Bathroom Exhaust Fan

Exhaust fans help to reduce moisture in the air and eliminate odors from the bathroom that would otherwise come to the surface and turn into mold. This dust and lint reduce the efficiency of the exhaust fans. Experts also say that these exhaust fans can become overheated when clogged by dust and lint, this heat can cause a fire. Therefore, it is very important to clean the exhaust fans twice a year so that you can reduce the risk of fire and can improve their efficiency. 


Clean Your Refrigerator's Ice Maker

Ice makers in refrigerators are a fantastic addition to our modern lives. But if we don’t clean and maintain them more often, we can lose them forever. Even if they are in good working conditions, they still need proper cleaning, sanitizing, and maintenance. In our cleaning list, we mostly forget to add them for deep cleaning and end up having a bad smell or little scaly bits in our ice cubes. Experts recommended checking the refrigerator’s instruction manual before starting any cleaning or maintenance. Try to clean the ice maker once a month to avoid any bad smell or little scaly bits. For this cleaning, you can use a mixture of white vinegar and warm water.


Clean Your Refrigerator's Coils

Regular refrigerators have a system of coils on the back or bottom of the unit that cool and condense the refrigerant. These coils can gather dust and dirt which force the refrigerator to work harder to stay cool. Therefore, it is necessary to clean them twice a year. You can use a vacuum or flexible hose to clean out the coils. Experts say this will not only allow your refrigerator to work more efficiently but your refrigerator will use less electricity which ultimately saves your money.


Clean Your Air Filters, Vents, and Ducts

Most homeowners forget to clean and change air filters. Experts say it’s very important to clean all the air filters, vents, and ducts and to change them at regular intervals. If your air filters are dirty, they can take more electricity and can create breathing problems and allergies. Try to clean air filters every three months if you live alone or have few members in your home, but if you have many people in your home with some dogs or other pets, then you should change your air filters every month. Clean your vents and ducts with a vacuum every few months. If you find difficulty in cleaning ducts, you can hire a professional once a year.


Flush Your Water Heater

Experts say if you flush the tank to remove sediment once a year, your home’s water system will perform more efficiently and last longer, because dirt, minerals, calcium, magnesium, and other sediment build up over time in the bottom of your water heater tank which reduces the efficiency of the water heater. Whenever water circulates in your home through the main water inlet, it’s not perfectly cleaned so try to flush the water tank at least once a year to get clean water.


Clean Your Chimney

Your chimney in your home is an important ventilation system that allows toxins, smoke, and fumes to escape the home. With time, creosote is produced in a dirty chimney. You have usually seen a black sticky residue inside your chimney, this is called creosote, it builds up when the wood is burned or when there is not enough ventilation. This creosote is very dangerous because it is highly flammable and can cause a chimney fire. Therefore, it is very important to clean the chimney once a year with some maintenance and inspection at regular intervals.


Clean Your Dishwasher

You think that your dishwasher is constantly cleaning itself but sadly, it isn’t. This sounds a bit weird that your dishwasher needs to be cleaned as well. You use your dishwasher daily to wash your utensils, over time grease, debris, and soap scum build up in it. They not only produce germs but also reduce the efficiency of the dishwasher. Therefore, experts say, it is very important to clean the dishwasher a few times a year.



Clean Your Washing Machine

Just like your dishwasher, your washing machine also needs cleaning and maintenance a few times a year. Due to regular use of it, mold, mildew, soap deposits, dirt, and dust build-up, which can be harmful to your health and clothing and cause a stink too. To avoid this entire thing, it’s recommended by experts to clean your washing machine once a month.


Sweep Underneath Appliances and Furniture

Finally, the thing that most of the homeowners forget to clean is the area underneath large appliances and furniture. A layer of dirt and dust is gathered under some large household appliances including a bed, sofa, refrigerator, oven, etc. We don’t usually clean that area because this is something hidden and no one can see that dirt until something falls. This dirt and dust can create big health problems especially for those who have breathing issues. To avoid this problem, experts recommended cleaning underneath areas once a month.

These tips can help you to clean and maintain your home in the best possible way with a little effort and ultimately, you will become the best homeowner in your area in no time!

“A clean home is a happy home.”