1: Your Upholstery
Upholstered furniture gathers particulates and dust from the air and secures them in their fabrics. Over time, this could negatively affect the indoor air quality in your home or office. Vacuum your couches, rugs, and even mattresses; then try to do some spot cleaning with a rag and warm water. If you’re able to remove the slipcover, throw it in the washing machine. (Psst! Don’t want to do it yourself? We offer both commercial upholstery cleaning and specialty residential upholstery cleaning services!)

2: The Trash Can
Trash cans hold onto all kinds of bacteria, grease, and odors that leak through the plastic bag where you store your trash.  It’s easy to think the job is done once you take out the trash, but really you should be cleaning out the bottom, sides, and exterior of the trash can with soap and water or an all-purpose cleaner. If you let it dry out in the sun, UV rays can help eliminate even more bacteria.

3: The Garbage Disposal
Foul odors can rise up out of your garbage disposal if you’re not cleaning it regularly. Pour half a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar down the drain and let it fizz for a little awhile. After a few minutes, flush it out with hot water.

4: The Walls
Loose dust, oily fingerprints, and scuff marks from shoes add up over time. Use an all-purpose cleaner to wipe down walls with a sponge and see the difference! You can also use a vacuum hose for the molding (which tends to collect the most dust).

5: All the Tops!
Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not dirty! Check the tops of refrigerators, cabinets, light fixtures, ceiling fans, and bookcases to make sure dust mites aren’t building homes there. This could also lower the indoor air quality in your living or working space.

An extra tip to remember is that you should always clean your space after illness; you never know where germs could be lurking to strike again.  If you need specialty residential cleaning services or janitorial services for your office, don’t hesitate to call ServiceMaster Elite Cleaning Services in the New Orleans and Metairie area!

Feature Photo by Javier Kohen