Areas of Your Home You Shouldn't Forget to Clean

You’re probably used to cleaning the big areas of your home every week, such as the bathroom or kitchen, but there are several spots in your house that are just as important to clean, but you might forget about them entirely. Here are some key areas of your home you should make sure to clean often if you want to have an immaculate space for you and your guests to enjoy!

Ceiling Fans

If you’re like most people, you do everything in your power to make sure your floors are clean, but it’s hard not to forget about something as high up as a ceiling fan. However, ceiling fans can be breeding grounds for dust and mold if they aren’t regularly cleaned. Before long, that mold can turn into a health hazard for your entire family. Additionally, the dust that collects on ceiling fans spreads across the room once the fan is turned on. Having dust cluttered in the corners of the room is bad enough, but knowing your ceiling fan is contributing to the problem can be even more of a nuisance.


While it’s easy to forget about cleaning blinds, failing to do so could be just as harmful and problematic as not keeping a tidy house. Dust tends to build up quickly on windows which leaves them dirty and reduces their energy efficiency. The best way to clean blinds is by using a cleaning spray solution followed by a dry microfiber cloth or towel. If you need help cleaning your blinds or other window treatments, perhaps look at hiring a professional, residential cleaning service to treat your home. Services like these can help keep your windows clean, save you time, and protect your privacy. Residential cleaners are trained professionals who will take care of home maintenance for you so that when company comes over, they don’t see dust covering the blinds or clutter in any other area of your home.


If you live in a house, it’s important to remember that what goes in one end has to come out at some point. Unfortunately, all those gallons of water often leave behind unsightly mineral deposits on faucets and showerheads. We recommend turning off any standing water in these fixtures before you start cleaning; otherwise, you might make things worse by flushing more minerals down your pipes. And make sure to dry everything thoroughly afterward or you could wind up breeding bacteria. A professional maid service will be able to handle these tasks easily enough, but if you're cleaning on your own, you should try to use an old toothbrush or pipe cleaner for extra scrubbing power.

Door Knobs

Most people only focus on a room’s floor and its windows when thinking about cleaning a home. But it's crucial to remember that there are other places that require attention as well, especially if you have young children or pets. Door knobs can be hotspots for germs; keep them clean by wiping them down after regular usage with a disinfectant spray and a microfiber cloth or a disinfectant wipe. If you want more thorough cleaning for smaller areas around your house, such as doorknobs, contact your local residential cleaners to request a professional cleaning service. Your door handles might not seem like much of an issue until you consider how many times a day they're touched—that's hundreds of opportunities for bacteria to transfer from hands to handles. With residential cleaning services, however, every inch of your home is cleaned thoroughly so that you don't have to worry about any type of surface becoming dirty or contaminated in the long run.

Door Frames

Similar to doorknobs, door frames are often neglected in many homes due to the notion that they aren't interacted with regularly, therefore they won't get dirty. However, this is not the case. If you have children, pets, or dirtied shoes come inside at night, for example, your door frames can be a haven for bacteria and dust. To make sure your doorframe is clean, do one to two swipes with a microfiber cleaning cloth and a multipurpose cleaning spray. For best results, spray down all surfaces that touch people first—door handles and knobs—then move onto harder-to-reach areas.

Under the Bed

Furthermore, another place where many don't typically think of cleaning is underneath the bed. Dust and dead skin cells lurk under our beds—and if we don’t dust there regularly, these particles can cause allergies, asthma, and other respiratory problems. Invest in a dust mop or a sweeper so you can grab all that dirt before it has a chance to spread throughout your home. Also, if you have carpeting, this is a good time to vacuum underneath your bed frame, as well as along any baseboards where dust tends to collect. (This is also a great way to keep ahead of dust bunnies.) And remember: If you have pets, be sure to check on and clean up after them. For instance, cats love hiding out under their owners' beds.

Trash Cans and Wastebaskets

Lastly, are you cleaning your trash cans? This may sound like a strange question, but we’re all guilty of it at one point. Many people have a bad habit of forgetting about an item in their house for months or even years before they finally realize that it’s time to clean it. Trash cans are one item we often forget about until it’s too late. Over time, layers of dust, food, and grime build-up which makes them difficult (if not impossible) to clean. If you have a replaceable trash can or wastebasket, consider purchasing a new one if yours is currently housing layers of stubborn bacteria and grime. Alternatively, you can use a multipurpose cleaning spray or disinfectant wipe to clean the interior and exterior of your trash can or wastebasket to remove any grime or bacteria.

Hire a Professional Cleaning Service Today

Are you ready to enjoy the peace of mind of not having to worry about spot cleaning and maintaining the health of your home? Sponge & Sparkle can help save you time and effort by cleaning your home or workspace. If you’re looking to hire a reputable professional cleaning service, then call Sponge & Sparkle today to get started at (404) 633-9652 or visit to learn more.

Sponge & Sparkle serves the Chamblee, Georgia area, including Brookhaven, Buckhead, Virginia Highlands, North Druid Hills, Decatur, Doraville, and Tucker. 

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