4 Spaces In Your House That You Should Vacuum More

When vacuuming your home, you probably clean just the most frequented areas. These include the visible floor space in your living room, kitchen, dining room, bathrooms, and bedrooms. Molly Maid suggests vacuuming these spaces at least once a week. However, while this may be keeping your home fairly clean, there are probably some other areas you're not cleaning enough that could be making your space feel dirty. According to The Maids, these areas typically collect things like dust, allergens, skin cells, mold, mildew, and debris.

There are four areas in your home that you should frequently be vacuuming. Each of these areas could easily be added to your normal cleaning routine. Also, each area has a different number of times it should be cleaned every month or year, so knowing how often to clean is important. Vacuuming these areas will keep your family safe from illness, maintain your home, and make your space smell and feel cleaner.

The mattress

The first place you should be vacuuming more is the surface of your mattress. According to Auntie Cleaner, you should vacuum your mattress every three to six months. The Maids says that your bed can hold things like dust, allergens, skin cells and oils, and sweat, as well as food particles and pet hairs. Therefore, cleaning it often is important. When vacuuming, use the strongest setting. Also, most of the surface of the mattress can be cleaned with an upholstery function, but the crevices and seams may need the attention of a smaller attachment.

There are other ways to clean your mattress as well. You can spray the surface with a disinfecting cleaner and a slightly damp cloth. However, make sure the mattress completely dries before making the bed. The mattress should never be excessively wet, even while cleaning. You can spot clean your mattress with a furniture cleaner. To remove odors, Auntie Cleaner suggests sprinkling baking soda on your mattress before putting on your sheets.

Upholstered furniture

Another place in your home you should be vacuuming more frequently is the surface of your upholstered furniture pieces, like couches and chairs. These items can hold all the same harmful things that a bed can, including hair, food, dust, debris, and germs. Prestige Carpet Cleaners says that these furniture pieces should be cleaned weekly or as often as you clean your floors. This will make adding this step to your routine extra easy. To clean them, use a smaller attachment to reach the crevices in your couch. Alternatively, you could place a slipcover over your furniture and machine wash that.

However, some upholstered materials cannot be cleaned with a vacuum. If you have leather pieces, wipe them with a microfiber cloth instead. Rainbow International Restoration says to check the couch's label before cleaning because it will give you more information on what products can be used on your furniture. Some pieces may need to be cleaned professionally. Before vacuuming, you could begin by wiping your furniture with a white cloth or a soft brush to remove loose debris.

Inside drawers and cabinets

A place you may not have ever considered vacuuming is inside your drawers and cabinets. Drawers in dressers, nightstands, and vanities, as well as kitchen or bathroom cabinets, can collect things like dust, debris, mold, mildew, and hair. When vacuuming these areas, make sure to use the smallest vacuum attachment possible, to get into the corners. House Me Proud recommends also using extension wands if necessary. Remember to also clean above your cabinets if they don't reach the ceiling.

Cleaning Sure lists some other ways to clean inside drawers besides vacuuming. You could wipe down drawers with a cleaning spray on a soft cloth, then keep the drawers open when air drying. For unfinished wooden drawers, just use water and mild dish soap. To remove odors, sprinkle baking soda, then vacuum. Molly Maid says to protect your drawers and cabinets from spills with shelf liners. These can also protect them from potential damage from the vacuum cleaner.

Under your bed

Finally, many homeowners often neglect to clean underneath their bed frequently enough. However, according to Rescue My Time Cleaning Service, dust, food, dirt, germs, bacteria, mold, mildew, debris, and lost items could be hiding underneath your bed frame. This area should be vacuumed about twice a month. To vacuum under the bed, use an extension wand or a vacuum hose. The easiest way to keep the area underneath your bed clean is by investing in a robot vacuum.

Home Storage Solutions 101 says to remove any stored or lost items before vacuuming. If possible, you could also move your bed to the side in order to vacuum underneath it. You could also sweep with a broom or blow a hair dryer under the bed. This will remove dust and debris from underneath the bed so it can easily be vacuumed. When cleaning under the bed, also be sure to dust the baseboards and wall.