10 surprising things you're forgetting to clean At Short Stop Chem-Dry, we’re dedicated to helping our customers have cleaner, healthier homes. That’s why we’ve put together this list of surprising spots that most people (even the tidiest!) forget to clean! Quickly clean up these spots and you’ll have a healthy home that you can feel good about!

  1. Trash Can
    • Trash bags should contain the mess of trash. However, things happen and trash juice ends up in the bottom of the trash can. Not only is this smelly, but it’s teaming with germs. I know this is a gross job sometimes, but that’s why we need to stay on top of it! Risen your trash can out with the hose and let it dry before putting a bag in it. 
  2. Cell Phone
    • Your phone may actually be the dirtiest, germiest thing in your home. No lie, on average, cell phones have more germs per square inch than a public toilet seat. (Studies have shown that 16% of phones have E. Coli bacteria on them.) You wouldn’t put your face that close to a public toilet… Clean your phone with an antibacterial wipe regularly to keep it germ free. 
  3. Carpets
    • Surprisingly many people don’t know how often their carpets should be cleaned. I know a lot of people that go years between cleanings. Vacuuming should be done twice a week to keep the plushness and freshness of the carpet and remove dirt. Most carpet manufacturer’s warranty states that you must have your carpets cleaned once every 12 to 18 months in order for the warranty to remain in effect and your carpets to remain in good condition. Most experts agree that once a year is a good rule of thumb. That is unless you have a lot of kids or pets. Then get those carpets cleaned at least twice a year. Talk to Chem-Dry if you want to learn more about carpet cleaning or to schedule an appointment. 
  4. Shower Curtain
    • You’ve probably seen what happens if a shower curtain isn’t washed for a long time. Mold and mildew can build up, especially in places where the curtain folds in on itself. If your shower curtain is looking pink along the bottom, it’s time to clean it. 
  5. Air Vents
    • If you get up close and personal with those vents you’ll find a lot more dust than you thought possible. This means that all of that dust is circulating in your home. If you don’t want to breathe all that dust in, give air vents a good cleaning. 
  6. Door Knobs
    • Think about how often you touch your doorknobs. And you how often your guests, and your kids with germy sticky hands touch your door knobs. Door knobs should be cleaned often to stay on top of germ and bacteria build up.  
  7. Ice Tray
    • You just put water in there right? It’s still a good idea to run your trays through the dishwasher about every month, depending on your use. If you have a silicone tray, use a vinegar and warm water soak.
  8. Vacuum Filter
    • This one might be more intuitive but many people only clear out the vacuum collector and don’t touch the filter. It’s important to consult your vacuum’s owner manual to learn how to clean the filter. Otherwise, your vacuum will be ineffective at cleaning and will redistribute dust around your home. 
  9. Microwave touchpad
    • You probably clean the inside of your microwave when it gets pretty dirty, but do you ever think about the touchpad? How often do you throw something in the microwave with food or other germs on your hands? Wipe down the touchpad with a disinfectant wipe. 
  10. Tile
    • This often just takes a simple wipe down if you stay on top of it. The problem? Most people don’t clean their tile very often resulting in discoloration and grime that takes a lot of scrubbing and product. If the tile really needs a good shine, it’s a safe bet to call Short Stop Chem-Dry.

Hopefully this list will help you to look around your home and clean everything that you have forgotten. We wish you all the best in maintaining a clean, healthy home.

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