Living room with white couch and furniture cleaned

There are a handful of things that we either don’t know or just forget to clean. Here is a list of things we often forget:


  • Trash Can
    • This one may be obvious but it is usually a pretty grimy job! All the more reason to stay on top of it. Don’t let the trash cans build up grime in the bottom! Nasty!
  • Cell Phone
    • Our phones are actually the dirtiest, germiest thing in our lives. We remember to wash our hands, but we often forget how much we use and touch our phones. 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…
  • 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.
    • Most carpet manufacturer’s warranty states that you must have your carpets cleaned once every 12 to 18 months. 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 have any questions, quotes are always free.
  • Shower Curtain
    • 10 things we forget to clean graphic 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. My mom always just threw it in the washing machine every month or so. Depending on how it is hung it can be annoying but that’s the hardest part.
  • Air Vents
    • Our phones are actually the dirtiest, germiest thing in our lives. We remember to wash our hands, but we often forget how much we use and touch our phones. If you don’t want to breathe all that dust in, give air vents a good cleaning. The cleaner they are the healthier the air in your home will be.
  • Door Knobs
    • Our door knobs are the entry to our homes, but they can gather germs like none other. Bacteria can stay alive on these metal surfaces for up to 8 hours. This one can easily be done by just using cleaning wipes and giving them the quick run down. Anything could be on there…
  • 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. You’ll notice the difference!
  • Vacuum Filter
    • Vacuums are only as good as their filters. This one might be more intuitive but many people only clear out the vacuum collector and don’t touch the filter. Keeping up on cleaning the filter will pay off in the long run. I’ve dealt with vacuums with filters that are so caked with dust from no cleaning that I had to use a knife to remove the dirt. Then I had to wash the filter for about 45 minutes after that to give it a satisfactory clean. Those filters can get crazy dirty and once they get that way, your vacuum is mostly worthless.
  • Microwave touchpad
    • This is an easy one, here lies the grease and oil from every meal you’ve had for the last 3 months. Clean it.
  • 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 Chem-Dry.




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