Cleaning Checklist: Neglected Areas in the Home
26 May 2022
By only cleaning where visible dust and dirt appears, family members and pets are exposed to organic matter like microbiomes and bacteria, which can trigger allergies and impact health. As Dennis Mathews – Research Scientist in Microbiology at Dyson explains, “many of us clean our homes to remove unsightly dust and dirt; but very few people think about what is in our dust, and the negative impact it can have on our health. With most household dust being microscopic in size, it is important to remove the invisible dust from the corners of our home that we often overlook, in order to keep our homes healthier."
To ensure your house cleaning checklist achieves a positive health standard it’s important to cover all areas (and know how to clean walls etc properly). Dyson’s first Global Dust Study spotlights the most neglected areas and top cleaning tips for each space.
House cleaning checklist for neglected areas
With the help of Dennis Mathews, Dyson has identified the common neglected cleaning checklist, and how to make sure you capture and remove dust and dirt effectively.
1. How to clean walls
While walls are neglected by 92% of Australians, dust on this area can contribute towards mould growth over time. Using vacuums with advanced filtration – like the HEPA filter found in V15 Detect Complete™ alongside a damp cloth and cleaning wipes will effectively capture dirt and dust. For how to clean walls without damaging material, the Extension hose and Scratch-free soft dusting brush vacuum attachments lifts dust with soft nylon bristles, and adds 61cm for flexible reach.
2. How to clean ceilings
Ceilings harbour dust, cobwebs, and organic matter, but 92% of Australians also neglect to clean these areas. For how to clean ceiling spaces efficiently, lightweight vacuums like Dyson V12 Detect Slim™remove common dust matter while offering easy manoeuvrability. Use the Mini soft dusting brush to protect paint and covering, and the Crevice tool Crevice tool for hard-to-reach and narrow spaces. When cleaning areas like this, move top-down, starting with ceilings and then onto walls.
3. How to clean curtains
Soft and malleable areas are often missed in a cleaning checklist – curtains are neglected by 86% of Australians. The reality is that a high quantity of dust can gather in curtain folds, having fallen from walls and ceilings. The Fabric & Mattress tool can effectively lift and capture particles from the soft fibres found in curtain materials. For how to clean curtains optimally, we recommend washing them at a high heat every so often if possible.
4. How to clean skirting boards
Awkward to clean and hard to reach, skirting boards are missed from 67% of Australian’s house cleaning checklist. To solve this, the Combination tool in Dyson’s hard floor vacuum, the Dyson Omni-glide™ lets you reach narrow spaces and see where you’re cleaning. For how to clean skirting boards with marks, use a damp cloth after vacuuming.
5. How to clean pet beds
Though pet beds harbour dirt, dust mites and pet dander (microscopic life that can trigger allergies), 90% of Australians neglect to clean them. It’s important for the overall health of homes to include pet beds in your cleaning areas, but pet dander is invisible to the naked eye. To solve this, the Hair Screw Tool lifts dander while preventing pet hair from tangling. Other complete cleaning tips include washing any removable covers at a high heat.
6. How to clean mattresses
Similar to pet beds, mattresses are breeding grounds for house mites who feed on skin cells and trigger allergic reactions. Even so, 71% of Australians leave them out of cleaning schedules. To remove dust, dead skin and the allergenic material that accompany it, vacuum your mattress on both sides using the Mattress tool. Cleaning tips for this area also include washing sheets and blankets on a high heat where possible.