Time to do some spring cleaning

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With the snow melting and the grass beginning to peak out, the urge for spring cleaning is on the rise.

There are the usual spots to clean, but also some spots people tend to miss. Here are a couple of tips of where and how to clean homes from professional house cleaners:

Ceiling fans

Donna Nash contends ceiling fans collect a lot of dust. Nash, who has been cleaning homes for 15 years, said she cleans the blades by using a wet rag and an all-purpose cleaner. After getting the initial grime off the fans, she recommends using a long-handled duster to keep them clean on a regular basis.

Kitchen fans collect the worst grime because of all the grease from the stove and exhaust fans, she said.

Fans in kitchens are likely to need cleaning more regularly, she said.

Look up

Cobwebs in the ceiling corners and on light fixtures are things Nash often encounters.

“Stand in your room and look up and you can see the cobwebs or if your light fixtures are dirty or dusty,” she said.


One of Nash’s biggest pet peeves is a dirty bathroom. For soap scum on shower doors, she recommends scrubbing it with a used dryer sheet, as long as the doors are dry.

Some of the dirtiest places in the bathrooms are around the toilet and in the corners.

“A lot of people don’t like to bend over and put your face down beside the toilet,” she said.

Check the walls

Liz Callin, who has cleaned homes for about a year, said walls tend to attract a lot of grime, especially in the kitchen.

“The walls in the kitchen are probably the toughest because before I get there, (people) don’t wipe the walls,” Callin said.

For the walls, she uses a rag and an all-purpose cleaner.

Close doors when cleaning

Callin is surprised by the cobwebs and dust she finds behind doors.

“People normally wouldn’t see a space like that unless it was me vacuuming because I close the door, open the door, close the door,” she said.