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Window blinds

Do You Vacuum These?

Window blinds in Destin, FL are among the things in your home that you should be vacuuming as part of your regular cleaning schedule. We tend to think that floors are the only part of homes that we should be vacuuming, but the reality is that there are many other uses for our vacuum cleaners that we should be aware of.

If you’re a spring cleaning person, you probably don’t move your kitchen and laundry appliances out of their place except once a year – in the spring. Each year, you’re probably shocked by how much dust and dirt has accumulated behind the stove and the refrigerator in just one cycle of 365 days.

But, you should actually be moving the refrigerator and stove out more frequently than once a year to clean behind them. Accumulating dirt and dust behind your stove can pose a potential fire hazard, so cleaning it regularly with your vacuum cleaner will minimize that threat.

Using your vacuum cleaner to clean the coils on your refrigerator will help your refrigerator last longer and run more efficiently. Older refrigerator models generally have the coils located in the back, while newer refrigerator models will have the coils in the front at the bottom (they will be covered with a plastic panel).

You should vacuum the back of your stove and the coils of your refrigerator at least every six months, although every four months will mean less buildup of dust and dirt between cleanings.

Dust and dirt also accumulate behind washers and dryers. This presents a particular risk with dryers because of the heat associated with drying clothes. Vacuuming behind your dryer at least every six months keeps the buildup of dust and dirt from becoming a fire hazard.

While you’ve got the vacuum cleaner near your dryer, you should also vacuum out the lint trap. Most lint traps are either on top of the dryer (they are pulled out to clean) or in a casing inside the dryer door.

Although you may empty the lint trap regularly, lint particles get left behind in the casing area. This buildup of lint can start a fire. Remove the lint trap and vacuum the inside of the casing thoroughly at least every four months to help lower the risk of a fire starting.

Be sure to empty the lint vent and vacuum it as well on a regular basis. The lint vent is the tube that goes from the back of your dryer to the outside of your home where excess lint is deposited. Sometimes lint can get backed up in the lint vent (if your clothes aren’t drying during a regular cycle, this is the first thing you should check for), and this too can increase the risk of a fire being started.

When you first open your windows in the spring, you may be surprised at all the dirt and dead insects you find inside the bottom of the window frame. Use your vacuum cleaner to quickly remove and clean the window frame, and follow with a wet cloth to get the frame completely clean.

Window blinds should be vacuumed regularly as well. Dust and dirt can accumulate quickly on the slats of window blinds. Window blinds should be vacuumed every four weeks. However, you want to be careful to use a low suction vacuum cleaner (such as a handheld model) that has a brush attachment so that you don’t damage or break any of the operating mechanisms on your window blinds.

If you’d like information about cleaning window blinds in Destin, FL, you can speak with our experienced staff at McNeill Palm.

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