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There are always spots around the house that are hard to remember to clean. Even the dirtiest spots get forgotten. See how many you’re on top of:

1. Door Knobs

Door knobs and locks don’t just open up a portal to your home they also open a portal to nasty bacteria town. Bacteria can stay alive on these metal surfaces for up to 8 hours. So really anything could be on there…

2. Trash Cans

I know this is a gross job sometimes. But that’s why we need to stay on top of it! Don’t let the trash cans build up grime in the bottom! Nasty!

3. Cell Phones

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…

4. 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. Here’s what you should do:

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.

Have Van’s Chem-Dry clean your carpets! Our unique method uses less water, leaves no stickiness, and gives you a healthier home.

5. Shower Curtains

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.

6. Air Vents

If you get personal with those vents you’ll find a lot more dust than you thought possible.


If you don’t want to breathe all that dust in, give air vents a good cleaning!

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.

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.

9. Microwave Touchpad


Here lies the grease and oil from every meal you’ve had for the last 3 months. Clean it.

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 Chem-Dry.

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