Your daily or weekly housecleaning schedule no doubt takes you to many locations that might be overlooked if you weren’t accustomed to visiting them with the vacuum or dust rag.

However, there are probably several hard-to-reach spaces that do not get the benefit of regular cleaning. Areas in your home that are difficult to get to may even slip your mind as needing attention at all.

The top of fan blades, the top of door frames, and the hidden nooks of storage areas are just a few of the spots likely to be left out of a regular cleaning schedule. Complete your cleaning checklist with these housecleaning tips for challenging areas.

Surfaces That You Do Not See

brown ceiling fanThe areas that are hardest to reach in a home are likely to be on top of and underneath familiar items and house features. This can include:

  • On top of ceiling fan blades
  • On top of or inside ceiling light features
  • On top of cabinets
  • Between heavy kitchen appliances and walls
  • On top of door frames and window sills
  • Underneath the edge of the medicine cabinet
  • Underneath the rim of the kitchen counter
  • Inside recessed lighting
  • On top of partial walls and tall, built-in shelves

Begin by going room by room and taking an inventory of the hard-to-reach spaces. To do this, you may need to look around your house with a new perspective.

Cleaning from Above

The adage “out of sight, out of mind” is especially true when it comes to cleaning. A step stool can be an important part of your cleaning kit; getting a new perspective on a room will show you surfaces that have been skipped over.

Even though these spots may not be visible to most people, keeping them clean actually supports your usual cleaning checklist; rarely cleaned surfaces are likely to have excessive collections of dust, which will waft down onto other surfaces, making them need to be cleaned more frequently.

Once these overlooked spaces have been cleaned, they will probably only need occasional touch-ups; in many cases, minimal dusting or washing might only be required once or twice a month.

Necessary Tools for Every Cleaning Job

As you discover the hard-to-reach areas inside your home, you may wonder how those spaces can be accessed. For truly effective cleaning, you might need to purchase some additional cleaning tools.

Angled dusting brushes

Angled dusting brushAngled dusting brushes are perched on top of a long, lightweight handle similar to a broom’s. If you don’t already have one, look for a good-quality microfiber duster or a disposable duster that can be easily replaced when worn out.

Dust the following high surfaces with this type of brush:

  • Ceiling fans
  • Light fixtures
  • Partial walls

Wide, fluffy dusters

multicolored, soft duster isolated on white backgroundDust is attracted to electronics—as you have no doubt noticed as you wipe off TV and laptop screens. Wide, fluffy dusters with long handles and flexible heads are good for cleaning behind and underneath heavy electronics, such as stereo systems and large televisions.

Brooms and sweepers

Long, narrow brooms and sweepers can be used for efficient cleaning in narrow spaces, such as between the stove or refrigerator and adjacent cabinetry. These tend to be some of the dirtiest places in the whole home simply because they are so challenging to reach.

close-up of a broom sweeping tile floor

Begin by sweeping out loose debris and vacuuming it up. Use a standard grease-fighting household cleaner and a narrow mop or scrub brush to gradually scrub away the grime.

Once the space is thoroughly cleaned, only occasional sweeping will be necessary. Deeper cleaning can be done a couple times a year.

Remember the Hard-to-Reach Places

Just because some areas are hard to reach doesn’t mean they should be left out of a regular cleaning schedule.

You won’t need to drag out the step stool every week, but add these new tasks to your cleaning rotation once a month or so. Even if guests don’t comment on your sparkling ceiling fan blades, you’ll still get the satisfaction of knowing they’re clean.