Welcome to Part 2 of our Spring Cleaning Series! No how big or small your laundry room or area may be, it’s important to make sure the area is maintained, dusted and vacuumed. This is specifically important, because laundry rooms (dryers in particular) can be major fire hazards if they aren’t cared for. Making sure the entire area is deep cleaned once a year and help prevent it, along with weekly maintenance.
To start, take a microfiber duster cloth or dry swifter wipes to wipe away any dust that may be on the machines, behind the machines, on the floors and on the walls. You may be surprised to find some lint or dust bunnies around the machines too, be sure that’s swept up or removed too!
A thought that doesn’t come to mind often is that your washer may need some washing itself! A homemade solution that some use is taking a cup of vinegar and a cup of baking soda and having it run through your washing machine alone. It’s a natural sanitizer that can help remove any unpleasant odors from previous cycles too. There are also products on the market that can do the cleaning for you, just simply pop it into the load and follow the instructions on the box. Whichever method you prefer, be sure to run an extra rinse cycle after the cleaning off your machine to be sure that all residue is removed from your machine! During this time, you can disinfect your menu panel on your washer and wipe down the surfaces outside your machine.
Your dryer can be wiped down just like you did with your washer, and also wiped down on the inside with soap, water and a rag. The lint trap should be taken out, remove any present lint on it and washed under the sink with a mild detergent and water. You can keep the trap sitting out until the piece is air dried. While the trap is out, going into the vent with a small vacuum attachment can help suck out any lint caught inside the vent that the trap couldn’t hold onto. Vacuum as much as you can out, then check the vent in the back and check to see if there’s lint there. Repeat the vacuuming until all lint is sucked out.
Lastly, we recommend wiping down the floors with a swifter sweep or dusting up any additional lint or dirt collected around the washer or dryer. Although this should be done weekly, a deep cleaning of this area could mean less maintence time every week! So for spring cleaning, be sure to clean deeply around the machines, by any moldings between the floor and the wall and making sure your wall outlets are kept dust and lint free too. Keeping the room as dust free as possible helps keep the area clean and fresh, and weekly upkeep can be kept at a minimal and less of a safety hazard around your machines!