Dirt Behind Appliances? Tips for Cleaning These Areas

When it comes to cleaning, you can't just stick to large, visible surfaces. You also need to consider the multiple nooks and crannies behind appliances that can collect dirt.
Dirt Behind Appliances? Tips for Cleaning These Areas

Last update: 19 August, 2020

Household cleaning can become a real challenge. There are many hidden spaces that can go unnoticed. So, ask yourself the following question: is there a lot of dirt behind appliances in my home?

Generally, we only keep visible surfaces clean. However, this means we neglect many corners. As a result, you need to analyze the situation and know what type of cleaning each room requires.

Being meticulous will allow you to correctly clean all the rooms in your home. There’s also no doubt that having a healthy home is important and for this, you’ll need some techniques for cleaning up.

Don’t neglect your greatest treasure – your home

Dirt behind appliances can be a family task to clean up.

Most people view their homes as a place of seclusion and tranquility. However, this might not be true if your home isn’t in great condition. If you neglect your home, it can cause problems.

Everyone wants to feel the comfort of a well-maintained home. Therefore, it’s important to create a cleaning routine with schedules and organization of tasks. But, at the same time, it’s important to know where the dirt is and how to get rid of it.

You also need to continually clean rooms. Things won’t stay clean if you only clean sometimes and then stop. The most important thing is that you keep to these routines since they significantly affect your well-being.

It’s essential to clean certain areas every day

Dirt behind appliances – 4 tips

It's important to clean dirt behind appliances.

Dirt hiding behind appliances usually goes unnoticed. In fact, we usually only realize when we have to fix or replace the device. In reality, this is a serious problem that can take get out of control. Let’s look at some ways to improve this situation:

  1. We recommend that once a month you move appliances to check how they’re functioning and to get rid of any dust or dirt underneath or behind them. If you don’t move them, they are perfect hiding places for all kinds of dirt.
  2. You should also vacuum corners where dirt usually collects. This way, you avoid any major problems in the long term.
  3. Cockroaches and other insects tend to make their nests in more secluded spaces. Being careless can lead to insect nests hiding in your home. Of course, no one wants that! There are products that you can use to fumigate inside your home that aren’t harmful to humans.
  4. House cleanliness should be a priority. Although you might think you’ve successfully cleaned, you often haven’t. Keeping up with certain habits is essential to create a healthy, safe space to live.
  5. Using detergent and bleach helps to disinfect, clean, and create a fresh aroma. As a result, whenever you can, it’s best to also mop or wipe down all corners. And  move appliances if you need to!

Cleaning dirt behind appliances that are heavy

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The washing machine, the dishwasher, and the refrigerator are all heavy appliances. Once you put them in place, you usually don’t move them again. This can cause lots of debris and dirt to build up behind them.

We don’t recommend putting furniture around these appliances that will prevent you from moving them. At least you’ll then have the option of moving them.

Also, whenever you put an appliance somewhere, you should adjust it so that it’s as close to the wall as possible to avoid any gaps. This helps keep the area behind the appliance clean.

Tips for cleaning and adapting spaces

As we mentioned above, keeping the house clean is a priority. Dirt can cause all kinds of damage to equipment, such as corrosion, rust, and blockages.

Cleaning frequently alleviates problems, but to avoid any bigger issues, it’s best not to neglect hidden corners.


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