Top 3 Annoying Things to Clean (And How to Clean Them)

I’ve talked a lot about how challenging the task of cleaning really is, but I’ve yet to go into any specifics. I think I’ve been avoiding it because my opinion on the most difficult furnishings and décor to clean is probably very different from the majority’s opinion. Also, because I’ve been dealing with these things for years, they’ve simply become annoyances or things that interrupt my cleaning rhythm.

I found an article that describes some of the worst things to clean on ANew Kinda Clean, but it’s not very comprehensive. It lists 21 of the most difficult chores, but there are no suggestions for how to go about doing them, so I thought I’d chime in where I can.

3. Stovetops

There are really only two types of stovetops you could have, gas or electric, but both have their challenges.

Traditional Stoves

These stovetops have a lot of pieces to them, which means you have a lot more to clean. Not to mention, all of the mess gets burned onto these parts, so you either have to get some heavy-duty cleaner and scrub the living daylights out of it or soak each piece in hot water for several hours.

The actual stove isn’t all that complicated to clean and just requires a little patience. Sure, it might be greasy, like ANew Kinda Clean pointed out, but with a good all-purpose cleaner and quality rags, you shouldn’t have a problem.

If you’d like a more in-depth description of how to clean this type of stovetop, check out my blog post, Tackling Stuck On Kitchen Grime – Part 1.

Flat Top Stoves

These stovetops can be deceiving because you’d think that because they’re flat, you wouldn’t have to worry about getting into all of the cracks and crevices. You wouldn’t be wrong, but there’s something else to consider with this type of stovetop: stainless steel.

Stainless steel can be easy to clean, but it requires a bit of a delicate touch. You should use a cleaner and polish designed for this material but be careful how much you’re spraying. Too much will leave you appliances, stovetop or otherwise, looking extra greasy and defeats the whole purpose. Too little and you’ll spend hours trying to see a result.

Luckily, it’s easy enough to wipe off any excess or add more cleaner but getting it right off the bat saves you a lot of time and hassle.

2. Mirrors/Glass

“window” by Sean McMenemy is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Mirrors and glass are so easy to make dirty, especially if you have little kids or pets. ANew Kinda Clean says they hate cleaning this material because you’re always going to deal with streaks, but I’ve discovered a pretty good way to avoid this altogether.

Most of the time, I just use a clean, dry rag on mirrors and glass to buff out any smudges or water spots. Because there’s no cleaner involved, you don’t have to worry about streaks, so you get a pristine clean almost every time. It is a bit harder on your hands because there’s some hard scrubbing involved, but it’s worth it if you don’t have to go over what you cleaned a million times.

The only time I would suggest using a glass cleaner is if you’re working on something large that is especially dusty or covered in pollen. The cleaner allows the dust or pollen to get trapped by your rag, so you don’t have to smear it all over the glass. Once you’ve wiped the cleaner from the glass, I’d suggest going over it using the method above, to ensure there are no streaks.

1. Bathtubs/Showers

“Glass Shower” by Scottb211 is licensed underCC BY 2.0

ANew Kinda Clean says they don’t know anyone who likes to clean a shower or a bathtub, but they haven’t met me. I really don’t mind it, but I do have a pretty efficient system for cleaning them.

Your average shower is pretty simple to clean. I usually spray with a daily shower cleaner, then wipe it down starting with the walls and ending with the floor. Any metal hardware I’ll buff out with a clean rag, much like with mirrors or glass.

Speaking of glass, showers made almost entirely out of this material are definitely more difficult to clean. The first thing I do is clean the walls and hardware using the method above, but not the floor. Then I try to clean as much of the glass using a dry rag. I probably sound like a broken record at this point, but a dry rag is an incredibly useful tool, and most people overlook it.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that some of the tougher water stains on the glass might require a cleaner, but I wouldn’t recommend glass cleaner. It’s not very good on soap scum, so you’d be better off finding a cleaner designed to cut through it. If you do use a cleaner, just like with other glass items, follow up with a dry rag to get a spotless finish

If you’d like to check out the rest of ANew Kinda Clean‘s list, they’ve created a video version of the article I linked above. Even though I don’t necessarily agree with some items on their list, I do think it’s fairly relatable, so give it a watch and show their blog some support!

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