Cleaning Tips: Where Germs Lurk and Thrive

Posted on June 5, 2014. Filed under: Atlanta House Cleaning, Bathroom Cleaning Tips, Kitchen Cleaning | Tags: , |

by Raina Raflo, Founder, Sponge & Sparkle – Atlanta House Cleaning Experts since 1981

Most of us do a good job cleaning the large surfaces in our home. Are you sure you are getting all of the germs? Here are a few of the surprising places where germs lurk and thrive.

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Kitchen Sink.

Given the variety of things you keep in your kitchen sink, it’s no wonder it is one of the dirtiest places on your home. Make sure it is clean and dry.


The combination of moisture and heat in your bathroom is a breeding ground for germs. In addition, the spray when you flush the toilet can stick around in your bathroom for up to 2 hours. So, keep the lid on your commode when you flush the toilet, make sure your toothbrush gets dry, and replace your toothbrush every 90 days.

Door Knobs, etc.

Door knobs, oven knobs, kitchen cabinet knobs are all places were germs congregate. On at least a weekly basis, wipe down all of these areas.


Remote Control.

Considering the number of times (and the number of hands) on the remote control, a daily wipe down is not a bad idea.



Your computer’s keyboard could also benefit from a daily wipe down. Clean between the keys with a qtip dipped in a little bit of alcohol.



Remember to make sure your bathtub is completely dry after you clean it. If you have a whirlpool tub, disinfect it monthly following the manufacturer’s instructions.


Here are a few more places where germs lurk.

  • Salt & Pepper Shakers.
  • Light fixtures.
  • Makeup applicators.
  • Light Switches.
  • Shower Curtain Liner.
  • Your Coffee Maker’s Water Reservoir.
  • Kitchen Sponges.


Is your home in need of a deep, detailed cleaning? Call us at (404) 633-9652 or contact us for a quote.


As our customers say:

Baseboard, Blinds, all the Surfaces are Spotless.

We have had Sponge & Sparkle for a few years now and I am a fussy homeowner. They do a fantastic job–coming home after a hard week, it is so wonderful to have everything so clean it sparkles. Baseboards, blinds, all the surfaces are spotless. And they come on time every time. Great cleaning service.


Cleaned Every Nook & Cranny

Walking into my house after Sponge & Sparkle had cleaned it was fantastic! They cleaned every nook and cranny, steamed the cabinets, got the cobwebs from our vaulted ceilings – even set my daughters doll on a pillow with a blanket. These folks care about what they do and it shows! They do a fantastic job, are reliable, honest and a pleasure to work with. My house was a mess and they fixed it!



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About the author:

Raina Raflo owns Sponge & Sparkle, Atlanta’s oldest and most reputable independent maid and house cleaning service. (404) 633-9652.

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