An important and often overlooked cleaning task for tenants is exhaust fans, vents and filters.
As a tenant you are responsible for ensuring that the fans, vents and filters in your property are cleaned regularly. Failure to do so can result in lingering odours, mould and bacteria growth and can affect your health.
Warm air created by showers, baths, washing machines and dryers can cause condensation and excessive moisture which can also cause peeling paint and rusting of fixtures and fittings.
- Run exhaust vent fans whenever you shower of bath and for 15-20 min afterwards to remove excess moisture.
- Turn off vents and fans prior to cleaning.
- Vacuum dust from fans, vents and filters using the brush attachment every three months.
- Use a damp soapy microfiber cloth to gently remove any remaining dust, grease or oil.
- Dry with kitchen paper.
Drying Laundry Indoors
A disregarded factor whilst doing laundry indoors is providing ventilation. As you hang up your laundry there are some factors that you will need to remember/consider.
When clothes are hanging make sure there is some form of ventilation coming into the room e.g. fan, opened window etc….This will prevent moisture from building up in the air to create mould and toxicity in the environment.
- Open windows regularly
- Hang clothes from a rod or lay them flat on a drying rack when air-drying clothes inside the home.
- Keep clothes separated to allow air circulation and faster drying.
- Place clothes near a fan or a heat vent to air-dry more quickly