Cleaning Small Items and Tiny Places

Here are some tips for cleaning small items like knick knacks and small places that are hard to get to.

Dust can be a nightmare to get off of some of your favorite small objects and out of tight cracks and crevices so try your best to dust often and therefore prevent dust buildup.  Of course we can’t always be on top of the dusting and even if we do our best – dust happens.

For some small places such a computer keyboards or sewing machines, you can use a tiny vaccum with a set of tiny attachments, as shown in the photo.  

Ok, so how do you get the dust out of the small crevices of your knick knacks?  If your item is nonporous and able to be submersed in water, then you can soak them in a solution of warm water and mild dish soap. You can get in the crevices with soft-bristle toothbrush and then finish by rinsing with a solution of vinegar and water.  

If you cannot soak your items, you can use a tiny artist brush of good quality and stiff bristles and work out the dirt.

For window frames, cupboards, baseboards, fine cabinetry, picture frames – for these items you can use your tiny vacuum with a soft bristle attachment, to get what dust you can get first.  If you are working around a delicate photo or picture frame, you can use the artist brush.

For straight edges or seems, you can wrap a thin flannel cloth around a credit card and run it carefully along the edges and seems.  Just keep using a fresh section of flannel until the item is clean.  If the area you are cleaning is not opposed to moisture, then you can dampen the flannel with a mild solution of water and vinegar.

For the tiniest jobs of all – here is a great make-shift cleaning tool.  Wrap a layer of flannel around a needle that is used to inflate balls.  That small point should get into some pretty tight places. 

All this may take some time since the cleaning of these types of items is usually slow and tedious, but it will get the job done. 

Happy Cleaning.Image


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