Difficult to Clean and Sensitive Items

As you work through your home and belongs, you might find that have items you aren’t comfortable cleaning with water, or which are very fragile. These difficult to clean and sensitive items will require some extra thought.

This could include any number of items. Some common examples are:

  • Books
  • Paperwork
  • Lamp Shades
  • Antiques
  • Collectibles
  • Delicate Decorations

Odor Absorption

When you don’t want to expose things to water or other cleaning agents, Odor Absorption Techniques are your best option.

You simply isolate the items in a plastic tote with materials which will absorb odors. This will work, but may require a long time to fully eliminate the odor from difficult to clean and sensitive items.

Chemical Sponges

You may also want to experiment with chemical sponges. Chemical Sponges contain chemicals intended to optimally clean without moisture present. They are commonly used on sensitive materials following house fires to clear smoke and soot from walls and clothing.

I’ve personally had mixed results with chemical sponges. However, they are very cheap which might make them worth the try. This 6 pack was only $5.00 at the time of writing.

Consider Replacement

Many of these items may be considered sensitive because they have sentimental values. However, others may just be difficult to clean because of their shape or materials. With these, consider if replacing them is easier.

Items such as lampshades can be replaced cheaply and easily, and replacement might well be an easier option than cleaning. You will need to make a judgement call on an item-by-item basis.