For many homeowners, trash compactors are overlooked during annual maintenance. However, they should be on your must-clean list at least twice a year. Today, we’re answering some of the most common questions our customers have about their trash chutes and trash compactors and debunking some common myths.
How often should trash chutes be cleaned?
We recommend that trash chutes should be professionally cleaned at least twice a year, especially before major holidays when the trash compactor will get a lot of use (and you want your home to be clean for company anyway!) However, if you notice unpleasant scents, or if trash is building up, don’t wait for your bi-annual cleaning.
What happens if I don’t clean my trash compactor?
These household appliances can become breeding grounds for bacteria, toxins, insects or even vermin. Cleaning and sanitizing your trash compactor on a regular basis helps alleviate the chance of toxins or unwanted pests, as well as eliminate unwanted odors that can form, especially in the humid Hawaiian climate.
What are the monetary impacts?
Leaving a trash compactor dirty too long can also cost you money. If a trash chute has too much built up, it may cause the machinery undue stress, which could cause repairs you’ll have to pay to fix. Build up can also cause the machinery to work harder, which costs more in electrical bills.
Why should I have my trash compactor professionally cleaned?
There are lots of areas you won’t be able to reach with just a sponge and soapy water; a professional trash compactor cleaning service will have tools to reach places you probably don’t even think to clean. Additionally, a professional cleaner will have the ability to deep clean and troubleshoot any problems you’re having. Learn more here about what you can do yourself and what you should leave to a professional.
Do you have additional questions about cleaning your trash compactor? Contact our team for more information, or to schedule your cleaning.