Your home is your castle, and any good castle should be kept clean and spotless. There are many benefits to consistently cleaning a house or an apartment; not only does keeping a home clean keep it looking good and not smelling repugnant, but it’s also vital for the sake of hygiene and safety. Whether you’re a self-confessed neat freak or you just like to keep your place nice for whenever guests visit, it’s important to keep your home looking its best.
Whatever tools you have at hand, from a simple sponge and bucket to specialized steam cleaning equipment, you should certainly be willing to put in the time, effort and elbow grease to get rid of those stains, tackle big messes and keep on top of little jobs. It can be awfully tempting to hire a professional to help, but not everyone can afford to enlist the service of diligent cleaners. Some jobs would need expert assistance, such as deep carpet cleaning or industrial level jobs, but only truly disastrous messes would require these services within a normal home.
There are plenty of ways that you can keep your home pleasantly clean, but when should you be rolling up your sleeves and donning the rubber gloves? Some people enjoy a regular, thorough clean, while others feel that compartmentalization tackles cleaning jobs better, but when all’s said and done and the dust has settled (and promptly been cleaned, of course) the question remains; when is it best to clean a home? What’s the most efficient way of cleaning? And above all else, how often should you clean your home? OspreyDeepclean, experts in all things steam cleaning, is here to answer these questions.
What should I consider when cleaning my home?
As is often the case with anything, context is key when approaching the task of cleaning a home. How large is your house? Is it a small apartment? Do you live with pets? Have children? Have specific allergies? Some of these questions relate to what specific measures you use to clean your home, while the others should help guide the way you tackle cleaning. For example, a small apartment won’t require as extensive cleaning as a larger house, but if you live with pets that shed fur then you’ll need to keep on top of cleaning more frequently.
Having a plan for cleaning and knowing exactly how you’re going to handle each room or the entire home as a whole is essentially half the battle. Professional cleaners often speak about how different clients require different approaches to their homes, including how often their services are called upon. Of course, a professional will never turn down a request for help, but some of these cleaners have spoken about how their services haven’t always been needed; at least, for the entire home.
If you do require professional assistance, be it for time-saving or out of necessity, then it’s always worth consulting with them to see how often they believe your home needs cleaning. Otherwise, the aforementioned factors should play into how often you decide to pick up that duster or start rummaging around for cleaning products.
How often should I clean my bedroom?
Most bedrooms share the same cleaning problems, with the bed being the focus of your efforts. To keep them fresh, sheets should ideally be washed on a weekly basis, washing them at a minimum of 40°C to get rid of any harmful bacteria and bad smells.
Likewise, pillows should be tended to once every three to six months; this includes pillowcases, which can be washed with sheets, and the pillows themselves. Cleaning everything on top of the bed also provides the perfect opportunity to give the mattress a quick clean too; a quick vacuum can achieve this in no time.
How often should I clean my bathroom?
It can be extremely easy to allow your bathroom to slip in terms of cleanliness, especially if it’s a small, compact space. It might seem contradictive to state this, but a smaller space means that the likes of extractor fans will normally have to work harder when you have hot showers. This can lead to tackling damp and mould more often, so keeping on top of frequent cleaning is vital.
A weekly clean is what you should be aiming, ensuring you keep shower & bath areas dry and clean as well as properly cleaning the toilet, including bleaching the toilet brush you use once a month. Towels should also be washed regularly, putting them into the washing machine at a minimum of 40°C every three or four uses.
How often should I clean my kitchen?
Many might think that the bathroom will be the dirtiest room in the home, but in reality, it’s the kitchen. It’s a little known fact that kitchen counters, chopping boards and dishcloths can harbour as much, if not more, harmful bacteria than a toilet, so regularly cleaning your kitchen surfaces and replacing dishcloths is essential. Clean spills as they happen, clean surfaces on a weekly basis and perform a deep clean every three to four months; the same principles hold true for fridges.
Cleaning appliances is another story though, as the likes of dishwashers should be cleaned using warm soapy water and then performing a ‘vinegar wash’ (place a cupful of white vinegar in the upper rack then run a cycle at the hottest setting) and ovens should ideally receive a deep clean twice a year.
How often should I clean my living room?
Despite often being the room in the home that gathers the most foot traffic, living rooms can be the easiest room to clean. Unless you eat in your living room (which would only require ensuring any food-based mess is cleaned as soon as it’s caused) the only steps you’ll really need to take when cleaning is ensuring that all counters and surfaces are wiped down when needed (whether it’s cleaning dust or spills) and that the floors are vacuumed once every week or two.
Dust build-up will likely be the largest issue when cleaning the living room, so vacuuming and sweeping can keep this room clean. This will be particularly simple if you have non-carpeted floors, yet even in the case of carpeted floors, you’ll simply have to put a little bit of extra effort (or use additional vacuum accessories) or be mindful or any spills that might leave any lasting stains.
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