This is How Often You Should You Clean Everything in Your House
House Cleaning Tips: How Often You Should You Clean Your House
Wanting to have a clean and tidy home doesn't mean you have to follow every house cleaning tip to a tee, or you have to dust your window sills every day and polish your cutlery every week. However, knowing how often a specific cleaning task really needs to be done can greatly benefit you and your family. No one wants those bacteria-running creepers across their homes and potentially making you and your loved ones sick.
You might find yourself reaching for a mop and a bucket of soapy water after reading this article, but more importantly, we hope that this can help you establish and maintain a regular cleaning schedule thus keeping your home livable, sanitary, and beautiful.
Things You Need to Clean Every Day
There are household items that just need to be used on a daily basis - dishes, stove, the bathroom, your bed among others. The rule of thumb? Put things away as soon as you finish using them. Wash a dish after using it, wipe kitchen counters as you go, clean up stove spills after cooking, and empty trash as needed.
When it comes to the bathroom, you can use a squeegee after use to prevent an accumulation of unsightly things such as mineral deposits and mildew. You may also want to flush it with hot water, vinegar, and baking soda to deodorize and keep the pipes clear at least once a week.
Once a week. Clean beddings once a week at a minimum of 40°C, but if the fabric will take it, better to clean them at 60°C. Heat ensures harmful bacteria are being killed. To prevent dust mites from building up, vacuum your mattress every fortnight. Your laptop or keyboard needs to be cleaned once a week as well. You can do this by taking a can of compressed air and spray it between the keys. You can then use sanitizing wipes to go over every surface. The microwave or toaster gets a ton of use as well so they also need to be cleaned once a week.
Twice a week. Dust-mop twice a week to prevent hardwood floors from scratching and accumulating dirt; while putting away the clutter can help you maintain an organized space. Minor clutter can easily accumulate thus blocking hallways, doorways, and eating up your area; so make sure to put everything in its proper place at least twice a week. You also need to vacuum twice a week if you live in a dusty environment or have kids or pets that contribute to dirt build-up.
Once a month. A good checklist for a once-a-month clean up would be:
● Rugs. Decide whether to wash then or throw them away.
● Baseboards and blinds. Either wipe or vacuum.
● Vacuum furniture with the brush attachment if you have the upholstered ones.
● Sweep walkways, garage, and patio.
● Clean ceiling fixtures in one room once a month and move on to the next room next month. This should be a rotation.
● Dust ceiling fans.
Every three months. Going through your lamps and curtains every three months is ideal to keep your space clean and tidy. Make sure to check the washing instructions on the curtains to see if it should be dry cleaned or can be washed in the washing machine. Running them under a steamer is ideal as well since heat kills harmful bacteria. You can also iron them at the very least. As for lamps, remove dust with a lint roller or use hot water if the material allows.
Every six months. Wash the windows from the inside out. Vacuum and flip over mattresses. Polish silver and air out pillows. It is also recommended to declutter storage areas in your house such as the garage, basement, and attic quarterly. Decide which things to keep, donate, or throw away. If space is the issue and you'd want to preserve your valuables in tip-tip shape, a wise option is to avail of a climate-controlled self-storage unit. This is a great means to keep unused or old yet valuable belongings safe and protected over the years.
Once a year. Vacuum rug pads and area rugs making sure to even out wear by turning it 180 degrees. Clean carpets and chandeliers. Wash walls and move heavy furniture and appliances such as the dresser and fridge to clean behind and underneath.
There you have it! Keep these things and priorities in mind and be able to create and follow an effective cleaning checklist.
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