This a collaborative post by Jen.
A clean home is not just good-looking; it’s also a healthy space where you can kick back and relax doing your favorite things or spend time with the family. Still, home cleaning is a tedious job, and most of us would rather spend more time at work than steam the carpets (especially if you have to do it all alone).
But, with a bit of science and good planning, you may feel a bit more motivated to put your rubber gloves on. I talked to several experts in this area and learned that you don’t have to clean the entire house at once. Even more, you don’t have to keep everything spotless every day – there is a rhythm to vacuuming, carpet cleaning, and everything else. So, you can mix and match activities to make things less annoying.
Cleaning the Floors
Since the floor is the area you use for walking, it is important to keep it dust-free so it’s best to vacuum at least once a week. Now, if you have pets, specialists recommend vacuuming every 3 or 4 days, to keep the hair, dandruff, and other debris out of your home.
But vacuuming is not enough for clean floors – you also need to use a cleaning solution to mop the floor (just make sure you choose the right solution for your type of floor). This should happen at least every two weeks, but if your floors are covered (with carpet or linoleum), you can use the cleaning solution every time you clean the carpet/linoleum.
I’m sure you do your dishes and wipe the counter every day, but did you know other surfaces need your attention as well? It may look like I’m asking you to be a housewife in the 50s, but a clean kitchen is a perfect way to prevent germs from spreading.
One of the first surfaces that need your attention is the refrigerator. Every 4 months, you should get everything out and wipe it down from top to bottom. Next, it’s the microwave – this appliance is so common in our homes that you almost forget it exists (when you don’t need it), but you should clean it at least once a month. Of course, the same goes for your coffee maker and other appliances that look insignificant until you need them.
Now, to make sure your kitchen is spotless, check your backslash – this is the area that gathers grease and dust, and germs love it. To avoid such a disaster, wipe it down with a high-effective cleaning solution once a month.
I recently had a chat with Cleaning in NYC by King of Maids and they explained how many people ignore to thoroughly clean the bedroom. Yes, almost everybody changes their sheet once a week, but that’s about it. For the bedroom to be really clean you must wipe/vacuum all the surfaces for dust and you have to clean the mattress as well. Most mattresses need a bit of vacuuming and spraying with a solution that kills bacteria (Lysol is a good example).
If you do this every two or three months, you shouldn’t have problems with allergens or bed bugs.
It goes without saying that the sink and toilet should be cleaned every few days, but it seems that the bathtub should be given a thorough cleaning at least once a week. According to specialists, the germs that hide in the bathtub are worse than those in the trash can, so scrub that tub down!