If you’re like many people, you know that your home needs to be cleaned. You just don’t know how often everything needs to be cleaned. Should you clean your floors every day? Can you get away with cleaning your shower once a month, or is that gross? These are the questions that everyone asks themselves when they’re trying to have a clean home but also not spend their entire life cleaning.
Luckily, we’ve put together a quick guide to how often everything (okay, most things) in your home need to be cleaned. This will help you keep your home spick and span without over cleaning.
Floors and Walls
Floors and walls are the biggest surfaces in your home, so they deserve the first spot on this list. Despite how important they are in your home, many people forget to clean their walls. Walls need to be cleaned about once a month with soap and warm water. Don’t use too harsh of a cleaning product on your walls as it can damage the paint. Be sure that you clean corners well to remove cobwebs. It’s also important to remember that there are many factors that may cause your walls to need cleaning more often. If you like to leave your windows open, you may need to wash more dust and dirt off your walls. If you have small kids, spot clean your walls at least once a week to remove sticky fingerprints and take care of writing on the walls right away.
The other big surface in your home is your floors. Many homes have different types of floors that require different treatment. Carpets and rugs should be vacuumed at least once a week, more if you have young kids or pets. They should also be cleaned by a carpet cleaning professional 1-2 times a year in order to remove germs and bacteria.
Tile flooring should be swept and mopped once a week, with spills being cleaned as they occur. Tile also needs to be cleaned by a tile professional about once a year in order to protect the finish and keep your grout cleaned.
Hardwood floors should be swept once a week, with spills being cleaned as they occur. Be careful about mopping your hardwood floors, as moisture can damage the wood depending on the type of flooring.
Many people consider the bedrooms the most important part of the home, so it’s important to stay on top of the bedroom cleaning. Pick up any clutter that has accumulated over the day every night. Make sure that laundry goes into a hamper, and do it regularly in order to prevent a musty smell in the bedroom. If you have kids, encourage them to spend a few minutes every day picking up any toys, clothes, books, and any other clutter they may have to prevent a big mess down the road.
The central item in the bedroom is the bed, so keep it clean! Change your sheets every week or every other week at max. Your sheets pick up all of the dead skin and oil you shed at night, along with hair, sweat, food crumbs, and many other things. It’s important to also get your mattress cleaned about once a year. A mattress cleaning professional will be able to remove sweat, oils, and more from your mattress, leaving you with a clean sleeping environment.
Living Room / Den
Living room, front room, den, family rooms, whatever you call these rooms, it’s important to keep them clean. Because the living room is often the first room you enter in the house, it tends to be the place where clutter accumulates. Prevent this by making sure you have a spot for everything, including keys, bags, mail, etc. At the end of the day, make sure that everything is in the proper place to avoid clutter piling up. This will make it easier to keep everything else clean and just make your home a nicer place to be.
Upholstered furniture is an important part of the living room. Just think about how often you use your furniture: you and your family probably sit on it every day. It’s easy for furniture to get dirty, but it can be hard to clean on your own. Instead, you should have a professional upholstery cleaner clean your furniture a few times a year.
One more thing to stay on top of in your living room is the dust. Living rooms often have shelves, bookcases, ceiling fans, and many other surfaces that tend to gather dust. once a week or so, rub a cloth over all of these surfaces to remove the dust.
People often say that the kitchen is the dirtiest room in the house because it’s where food is prepared. To stay on top of the mess, clean up spills immediately after they happen. Wipe down your counters every night with a disinfecting wipe to prevent bacteria from growing. Do a load of dishes every night instead of letting them pile up.
As for the bigger items in your kitchens, you can clean them less often. Clean out your fridge about once a month, removing any expired food and wiping any spills up. Check your stove and oven once a month and clean them as needed to prevent burnt food building up. Once a year, go through all of your kitchen cabinets and get rid of any dishes you don’t use, like food containers with missing lids.
The bathroom can get out of hand if you don’t stay on top of it. Check your sinks every day and wipe them out as needed, removing any toothpaste, hair, and other build ups. Be sure to pay attention to the fixtures for calcium build-up due to hard water, and remove it as needed to prevent it from getting too bad. Scrub your toilet once a week to keep it from getting too gross.
A good tip for keeping your shower clean is to wipe it down every day while you’re in the shower. This will prevent soap scum build up and keep your shower nice and clean. Speaking of the shower, be sure to replace your towels every few days to prevent them from mildewing.
Hopefully this guide has helped you understand how often you should clean the most basic items in your home!