Rather than short bursts of frantic cleaning, your home requires regular care and maintenance. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind for planning out monthly and yearly cleaning:
Floors and Walls
Clean your walls about once a month, as necessary, though depending on your climate and weather, that number could be higher or lower. If you tend to keep your windows open in the spring and summer, particularly if your area has heavy pollen, cleanings should probably be increased to every week.
Pay close attention to:
- Cobwebs in corners
- Dust accumulation on trimming
- Finger marks near door handles
In addition, hardwood and tile floors should be swept weekly. and carpets should be vacuumed no less than once a week as well. Industry professionals also recommend scheduling professional cleanings every 3 to 6 months. Carpets and rugs serve as a natural filter for allergens and bacteria, but over time they can be filled up, making them less effective. A professional service like San Juan County Chem-Dry can renew your carpets, making them look like they did when they were new and keeping them fresh and your home more healthy.
Living Room / Den
One of the easiest ways to ensure your living room will become an unbelievable mess is to slowly let clutter accumulate. It begins with a pair of shoes or socks in the middle of the floor, but can quickly escalate to piles of junk that makes it impossible to clean anything else. Make a point to remove anything that doesn’t belong as soon as possible; otherwise, the clutter will grow rapidly. This will make it easier to perform other cleaning tasks like vacuuming, and you can avoid an overwhelming mess later on.
Just like your carpets, upholstered furniture should be cleaned by professionals on a regular basis. Ideally, it is recommended to professionally clean your upholstery once or twice a year.
Don’t neglect the dusting, either. It may seem like there is no dust to worry about, but dust accumulates a little bit at a time until suddenly, it seems like your house is covered in it overnight. Even if it seems invisible, it’s there. Don’t forget to dust behind the furniture and large electronics like the television. A little effort now can go a long way.
The kitchen is full of areas that need to be cleaned multiple times daily. That is something you already know. What you may not know is that your kitchen floors should be mopped at least every two weeks. If you have kids or pets, mop even more frequently than that. If your floors are tile, maintain them with a professional cleaning every few months to keep the area free of grime and bacteria.
While many experts recommend changing your sheets every one to two weeks, many of us often get distracted, eventually realizing that it’s been four months or longer since the last time we changed the sheets.
Once a week, run a duster along your blinds, or even better yet, a vacuum with a brush attachment. Then, once or twice a year, do a more thorough cleaning with a soft cloth. Make sure you keep dirty laundry in a hamper, and make sure that laundry is done regularly, rather than allowed to sit for a while.
Every few days, check the sink for any build-up and clean any built-up residue with a damp cloth or paper towel. Keep an eye on your fixtures, both in the sink and in your tub or shower, for any calcium build-up due to hard water. If you have a water softener, keeping it thoroughly stocked can prevent this kind of buildup from even happening.
A quick scrub once a week with a disposable toilet scrubber can prevent your toilet from developing into a huge mess. Mop the floors every week or two if possible, and swap out your towels for new ones on a regular basis to prevent bacterial growth. Professionally clean the tile surfaces in your bathrooms a couple of times a year to keep them free from dirt, grime and bacteria build-up.
Hallways and Entrances
In areas where you have a particularly high amount of foot traffic, you’ll want to pay special attention to carpets and rugs. Dirt and allergens tend to accumulate around doorways leading outside, and from there, it can get tracked to every other room in the house. Do a simple sweep around the entrance every couple of days to catch any dust before it accumulates and spreads. Vacuum hallways and heavy foot-traffic areas slightly more often than your main rooms, because dirt can build up, dulling the look of your carpets. Make sure to dust around and behind wall art, and don’t forget to dust behind running tables and other hallway furniture.
By starting the new year off properly, you can keep your home looking fresh without a lot of heavy effort. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. By resolving to perform proper maintenance, you can prevent yourself from getting stuck doing much more intense cleaning work in the future