Most people are good at the cleaning that needs to get done regularly, like doing the dishes and washing the laundry. However, many people often forget about some of the other tasks that don’t need to be done as often. It’s the same principle as “out of sight, out of mind”. If you don’t need to clean the area super often, then it’s easy to forget about it when the time does come to clean. We’ve put together a simple list of how often to clean everything to help you stay on top of some of the less common cleaning tasks that are easy to forget.
In many homes, the kitchen is the messiest room in the home. You can prevent a lot of the mess from building up by giving your kitchen a quick cleaning every night. Do all of the dishes from the day and wipe up any food messes from preparing meals before you go to bed. Also put away anything that doesn’t belong in your kitchen to prevent clutter from collecting on the countertops.
Food particles can be a haven for bacteria to grow, so be sure to sanitize the surfaces in your kitchen regularly. Wipe down your sink and countertops with a disinfecting wipe when you clean them. Don’t allow old food to sit out, and empty the kitchen trash often.
You have to stay on top of your appliances in the kitchen. Wipe out the microwave any time something spills instead of letting it collect. Once a month, empty out your fridge. Throw away any expired food and wipe up any spills or leaks. Your oven should be cleaned every 3-6 months. There are cleaning products that are designed to tackle the tough grease on your stove and oven, so be sure to use those.
Kitchen walls often get splashed or coated in airborne food particles, especially the wall behind your stovetop. Be sure to clean the walls every few months, paying special attention to the areas near where you prepare food.
As for the floor, sweep and mop your tile or hardwood every week. Spot clean spills as they occur. Tile flooring should be cleaned and sealed by a professional 1-2 times a year as well.
Living Room / Den
Living rooms, dens, front rooms, family rooms, whatever you’d like to call them, are rooms that families spend the most time in. For this reason, your living room is prone to clutter. To combat this, pick up any mail, shoes, and other clutter every night to prevent it from building up.
You want to make sure that you clean the floors in the living room often as there is a lot of foot traffic in this area. Sweep and mop hardwood floors and vacuum carpets and rugs weekly. Carpets should also be cleaned by a professional to remove dirt, germs, and other build-up that your vacuum can’t remove. Have your carpets cleaned at least twice a year, more often if you have pets or suffer from allergies.
Another place that should be cleaned regularly that often gets forgotten is your furniture. 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.
While we’re talking about furniture, don’t forget about your hard surfaces. Dust builds up a little at a time on your surfaces until suddenly it’s everywhere. Wipe down your shelves, bookcases, tv, and any other surfaces once or twice a month.
The most important furniture in your bedroom is the bed. Change the sheets on the bed every 1-2 weeks. Have the mattress professionally cleaned 1-2 times a year to remove built up skin cells, sweat, oil, and more that you don’t want to be sleeping with.
Vacuum the carpet in the bedroom once a week, once every 2 weeks at bare minimum. If the bedrooms have hardwood instead, sweep just as often. You should have the carpets professionally cleaned twice a year.
Stay on top of the clothing in your bedroom. Keep dirty laundry in a hamper. Do laundry once a week and fold and put away your clothes immediately after they’re washed. You can also clean out your closet and dresser once a season to get rid of anything that no longer fits or that you don’t wear anymore.
Encourage kids to put away toys in their room as soon as they are done using them, and have them pick up their room once a week to keep everything in its home.
At a minimum, you should clean your guest room immediately before and after you have guests, changing bedding, vacuuming any mess, etc. You should also remember to clean the carpets. You can go a little longer between cleanings for the rooms you don’t use as often, but remember that in addition to foot traffic, you need to worry about dust and other airborne allergens. Have the carpets in your guest room cleaned every other time you clean the rest of your carpets.
Bathrooms can get dirty quickly, but if you stay on top of the cleaning you can keep your bathroom under control. Every few days, check the sink and shower for any build-up and clean any 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.
Damp towels can be a haven for mold and bacteria, so replace them every few days. This includes shower towels and hand towels.
Wipe down your toilet once a week and scrub the bowl once a month to keep it clean. Sweep and mop the tile flooring once a week as well, and remember to get the tile cleaned and sealed by a professional a few times a year as well.
Hopefully this post has helped to understand just how often you should be cleaning each room in your house. If you need help with regularly cleaning your carpets, tile, and upholstery in San Francisco, give North American Chem-Dry a call.