How often should you be cleaning the house? Part 1

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Dusting, vacuuming and cleaning the oven – how often should you really be doing these loveable chores?

From obsessive germaphobes to downright lazy couch potatoes, we all have different attitudes towards housework, whether good or bad. The question is, how often should we really be doing these household chores?

We’ve compiled a 2 part series which collates common opinion about how often you should be cleaning your house….

1) Dusting

Dust is usually composed from human skin cells, fabric fibres, pet dander, dust mite excrement and whatever else gets dragged into the house. It can make surfaces look dingy and dirty but it can actually cause scratching and damage to household surfaces. Dust also presents allergy and breathing problems for many people.

How often? A weekly dusting is sufficient if no one in your family suffers from allergies – especially electronics & furniture to prevent dust buildup that can scratch, damage, and clog surfaces in your home. More out of the way spots like ceilings, corners, and door frames will only need to be dusted as needed, and may only require your attention every couple of months.

2) Vacuuming

Hoovering is the easiest and most effective way to keep your carpet clean. It’s something many of us do on a weekly, or sometimes daily, basis. But how often should we really be getting the hoover out?

Home experts recommend that carpets and rugs be vacuumed at least twice a week, and more often in high-traffic areas. If pets are in the home, daily vacuum cleaning is strongly recommended to remove dirt, hair, dander, and the smaller microscopic allergens that are invisible to the naked eye.

3) Shampooing carpets

Sometimes stains or dark patches cannot always be removed with regular stain remover sprays or with good old fashioned scrubbing. By using a carpet cleaning machine, carpet shampoo or hiring in the professionals, you can remove those deep stains a lot better.

How often? In the average household, vacuuming should be done at least twice a week. But if you want to extend the life of your carpet, it is important to have it professionally cleaned at least once a year.

4) Mopping the kitchen floor

Mopping a floor allows you to remove bacteria and germs that a vacuum can’t. Mopping is especially important on kitchen floors where caustic materials are likely to spill. A glass of orange juice, for example, contains acids that can eat away at flooring if left uncleaned.

How often? The frequency of your mopping will be determined by how often it is needed and the type of flooring in your home. Depending on the traffic of your floors, you may need to mop weekly, biweekly or in some areas only monthly. Mop once a week or as needed to control dust or tracked in dirt. Spot mop as needed to catch spills.

5) Cleaning the toilet

It’s a dirty job, but one that should be done frequently. While bathrooms are not as populated with germs as kitchens, they still harbour a decent amount of bacteria.

How often? Spot clean as needed, but deep clean once monthly for a long-lasting shine. Many people recommend cleaning the toilet seat, handle and rim at least every few days. The toilet bowl interior can be cleaned weekly, if not visibly soiled.

We’re sure these first 5 tips having given you some food for thought. Stay tuned as part 2 of this series will be posted on The Organised Cleaner later this week!

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