Sometimes, life can be busy and we push off things that aren’t as big of a priority. Cleaning is a chore that usually takes a hit when anything else more fun or pressing comes along. Then, we often awaken to the mess in our home and go into a cleaning frenzy. Rather than short bursts of frantic cleaning, your home requires regular care and maintenance. Here are a few ideas to help you normalize and master your home maintenance, room-by-room:
Floors and Walls
You should clean your walls about once a month, as necessary. Depending on your climate and local weather, that number should be adjusted higher or lower. If you tend to keep your windows open in the spring and summer, especially if your area has heavy pollen, you should probably wipe down your walls once-a-week. If you have children with sticky fingers or artistic tendencies, make sure to do regular spot checks to clean up problem areas. The quicker you clean things up, the easier they will be to remove. Pay specific attention to the corners of your walls, ceiling, and the floor, to remove any cobwebs. A vacuum with attachments makes the job easy.
Sweep hardwood and tile floors weekly to prevent dirt accumulating and getting ground into the floor by foot traffic. Meanwhile, carpets and rugs should be vacuumed every week. Industry professionals also recommend scheduling professional cleanings every 6 months to a year. Carpets and rugs act as a filter for allergens and bacteria that enter your home. Just as a filter needs to be cleaned or replaced to stay effective, so does your carpet. A professional service like Palmetto Chem-Dry can refresh your carpets, making them look great and improving the healthy atmosphere in your home.
Living Room / Den
The #1 culprit of a messy living room is clutter accumulation. It begins with a pair of shoes or socks in the middle of the floor and then follows random collections of paper, but this rapidly escalates to piles of junk that complicate cleaning anything else in the room. Make a point to remove anything that doesn’t belong as soon as possible. Organization is key to maintaining cleanliness. Important things have a place in your home, like on a shelf, in a drawer or hamper even, but not strewn about in the living room. Other cleaning tasks like vacuuming will be easier to complete, 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.
Dusting should not be ignored either. It may seem like there is no dust to worry about, but dust accumulates a little bit at a time until you finally notice a thick layer of it. Even if it seems invisible, it’s there. You should especially dust behind the furniture and electronics as these spaces gather dust quickly.
The kitchen is the source of some of the biggest messes in the house, but proper maintenance can easily prevent them from getting out of hand. Handle spills immediately when possible. Allowing them to sit leads to greater difficulty cleaning them up and can cause potentially permanent stains on the counter or floor. Also, food spills can be a prime breeding ground for bacteria to grow in, and you certainly don’t want that around where you prepare food.
For the best results, mop your floors at least every two weeks. If you have children or pets, you will need to do so more regularly. Whether you have wood, stone, or tile flooring, you should also schedule a professional cleaning at least once a year to keep those areas free from dirt, grime and looking great. Additionally, you should wipe down counters and appliances weekly or daily depending on your circumstances.
While many experts recommend changing your sheets every 1-2 weeks, many of us often get distracted, eventually realizing that it’s been months since the last time we changed the sheets. So keep an eye on that. Once a week, dust your blinds and other surfaces with a duster or a vacuum with a brush attachment. Then do a more thorough cleaning with a soft cloth once or twice a year.
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. Sidenote to the laundry, do not allow wet laundry to sit in the washer for too long or it will mildew. One hour is about the maximum amount of time you can let it sit.
The bathroom is one room in the house that should be watched and cleaned regularly and thoroughly. Because of the concentration of humidity and temperature, mildew and mold can appear quickly and get out of hand. A thorough cleaning of the entire bathroom every other week would do the trick but it would also be very time-consuming. You can also keep up with it little by little if you choose.
Every few days, check the sink for any build-up and clean any built-up residue with a cleaner and a damp cloth, paper towel, or sponge. 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 for your toilet once a week can prevent it from developing into a huge mess. Remember to dust light fixtures and wipe down mirrors once a week too!
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. Also, Professionally clean the tile surfaces in your bathrooms once or twice 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. A simple sweep around the entrance every couple of days can deal with any dust before it accumulates and spreads. It is necessary to vacuum hallways and heavy foot-traffic areas slightly more often than your main rooms because dirt and other contaminants will build up quickly. Be sure to dust around and behind wall art, as well as behind running tables and other hallway furniture.
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 much more intense cleaning work in the future. Call Palmetto Chem-Dry to help with your carpet, upholstery, tile, and rug cleaning needs.