Bacteria, dirt and microbes fester amongst some of your most commonly used household objects and appliances. It can be difficult to gauge how often you should clean the house. However, this article sets out to make that task a whole lot easier.
ECS Commercial Cleaning has categorised each cleaning task into daily, weekly, monthly and yearly so that you can organise your cleaning time more efficiently and only undertake the tasks that are necessary.
Everyday Cleaning Tasks
Making the bed
Making your bed every morning will improve the aesthetics of your bedroom. In addition, a well-made bed can have an impact on your mood. Coming home after a long day at work to a freshly made bed can provide an uplifting feeling as you can shift from work mode into relaxation. Making your bed also provides a sense of achievement each day and can assist in further task completion throughout the day.
Sweep kitchen floor
If you regularly cook meals in the kitchen, whether it’s for yourself or for the family you’ll know how easy it is for food particles and rubbish to end up on the floor. Sweeping the floor at the end of every day is integral to keeping a clean and safe environment. Leaving food on the floor will attract insects and if left unattended it will start to decompose, creating an unpleasant environment for all involved.
Wipe down bathroom surfaces
A daily wipe down of all the frequently touched surfaces in your bathroom is integral to minimising the spread of bacteria, microbes and viruses. Bacteria harbouring on your bathroom taps and door handles are often the source behind contagious household illnesses.
Do the dishes
Dishwashing is absolutely essential in keeping a kitchen clean and your family healthy. Dirty dishes are riddled with all kinds of bacteria and if left unattended that bacteria can spread across the kitchen. Dishwashers are the most time-efficient way to wash the dishes and they do so in an effective manner. If hand washing is the only option, then ensure to use a dishwashing liquid that specialises in killing bacteria and ensure the water is hot enough to conduct a proper clean.
Wipe down table and kitchen surfaces
Thoroughly cleaning down your kitchen surfaces, tables and chopping boards should be conducted after every use. Bacteria gather on these surfaces after eating and preparing food. Forgetting to clean your surfaces after each use could result in someone in your household becoming seriously ill.
Sanitise kitchen and bathroom surfaces
In addition to your kitchen surfaces, it is equally important to regularly clean common use areas in your bathroom, this includes the bathtub, sink and taps along with handles. If you think about how many times you touch the bathroom taps and the flushing mechanism on the toilet after you’ve used it, you’ll gather a brief idea of how easy it is for germs to accumulate in the bathroom.
Weekly Cleaning Tasks
Mop kitchen and bathroom floors
Cleaning and sweeping your floors presents some favourable benefits to your general health. Regularly mopping and sweeping removes any dust and pet dander that is the root cause of some household allergens.
Other than loving the smell of fresh bedding, do you know why it is important to wash your sheets each week? Throughout the week, your bed will harvest a number of unpleasantries such as dead skin cells, dust mites and even fecal matter. Washing your sheets each week will keep them clean, fresh and void of any unwanted pests.
Wipe down kitchen appliances
Most of us are guilty of handling raw meat and then touching a fridge door or oven top. Doing so can lead to cross-contamination, a feature that can lead to serious illnesses and something you should aim to avoid at all costs. Investing in some anti-bacterial surface wipes is an efficient way to resolve this problem as one thorough wipe is enough to kill any bacteria.
If you don’t already clean your microwave each week, go and take a look inside it. Shocked by the result? This is because microwaves cause our meals to pop and splutter, leaving traces of soup or beans stuck to the interior. Over time that food will start to rot and turn into mould; cooking in a dirty microwave can be incredibly harmful.
Vacuum floors and furniture
The benefits of vacuuming your floors and furniture are similar to sweeping and mopping. Your carpets are vast collectors of dust and other allergenic fibres, as are your living room furniture items. Vacuuming at least once a week should reset your home to its natural state.
Monthly Cleaning Tasks
Vacuum vents and woodwork
Are you regularly vacuuming, sweeping and mopping but still having trouble with your allergies? It might be that your home’s airways are filtered with dust. Vacuuming the vents around your house each month along with skirting boards and other woodwork should be enough to clear up that stuffy nose of yours.
Clean light fixtures
You’d be surprised at the variety of things that manage to find their way into your light fittings. Along with dust, light fixtures are known for collecting dead or live bugs and insects such as moths, flies and wasps.
Clean dishwasher, washing machine and vacuum
After around a months use, these household appliances will be riddled with dirt and grime and will need cleaning in order to restore them to full health and to ensure they are fully operational.
Every 3-6 Months
Clean fridge interior
In addition to housing your favourite foods, the fridge is also a breeding ground for harmful bacteria such as salmonella which, if left unattended, can cause everyone in your household to become seriously ill.
Wash shower curtain
Shower curtains can collect up to 60 times more microbial life than you would find on a toilet seat. You can clean your shower curtain by rinsing it through a cycle of your washing machine with a little bit of distilled white vinegar.
Clean oven interior
Not only does a dirty oven look terrible, but it can also present a massive threat to your home. Old food stuck to the inside of your oven could be a fire hazard and may make your oven impractical to use.
This article is a brief guide on when to clean your household items and the benefits of conducting each cleaning task. However, cleaning tasks can take an extensive chunk out of your day and if you are a particularly busy person then achieving the right standards can prove to be tough.
ECS Commercial Cleaning offers a residential service so that your home can reach the standards you expect without having to invest your own time. If you require a residential cleaning service, get in contact to reach our commercial cleaning service.