How Often Should I Deep Clean My House?
It’s now been over a year since the first UK lockdown began, and we think it’s pretty safe to say that life looks quite different in many ways. First off, we’re all washing our hands more than we used to. Perhaps we’re also keeping on top of the housework a little more than we used to. Don’t get us wrong; this isn’t a bad thing— here at Nimble, we believe that a good cleaning session is good for the soul!
But being in the middle of a global pandemic has skewed our perception of what it takes to have a clean house, and it’s left many of us with more questions than answers. How often should we really be doing a deep clean, and what does a ‘normal’ cleaning schedule look like these days? Hopefully, this post will help you but do share your tips and tricks in the comments!
Before we start, we are not suggesting that you need to take on our suggested schedule, especially if you have a good routine that already works for you. We’re all parents here at Nimble, so we know how hard it can be to stay on top of the housework when the kids are running riot! With that said, the following schedule might come in handy…
Daily cleaningIn an ideal world, these are the tasks that probably should get done every day:
Kitchen – clean surfaces, declutter areas such as the table, or the worktops, wipe down the microwave, oven, and other surface areas and appliances such as the kettle or coffee machine
Bathroom – wipe down surfaces, loo seat, sink, shower and bath
Bedrooms – make beds, air the rooms, pick up clutter
Living areas – vacuum, tidy, wipe down surfaces, door handles and light switches
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In an ideal world, these tasks are once a week treats:
Kitchen – mop the floor, clean out the microwave
Bathroom – clean all surfaces and floor, clean toilets, bath and shower, replace towels
Bedrooms – change the beds
Living areas – vacuum carpets, including stairs, mop floors and polish mirrors
Once a month, work time into your schedule for these tasks:
Kitchen – clear out the fridge and wipe it down inside. Throw away expired food and re-arrange items, so they’re easily accessible
Living areas – dust blinds, clean behind sofas, clean skirting boards and windowsills
The Deep clean
Despite keeping on top of the above, now and then, we all need a deep clean. Although, if you do manage to stay on top of the tasks on a weekly and monthly basis, then there’s a really good chance that a deep clean can be over and done with quickly, which is excellent news all around!Deep cleaning tasks include thorough cleaning behind all heavy furniture (beds, wardrobes, etc.), carpet cleaning, window cleaning, duvet and mattress cleaning, rigorous bathroom cleaning, and any appliances.
How often should I do a deep clean?
The answer to this is that is depends! In considering your options, review the all-important question of what you think to be a deep clean— it’s different for everyone! For some, it’s a full carpet shampoo, curtains down, and every appliance scrubbed down. For others, it’s less intense.
For this reason, it’s probably a good idea to break the task down into smaller and more manageable chunks that you can spread out over a longer period. This will make the job a lot less daunting, but it will help you plan out your time too. Maybe you could choose to clean the carpets one month and tackle the bedrooms the next.