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 rather different in many ways. First off, we’re all washing our hands a whole lot more than we used to, and perhaps we’re also keeping on top of the housework a little more than we once did too. 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. Like, 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 too!
Before we start, we are not in any way 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…
In 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 and 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
We recommend our Sticky Stopper for easy, natural cleaning of surfaces, toys, floors, playmats and more.
Again, 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 hard 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, every 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 really quickly which is great news all round!
Deep cleaning tasks include: thorough cleaning behind all heavy furniture (beds, wardrobes etc.), carpet cleaning, window cleaning, duvet and mattress cleaning, thorough bathroom cleaning and cleaning of any appliances.
How often should I do a deep clean?
The answer to this really is that is depends! Factors to consider include the all important question of what you consider to be a deep clean – 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 of time. Not only will this make the job a lot less daunting, but it will help you to plan out your time too. Maybe you could choose to clean the carpets one month, and tackle the bedrooms the next.
The most important thing to remember is that deep cleans usually are beneficial to your home. They will help to keep allergens at bay and will help you to stay productive and calm, even when chaos is all around you!