If it wasn’t hard enough keeping on top of the general housekeeping chores, then you may not want to know how often you should be deep cleaning the rest of your home.
As households become busier year-on-year, experts believe we’re rapidly losing the fight against allergens and grime.
So how often should you be deep cleaning?
|What to Clean||How often You Need to Clean|
|Oven||When it starts to smell|
|Bathtubs, Showers, Toilets, Bathmats||Every Week|
|Showerheads||Once a Year|
|Mattress, Duvets, Blankets||Every Six Months|
|Skirting Boards||Every Quarter|
|Windows and Drapes||Every Three to Six months|
Microwave: every week. Food splatters and left over moisture can become a breeding ground for germs. Giving your microwave and the turntable a thorough clean every week should remove those otherwise missed splashes.
Refrigerator: every month. Food spills, leaky meat wrappers and rotting vegetables (hello salad drawer!) can lead to serious bacterial contamination. Removing all your food and wiping down all the shelves and drawers with an antibacterial wash shall not only prevent bacteria spreading, but also help you keep on top of expired foods.
Oven: If your oven starts to smell of previously cooked food or smoke, it’s time to deep clean the oven. In-between cleans you can use a damp rag to remove spills and splashes.
Bathtubs and showers: every week. Offering a warm and moist environment, bathtubs and showers are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and fungus that cause skin infections.
Toilet: every week. Most households can manage by wiping over the cistern, buttons and toilet seat with an antibacterial agent; deep clean the toilet weekly with a cleaner and toilet brush to remove stains and mineral deposits.
Showerheads: once a year. Removing the showerhead and soaking it in a descaling product will help remove internal mineral build-up and return the showerhead to its former glory.
Bathmats: every week. Like the tub, a fabric bathmat can act like a juicy spongy breeding ground for bacteria and fungus. Use a sanitising wash to remove any harmful bugs and try to hang the mat in full-sun to dry.
Pillows: every quarter. You spend about a third of your life in bed, so it makes sense to regularly cleanse your pillows from trapped dead skin, oil, sweat, allergens, dust mites and their eggs.
Mattresses: every six months. Like pillows, the mattress can soak up and trap body fluids, dead skin, allergens, dust mites and even bed bugs in its fibres. To keep your bed smelling sweet, get the mattress professionally steam cleaned every six months.
Duvets and blankets: every six months. Check if your local launderette offers extra large washing machines that are perfectly sized for large duvets and blankets.
Carpets: vacuum every week with a deep clean every six to twelve months. Depending on your lifestyle, cleaning your carpets can be needed as much as twice a year. A family with young children and/or pets may find they need to get their floor coverings cleaned more regularly to stay on top of stains, dust and trodden-in grime – so it’s best to get a professional home carpet cleaner on board.
Skirting boards: every quarter. Using a brush applicator for your vacuum, vacuum and wipe over skirting boards to remove the thick layer of dust and allergens that often accumulate on this feature.
Windows and drapes: every three to six months. Get your windows and drapes professionally cleaned every six months to remove grime. Blinds and woodwork should be dusted and wiped down every three months.
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