How Often Should You Clean Your Home?
Up until a year ago, most people took housekeeping tasks such as doing the laundry, washing the dishes, and keeping their homes tidy and germ-free for granted. Cleaning was just a boring chore we were all more-or-less forced to do on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.
The COVID-19 crisis has changed all that. These days, good personal hygiene and in-depth condo cleaning in Vancouver are more than just a matter of keeping dirt out of our houses: they’re also one of our strongest weapons against the coronavirus pandemic.
We previously provided you with some tried-and-true tips on how to deep clean a condo and ensure there are no toxins or germs in your home. Now we’ll expand on that topic by giving you some pointers on how to create and maintain a reliable cleaning schedule. Read on!
What is a good house cleaning schedule?
As a general rule, you’ll need to give your place a regular cleaning once a week, or once every two weeks. Depending on how often you go outside during the coronavirus epidemic, how many people live in your household (the more people there are, the messier the place will get and the greater the chance of germs being brought home), and whether you have pets, the house may need to be cleaned more often than that.
During a regular cleaning, you should:
- Mop and vacuum all floors
- Vacuum all floor coverings (rugs, carpets, etc.)
- Wipe down all surfaces including the outsides of kitchen cabinetry and appliances, furniture, windowsills, etc.
- Disinfect touchpoints (light switches, handles, countertops, desks, tables, remotes, doorknobs, etc.)
- Clean bathtub, sink, shower, and faucets
- Clean and disinfect the toilet bowl
- Do the laundry
- Remove cobwebs (if needed)
- Throw out the trash
- Wash the dishes (or run the dishwasher)
- Vacuum up pet hair (if needed)
- Dust baseboards and vacuum out air vents
- Wash and polish all mirrors (if needed)
In addition to standard cleanings, you’ll also need to perform deep cleanings at least two or three times a year. Also known as spring cleanings, deep cleanings focus on the deeply ingrained grime and stains that are beyond the scope of a regular cleaning.
During a deep cleaning you should:
- Perform all the cleaning tasks that go into a regular cleaning
- Move heavy furniture (sofas, beds, etc.) and clean behind and underneath it
- Wipe down hard-to-reach surfaces (light fixtures, tops of cabinets, etc.)
- Empty kitchen cabinets and drawers, and clean them inside and out
- Clean the interior and exterior of the fridge, microwave, and oven
- Dust inside china and decorative cabinets, and remove all books from open shelving to give these areas a thorough cleaning
How do you stick to a cleaning schedule?
Pick a day out of the week and designate it as “cleaning day”. Every member of your household should be expected to take care of their cleaning responsibilities on that day. Not only will this get your kids and spouse used to weekly cleanings, you’ll also be less likely to procrastinate because you’ll naturally start keeping each other accountable.
When scheduling a deep cleaning, it’s best to do it over the weekend. Notify your family or roommates a few days in advance so that they can plan for it, and be ready to devote at least 5-6 hours to cleaning.
Where can I book a top-quality condo cleaning in Vancouver?
Staying on top of your housekeeping while also holding a full-time job, taking care of small children, and dealing with the COVID-19 epidemic can be extremely difficult, to say the least. Luckily, you don’t have to do everything yourself!
Here at Maid Near Me, we specialize in sending fully vetted and trained cleaning experts straight to your Vancouver home. Schedule your cleaning today and use your new-found free time to take care of some shopping at Granville Island while the pros make your home sparkle!