Having a beautiful and tidy house can be rewarding, but it does come with its own set of challenges — mainly in the form of cleaning and lots of maintenance. In fact, a recent poll by Harvey Water Softeners has found that the average Brit spends more than five hours a week cleaning their home. That adds up to around two years of a person’s entire lifespan! But do you truly have to do so much?
Here’s how often you should be really cleaning your home:
Decluttering won’t take too much of your time, especially when you do it every day. Not only will it keep your home nice and tidy, but it also pays off in terms of mental health. Another study, this time by Blinds Hut, has found that 80% of Brits say that clutter has an effect on their mood, with 66.5% of people arguing with partners and family members over clutter and 10% admitting to waiting months before dealing with it.
As an added bonus, our editor Anna Hall points out that decluttering can ease the difficult process of renovating and make it a much smoother process. If you don’t want the extra headache, do yourself a favour and always keep it tidy.
Sweep and Mop Weekly
High-traffic areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, and hallways need to be mopped at least once a week. Though less used rooms such as guest bedrooms only need good sweep every few weeks.
Of course, there are a few exceptions to the rule. If you have pets, for example, you would need to mop daily in order to get rid of muddy paw prints. Children, especially babies, are also much safer in cleaner environments. The rule of thumb is to mop as often as you need, taking into account “special” guests and circumstances.
Most websites will recommend you vacuum your home every week or even every day. But if you stick to your daily decluttering and weekly sweeping and mopping, you’ll realise that dust doesn’t accumulate that quickly, and a monthly vacuuming job should be enough.
After vacuuming, you can also use the occasional deodoriser to get rid of foul odours stuck to your carpets. Bedsheets and other covers should also be changed once a month.
Check Appliances Every Few Months
Appliances are integral to households. From the fridge freezer and washing machines to TVs and heating systems, these are the things that people use everyday, so it only makes sense that they should be regularly maintained. In terms of how often, it all depends on the appliances themselves.
According to The Spruce, appliances such as dishwashers and refrigerators should be cleaned every few months. Cooktops and ovens will need cleaning a little more regularly.
One thing that is worth considering is getting coverage for essential home appliances like boilers to ensure they get looked at by professional engineers. HomeServe point out how today’s boiler insurance options allow you to get coverage for not just your boiler and gas central heating, but also other aspects of your home that help keep it running efficiently. Most plans nowadays will cover things such as your electrics, roofing, pest protection, and water and gas supply pipes. Taking that extra step through having these systems insured alongside your boiler will help you rest easy knowing that your boiler and gas central heating will work as they should and it will help you lower the costs in the long run, with plans starting at just £8. Compare this to the inconvenience of costly repairs, and you can see why getting insurance is an indispensable part of maintaining your house.
So how often should you be cleaning? As it turns out, pretty often. Besides, the consequences of a dirty home can be pretty dire — dust can spread illnesses and appliances can break down without a proper tune-up. So even if you do need an average of five hours a week dedicated to cleaning, the return is definitely worth it.