If recent global health events have taught us anything, it’s important regular cleaning is for keeping your family healthy and safe. However, deep cleaning your entire home every week is a big task that most people simply don’t have time to do. So, it’s important to prioritise your regular cleaning to ensure that the most used and highest risk areas get a thorough weekly scrub. This will help to sanitise surfaces, prevent the growth of any nasties like mould, remove dust and other allergens and keep the air clean.
Staying on top of the regular cleaning can be tricky if you try to do everything at once. So, we’ve broken it down to the essential cleaning tasks, those areas and jobs that you should focus on getting cleaned once a week.
The kitchen is a haven for all kinds of nasties. The combination of a wet area with food preparation makes the kitchen a serious cleaning priority. Poor kitchen hygiene can increase the risk of food poisoning and improper or irregular cleaning can seriously affect air quality around the home.
Start by wiping down and disinfecting all appliances. Pay attention to those high-touch areas, like the buttons on your microwave and the fridge door.
You can then move on to cleaning and disinfecting the countertops and cupboard doors, before scrubbing and disinfecting the sink. The area around the sink can be a haven for mould, so make sure you thoroughly wipe all around and inside the sink to prevent mould from getting a foothold.
You should also pay regular attention to the inside of your fridge. Wipe down the shelves, clear out the drawers and dispose of anything that’s out of date or starting to look a little suspect. This is important to prevent cross contamination and sickness due to expired food.
You should change and wash the bedsheets on all beds weekly. There are lots of microscopic creepy crawlies that love to join us in bed. Dust mites, fungi, bedbugs and even ringworm can be found in unclean beds. And if you have pets sharing the bed with you, the pet hair and other allergens will quickly build up.
Make sure that you’re also washing all your dirty clothes at least once a week. Leaving dirty clothes piled in the hamper can also encourage insects like dust mites, as well as mould and mildew if there are any wet items in the hamper.
Finally, if there are any mirrors, give these a good wipe down. A clean mirror can make a room seem bigger and adds a touch of class to a space. The effect is less impressive if you can see fingerprints on the glass.
The bathroom is the most mould-prone room in the house. To get on top of any budding spores, you need to clean and disinfect thoroughly. Start by wiping down and disinfecting any countertops.
You can then move onto the sink and toilet. Ensure you use a different cloth when cleaning and disinfecting the toilet to avoid spreading bacteria around.
Next, clean the shower and bath. Scrub thoroughly, particularly between tiles where mould likes to grow.
As in the bedroom, wipe down any mirrors to make the space feel more open and luxurious.
Finally, throw any towels into the washing machine and replace them with fresh ones. Dirty towels can quickly develop mildew from regularly being damp.
All regularly used rooms should be vacuumed once a week. This includes hard floors and carpets and rugs. Dust, dirt, pet hair and other contaminants can quickly build up on the floor. This isn’t just unsightly; it’s also unsanitary and can start affecting the air quality around the home.
Carpets and rugs can be particularly appealing to insects like dust mites. Without regular vacuuming, the contaminants can quickly build up to the point you may need professional carpet and rug cleaning.
Once you get the hang of these weekly cleaning essentials, you’ll find that it doesn’t take much effort to keep your home clean and hygienic. You’ll also find there’s much less work to be done when it comes to spring cleaning.