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Home Cleaning Checklist

Mar 26 2018, 11:41 AM


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Designing a dream home and making it come to life is a lifelong ambition for us all but maintaining it is a task in itself. Did you know, for example, that one bacteria cell can multiply to as many as eight million cells in only 24 hours? Sounds disgusting, doesn’t it? Most of us might think that if it looks clean, then it must be clean but that’s really not the case. What about those hard to reach areas such as under the sofa and between your cushions?

A revealing insight is that 27% of homeowners only clean those hard zones in the house - such as areas behind furniture - once a year. This cleaning approach could lead to the accumulation of more bacteria in your home than you realise. Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it's not there and can’t harm you.

According to a Brosch Direct survey based on 1200 people in the UK, a third spend three to four hours a week on cleaning their homes. But, even if you consider yourself to be a clean freak, germs and bacteria can soon worm their way into most spaces.

We are all guilty of doing little things in life such as wearing clothes longer to save time on washing, or buying takeaways instead of cooking just to avoid dishes - nearly 30% of us do this to be exact. But none of that has to be the case if you can keep on top of your regular household duties without it seeming like a chore.

What many people don’t realise is that even if something feels clean, it might not be. Take your bed, for example. You might think it’s as clean as can be but, you are actually sleeping with hundreds, if not thousands, of dust mites every night. If you are one of the 15% of people who change their bed sheets only once a month, you should maybe start thinking about the thousands of bed mites that are multiplying on your bed and consider becoming one of the 37.8% of the country who changes their sheets once a week.

If you share your home with a furry friend then it is possible keeping your house clean can become a challenge, with hair, muddy paws and the smell that they can bring into your home. Over 20% of people aged between 16-24 have said they won’t get a pet because of the mess they will make. But, there are ways around this so that you can have a pet-friendly home that feels and smells fresh:
Ever felt like you don’t want to clean your own bathroom? You’re not alone - 37.8% of us agree that the bathroom is our least favourite room in the house to clean. Yet, it’s obviously one of the most important to keep clean because if the place you go to when you need to freshen yourself up doesn’t make you feel clean, the chances are you won’t either.

After a bath, clean the tub. Disinfect it, bleach it or use bathroom/multi surface cleaner and be sure to dry it with a towel afterwards because otherwise, lingering water will cause mould and fungi. Wash the walls around your toilet with a damp cloth. Wash your bath mats in a washing machine with laundry detergent if they are fabric and if not, launder bath and shower mats in bleach once a week. Make sure you wash them through thoroughly afterwards.  

Thankfully, making your home look as good as new doesn’t require any home improvement work such as remodelling or new furniture, just a little bit of TLC and cleaning. Simply making sure that items are in their right place is the best home improvement project you can do. 

Keeping your home clean and tidy, free from the nastiness that is brought to us by dust, bacteria and germs, is difficult to do on a daily basis. So hopefully our cleaning checklist can offer you a helping hand and some great advice that’ll have your house gleaming in no time.

Daily cleaning checklist:

A daily cleaning checklist will help you keep on top of clutter, and make your home comfortable and ready for guests at all times. If you live in a house with family, share these tasks among members to get them completed quicker.

Weekly cleaning checklist:

The best way to tackle weekly chores is to assign a cleaning task to each day of the week. An example of this could be designating Sunday as laundry day and then everyone has clean clothes for the upcoming week. For those busier days assign smaller tasks.

Monthly cleaning checklist:

You should add these monthly cleaning tasks to your weekly list but spread them out evenly so that you are only adding one a week to prevent it from becoming overwhelming.
If you are getting the whole family involved in cleaning then it might be helpful for each member to have their own list so that everyone knows what is expected of them. Keeping your house clean and tidy will make for a happier and healthier household. For more tips and tricks on cleaning you can find more checklists on our Cleaning Checklist Hub.


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