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How often should you clean your house?

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Alex, Staff Writer

Tuesday, 22nd June 2021

Nothing quite beats the feeling of having a clean home. As well as looking the part, a property that’s free from dirt, clutter, grime, bacteria and mould is going to vastly improve the health and wellbeing of all those who live in the property.

Though as you might have noticed, cleaning isn’t something you can do once and forget about it. Instead, it requires a regular effort to thoroughly remove all traces of dirt from your surfaces and furnishings.

So just how often should you clean? Here’s our guide to each area of your home to tell you everything you need to know. 

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General cleaning

General cleaning consists of tidying, vacuuming, mopping, dusting, wiping down surfaces, changing bedding, washing towels, window cleaning, plus cleaning bathrooms and kitchens. 

Each aspect of your home is going to differ when it comes to how often it needs cleaning. However, points to consider include: 

  • The size of the property

  • How many occupants there are

  • The type of surfaces you have and how much of a dirt magnet they are (such as glass, tiles, bedding, carpets etc)

  • How cluttered the property is, which may affect the air quality and dust production

  • Whether the surface carries bacteria especially if food is prepared or consumed there

  • If you have pets or children

  • If you suffer from any allergies 

  • If the property is currently on the market and you want it to continually look its best

If you are thinking about hiring a cleaner, it’s possible to have visits daily, twice weekly, weekly, twice a month, once a month or only occasionally. So, be sure to factor in the above as to how often you’re going to require their services, especially if you currently lack the time, ability or even inclination to regularly clean yourself. 

How often should you wash bedding?

Bedding should be washed at a high temperature at least once a week, ideally with an antibacterial laundry detergent. To avoid dust mites, it’s also a good idea to air out your bedding rather than make it straight away. 

Leaving the window open while you air your bedding will ensure fresh air circulates. Vacuuming your mattress twice a month can also reduce the likelihood of bedbugs.

How often should an oven be cleaned? 

Ovens should be cleaned at least once every 6 months, though the frequency should be increased if your oven sees more than its fair share of spillages, or if it’s located within a commercial environment. 

Professional oven cleaning will make light work of even the toughest stains. The benefits of oven cleaning are that it will make your food taste better, and it will reduce the risk of fire due to burnt-on stains or grease. 

How often should you clean your toilet?

You don’t need us to tell you that bathrooms are one of the worst breeding grounds for bacteria in your home. Toilets are no doubt the biggest offender, and so should be thoroughly cleaned at least once a week. 

It’s also a wise idea to do daily cleans of the handle too (just be sure not to flush any antibacterial wipes down the toilet as doing so will cause drain blockages).

Experts also recommended closing the lid of your toilet when it’s being flushed, so that bacteria cannot land on your floors, walls and worst still… your toothbrush.

How often should you clean a fridge?

Twice a year is the normal rule of thumb for how often fridges need to be cleaned. Take care to wipe up any spillages promptly. Also, frequently wiping down the main touchpoints can reduce bacteria being inadvertently spread onto your food and other surfaces within your kitchen. 

How often do carpets need to be cleaned?

The cleaning frequency of carpets is a little more flexible, as it depends on whether the carpet is in a high traffic area of your home or not. The general rule is every 12 to 18 months, though you may want to have your carpets cleaned more regularly if they are light in colour or get a lot of use. 

If you’d like further advice on carpet cleaning, we’ve previously written a post on how often should you clean your carpets to tell you more. 

How often should you wash towels?

Towels come into contact with a lot of moisture and debris such as dead skin. All of which can harbour all manner of ghastly microbes. The best practice is to wash your towels at a high temperature, changing them every 3-4 days. It’s also recommended you replace your towels completely every 2 years. 

How often do windows need to be cleaned?

To remove finger marks, pollution stains, and bird droppings from your windows, schedule a window clean at least once a month. These days, window cleaners use pure water fed cleaning which dries streak-free without any residue. The service can involve any property type including residential or high rise window cleaning. 

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Has any of the above got you itching for a bucket of hot soapy water? Not to worry as Bark has got you covered! 

Whether you’re in search of a house cleaner, or more specialist cleaning such as pressure washing, deep cleaning or even post-construction cleaning, you can find cleaning professionals across Australia who are ready and waiting to help.

Simply head to our homepage. Tell us what service you need along with your location. We’ll match you with the best professionals for the job, so you don’t even have to lift a finger. That will leave you free to enjoy your beautifully clean home, without even having to go near that mop or vacuum!

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