The average American is believed to spend approximately six hours a week cleaning their homes, according to the latest National Cleaning Survey conducted by the American Cleaning Institute. Every house requires a deep-clean from time to time, with most homeowners opting to undertake an extensive ‘Spring Clean’ once a year. Unfortunately, this can turn into a chaotic, multi-day affair if you are not properly prepared for the cleaning task at hand. Thankfully, a few basic guidelines and a healthy dose of energy are all you need to get your home looking (and smelling) its best again.
Have the proper tools on-hand
If you want your deep-cleaning efforts to be as effective as possible, it is important to have all the necessary tools at your disposal. Ensure that your cleaning efforts will be as productive as possible by gathering everything you will need prior to starting. A cleaning caddy that contains everything from your gloves and sponges to your furniture polish and cleaning detergent is very useful during a deep-cleaning exercise. Also make sure that your broom, mop, feather duster and dusting cloths are nearby. If you have loose rugs or carpeted floors in your home, investing in a quality carpet cleaner may be a very good idea. A professional-grade cleaner is especially handy if you are a pet owner who often finds themselves having to remove pet stains from floors and furniture, as these are equipped to tackle odors and stains that have penetrated into the fibers.
Clean on a regular basis
If you don’t want to spend a week deep-cleaning your home every year, make an effort to clean on a regular basis. By doing this, your deep-clean becomes a maintenance effort instead of a massive catch-up one. The kitchen and bathroom surfaces should be wiped down every day, while bedding needs to be changed on a weekly basis. Set time aside once a month to dust your blinds, clean your light fixtures, and clean the inside of your washing machine and dishwasher. The inside of a fridge and oven should be cleaned properly at least every three months, while tasks such as deep cleaning your carpets and upholstery and attending to your chimney should be your focus on an annual basis.
Find a system that works for you
When deep-cleaning your home, it is essential to find a system that works for you. According to Debbie Sardone, a speed-cleaning professional, you can cut your cleaning time in half by having a good system in place. Consistency is a vital component of any effective cleaning system. Clean your house in the same order every time, starting with the top of a room and making your way down to the bottom. This will entail you dusting your ceiling fan and blinds before vacuuming the carpet, and wiping down kitchen counters before washing the floor. The more frequently you deep-clean in a particular order, the faster you will get at it, reducing your cleaning time by as much as 50% after a while.
While deep-cleaning your house is undoubtedly necessary, it does not have to be a traumatic endeavor. As long as you have a fool-proof system in place and don’t let the cleaning work pile up for a year, you will have your home sparkling clean again in no time.