Getting Down to the Nitty Gritty of Deep Cleaning
If keeping up with general housekeeping chores wasn’t difficult enough with today’s ultra-hectic lifestyles, you may be finding yourself looking the other way when it comes to how often you should be giving the rest of your home a really good, deep clean. It’s a pickle more an more Aussie’s are finding themselves in with so many demands on your time to juggle.
Experts agree that as homes get busier year after year, we are increasingly losing the battle against allergens and grime.
So, just how much cleaning is enough and how often do you do a thorough cleaning?
Basics Deep Cleaning Checklist
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Kitchen Deep Cleaning Tasks
Refrigerator – the trusty family fridge often gets neglected until something smells or leaks. Ideally you want to clean it out once a month to keep on top of food spills, meat juices that have leaked and rotting vegetables (which can all result in bacterial contamination). Removing all food and washing down all shelves and drawers with an antibacterial wipe will not only deter bacteria from spreading, it will also help to keep track of expired foods.
Oven – In between deep cleanings, a wipe down can keep this area under control and remove drops and splashes. However, if your oven begins to smell like last week’s lasagne (or last month’s) or smells of smoke, it’s an indicator that it’s time for a thorough cleaning.
Microwave – Food splatters and residual moisture may serve as a breeding ground for germs (hello funky microwave smell). A proper cleaning of your microwave and turntable once a week should eliminate any previously overlooked splashes.
Bathroom Deep Cleaning Tasks
Baths and Showers – Keep nasty mould and mildew under control with a weekly clean of baths and showers. Once these nasties take hold, they can wreak havoc on your property and health.
Bathtubs and showers have a warm and moist atmosphere that is ideal for the growth of bacteria and fungus that cause skin infections.
Bathmats – These should be cleaned once a week. A fabric bathmat, like the shower, can serve as a juicy spongy breeding ground for bacteria and fungus. To kill any harmful pests, use a sanitising wash and hang the mat to dry in direct sunlight.
Toilets – Most households will get away with spraying an antibacterial agent over the cistern, buttons, and toilet seat; deep cleaning the toilet weekly with a cleaner and toilet brush to extract stains and mineral deposits is recommended.
Showerheads – These should be cleaned or replaced once a year. Removing the showerhead and bathing it in a descaling product will aid in the removal of internal mineral build-up and restore the showerhead to its former glory.
Bedroom Deep Cleaning Tasks
Mattresses – The good old mattress often gets neglected until its old, grey and lumpy, but ideally you need to give it some love every 6 months. The mattress, like pillows, can absorb and trap body fluids, dead skin, allergens, dust mites, and even bed bugs in its fibres. Get your mattress professionally steam washed every six months to keep it smelling fresh and hygeinic.
Pillows – Since you spend about one-third of your time in bed, it makes sense to scrub your pillows on a regular basis to remove dead skin, oil, dirt, allergens, dust mites, and their nests. Give them the once over every quarter and you’ll sleep soundly and keep dust mites at bay.
Duvets and blankets – Clean thee every six months. If they’re too big and heavy for your washing machine, a good tip is to check if the nearest laundromat has extra-large laundry machines that are ideal for large duvets and blankets.
Living Areas Deep Cleaning Tasks
Carpets – should be vacuumed once a week, with a deep clean every six to twelve months. Cleaning your carpets can be essential as often as twice a year, depending on your lifestyle. A family of small children and/or pets may notice that they need to get their floor coverings washed more often to keep up with stains, dust, and tracked-in grime, so it’s better to hire a professional home carpet cleaner.
Skirting Boards – A quarterly vacuum and scrub over skirting boards with a brush applicator is great and will clear the dense layer of dust and allergens that often collect on this element.
Windows, blinds and drapes – should be cleaned every three to six months. To remove grime, have the windows and drapes professionally cleaned every six months. Every three months, clean and wipe down blinds and woodwork.
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