Professional New Jersey cleaning services can make your life healthier, happier and less stressful. But it’s important to keep your house fresh between cleanings and this article breaks down how to do it
Whether you choose a once-a-month cleaning service or something more frequent, dust, shoes, cooking, kids, and guests can take a toll on your freshly-cleaned house. To help your home sparkle on all the days in between cleanings, we created a simple plan that you can adjust to fit your lifestyle. For example, pet owners may want to increase the amount of sweeping or vacuuming they do.
You don’t have to clean everything every day, and you don’t have to do it alone. Little touch-ups throughout the week are all you need. Here’s how.
Make a Room-by-room Schedule
First, see how long you have between scheduled cleanings. For most people who use a cleaning service, this is either two weeks or one month. Your goal is to do a little bit of cleaning every day or every other day.
Divide and Conquer
Don’t drive yourself crazy trying to keep your house fresh between cleanings all on your own. Assign simple cleaning tasks to family members room by room. This can be a great way to teach young children how to care for their space.
These tasks won’t take more than a few minutes and you’ll love how much better your home looks and feels between cleanings. If you keep the proper cleaning supplies and tools close at hand, it’s easier for family members to keep up with regular maintenance. Here are some suggestions for each of the major areas in your home.
Keeping bedrooms fresh and tidy between cleanings is easy. Ask kids (and adults) to keep clothes and toys off the ground after using them. Make a ‘no food in the bedroom’ rule to prevent spills and crumbs. For bedrooms with carpeting, do a quick vacuum once a week. Hardwood floors should get a sweeping.
Bathrooms can get dirty, fast. To slow the process, wipe down the counter and sink after each use to prevent the buildup of soap, toothpaste, and hair. Make sure the shower curtain isn’t bunched up and always use a drain trap in the shower. Wet clothes should go in the hamper and towels should be hung to dry. A good rule for the bathroom is ‘clean messes right away’.
The kitchen is the heart of the home and many families spend a lot of time there. From cooking and eating to doing homework or just having a conversation over a snack, it’s easy for messes to accumulate. Wash pots, pans, plates and silverware after meals – never leave them in the sink. Wipe down the counters at the end of each day and sweep the floor if it gets messy. Keeping your kitchen clean after each use is a great way to prevent odors, bugs and unsightly messes.
Avoid bringing messy food and drink into this space if possible. Furniture and rugs are tough to clean, and accidents happen. Instead, focus on keeping the space neat between uses. Carry out all garbage and things that don’t normally stay in the living room. Vacuum as needed and hit the couches and chairs with a lint roller if they look messy.
Whether you have a playroom or an unfinished space, don’t go crazy trying to clean every nook and cranny. Focus on keeping things neat. This means putting away toys and tools and always carrying food and garbage away after each use. For especially bad messes, a shop-vac in the closet is a good idea.
Note: some people don’t include the basement in their regular clean service. If you don’t, then you’ll want to do a thorough basement cleaning once a season to keep it clean, healthy and safe.
Hallways and Entryways
These are going to get dirty. Don’t stress too much. Run a vacuum or broom over the areas if dirt and dust are noticeable. Encourage kids to remove shoes or at least wipe them on a floor mat before stepping inside. Avoiding the possibility of dirt in these places is a great way to keep your home fresh between cleanings.
It’s Easy to Keep Your Home Fresh Between Cleanings
While there’s no substitute for a regular professional cleaning service, the time and energy investment for this in-between cleaning routine are minimal. Do a check of each room once a week to make sure everyone is doing their part. We promise you’ll love how your house looks and feels between cleanings!
For more information about keeping your home fresh or to learn about our professional NJ cleaning services, contact us today.