With the new year here, you’ve probably made some new goals for yourself. Whether it’s to be more physically fit and eat better, read a new book every month, or any other personal goal you have set, New Year’s resolutions can be a great way to encourage and spark growth.
What about goals for your home? With a month into the new year, what are some goals you can set to better maintain the cleanliness of your home? You may need to add a few more resolutions regarding your home for 2020. Rather than quick clean-ups before company comes over, here are a few of our tips on how you can have a cleaner home for the rest of the year.
Floors and Walls
While most of our tips have to do with specific rooms of your home, there are a few tasks that extend to all areas of your home. Ensuring focused maintenance of your floors and walls is one of the fundamentals of achieving a cleaner home. Clean your walls about once a month, though depending on your climate and weather, that number could be different.
If you tend to keep your windows open in the spring and summer, particularly if your area has heavy pollen, cleanings should probably be increased to every week. If you have children with sticky fingers, make sure to do regular spot checks to clean up problem areas before they set in. Pay attention to the corners in particular, along with both the ceiling and the floor, and remove any cobwebs You can wrap the adhesive tape (duct tape works well) around an old paint roller for a helpful tool. A vacuum with attachments can make the job even easier.
Hardwood and tile floors should be swept weekly to prevent dirt and crumbs from causing a big mess. Carpets and area rugs should also be run over with your vacuum to remove the dirt and dust that they trap from spreading further into your home. Industry professionals recommend having flooring be professionally cleaned every 3 to 6 months. A professional carpet cleaner like Chem-Dry of Northern Nevada is one of the most trusted cleaners in Reno and Winnemucca. With eco-friendly cleaning solutions and advanced stain removal capability, you get carpets that are cleaner, drier, and healthier.
Living Room / Den
A big mess starts from one misplaced item on the floor. At first, it may not seem like a big deal but fast forward a few days later and it accumulates even more clutter and becomes a big mess that you have to clean up. Make it a goal to remove anything that doesn’t belong as soon as possible; otherwise, the clutter will grow rapidly. This will make it easier to perform other cleaning tasks like vacuuming, and you can avoid an overwhelming mess later on.
Just like your home’s carpets, upholstered furniture should be cleaned by professionals on a regular basis. Ideally, it is recommended to professionally clean your upholstery once or twice a year. Trust Chem-Dry of Northern Nevada to provide the most gentle yet thorough upholstery cleaning for your home’s furniture. We even clean and remove pet urine and odor that’s settled in on your upholstery.
Though seemingly insignificant, don’t forget to properly dust the various surfaces in your home. It may seem like there is no dust to worry about, but it can quickly accumulate. Even if it seems invisible, it’s there. Behind large furniture, the shelves, and behind the television are key areas to target. Strive to make dusting a part of your weekly routine for a healthier home.
The kitchen is where the family and friends get together, but is also the source of some of the biggest messes in the house. Food preparation can cause spills on counters and floors, creating a breeding ground for harmful contaminants. Make it a resolution to handle spills immediately when possible. Allowing them to sit could cause someone to get sick.
For a clean and healthy kitchen, try to mop your floors at least every two weeks. If you have children or pets, you will need to do so more regularly. If you have stone tiles, maintain them with regular mopping, but you should also schedule a professional cleaning every few months to keep those areas free from dirt, grime and looking new. Frequently sanitize your countertops before and after each meal. If you have a granite countertop, learn more about Chem-Dry of Northern Nevada’s advanced granite countertop renewal service.
Did you know that we spend ⅓ of our lives asleep? With so much time spent asleep, it’s important to make sure where you sleep gets careful attention to cleaning and maintenance. When was the last time you changed your sheets? Experts recommend that you change your sheets every one to two weeks.
Once a week, run a duster along with your blinds, or even better yet, a vacuum with a brush attachment. Then, once or twice a year, do a more thorough cleaning with a soft cloth. Make sure you keep dirty laundry in a hamper and make sure that laundry is done regularly, rather than allowed to sit for a while.
Hallways and Entrances
If you carefully manage the areas where people leave and enter your home, you can achieve a cleaner home much easier. Consider installing area rugs or more durable carpet near doors to trap more dirt and dust brought in from the outside to prevent it from spreading further into your home.
Frequently vacuum these areas to ensure optimal filter-like function for your rugs and carpets. Sweep around the outside of doors to catch any dust or dirt before it can enter your home.
If you haven’t made it a goal to have a home that’s cleaner and healthier for 2020, it’s still not too late. If you have made it a goal but need extra help, contact Chem-Dry of Northern Nevada to learn about our home cleaning services. By resolving to perform proper maintenance, you can prevent yourself from getting stuck doing much more intense cleaning work in the future. We proudly provide services throughout the Northern Nevada area including Reno, Sparks, Carson City, Winnemucca, Battle Mountain, Lovelock, and the surrounding areas.