Does Your Home Need a Deep Cleaning?
We all know that whether you work full time in an office or work from home, your days are busy. You’re busy taking the kids to school, running errands, preparing meals and tending to other responsibilities. You hardly have enough time for yourself and by the end of the day doing a deep cleaning is hardly a top priority. So you take care of the big things. You tidy up, do the dishes, and take out the trash. You keep your home looking presentable and put off the deep cleaning until the weekend. But with your weekends being just as busy as your week days, how often do you actually get around to doing it?
We all know doing a deep cleaning on the house is important but we just don’t always have the time. Even if you have a weekly cleaning service, your home still needs to be deep cleaned every 3 – 6 months. Here are some signs your house needs a deep cleaning.
Recent or Frequent Illness
One sign your house needs a deep cleaning is recent or frequent illness. During cold and flu season we remember to wash our hands often and to be careful how we sneeze. But it might surprise you how many surfaces in your home contribute to the spread of germs and illnesses. How often do you wipe down all the door handles and knobs in the house? What about the toilet handle and light switches? Did you know you should also wipe down your phone, keyboards, and remote controls? What about the handrail on your stairs? The last thing you want to do after everyone has been ill is to wipe down all communal surfaces in the house. However, studies show that disinfecting these surfaces helps prevent the spread of illness. So if you’re getting sick often, it might be time for a deep clean.
Sneezing and Allergies
Sneezing more than usual lately? Are your seasonal allergies really kicking your butt? Your house might be adding to the problem. Manufacturers recommend replacing home air filters every 3 months. But how many of us actually replace them that often? Even if you do, how often do you remember to wipe down external air vents after replacing the filter? When air filters get too dirty, dust collects in the ducts in your home. This dust collects on your electronics and furniture. It forms little dust bunnies under couches and tables. It even collects in your upholstered furniture and carpet. Something as simple as sitting down on the couch or walking across the room kicks this dust back up into the air. If you have allergies or breathing problems, this dust can be a real nuisance. Deep cleaning your home regularly helps prevent this build up, relieving allergy symptoms.
Clutter, Clutter Everywhere
Even if you feel like you are always throwing things away, it doesn’t take long for clutter to build up in your home. Mail has piled up in that basket by the front door. There’s that one drawer in the kitchen you hate to open because you can never quite get it to close. And if you are like more than half of Americans, there is at least one room in your home you like to pretend doesn’t exist. Because you live in the space and see it every day, sometimes you just become blind it. It becomes part of the background. Or, you may be hyper aware of just how much ‘stuff’ you have and it stresses you out. Either way, if you want to declutter, it may be time for a deep cleaning.
It’s easy to assume that if you clean your kitchen daily, it will always be clean. However, there are surfaces we often forget to wipe down. Even if you do not cook with a lot of oil or animal fats, as oils heat up they vaporize. This vapor settles on the surfaces in your kitchen, trapping dust and hair. It coats appliances and cupboards, inside and out. Wiping these surfaces down every few months prevents this residue from building up. This greasy film can trap dust and hair, making an otherwise clean kitchen look like its still dirty.
Discolored Walls and Flooring
How often do you wash your walls? Most people do not consider this to be a normal part of their house cleaning routine. Why? We don’t realize just how much we actually touch the walls in our homes. Walls become discolored much quicker in homes with pets and children. If you have noticed that your walls are looking dingy, it might be time for another deep clean.
Even if you sweep, mop, and vacuum daily, the flooring in your home needs the occasional deep cleaning as well. Over time dirt and grime becomes imbedded in the surface of tile and wood flooring or the threads of your carpet. You may need to use special products or equipment to properly deep clean the flooring in your home. If your flooring still looks dirty even after you’ve done your daily cleaning, it might be time for a deep clean.
Have you ever returned home from a day of errands and noticed a strange smell as soon as you walked in the door? And no matter how hard you search, you cant quite tell where it’s coming from? Even with a weekly cleaning service, built up messes can lead to unpleasant odors. These smells usually come from difficult to reach areas. Cleaning under and behind appliances as well as behind and around the toilet helps eliminate these odors. So if you smell something funky and can’t tell where its coming from, it might be time for a deep clean.
Preparing for Guests
Nothing makes you realize how dirty your baseboards are quite like a visit from the in-laws! Because dust and clutter build up over such a long time, we don’t always realize how bad it has gotten. Until you get a call from your in-laws saying they’ll be visiting for a week in July. Suddenly you notice things you never knew needed cleaning! When did that lampshade get a smudge on it? How did the windowsills get so dusty? If preparing for guests has you panicking about cleaning the house, it might be time for a deep cleaning.
Here at MaidLuxe we understand how busy life can get. Sometimes you just don’t have the time to get the house guest ready. Maybe you had a baby and want to enjoy the infant stage instead of worrying about the house. Or you just don’t feel like doing it! Either way, our professionally trained staff are happy to do the work for you. With our detail oriented approach we will have your house looking it’s best in no time.
Call MaidLuxe at 713-242-8935 to schedule your deep cleaning today!