The 4 Areas in Your Home that Must Be Cleaned Every Week
Many people opt for the bi-weekly option when hiring an Edmonton home cleaning service. Twice a month seems to be enough because the house looks clean for a couple of weeks. And, of course, it doesn’t cost quite as much as hiring a maid service to clean every week. But is twice a month really enough?
The short answer is . . . no. Many areas and objects in your home really do need to be cleaned once a week – at a minimum. Let’s take a look at where and why.
Bathtub – Weekly
Quick, answer this: What’s the dirtiest, germiest area in your bathroom? Bet you said the toilet. That’s what we’ve been told for a long time, but it’s just not true because your bathtub has your toilet beat by far.
Also, a study headed by Elizabeth Scoot, Simmons College’s (Boston) Co-director of the Center for Hygiene and Health in Home and Community, compared the bacteria content of trash cans and bathtubs.The results? Nearly 26% of bathtubs tested contained the kind of bacteria that causes skin infections while only 6% of trash cans harbored the same kind of bacteria.
So if your bathtub is dirtier than and harbors more bacteria than your toilet and your trash can, then it, along with the entire bathroom, needs to be cleaned just as often. And, ideally, that would be at least once a week, especially if it’s a professional cleaning performed by an Edmonton home cleaning service.
Microwave – Weekly
It’s long been thought that cooking food in a microwave kills bacteria and makes the food safer to eat. But it turns out that it just isn’t true.
Microwaves, contrary to common opinion, heat food not from the inside out, but from the outside in. And the resulting cold spots act as little enclaves where bacteria flourish. And then the bacteria transfer from your food to the inside of the microwave. This phenomenon has been linked to instances of food poisoning.
Many of us are guilty of nuking days-old leftovers in the microwave. And you know how nuked food pops and spatters in the microwave – spatters that could possibly contain harmful bacteria. That’s why a weekly wipe-down and a bi-weekly deep cleaning are recommended for your microwave.
Computer and Computer Desk – Weekly
Yes, your computer and, of course, your computer desk/station. It may be a cluttered area, but it looks clean, right? Wrong.
It has been found that about 70% of Americans eat at their desks. A large share of them eat lunch at their office desk, but a good number do so at a home-office desk or eat another meal or snack at a home computer station. And that means, of course, food particles dropped on and food residue transferred to keyboards, which in turn means that keyboards are rife with bacteria. And the bacteria are then spread farther over the entire computer station.
Keyboards, it has been found, contain five times the amount of bacteria generally found on toilet seats! Obviously, then, once-a-week cleaning (at least) is recommended for keyboards and computer desks. Just don’t forget to clean the mouse, too.
Kitchen Countertops – Daily
We all know that kitchen countertops have to be cleaned/wiped frequently, possibly daily. But do you know where the dirtiest area is on your countertop?
It’s the area near the sink because the kitchen sink itself has your home’s second-highest concentration of bacteria and micro-organisms. And that’s because the very instrument you use to do the cleaning is often the culprit in spreading harmful bacteria. Many people use sponges to wipe out the sink and then use the same sponge, now contaminated with food particles, to wipe off the countertop.
So a daily wipe-down of your countertops with clean sponges or wash cloths and disinfectant cleaner is recommended. It’s also a good idea to trade out kitchen sponges and wash cloths at least once a week.
Now that you know that a monthly or even bi-weekly cleaning just won’t do for many areas in your home, it’s time to take action. AceMaids is a top-notch Edmonton home cleaning and maid service that offers everything from a one-time cleaning to scheduled weekly cleanings. Book now to take advantage of their cleaning expertise and have a cleaner, healthier home.