Home cleaning is a never-ending project and a little more complicated than it may seem (check our blog on efficient home cleaning tips). Using a professional cleaner periodically is the best way to make sure your environment is clean and healthy.
Although you might have your own routine to keep your house in good shape, bringing in a professional from time to time can reduce the burden of cleaning for everyone. Some of the benefits of hiring a home house cleaner include:
- Lowered stress
- Increased productivity
- Increased mental wellbeing
- More free time
But how often should you have a professional cleaning? Weekly? Bi-Weekly? Monthly? A once a year deep clean? No one can answer that question for you. It’s all dependent on your particular situation. Factors such as lifestyle and level of cleanliness should be considered when making this decision. Generally, most people can expect a bi-weekly cleaning service to be enough to keep their house in pristine condition.
Regular Cleaning Service
Regular visits from a housekeeping team may be done on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis. The most common choice is bi-weekly.
Again, it all depends on your home and your needs. If you live in a small one-bedroom apartment, biweekly cleanings might be a bit excessive or beyond your means. But for people that live in a four-bedroom house with kids (the larger the family, the more mess to clean up), it can be a lifesaver. Individuals that work a job with demanding hours or requiring intense periods of deep focus sometimes find the time they’d spend cleaning is more valuable at work.
Monthly periods are great for empty-nesters and those working on a budget.
It can be helpful to consider what your current approach looks like and what you feel works well or needs improvement. How often do you have the time and energy to deep clean your house? Casual cleaning to keep clutter, dust, and food particles off surfaces is a great habit, but chances are that there’s a lot of things that should be done more than you’re capable of doing yourself.
If you’re bringing in a service regularly (say, once a week or every other week), there will be less to do each time the cleaner visits. Therefore, you’ll spend less money overall. Waiting longer means a bigger mess and a longer cleaning time. Professional cleaners can take care of things you unlikely to get around to, including:
- Refrigerators: Often left neglected, fridges should be cleaned out monthly. Chances are it’s something near the end of most people’s lists, but salad drawers alone contain 750 times more bacteria than any other place in your home!
- Keyboards: 70% of people eat at their computers, and keyboards also collect bacteria. Some studies have found that they collect the same bacteria as your toilet (which isn’t great if you’re eating nearby).
- Pillowcase and Mattress Cleaning: Even if the only time you spend in your bed is while sleeping, dead skin and sweat accumulate quickly. Ideally, your mattress should be cleaned every 6 months at least.
If you feel that you’re able to keep your home clean to your satisfaction on a monthly basis but would still like to have it cleaned regularly (or if monetary restrictions keep you from committing to a specific schedule), consider a custom plan — there’s nothing wrong with calling for the service as needed.
Whether you’re using a professional service several times a month or a few times a year, home cleaners can be the difference between staying on top of everything and slowly ending up overwhelmed. They can be especially useful to make sure the nooks and crannies of your home are clean.
Periodic Deep Clean
There’s also the option to have a periodic cleaning at your own leisure — whenever you feel it’s needed. We highly recommend you don’t go more than a year between cleanings, though.
If you’re pretty happy with how clean you’re able to keep your house on a day-to-day basis, a yearly deep clean might be more beneficial than a regular housekeeping service. At what point in the year you should have it done is another personal choice that may vary based on different life factors, but spring tends to be a great time to bring in backup.
In addition to the sense of accomplishment and refreshment most people get from annual spring cleaning, the end of winter is often when your home needs deep cleaning the most. After being sealed-up and closed-off to some extent over the winter months, things like dust build up, which can lower your home’s air quality. Deep cleanings can address layers of grime and dirt that accumulate over time.
How much cleaning do you have time for? If you’re someone that enjoys daily cleaning, then a bi-weekly or once-a-month housekeeping service could be unnecessary. If you find yourself scrambling to keep up because of other obligations, these options are worth considering.
The specific features of your home may make a difference, too. If you have a fireplace or chimney, that should be professionally cleaned at least once a year.
Recent renovations are a good reason to have it cleaned immediately. Dust, flecks of construction material, and more can collect all over the place, triggering allergies and other illnesses.
Lifestyle is another important factor. If you frequently host events like large youth groups, house parties, neighborhood gatherings, etc., it might be a good idea to have a monthly cleaning.
The Best Solution for a Clean Home
Cleaning regularly will help minimize your need for professional cleaning — but it’s still wise to have your home professionally cleaned at least once a year. When you need the job done right and quickly, Bliss Maid Services is here for you. Visit us online to view our services and receive a free quote.