New Year, New Schedule
Well, another year has passed. While everybody’s celebrating the end of 2020, let’s not forget that 2021 still has its challenges. We still need to keep things clean for our health, as well as our comfort. So, do you have a cleaning plan for the new year? Whether we’re talking about a home or business, you should have one. You need to know what you should do every day, what you should do every week, and what deep cleaning you need to set aside extra time for. Let’s take a look.
1. Every Day Cleaning
There are some things you just have to do every single day, no way around it. If you’re planning for home, this includes things like scrubbing dishes. Even if you have a dish washing machine, you’ve got to scrub dishes first to get off the stuff that really sticks, otherwise the heat of the washing machine just sears them on as stains, or the food particles clog the drain. You should also be wiping down countertops, kitchen sinks, and other places where food is prepared and eaten every day. You don’t do laundry every day, but you can make the process go faster by sorting your laundry daily. Sweeping up the kitchen floor and your entryway before you go to bed is also a way to minimize the mess you have to clean on the weekly chart.
If you’re a business, you probably don’t have to worry about scrubbing dishes and sorting laundry, but you will have to worry about basic cleanliness. While we’re still dealing with the outbreak, you’ll need to be sanitizing all regularly touched surfaces daily to keep from spreading the disease. Other items, like sweeping (or mopping) entryways and tile floors are also a daily thing. It might even be a twice a day thing, depending on the level of mess customers make as they come in.
The best way to make sure these items get done is to do them right after they get dirty. Scrub the dishes and clean the countertops as soon as you finish eating, clean the sink after you finish preparing food. Organize your laundry into separate baskets when you take your clothes off. If you do it when it first happens, it’s a smaller job and it makes all the bigger jobs easier.
2. Weekly Cleaning
These are the big items we think of when we talk about cleaning. These are things like vacuuming the whole house, dusting, cleaning windows, doing full loads of laundry, etc. It’s a good idea to set aside part of a day to get these things done. To make it go by faster, get the whole family in on it. One person can take all day to clean a reasonable sized house, but a whole family working together will get it done in an hour or two.
To help you along, we’ve got a list of things you can do to make it easier.
For businesses, weekly cleaning will include most of the same stuff. Cleaning floors, carpets, and windows goes hand-in-hand with organizing your inventory. You’ll also need to do a full disinfection on a regular basis for Covid related issues. Plan to be spending some time after hours doing these more in-depth cleaning once a week if you want to make sure your customers keep coming back.
3. Deeper Cleaning
There are certain deep cleaning items that need to be done, but not every day or week. Some of them might need to be done only once a month, others once or twice a year. A full, deep carpet cleaning, complete with shampooing should be done twice a year (early spring and late fall are the best times). Sorting and organizing the attic, basement, or inventory storage every month or two is a good way to make sure you know where everything is. It also helps keep you from accumulating stuff, as it gives you an excuse to ask about what you’re really using and get rid of things you aren’t.
The cleaning needs of every home and business differ from one to the next. Take some time in planning your cleaning schedule to consider your needs and set aside extra time for them when you need to.
Bonus Tip: The Overlooked Items
When you’re doing your cleaning, there are a few places a lot of people forget to clean up. Some of these things might make your weekly chores, others might only be occasional things, but make sure you think about them. Take a look at our short list of commonly overlooked cleaning items.
Cleaning takes time, no question. Even if you can get your whole family in on cleaning your home, it can take a couple hours, maybe more. As businesses, you’ve probably got a janitor for cleaning up after hours, but sometimes messes just get too big to handle. If you find yourself needing more help with the cleaning, or just want to free up more time for yourself, you can get help. Here at Clean Freak, we’re always ready to step in and take the load off your shoulders. Get in touch today and see how we can help.