Cleaning in Sydney with Mr. Meticulous Cleaning Services, we will do all of the following and in 2019 we want to make sure your home or office is cleaned hygienically.
Many common items in your home can harbor—even actively grow—bacteria, mold, mildew, dust mites, odors, and other yucky stuff. Routine washing is your best defense. Depending on how frequently you wash your common items will depend on a combination of things:
- On a scale of damp to sopping, how wet does it typically get?
- Does it come into routine contact with body fluids?
- Is it allowed to air-dry thoroughly between uses?
- And, does is get regular exposure to fresh air and bright sunlight?
The use of the following washing guidelines, as a starting point for daily and weekly maintenance routines, allows you to go out with less frequent deep cleaning.
The guide here is to wash it before seeing signs of mold growth. For most homes, this means turning on the bathroom fan after bathing at least twice a week and removing the tub liner to dry.
Hanging up and reusing bath towels is a great way to save on energy, water, and detergent use. The flip-side is that bath towels have all the best conditions—damp, dark, plush, frequent body contact—for growing bacteria. Assuming you hang bath towels to dry between uses, you should wash every 2-3 times as they are used.
Washing hands is the undisputed best way to limit the spread of infection. But not everyone washes their hands with the same degree of thoroughness, so it is better to change the towels at least every other day. Something else to know is that washing even with hot water and bleach doesn’t kill all germs; towels accumulate germs as they age, so also replace them.
Once a week or with each load of bath towels should be the trick to keep your bath mat respectably clean. If the mat has a non-slip rubber backing, frequent washing causes the backing to deteriorate, so keep this in mind the next time you choose a new mat.
SHEETS When it comes to washing sheets, recommendations from cleaning PROs range from once a week (ideal) to, at most, once every two weeks. A few of the factors that might influence where you fall in that range include tendencies to perspire or drool when sleeping, wearing/not wearing PJs, bathing before bed, daily bed-making behaviors, allowing pets to sleep with you and many others.
DUVETS/COMFORTERS First question: is it covered? If yes, wash the cover whenever you wash your sheets, then wash or professionally clean the comforter once a season. If you don’t use a duvet cover, wash the comforter as often as you wash your sheets. Second question: do you use a top sheet? If yes, you can probably push washing a cover once a month.
BLANKETS The wash guideline for blankets depends on use. If used routinely, wash with sheets; if used only on occasion, wash or clean once a month or so.
MATTRESS PAD/COVER While the sheets provide a layer of protection here, they still allow the fluids of the human body (such as sweat) and dandruff to seep, creating a feeding ground for dust mites. Even if a mattress cover is guaranteed to repel mites, wash the mattress pads and covers at least once a month.
BED SKIRT Whenever you have the usual habit of moving and/or vacuuming under and around the bed, and nobody sleeping in the bed suffers from dust or related allergies, once a season or even twice a year should be enough to wash or dry clean the skirts of the bed.
PILLOWS Assuming you wash pillowcases and/or protective pillow covers once a week (or every two if that’s your sheet routine), you can likely get away with washing pillows just once a season or every six months. The exceptions would be for people who perspire heavily, drool in their sleep, or suffer from allergies or asthma.
WINDOW TREATMENTS If you have a weekly or bi-monthly habit of vacuuming blinds and window treatments, you can get away with washing or cleaning window treatments only once a season or twice a year.
THROW PILLOWS/BLANKETS Decorative throw pillows often come with removable/washable covers and inserts. As with window treatments, if you vacuum them weekly, you can get away with washing only once a season. The same is true for cozy throw blankets and slipcovers.
SPONGES Synthetic sponges are pretty much germ factories and should be essentially sterilized with each use. Either drop into boiling water or run through a very, very hot dishwasher cycle. Better yet, trade-in your sponges for cotton dishrags that you can throw in daily with just about any load of laundry you happen to be running.
DISHTOWELS Especially if you use them to dry dishes, dishes and utensils to serve, which will not benefit from the high cooking temperatures to kill surface germs, be sure to wash the dishcloths with each use and replace them occasionally.