When it comes to our homes, we all want to make sure that they are clean, warm, and safe, don’t we?
Whether we live alone, with family, friends, or our fur babies, cleaning is an integral part of our daily life.
Vacuuming, in particular, is vital. It keeps our floors clean from dust, dirt, and potentially harmful bacteria.
It keeps food particles off the floor to attract unwanted house guests and saves us from stepping on any unwanted stones or bugs that might have tread through the house.
So how often should you vacuum? Today that is what we are going to find out! Are you vacuuming too often, or not as much as perhaps you should?
Let’s go on the journey together to keep our homes clean and safe for all inhabitants!
How often should you vacuum?
When it comes to how often you vacuum your home, no one answer will suit everyone! Generally, it should be at least once or twice a week to keep your floors clean.
There are cases where your floor will need to be vacuumed more frequently, though, and we shall look at those factors now to help you find a vacuum schedule that suits you!
The size of your home will depend on how often it needs to be cleaned. For example, a small one-bedroom apartment will only need to be vacuumed once a week. High traffic areas such as a living room or hallway might need to be cleaned more often.
Larger homes with more occupants will need to be cleaned more frequently, perhaps 2-3 times a week. It’s not just the size that needs to be considered, though. You will also need to consider any clutter that you have in your home.
Rooms with lots of items will accumulate more dust, especially in spaces with electrical items such as TVs and games consoles. This added dust can make your home look dirty and cause issues for occupants with asthma or allergies.
In these cases, vacuuming twice a week and dusting regularly to keep the dust at bay!
Like humans, dogs, cats, and other animals shed their hair and be prone to dandruff. They will add to any hair and dust shedding humans do and cause your house to smell more like animals.
Regular vacuuming will help to avoid any unwanted smells and excess hair. Failing to do so can cause problems for pets with any allergies or block home ventilation systems.
If you have multiple animals with you that shed a lot of hair, you might want to consider daily vacuuming of areas your pets are frequently in.
You might also want to consider a steam mop for hard flooring areas. Using a mop with fragrance discs can disinfect your floor and provide a fresh scent. Be sure that the mop is suitable for your flooring before purchasing.
Who do you live with?
Let’s be real; we all shed hair. Whether we like to admit it or not, hair gets everywhere. The more of us living together will increase hair, dust, and dirt in the home, which translates to more vacuuming will be needed.
In these cases, you might need to vacuum high traffic areas in your home. Entrance Ways, staircases, and the kitchen might need to be cleaned multiple times a week.
Other rooms of the house used less frequently can be vacuumed once a week instead, such as closet spaces and single-occupied bedrooms.
An excellent way to decrease the amount of dirt in the home is to have rugs at doorways and having guests and other housemates clean their feet before entering.
Some of us also shed hair more than others, and you can do little to avoid this. In these cases, frequent vacuuming will help to keep the hairs at bay.
It is also a good idea to vacuum or sweep your kitchen floors regularly. This will avoid any food particles attracting the attention of animals and pest issues.
Alternatively, if you live alone and don’t frequently have guests, you will not need to vacuum as often.
Before a vacation?
Regardless of the size of your home, vacuuming before you head on vacation or take a long trip is an excellent idea. It will ensure that you return home to a clean home (always a nice touch!) and prevent any dust build-up while you are away.
Vacuuming your entire home before leaving will also provide you with an opportunity to check for any damages and gives you a chance to repair them before leaving home for a while.
As you can see, several factors should be considered when it comes to deciding how often you should vacuum your home. You will need to consider the size of your home, how many people live with you, and if you have any pets.
Considering these factors will allow you to decide whether your home should be vacuumed daily or every few days! Remember that every home is different, and you can make the choice that is right for you!