We all know what we should be cleaning on a weekly basis but what should we be doing each month? The following list is intensive. It is not for faint of heart housekeepers, however, if you can accomplish these tasks you will reap the benefits of a wonderfully clean home.
Dust your ceiling fans. You’ll be surprised how fast dirt, dust and grime can accumulate there.
Clean light fixtures. Again, these are a magnet for dust.
Dust your air vents. This will help keep dust from blowing out into your rooms.
Clean your walls. Spot clean the walls of your home to remove crayon marks, furniture scuffs, dust, and splatters. Food preparation, eating areas, and the place you store your trash will be likely candidates for a monthly wall wipe-down. While you are at it, clean your baseboards too.
Clean your window treatments. Curtains and drapes may need to be washed, cleaned, or dusted out on a monthly basis. Blinds that attract dust will need to be wiped down as well. Be sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions for your window treatments before cleaning.
Dust, dust and dust some more. This time instead of giving the furniture a quick wipe down you should dust doors, molding, windowsills and ceilings.
Vacuum inside furniture. Yes, pull off the cushions and see what treasures you find inside your couch and arm chairs.
Clean your windows. A monthly cleaning for windows includes cleaning the inside of the glass and wiping down the windowsills. Use a glass cleaner to remove streaks and spots on the interior of the windows. If you wait for an overcast day, you’ll reduce the streaking and spotting on the glass.
Spot treat carpet and upholstery. Check for spots on the carpet and upholstery and spot treat the stains. Be sure to test the stain treater in an inconspicuous spot before applying liberally. If it’s been awhile since your carpet was last cleaned, it may be time to schedule a shampooing.
Check your smoke alarms. Change the batteries if needed and make sure to dust the alarms to keep them working properly.
Change filters. Change not only your furnace filter but also your air conditioner and vacuum filters.
Deep clean appliances. By cleaning appliances each month you will prevent the gunked up oven, or a toaster full of crumbs.
It’s not a short list and some of these chores will take a bit of time and elbow grease but getting these done will ensure a beautiful and clean home that you and your family will enjoy.