How Often Should You Clean Your House?


Are you struggling to find the time to clean your home? Between work, kids, and a social life, it can be difficult to maintain a clean house. Hiring a house cleaner might be an adequate solution for those with busy schedules and not enough

If you were to inspect your home with a microscope and blacklight, you’d probably be repulsed. While you can see the dirt, dust, and pet hair with your naked eye, it’s the millions of unseen bacteria that would shock you.

If you’re cleaning your house once a month, you might assume that you’re a relatively clean person, but your own personal cleanliness has very little to do with it. The only way to keep your house clean is to take the time to thoroughly clean it on a regular basis.

The question is, how often should you clean your house? We have the answers.

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The Benefits of Cleaning Your House

Before we answer the question of how often you should clean your house, let’s get clear on exactly why you should clean. Here are some basic reasons:

Stronger Immunity

People who live in clean homes have stronger immune systems and can withstand common colds and viruses better than people who live in messy surroundings.

Fewer Allergy Symptoms

Allergies and asthma symptoms are worsened by the presence of dust, pet dander, and mold. By regularly cleaning your home, you remove high concentrations of these unwanted irritants and are able to breathe easier.


Lower Stress

When you live in a messy home, there’s a constant physical reminder of unfinished chores and other problems. But when your house is clean and spotless, you feel more in control. This is why there’s a direct correlation between stress levels and cleanliness.

More Exercise

According to researchers at Indiana University, there’s also a direct correlation between having a clean home and being physically active. Participants who lived in a cleaner home were more likely to exercise. The exact connection is unclear, but it likely has something to do with the benefits mentioned above (better health and lower stress).

Pest Control

Ants, roaches, mice, and other pests love messes. When you keep your house clean, you make it less hospitable to unwanted insects and rodents. This acts as natural pest control.

When you clean your house on a regular basis, you get to enjoy benefits like these. And even when it feels like a chore, you can feel confident that you’re setting yourself up for success.



How Often Should You Clean Your House?

Okay, so now for the question: How often should you clean your house? The answer varies based on what you’re cleaning. Here are a few rules of thumb:

How Often Should You Change Sheets?

Change sheets at least once per week. Sheets attract dust, dirt, and oils that can accumulate over time. While mostly harmless, the bacteria and fungi on sheets can contribute to acne, dandruff, and other skin conditions.

How Often Should You Vacuum and Mop?

We recommend vacuuming at least once per week and mopping/washing floors at least once every two weeks. Daily sweeping in between mopping sessions is a good idea.

How Often Should You Clean Your Kitchen?

Kitchen counters, sinks, and other surfaces should be wiped down daily in order to prevent buildup of harmful bacteria.

How Often Should You Clean Bathrooms?

Give each bathroom a simple wipe down at least once per week. Pay especially close attention to the areas within six feet of the toilet and sink. The bathtub and shower curtain should be disinfected at least once every two weeks.

How Often Should You Wipe Down Door Knobs?

We recommend disinfecting door knobs at least once per week in high-traffic areas like bedrooms and bathrooms. If there’s a virus going through your home, wiping knobs and drawer pulls down once per day is recommended.

How Often Should You Wipe Down Ceiling Fans?

Use a dust wand to remove dust and debris from ceiling fan blades once per month.

How Often Should You Clean Baseboards?

Wipe down baseboards with a damp cloth at least once per month. We recommend doing this at the same time you wipe down ceiling fans.

Developing a Biweekly Cleaning Schedule

If you want to keep your house relatively clean on an ongoing basis, it’s a good idea to conduct thorough cleans twice per month. You can either do this yourself or hire a house cleaning service or maid service to handle these tasks for you.

As a general rule, you should clean all high-touch areas and rooms during your biweekly cleaning sessions. The emphasis should be on the kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms, and other main living areas.

The Purple Maids Seattle House Cleaning

Are you looking for regular house cleaning services? The Purple Maids are here to help. We offer weekly and biweekly house cleaning, as well as monthly and periodic cleaning. Our regular cleaning services include sweeping and mopping floors, vacuuming rugs and carpets, surface cleaning, bathroom cleaning, appliance cleaning, dusting, door and window frame cleaning, bedmaking, and more. We also offer eco-friendly green cleaning.

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Ebony BrownEbony Brown
22:51 19 Aug 22
Dianna was amazing! She was very punctual, thoughtful, and detailed in cleaning and organizing things in our house. She went above and beyond. She really gave us a fresh start after being displaced in our home for the last 4 months with two toddlers and a kitchen remodel and several other dusty and dirty home projects. Thank you so so so much Dianna! God bless you! It feels like a brand new home in here!!!!
Margi LMargi L
19:38 09 Aug 22
She was very nice and went about her work very quietly. All of the rooms were nice and clean. The kitchen and bathroom fixtures all shining like new. Appliances and sinks were nice and shiny. Overall I am very happy with the clean apartment. I love the purple top, just to remind me of the company name. FYI, I just moved in to this apartment in May and have made some tiny improvements in the appearance, but as the years go by, just not able to do all that I wish to do. Glad for the help.
Ariel RubyAriel Ruby
19:10 28 Jul 22
Diana was friendly, efficient, and left our place nice and clean—we had a deep clean from a certain big cleaning company recently and she got spots they missed even though this was a standard clean! So glad we got someone with her level of professionalism. The company communicates well, answers questions quickly, and makes it easy to schedule cleaning.
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03:08 19 Jun 22
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Ayesha TellisAyesha Tellis
22:04 24 May 22
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Rhiannon BallardRhiannon Ballard
21:18 04 Aug 21
Excellent results!! I am very impressed. My family and I moved out of a rental and wanted to have it cleaned professionally. I’ll admit that I was a little nervous when only one lady showed up to clean a 2,000 square foot home, but Valaria is an army of one. This girl cleaned every inch in every corner. She didn’t miss a single cob web. And the bill was even on the low end of the quote! I couldn’t be more pleased and I will be booking these folks for all of my future cleaning needs. Thank you Purple Maids!!
Tammy Lopez (Tammy)Tammy Lopez (Tammy)
00:24 25 Jul 21
Loved it. Olivia did an amazing job. Thank you!
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21:06 24 May 21
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Jennifer EvangoJennifer Evango
14:42 01 May 21
I have been using The Purple Maids for a few months now and they do a great job every time!
Danielle DuPontDanielle DuPont
23:33 26 Jan 21
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