How often should we clean? Once a week, once in three days, or maybe daily? There isn’t one answer. We all may have different cleaning habits and standards, but there is a general rule that works for all: at some point, just regular cleanups become insufficient. All homes need a good deep clean from time to time because — let’s admit it — we tend to cut corners in our weekly cleanups, putting off some cleaning tasks until better times. Over time, dirt, dust, and soap scum accumulates here and there and becomes too hard to ignore. While you may think that postponed deep cleaning impacts only how your home looks, the effects of delayed deep cleaning go far beyond that. In this post, we will tell you why you shouldn’t hesitate with deep cleaning any longer.

Negative impacts of postponed deep house cleaning

Cleaning becomes difficult and overwhelming

We are usually limited in time and have an hour or so for regular cleaning to just briefly go through the house, dusting, vacuuming, and wiping hard surfaces. So it is physically impossible to embrace the entire house with all its grimy nooks and crannies even though we notice all this mess, and it drives us mad. As a result, the grime is still in its place (minus dust), and we are frustrated because the house still doesn’t look clean.

Deep cleaning that includes sanitizing and disinfecting all (even hard-to-reach) surfaces and removing all kinds of foul odors gives your home a fresh start and makes further regular cleanings effortless. Maintaining it clean is always easier than cleaning it from top to bottom every time. After a deep cleaning, regular cleanups become an enjoyable and satisfying activity.

Your home gets cluttered

We usually at least try to declutter our homes while cleaning. The more thoroughly you clean, the stronger the decluttering urge is. It comes naturally because we readily get rid of unwanted stuff that is in our way. Sometimes we even dare to say goodbye to things we stored in our homes for years. And every often, in the decluttering attack, we can stumble on things we forgot we ever owned.

If you don’t do a deep home reset for a long time, your home gets buried under the clutter, and you use your living space less effectively. If you work at home or homeschool your kids, clutter makes you less productive.

Your home endangers your family’s health

Not cleaning your house thoroughly means that dust and bacteria accumulate and linger in hidden places making your home dangerous for family members with compromised immunity. Especially now, in these uncertain “COVID times”. The germiest places in your home are kitchen and bathroom. Here is where humidity, high temperatures, food, and organic wastes meet, creating a perfect ground for spreading gastrointestinal bacteria, viruses, and fungal skin infections.

Dust that remains for a long time on surfaces and in fabrics (cushions, bedding, curtains, etc.) can cause many people to develop dust mite allergy and worsen symptoms in people with asthma. Once-in-a-season deep cleaning helps cope with the hidden dust in hard-to-reach and non-obvious surfaces and creates a safe living environment for your family.

Your indoor air gets stale

If a home hasn’t been deep cleaned for a long time, the indoor air gets filled with foul odors from all around the house. Your nose can smell not only dust lingering in the air but also a stinky trash bin, neglected garbage disposal, expired food in a dirty fridge, musty and moldy bathroom, burned food in the oven, stale bedding, and even dirty shoes. We won’t take care of your shoes, of course, but our deep cleaning service can cope with the rest of the foul smell coming from dirty appliances, garbage disposal, dusty surfaces, and an untidy bathroom. We even can handle your laundry as an extra service.

The quality of your life worsens

Living in a cluttered, untidy house has a long-lasting negative effect on our self-esteem. Our home is an extension of us. The mess around us makes us feel like we lose control over our home and, thus, our life. We may even feel miserable. From a place we long to and are proud of, our neglected home turns into a place we avoid and feel ashamed of.

A deep cleaning helps restore the feeling of full control and even brings some good changes. We call it “deep cleaning magic”. Once you start deep cleaning, you see lots of ways of how to make your home better. You want to buy something new and beautiful to replace the old and ugly you just threw into the garbage. Even if it is just rearranging your furniture or buying a new set of bright cushions or a fancy rug, you end up falling in love with your immaculate house and enjoying the time spent with your closest people at HOME more.

Emma Chen

Emma Chen holds a degree in Public Health from the University of Washington and has dedicated 13 years to promoting healthy and sustainable cleaning practices. Since joining us as a freelancer in 2020, Emma has shared her expertise in non-toxic cleaning solutions, indoor air quality, and allergen reduction. Her experience includes working in community health programs and as a health educator, which shows in her writing. Emma is a yoga instructor in her free time and participates in community clean-up drives.

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