After a full day at the office, the last thing you want to do is clean your house. According to the nationwide ratings service Angie’s List, you’re not alone. When you consider how much time it takes to clean your home, it might be worth considering hiring a cleaning service.
A poll of Angie’s List customers found that 60% of responders dislike cleaning the bathroom. But according the website, that’s not where they’re spending the most time. The poll also revealed that 70% of customers say they feel like the kitchen is the room that needs to be cleaned more often.
That’s a lot of time and energy that can be spent doing other things.
If you’re considering hiring help around the house, Angie’s List creator Angie Hicks says the average home costs about $80 to clean. Hicks also says to keep the following things in mind when hiring help, “Don’t settle for an over-the-phone estimate. Most housecleaning services will offer a free in-home estimate. Be clear about what you want done. If you have a 7-foot bookshelf you want cleaned every week, be sure to write it down.”
If a housecleaner isn’t in your budget, Angie’s List has some tips to help you make sure you’re maximizing your time spent cleaning.
- Bathroom: Weekly cleanings are important. Start with the bathtub and sink. Wipe all surfaces to prevent mildew and soap scum. Next, clean the toilet. Allow the cleaning agent to sit for several minutes before scrubbing. Mop the floor last.
- Kitchen: Wash dishes, countertops and clean the sink daily. Floors require constant cleaning depending on the amount of traffic.
- Living/Family rooms: Clear away clutter on a daily basis. Dust and vacuum weekly. Sweep more often if you have pets.
- Bedroom: Wash linens weekly to help reduce allergens and dust mites. Regular dusting and vacuuming will also help reduce allergens.