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How Often Should I Clean X?

No, this isn’t a how-to on cleaning the letter X (although it probably could use some reputation management), but rather a handy guide on how to keep your house clean without thinking about it so much. Whether we like it or not – or even pay attention to it – we live our lives by the clock. There are only so many hours in a day, and after you subtract time for work, sleep and daydreaming about cookie-dough ice cream, that leaves us with about 46 minutes to get any chores done. If you’re not careful, those precious minutes can be frittered away on things like <em>Seinfeld</em> reruns. Try keeping these temptations at bay by making a cleaning calendar. It’s easy to do and will help you save time – which you can then spend gorging on frozen treats and syndicated television. (NOTE: All times assume average, everyday use.) <strong>1. How often should I clean my oven? </strong>Let’s ignore the “self-cleaning” <a title="Ovens" href="http://www.atgstores.com/ovens-ranges_1690.html" target="_blank">oven</a> marketing – that path can lead to a broken oven and you’ll always be the one who extracts whatever’s left, anyway, whether you decide to scrub or burn off whatever’s in there. FREQUENCY: If you rent, the answer is <em>when you move out</em>. For everyone else, an annual on-your-hands-and-knees char battle is sufficient. <strong>2. How often should I clean my windows? </strong>Cleaning windows is a pain and the grime is often unnoticeable unless the bird had blackberries for lunch, which means windows get neglected. FREQUENCY: Try once a month and <a title="How to Clean Windows" href="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/how-to-wash-windows-the-right-way/" target="_blank">use these tips</a> to make quick work of it. <strong>3. How often should I dust? </strong>Ah, dusting – the easiest chore to skip, until you realize you can leave yourself notes without need of pen or paper. FREQUENCY: Once a week is excellent when there's no worry of allergies (especially for your electronics). <strong>4. How often should I clean my toilet? </strong>This is another chore that can be easy to ignore unless something catastrophic happens. Unfortunately, it’s also the kind of yuck that builds up while you’re not watching – because staring into <a title="Toilets" href="http://www.atgstores.com/toilets_533.html" target="_blank">toilets</a> isn’t cool. FREQUENCY: Use the brush once a week and, as <a title="Toilet Cleaning Tips" href="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/4-ways-to-keep-your-toilet-cleaner/" target="_blank">we’ve mentioned before</a>, be wary of toilet tablets and overuse of bleach. <strong>5. How often should I clean my bath/shower? </strong>Timing this one right is hard, if only because it should be getting cleaner every time you use it! Alas, mildew and hard-water stains will prevail if left unattended. FREQUENCY: Every two weeks keeps it classy. <strong>6. How often should I clean my carpet? </strong>And, by “clean” we mean the other machine, not the vacuum (which you should do once a week). This depends on the traffic area and the color. If we’re talking high traffic and a light color – you might end up dedicating your life to it. Fortunately, most people usually don’t mix the two. FREQUENCY: Assuming you have a non-white weave in an area that sees normal use, once a year should do. <strong>7. How often should I mop my floor? </strong>If it's a waxed wood floor you shouldn't be mopping it at all. For the rest, it depends on the mess. FREQUENCY: Assuming we're talking about routine mopping, once a month is the ticket. <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes putting these chores into a cleaning schedule helps you save time for the things that really matter.
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