Woman cleaning kitchen counter

Are you guilty of giving the bathroom only a weekly wipe down, and the kitchen counters little more than a spritz at the end of a meal? You’re probably not alone… with many of us working, juggling family commitments, careers, exercising and social calendars, finding time to give the house a good scrub is a tall order!

But, with longer, warmer days upon us, the annual spring clean is in order. All those surfaces need dusting, you’ve not hovered in forever, wiping down awaits, and your cupboards are begging for a thorough clear-out… so, how long do you expect it to take you? (And yes, we mean moving the furniture to get into every nook and cranny!).

Is there a rule of thumb?

The length of time (and amount of effort) it takes to clean your house is going to depend on a lot of things. However, you can expect it to take 1 person approximately 4 hours for every 1,000 square feet of property. Why not make it faster by checking out these cleaning tips from Molly Maid and then consider the points below?

How big is your property?

If you live in a five-bedroom house, you’re going to have a lot more to clean than someone who lives in a studio flat. Of course, you can give your large property a cursory once over, but if you really want to do it justice, you’re going to need to set aside at least an entire weekend. On the other hand, your one bedroom apartment will probably take you little more than a morning of frenzied activity.

When did you last give it a deep clean?

If you’ve just moved into your house, you’ll want to give a thorough mop down to remove all trace of the previous owners. However, if you’ve just snapped up a new build, you might find a quick hoover and dust is all it requires. On the other hand, if you’ve been in your property for a long time and haven’t given it a deep clean since you moved in, you’re going to need to start by decluttering and then really put in some elbow grease to shift those layers of dust!

Do you have pets?

Cats and dogs shed their hair everywhere (even the breeds that are said not to!), and leave a lovable but notable ‘pet’ smell in their wake. If you’ve pets in your home, you’ll need to factor in extra time to lift stains and smells, and invest in a vacuum that can tackle their fur.

What products are you using?

Some cleaners are going to shift dirt quicker than others. It’s up to you whether you’d prefer to use environmentally friendly products or extra strength cleaners, but be sure to account for the fact that natural cleaners (such as solutions of vinegar and bicarbonate of soda) work best when left overnight.

Are you going it alone?

If you plan on tackling the chores single-handedly, it’s going to take you longer. However, if you can afford to and your free time is more valuable, consider enlisting the help of family members (after all, your kids live there too, right?!), or call on the services of professional cleaners.