A home is your sanctum sanctorum. It gives you peace and a sense of security. No matter where you go and enjoy your time, in the end, you come back to your shelter to bask in the warmth that you created in it with your choices and decisions. For example, you plan its hygiene and cleanliness to make it entirely safe from the inside also for everyone. In that effort, you clean every nook, repair things that malfunction, and replace what you believe needs an upgrade or is irreparable. Of the entire exercise, repair and replacement often become a focus as these come with a certain cost.
To be precise, you can think of replacing a countertop faucet. Since it is a minor yet effective change, you may not mind taking a quick call on this. But many other things also in your house require timely replacement and may not necessarily add any aesthetic value. Still, you have to pay attention to them for the health of your home and family. So, let’s examine the three main sections of the house, such as kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom, in this context to preserve their utmost wellbeing.
A wet sponge can be the abode of pathogens. Ideally, you should use a fresh one every day. But it may not be practical and cost-effective. Hence, you can replace it once a week or two. However, all this while, it will be better to use hot soapy water for washing purposes and disinfect the sponge regularly. Also, for countertops, you can depend on paper towels than a sponge wipe. Or, if you have dishcloths, clean them daily.
Similarly, worn-out cutting boards (stone, wood, or plastic) with deep grooves can be difficult to clean. So, it would be best if you changed them too. Otherwise, you can wash them with hot, soapy water to kill any bacteria left behind by vegetables or meats.
While these are smaller items, you can be more worried about the bigger appliances that demand massive spending. Fridge, dishwasher, stove, and other such things belong to this category. When it comes to deciding their future in your home, you need to know your expectations well. Do you want something more advanced or longer-lasting? If your goal is to have a modern unit, then a replacement can be the best option. You can compare your existing products with the latest to understand how they can be worth adding. Or, if the repair cost of your old model is too high, but you are afraid of switching because you don’t trust other’s durability, you can get something rated as most durable.
Usually, most appliances come with a life term of 10 to 15 years. After that, the rest depends on usage, maintenance and repair.
You may forget to count this part of your home when considering what needs a quick fix and what has to go out. But this corner helps you enjoy a restful sleep and get ready for the next day. If things are not in proper condition, you can lose your comfort and ease. For example, take a look at your mattress. Usually, one needs to do away with the old one in ten years. Some may require early disposal also based on their type. As experts say, latex material can survive for eight years and memory foam about seven. However, innerspring may not sustain for even this long.
If you wonder when to retire your old mattress, you can listen to your body – do you feel tired after waking up in the morning? Does your back pain? Then, it’s a sign your bed has to change. Similarly, you can swap your pillows in one or two years to avoid the issue of dust mites, which flourish in the environment of hair, dead skin, and body oil left behind by your head. Meanwhile, make sure to wash them every six months and cover them with a protective case just below a pillowcase. Another significant outlay can be bed sheets, which lose a tremendous amount of fiber in two years.
Furthermore, humidifiers and dehumidifiers can last for 6 to 7 years, duvets and comforters for around 10 to 15 years.
Sink, toilet, bathtub, and shower come with a longer lifespan. You can repair them if there is leakage. Or, if they show a sign of discoloration, scratches, or chipping, you would want to swap them with new ones depending on your budget. Apart from them, there are numerous items you use daily or regularly. Since they come in direct contact with your skin and mouth, you need to be extra careful about how you use them.
For example, it is not safe to keep the same toothbrush after three or four months. Makeup brushes also have to go in the dustbin after two or three months if they smell or shed bristles. But, then, most items in your beauty kit can have a shelf life of about three months to 2 years. So, you have to keep a tab over them. Another thing is the hairbrush, which again needs replacement every six months to a year. Meanwhile, you can wash them at regular intervals to keep them clean.
As you see, most of these replacements are about safety and comfort than aesthetic significance. But it doesn’t mean you can ignore them. Dirty or broken things can directly impact your health. So, it is better to replace them from time to time. Also, beautiful home doesn’t just stand for exotic interiors or expensive décor. Hygiene and cleanliness can increase the visual appeal of any house effortlessly.
When your guests find how well you maintain everything, they can only have words of admiration to shower. Hence, it is critical to remember that a safe home can also look beautiful even with its minimalistic approach. You replace what no longer serves your purpose as efficiently or is tough to fix. So, if something has been bothering you for a long time, it’s time you take a good look at it and do the needful.