How Often Should You Clean Your Attic?

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When cleaning the house, it’s easy to forget about your attic space. Although cleaning the attic is often overlooked, doing so is just as important as keeping the rest of your home, clean and tidy.

How often you should clean your attic on a number of different factors, including how often you use this area of your home, the climate in the area that you live, and type of insulation lining your attic.

Key Factors Contributing to How Often You Need to Clean Your Attic

Below, we have covered some of the key factors that influence how often you should clean your attic yourself or outsource this task to a team of professionals, such as those at Attic Pros.

Attic usage

If you use your attic frequently, whether as a home office, music room, or guest bedroom, you may need to clean it more often than somebody who rarely ventures into their attic. Ideally, if you use your attic just as much as the other rooms in your home, you’ll want to clean it a similar number of times each month.

Environmental temperature and humidity

If you live in an area of the world with high environmental temperatures and humidity, your attic will be more prone to growing mould and mildew. It may also be more attractive to pests if it’s warm and moist.

Therefore, if you live in a hot and stuffy climate, you’ll probably need to clean your attic more often than those who live in colder, drier climates. Cleaning will remove any dirt, dust, and mould that could worsen over time if left untouched.

Attic insulation

Depending on the type of insulation you have in your attic, it could be more prone to pest infestations or a build-up of dust, dirt, and debris. Some forms of insulations, such as foam or cellulose, can attract dirt and pests, causing your attic to become dusty and in need of a good clean more frequently than not.

Check the type of insulation you have in the roof of your attic to determine whether you’ll need to clean it regularly or if you can get away with less frequent cleans throughout the year.

Our Recommendations for Attic Cleaning Frequency

Most homeowners are able to clean their attics a similar number of times as they do their gas ovens to avoid the accumulation of dirt, dust, debris, and pests – twice a year.

Provided your biannual cleans are thorough and you reach every corner and crevice of your attic, this frequency of cleaning may be sufficient. It’s a good idea to schedule your two deep cleans six months apart so your attic remains clean for most of the year.

If you use your attic relatively frequently, consider performing seasonal cleans that total four times a year. This way, you can keep your attic space as neat and tidy as possible by tackling dust, dirt, and pests as soon as they start to accumulate. After extreme weather conditions, such as storms or floods, inspect your attic and give it an additional clean if necessary.

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