Even when a residence is being properly cleaned on a regular basis, it is good to deep clean the space periodically. Small tasks that are often overlooked can have a big impact on the cleanliness of a home, and it is important to make time every couple of months to ensure that even hard-to-reach places are being taken care of. Follow our guide to deep cleaning to get any home sparkling from the inside out.
First, it is important to identify spaces in the space that do not get as much attention when cleaning. This can include above cabinet spaces, behind large appliances, and light fixtures. Making a list of appliances and areas that need attention will make deep cleaning your space more organized and easy to follow.
When preparing to deep clean your space, it is important to bring the proper supplies. Here is a list of the possible cleaning supplies to consider using while deep cleaning:
- Gloves, protective gear
- Trash bags
- Buckets for mopping
- Scrub pads
- Window/ glass cleaner
- Wood cleaner
- Ladder to reach high places
- Dusting cloths
To help you get in the cleaning mood, there are a few things you can do. Put on a playlist of your choice filled with upbeat, motivating music to get you going. Additionally, you can listen to a podcast, such as one from our list of podcasts for cleaning companies. Either way, you’re going to want to put on something that doesn’t need attention so you can focus on your tasks.
When cleaning the kitchen, it’s best to start with identifying areas that are regularly cleaned, and areas that are not. Spaces above the cabinets and refrigerator are often neglected when doing daily or weekly cleaning activities. Be sure to clean those areas with a damp cloth to remove dust. In addition, cleaning underneath and behind the refrigerator can create much cleaner spaces free of dirt, dust, and food residue.
Make sure to wipe down any dusty areas, and disinfect door handles and other high contact areas. Emptying the fridge and cleaning up any spills or buildup is also helpful to keep food sanitary. Lastly, cleaning out the oven, microwave, and any other appliances will increase the cleanliness of your space. Leftover food particles in these appliances can create an unpleasant odor and bacteria. You can also remove grease stains by placing baking soda and dish soap on top of the affected area, letting it sit, and then wiping it away.
When deep cleaning your bathroom, always make sure that all surfaces are properly disinfected, especially high contact points such as toilet and faucet handles.
In addition, cleaning glass surfaces such as mirrors and glass shower doors with warm distilled white vinegar can help to remove any buildup that has begun to occur.
- Pour white vinegar on top of the area that needs cleaning
- Once it has sat for a minimum of 20 minutes
- Sprinkle baking soda and scrub the spots with grime
After following these steps, your glass surfaces should be grime-free.
Similarly, a showerhead can harbor millions of bacteria, some of which can cause disease. To properly clean this item, we suggest soaking it in a bin or bag full of white vinegar overnight. Rinse thoroughly after soaking and it should be rid of most build-up.
Finally, scrub toilet bowls and sinks with a cleaner with bleach, or of your choice. Be sure to clean underneath, behind, and around the base of the toilet as well. In addition, be sure to scrub sinks and sink handles and use a cleaning solution to disinfect the area. Sinks have been proven to carry the most bacteria in the entire house. Clean it well and often.
Besides regularly cleaning sheets, blankets, duvet covers, and pillowcases, it is important to occasionally deep clean the mattress as well. This can be achieved by sprinkling the mattress with baking soda, and letting it sit for a couple of hours, then vacuuming it up with a clean vacuum hose or machine. Make sure to also vacuum under and around the bed, as dust can collect if the area is not touched over a period of time.
Secondly, clean any lighting fixtures around the room. This can include bedside lamps and ceiling lights. Dust can accumulate in the room behind window frames and nightstands. Don’t forget to also wipe off any dust that may collect on top of ceiling fans and tower fans. If the room has an air conditioner, replace the filter when needed to ensure that fresh air is being filtered throughout the room.
Living rooms or shared spaces are often used by almost all members of a household. Because many people spend their time in these rooms, it is important to pay special attention to the furniture and carpets in the area. Properly cleaning your couches is important to keeping dirt and dust from building up. Start by taking off pillows and decor, and wipe and vacuum the couch. If needed, find an appropriate cleaner for the couch’s fabric and wash it thoroughly. In addition, regularly deep cleaning your couch will keep your furniture looking as good as new.
Ceiling, walls, and corners also need special attention as they collect dust and germs. Dust the room down from ceiling to baseboard and see if any areas need washing or spot cleaning. This includes air vents, doorknobs, light switches, light fixtures, and everything in between.
Be sure to take down curtains or drapes and wash or dry clean them. While the curtains are being cleaned, make sure that all of the window screens are taken off, washed, dried, and wiped down.
It is also important to properly disinfect both hard and soft surfaces. Over time, dirt, dust, and other germs can accumulate throughout the house. While wiping the surface with a clean cloth is the first step to making sure the area is clean, it is important to use household disinfectants to remove any remaining germs. Make sure to properly follow directions on disinfectants such as bleach and CAT, and have proper ventilation.
Our guide to deep cleaning should get you on the right track to getting a place spotless.