Deep cleaning checklist

Deep Cleaning Checklist For Your Home

We have combined a handy checklist to make and keep your home clean and tidy. By keeping up with these tasks, your home will be less cluttered, hygienic, and ready for visitors at any time.

Kitchen:

The kitchen is generally one of the busiest rooms in the house. Sometimes it can be hard to keep it clean with so many people throughout the day but this kitchen deep cleaning checklist

 could help you to keep on top of it with minimal effort.

* Countertops – Read any factory instructions about how to care for your countertops properly, the cleaner you use can depend on the type of countertop you have. ‘Clean as you go’ is the motto we use, simply clean your countertops after every time you use them. Make it a habit to wipe them with an anti-bacterial spray or wipes.

* Cabinets – At least weekly, wipe down the cabinets on the outside and the inside before putting your dishes away. Cooking spills can soon accumulate and attract flies and other pests. Replace any shelf liner paper at least yearly. If you use the right type for what’s inside, it’ll last longer. For example, cedar liner where you keep spices, felt for silver, rubber for slippery glass dishes, and cork where you put fragile glassware due to its softness and ability to resist mold.

* Sink – Get your family members to put any dirty dishes straight in the dishwasher, if you have one, and only to run it when it’s full rather than just store them in the sink. Another trick to making your sink look great and keep it hygienic is to wipe it around with a bleach solution which makes it smell fresh and limits mold/bacteria growth.

* Refrigerator/Freezer – Wipe down anytime there is a spill, if not then certainly every week, ideally before you buy any more groceries. Wipe sticky bottles, and check any fruit and vegetable trays for any spoiled or moldy produce. Wipe down the door and handle with an antibacterial spray.

* Stove Top – The best course of action when it comes to the stovetop is to clean it thoroughly after every use, including drying it with a soft dry towel. Each type of stove requires a different type of cleaning fluid and material, so check with your manufacturer. If you wipe it down every time you use it no matter the type of stove you have, it will always remain clean and hygienic, there’s nothing worse than dealing with old burnt food.

* Oven – If ever there is a spill then wipe it. Monthly or as often your manufacturer suggests, clean the oven completely according to their directions and use the recommended cleaning solutions. If you have a self-cleaning oven, you can use it to clean your iron skillets too by placing them upside down on one of the racks.

* Microwave – Try to get everyone to cover food before reheating or cooking in the microwave. Then, wipe it out after each use with a damp sponge with a solution of equal parts vinegar and water, it’s so much easier to do this while any spills are still wet. If you do have stuck-on food, put a microwave-safe bowl of water inside and microwave it for a couple of minutes to allow steam to cover the microwave. Wipe down with a dry paper towel.

* Light Fixtures – Monthly, the same time you change your air conditioner filter and put bleach in your air conditioner drain (only when recommended by the manufacturer), take the time to dust the outside of any light fixtures you have in your kitchen. A great way to do it is to wear dusting gloves. That way you can simply wipe them down with both hands.

* Miscellaneous Appliances – Everyone has random appliances: pressure cookers, food processors, etc. The best way to deal with these is to wipe them down with a damp cloth every time you use them using a vinegar and water solution, along with drying them completely with a dry soft towel or paper towel. If they tend to collect dust because you only use them a few times a year, then why not store them inside a cupboard to keep them dust-free.

* Baseboards – Weekly, when you give your floors a good scrubbing, also clean the baseboards. You can simply wipe with a wet cloth or sponge using the vinegar and water solution, then dry. Or to save getting on your hands and knees you could always use a clean mop and bucket.

* Floor – The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the house, so you probably need to sweep it daily each time you clean the counters after cooking. You may also need to mop up spills as they occur to prevent slips and trips. Every week, using our professional deep cleaning checklist, you could use a steam mop or vacuum and mop.

Bathrooms:

It’s not hard to keep your bathrooms clean, even easier if you put it on a cleaning roster so that other family members can chip in. Your bathroom will be company-ready most of the time if you follow our checklist and the tips.

* Walls and Doors – Due to steam that occurs in a bathroom it’s important to wipe the walls down every couple of weeks. This will help cut down on mold and other grime. All you need is a damp cloth and a 50/50 vinegar and water solution. If any marks have appeared, you can use a magic eraser. Pay close attention to the corners, doorknobs, and handles.

* Art and Decor – Most people have some decor in the bathroom. Due to the damp environment, first make sure you put the right type of art in that room, covered in glass. Then weekly, simply wipe it down with a damp cloth or dry cloth if needed.

* Tubs, Showers, and Tiles – Ever wonder how hotels keep the mold out of the tile grout? The answer is that they clean it and dry it regularly. Also, try to ensure that you use an anti-mold sealant around the tub. Then monthly it should be deep cleaned, using the right solution for your type of tile.

* Towel Racks – When you’re wiping down the art and decor, you may as well wipe down the towel racks, toilet paper holder, and paper towel racks if you have them. If you do it weekly, then a simple damp cloth followed by a dry cloth will do the trick.

* Toilet Bowl – Teenage and adult family members should know to clean the toilet bowl after use when necessary, give it a deep scrub at least weekly. Turn off the water, use the correct type of cleaner for your type of bowl and scrub using your hands, rubber gloves, and a sponge – ensuring you get under the rim. A good squirt of bleach regularly will keep it clean and hygienic.

* Sinks, Faucets, and Countertops – These ought to be cleaned daily due to the use of toothpaste and other products such as hairspray. Only use manufacturer-approved cleaning supplies so you don’t damage the ceramic, resin, etc.

* Shower Head – Unscrew it and put it in a bowl to soak with a solution of baking soda, vinegar, and water or a store-bought cleaner designed for the material yours is made from. It’s usually okay to scrub with an old soft toothbrush too. This should be done every six months, or if the water is not coming out due to hard water deposits.

* Drains – Clean at least monthly. Depending on what type of septic system you have, you’ll need to use the right method. But, when appropriate you’ll want to rid drains of hair and other junk, either using a snake or something similar. You can also use a solution of baking soda and vinegar to help clean drains and make them run clearly.

* Shower Doors – If you have glass shower doors, they can seem hard to keep clean. Hard water deposits can turn the doors yellow and cloudy. But, if you make it a habit to dry the doors down after every shower, you can avoid that problem altogether. Otherwise, use a product designed for cleaning glass doors and a squeegee monthly.

* Shower Curtains – First, ensure that you have a shower curtain liner. When you have a good liner, it will protect the shower curtain. Replace the liner once a year, or try washing the liner in the washing machine with bleach monthly. You can hang it while wet, then use a hand towel to dry it off. Teach your family to keep the curtain and liner fully stretched out after their shower to avoid water collecting in wrinkles, causing mold build-up.

* Mirrors – Anytime something is splattered on the mirror, take a few seconds and a paper towel to wipe it off. You don’t need fancy cleaners for mirrors. Seriously; all you need is vinegar, together with paper towels or an old newspaper. Clean mirrors fully every week.

* Countertop Items – Soap dishes, toothpaste tubes, perfume, hairspray, and shaving cream are often things that are out and ready to use or inside the cabinet. If you keep them put away, they’ll get less dust and dirt on them. But for things left out, be sure to wipe them down with a clean damp cloth at least weekly to avoid build-up of grime.

* Floors and Baseboards – Every week, sweep, scrub, mop, and dry the floors and baseboards. Remember to use the right cleaners based on your type of floor so that you don’t ruin it. You’re almost always safe simply using a cloth soaked with a 50/50 vinegar and water solution, and a soft cloth to dry.

* Rugs – Each week when you deep clean the floor, throw the rugs into the washing machine. All sorts get on bathroom rugs, so washing them more often is best.

Bedrooms:

Keeping your bedroom clean is important to ensure that you get a good night’s sleep, these can become laden with dust mites and other airborne particles. Thankfully, it’s not hard to do with these tips.

* Beds, Linen – Ensure to clean your bedding regularly. All you need is two sets and then you can alternate weekly or fortnightly. It is also a good idea to vacuum the mattress in between changing the linen to remove any excess dust mites. Other than that, make it a habit to make your bed every single day within minutes of getting up.

* Furniture – Dust furniture in the bedroom at least weekly, or at the same time as you change the bed linen. Keeping dust to a minimum in the bedroom will help you to sleep better and hopefully reduce the risk of dust allergens from becoming a problem.

* Doors, Floors, and Baseboards – Clean your doors and floors at least weekly. You can probably clean the baseboards monthly for the bedroom since the floor doesn’t have as much foot traffic.

* Rugs – Monthly, take any area rugs out of the bedroom and shake them out, or wash them if you can.

* Art and Mirrors – Monthly, dust all art and mirrors in your bedroom to keep them dust-free. If you notice dust building up faster, you might consider checking your air conditioner filter.

* Fans – If you have a ceiling fan in your bedroom, this needs to be dusted fully at least monthly to cut down on cobwebs and other dust bunnies.

* Windows – Monthly, wipe down all windows and window ledges.

* Closets – Each season, go through your closet to reorganize and put away things that were for the last season. Often, you’ll find things you didn’t even use that you can donate and give away as well.

Laundry Room:

Whether you have a laundry closet or a room, there are some regular maintenance issues to contend with. If you add these to your weekly cleaning checklist then chores are a breeze.

* Washer – Today’s low-energy washers need special care. While the manufacturer does say what to do, often people ignore it until their washer has a weird smell. You can clean it using the products the manufacturer suggests. GE recommends Tide washing machine cleaner for their washers. Otherwise, you can use a cup of bleach, or a cup of vinegar using the clean cycle on hot. It’s important to do this monthly and not wait for a bad smell. Wipe down after every use.

* Dryer – Always clean your lint filter before any use. Monthly, use a special dryer lint trap cleaner tool to get lint that slips through the filter. You can also use your vacuum with the soft brush attachment to clean the screen better, as well as clean the lint trap deeper. Also monthly, using a soft cloth damp with a 50/50 vinegar and water solution, wipe down the drum inside. Allow to fully dry with the door open before next use. Wipe down the surface after every use.

* Floor, Walls, and Baseboards – Like the bathroom, things build up faster in the laundry room. You’ll want to clean the floors and baseboard every week. It’s not hard; just use a sponge mop or a soft damp cloth to wipe down everything, drying when finished.

* Shelves – Due to the lint flying around, take the time to wipe down the shelves and anything sitting on the shelves or top of your machines every week. Cutting down on lint and dust is essential for helping you keep this room cleaner.

Entryway:

Do you know how the entryway that you love so much can become a claustrophobic experience when everyoneís stuff ends up there? Well, you can stop this with the right plan so that you can bring back your entryway.

* Furniture – If you have furniture in your entryway, try to make it useful furniture so that you can hide stuff. For example, a bench that also has a place to put shoes will help cut down on clutter. Clean the furniture at least monthly, weekly in bad weather.

* Shoes – If you find that you have lots of shoes getting in the way in the entryway, don’t fight it. Instead, get something to put the shoes in so that they’ll be organized. Ask your family to take some of their shoes to their room if it gets too crazy.

* Baskets – A great way to control clutter for a big family in the entryway is to use baskets. Each child has their own, and even the adults can too. That way all their stuff can be tossed in the basket to be distributed to the right room easily.

* Floors and Rugs – Entryways get dirty fast because people come in with their dirty shoes and can even be muddy. Use the right type of rug or floor in the entryway for simple clean-up. This is not the place for a rug that can’t be tossed into the washer. You’ll likely need to clean the entryway each evening before bed or assign it to someone in the family.

Garage:

If you have a garage but can’t use it for your car, you’re in good company. Most people who have garages use them to store more stuff that they don’t use. Consider it a challenge to organize your garage.

* Get Proper Storage Tools – The best way to keep any room clean and attractive, including the garage, is to invest in the right type of shelving and storage containers. When you see a need for storage solutions, don’t delay.

* Donate and Toss – Keep a donate bin as well as a toss bin. Whenever you come across something you’ve not used for an entire year, determine if you can donate it or if you need to toss it. It’s much easier keeping things clean if you don’t have extra stuff you don’t use.

* Label Everything – A great way to help yourself and your family put things where they go is to label things in the garage. That way, everything in the garage has a home and a place to be.

* Assess Seasonally – Each season, go through what’s in your garage if it’s out of order so that you can do better next season by keeping it organized.

* Floors and Surfaces – About every six months, go in your garage and remove everything you can from it. Scrub the floors and the walls, including the garage door. Wipe down all the things you put back into the garage to cut down on dust, cobwebs, and critters that like such things.

Porch:

If you have a porch or stoop, this is a place where dirt collects. It comes from people’s shoes, but also the wind can blow things onto your porch where they can get trapped in corners. All you need to do is take a broom and sweep, including the walls and an awning that you have covering the porch. For good wood surfaces, clean them accordingly as well as repair any paint that needs to be fixed.

This deep cleaning checklist will help you keep your entire home both tidy and attractive. Home is a haven for you and your family to get away from the noise and dirt of the outside world. With a little help and dedication, you can make it even better with ease.