Everybody should pride themselves on a clean and healthy home, it is a reflection on the homeowner and other people who may be living there. It is nice to have unannounced visitors for a quick chat or lunch, but if your home is a mess it is a bit embarrassing. Keeping on top of the cleaning can be a bit of a chore but worth it, and believe it or not, can also be fun. It is a good idea depending on the size of your house, and the number of occupants to deep clean each room at least two times every year.
Deep cleaning does sound intimidating but really isn’t, especially if you can get help from other family members or friends willing to lend you a helping hand. Deep cleaning simply means getting into all the areas that may collect dust and dirt over the year that you may normally overlook. Thoroughly clean carpets, behind furniture, and remember to clean your air con filter, something that is often neglected. All these jobs and more are explained below and what you will need for cleaning each room.
Before You Start Cleaning Your Home
Before you can begin you can make life easier for yourself by being prepared, this list may sound a bit daunting but each step and item has a purpose:
- Devise a plan. Work out which rooms you are going to do first, there is no right or wrong. Just do them in any order you choose, probably leaving the kitsch or bathroom to last as you will need access to water. If you have a large property break the deep cleaning up into days or even weeks if you need to. There is no point in rushing as this defeats the object.
- A pre-clean is necessary. To make the deep clean more efficient go through each room first and remove any clutter, you will have to do this anyway. When you come to clean the room, you will be quicker and less frustrated.
- Get the appropriate supplies. There is no point in starting unless you are prepared, here is a list of things you should have to prevent you from stopping to go out and buy items.
- Stiff brush
- Dish soap
- Baking soda
- Dusting cloths
- Gloves for the protection of your hands
- Multi-purpose cleaner
- A vacuum cleaner with all the accessories
- Wood cleaner and polish
- Window and glass cleaner
- White vinegar
It may seem like a lot but each item has different roles to play.
Cleaning Your Common Living Areas
These are the rooms that often are the most in need of a deep clean, with so many people using the room for socializing, relaxing, and watching TV, dirt, and dust accumulate quickly. The first step is to remove all the cushions from the couches and chairs, vacuum thoroughly paying special attention to get right into the sides and corners where crumbs and dirt have found a new home. To remove stains from the fabric use rubbing alcohol applied with a white sponge and dab and then a white bristle brush, be gentle. Next for the carpets, shampoo is ideal but time consuming, if you want to just focus on the stain use pet stain remover or steam from your iron.
These are the rooms that often are the most in need of a deep clean, with so many people using the room for socializing, relaxing, and watching TV, dirt, and dust accumulate quickly. The first step is to remove all the cushions from the couches and chairs, vacuum thoroughly paying special attention to get right into the sides and corners where crumbs and dirt have found a new home. To remove stains from the fabric use rubbing alcohol applied with a white sponge and dab and then a white bristle brush, be gentle. Next for the carpets, shampoo is ideal but time-consuming, if you want to just focus on the stain use pet stain remover or steam from your iron.
Wooden furniture can be dusted along with any electronics and then traditional wood polish applied. For electronics unplug them and use a slightly damp cloth to gently wipe away any remaining dust. For baseboards, window treatments, ceiling fans, and light fixtures use a vacuum with an extension so you can get to all the high spots. Traditional glass cleaner is fine for the windows and glass coffee tables. Dusting the decor in the room can be very time-consuming and must be done with care, a regular feather duster should suffice.
Moving on to Cleaning The Bedrooms
Not such a challenge as the living areas due to less traffic, but over time dust and dirt will accumulate. Start by removing all the bed linen, duvets, and pillows. Clean them as normal and if the duvet is too big for your washing machine take it to a dry cleaner or laundry mat. Flip your mattress to prevent permanent grooves from forming from your sleeping positions. To freshen the mattress use baking soda, sprinkle all over and allow it to sit for 1 hour, and simply vacuum it up. If you have drapes try using a vacuum or laundry them.
Headboards, window fixtures, and ceiling fans can be cleaned in much the same fashion as the living areas. Clean under the bed using a vacuum or mop depending on your floor type and try to get right into the corners. If the bed is too heavy to move use the extension provided. Next, the closets, take a good look at the clothes you have accumulated and decide do you really need everything. It may be time to donate to charity or sell some of the clothes you know you are not going to wear. Devise a system so you can see the next time you clean your closet which items you have not worn in a year and decide what to do with them. Finally, wipe down draws inside and out with a damp cloth and again decide what to keep and what is now junk.
Cleaning The Most Important Room, The Kitchen
The kitchen should in theory already be fairly clean, after every meal to preserve hygiene the surfaces should be wiped down and the floor swept. But crumbs of food and grease do have a habit of getting into places that are easy to miss. To start, wipe down the cabinets and the handles with a damp cloth and the usual kitchen cleaner, for grease marks use undiluted vinegar. Try using newspaper cut to fit inside your cabinets and place it on the shelves to collect dust. Empty the fridge and freezer and allow to defrost, whilst that is happening vacuum the dirt and dust from the fridge coil and any vents they may have. Clean the insides with damp cloths with kitchen disinfectant.
Throw away old sponges from the kitchen and replace them with clean new ones. Cleaning stoves are a bit more hard work. Use warm water and dish soap to remove the grease from the inside and outside. To clean the microwave, place a cup of water with a tablespoon of vinegar inside and on a high setting microwave for 5 minutes, the grim will be much easier to wipe off.
Now It’s Time To Clean The Bathrooms
The bathroom is usually the smallest of the rooms and shouldn’t take too long to clean. First, remove all the products from the room. The sink sees a lot of action, takes an all-purpose bathroom cleaner, and wipes with a wet cloth, for stubborn stains use a bleach-based cleaner. Bathtubs are similar to the sink, spray the tub all over and leave it to soak for some time, using a slightly abrasive sponge scrub the bathtub thoroughly, and rinse down with the showerhead using warm water.
Depending on the floor type either use a vacuum or mop and make sure to get into all the nooks and corners. For the toilet use a liquid toilet bowl cleaner in the bowl and allow it to do its work dissolving grime and killing germs. After sufficient time use a good quality toilet brush and scrub.
There is no rush to clean every room the same day, take your time and do a thorough job, and most of all don’t stress yourself. Try to use as many eco-friendly products as possible and leave the garage for your other half, you deserve a break.