Don’t you feel much better when you come home to a clean house? There is nothing more relaxing than coming home to a clean home. It just feels good, doesn’t it? I’m sure most people do. However, Deep, Cleaning your home is something no one relishes doing.
It’s stressful, time-consuming, and, frankly a lot of work. No matter how hard you try, keeping your home at the same high level of cleanliness that you desire daily can be challenging. This guide will teach you how to clean your home deeply, properly dispose of waste, and make cleaning fun again.
What Do You Need to Deep Clean Your Home?
You will need various cleaning supplies and tools to deep clean your home. Here is a list of some of the items you may need:
- Vacuum cleaner
- Broom and dustpan
- Mop and bucket
- Scrub brushes
- Microfiber cloths
- Window cleaner
- All-purpose cleaner
- Glass cleaner
- Carpet stain remover
- Furniture polish
- Tile cleaner
- Toilet bowl cleaner
- Trash bags
- Ladder (for reaching high areas)
Depending on the specific tasks you need to complete, you may need additional items, such as a toilet brush, grout cleaner, or a power washer for outdoor surfaces. It’s a good idea to gather all the supplies you’ll need before you start deep cleaning to have everything on hand.
How to Deep Clean Your House
The deep cleaning process is pretty straightforward, but you can follow a few tips to make the job easier and faster.
Declutter Before Deep Cleaning
The first thing to do is go through your house and throw away as much stuff as possible. As you move from room to room, ask yourself if anything in the room is functional or beautiful, and toss out anything that fails the test. You’ll be amazed at how much clutter you can eliminate before cleaning.
Start High, Go Low
It’s best to work from high surfaces down toward lower ones — so start with window sills or countertops and work your way down to floors. This ensures that any dirt or dust falling off objects onto lower surfaces will fall into a pile of dirt instead of spreading itself over a larger area. It also reduces the time spent cleaning each surface since you won’t have to wipe off high surfaces after cleaning lower ones.
Deep Clean Windows
When it comes to windows, get rid of as much dust as possible by wiping down the entire surface with newspaper or paper towels. Then go over them with glass cleaner, so they’re free of fingerprints and smudges. This will make them look like new again!
Spruce Up Window Treatments
If you have curtains or blinds needing washing, now is the time. You can use regular laundry detergent for this task; just make sure not to use bleach! Also, ensure that your rods aren’t metal. They’ll corrode under bleach exposure and become permanently stained.
Remove Dust from Surfaces
The first step in deep cleaning your house is dusting. Dusting is a quick and easy way to remove dust from surfaces. You can use a feather duster, a microfiber cloth, or your hand. Start by dusting all of the surfaces in your home, including the tops of furniture pieces and baseboards.
Deep Clean the Floors
The next step is deep cleaning your floors. You can do this in several ways, but the best option is to use a steam cleaner like the Bissell Symphony All-in-One Vacuum and Steam Mop because it will clean your floors and carpets at the same time.
You can also use an upright vacuum cleaner or a Swiffer SweeperVac if you don’t want to spend money on a steam cleaner. Make sure that whatever tool you choose has good suction power so it can easily pick up dirt, dust, and pet hair!
Room-by-Room Deep Cleaning House Checklist
How to Deep Clean Your Bedroom
To deep clean your bedroom, follow these steps:
- Start by decluttering and removing items you no longer need or use. This will make it easier to clean and make the space feel fresher and more organized.
- Next, move on to cleaning the surfaces in your bedroom. This includes dusting and wiping down furniture, windows, and countertops.
- Don’t forget to clean the floors. Vacuum the carpet, mop hardwood or tile floors, and scrub grout if necessary.
- Change your bedding and launder it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Fluff pillows and fold blankets neatly.
- Wipe down the inside and outside of your dresser drawers, and organize your clothing.
- Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, and handles to prevent the spread of germs.
How to Deep Clean the Kitchen
To keep your kitchen clean and sparkling, follow these tips:
- Polish Cabinets: Polish wood cabinets with a soft cloth or microfiber cloth that comes with many polishes. You can also use a spray wax or furniture polish with a soft cloth to give wood cabinets an added shine.
- Deep Clean In and Around Appliances: Remove grease and grime from around appliances using a dish detergent and warm water to wipe down the area. Be sure to wipe up any spills immediately so they don’t stain your flooring or cabinets.
- Tidy Countertops: While you’re deep cleaning other areas of your kitchen, make sure not to forget the countertops! Use warm water mixed with dish soap to wipe down surfaces and eliminate crumbs, dust, and dirt between countertop edges.
- Bonus Deep Cleaning Task: If there are stains on your flooring or carpeting from cooking spills, use bleach-based cleaners.
How to Deep Clean the Bathroom
Here are some tips and tricks to help you keep your bathroom fresh and clean:
- Clean Shower Curtain: If you have a vinyl liner for your shower curtain, wash it once every week. If you have a fabric liner, wash it once every month or two. You can also use vinegar water to clean the vinyl liner and mildew stains on the curtain itself.
- Make Shower Doors Sparkle: Every couple of weeks or so (depending on how much traffic goes through them), take a small amount of toothpaste and rub it over your shower doors with a damp sponge or cloth until they shine like new! This will prevent soap scum build-up and leave them looking great!
- Declutter Vanity and Cabinets: Cleaning your vanity drawers can be surprisingly therapeutic. We recommend doing this weekly, so you don’t forget what’s inside each drawer!
How to Deep Clean the Living Room and Family Room
To deep clean a living room or family room, follow these steps:
- Freshen Furniture: Vacuum furniture, then wipe with a clean, damp cloth.
- Dust Frames: Remove frames from the wall, then dust them with a soft brush. Wipe each frame with a clean, damp cloth to remove smudges.
- Dust Under Electronics: Pull out all electronics, including televisions and computers. Dust beneath them with a soft brush. Ensure that all cords are out of the way and that you don’t trip over them while cleaning.
- De-clutter your family room by removing anything that doesn’t belong there. If it doesn’t serve any purpose in the room, gather it up and place it in boxes until you have time to sort through it all again.
- Finally, air out your bedroom by opening windows and doors to let in the fresh air. Consider using natural air fresheners like essential oils or a bowl of lemons to help remove any lingering odors.
Deep cleaning your home is the perfect way to get it ready for visitors or to feel better about your home in general. Give yourself and your family a boost by giving your home a deep cleaning and keeping it that way with regular maintenance.