Cleanliness is next to godliness as they say. Whether it’s your fall or spring cleaning or any other routine cleaning, we have got you. In this article, we are taking a look at how to deep clean your home. It’s actually as easy as it gets. We will show you how to start from the basics until you get to room-specific chores. Take a look!
- Gather your cleaning tools
You will need the following;
- White vinegar
- Dish soap (liquid or powdered will do)
- Wood conditioner
- Microfiber cloths (multipurpose and glass-only)
- Lint roller for the lampshades and delicate upholstery
- Microfiber mop (different covers for different floors)
- Clean paintbrushes
- Multipurpose cleaner
- Non-scratch scrub pad
- Rubbing alcohol
- Baking soda in a salt shaker
- Eraser sponges
- Small stiff-bristled toothbrush (choose one the size of a toothbrush for the drains and shower door tracks)
- Telescoping pole (with cobweb, microfiber, squeegee and ceiling fan attachments)
- Start by decluttering
Nothing is more annoying than trying to clean up a room that is cluttered. Declutter your home and get rid of everything you can see that is not in use. Check for those DVDs, CDs, and video games that no one is using. You can even sell them for some loose change. Talk about killing two birds with one stone! Find a new place for those important things, or you can’t let go at least yet. Leave the volumes of clutter tucked behind closed doors for another day. If you try to do everything in a single day, you will burn out. Decluttering also gives you the psyche to start cleaning up.
- Start from the top to the bottom.
Start from the high walls, the ceiling, the bulbs, ceiling fixtures, the attic, ceiling trim, and everything on the high. Go in with a clean microfiber mop or a duster with a telescopic handle. Remember, you need something very light and efficient since you will be lifting your hands for a long time. A spritz of water on your mop is enough since there is minimal dirt on the high walls.
The low is where the dirt is at so you need to use warm water and a drop of dish soap. You can use any gentle detergent. Use a microfiber for the places a mop cannot reach but ensure you wring thoroughly.
- Clean your windows
It’s not as bad as you think! Vacuum the tracks and sills first. Spritz the window panes with a cleaner, working from top to bottom. Let the cleaner sit for a few minutes then move in with the squeegee to remove the dirt. Ensure you are working skillfully. Wipe to one direction on the inside and the opposite on the outside. It ensures you can see and fix the streaks from the solution.
- Vacuum the curtains
It will be overwhelming to reach every corner of your home. Instead of washing the shades and blinders, use the brush attachment of the vacuum to clean them. Iron the curtains in a dry and wipe the rods and rinds clean. Hang back your curtains. (laundering the curtains and blinds is a task for another day.)
- Clean the remaining surfaces
Go in with a wood cleaner (a beeswax-based wood cleaner is recommended) to wipe off all the dust on wood furniture, shelves, and other surfaces around the home. Finally, use a lint roller for the lampshades.
- Time to renew the floors
You may need to ask for a hand for this next step. You need to move the furniture, so get ready to move the big sofas and wall units to do things right. You can also use furniture glider under the big furniture to make your work easier. They are very affordable, going for about $5 for four. Use your vacuums crevice tool to reach the corners and baseboards of the furniture. Clean hard floors with a microfiber mop with a prescribed cleanser. For carpets, a quality professional-grade cleaner will do magic! We recommend investing in one of you have kids and pets since you will be cleaning those carpets often.
- Cleaning the individual rooms
Launder the bedding
Remove everything from the mattress cover, duvet cover, and shams. Down fill the pillows and clean the covers. Dry the synthetics outside to aerate them. Dry the pillow filers with tennis balls to prevent them from clamping together. Give your bedding an extra spin to ensure they dry faster.
Aerate the mattress
When everything else from the pillows, covers, bedding, and comforters are out to dry, it’s time to freshen the mattress. Sprinkle baking soda on the mattress and leave it to do its thing for at least an hour. Move in with a vacuum cleaner to vacuum up the baking soda using the hose attachment. Flip or rotate the mattress and repeat until all sides are freshened up. Ensure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid damaging the mattress.
You can also donate all the clothes you don’t wear and change all the hangers to a single color. The cleaner the wardrobe, the easier and more motivated you will be to keeping it that way. It’s also part of decluttering the bedrooms.
Start by laundering the shower curtains
Shower curtains get exposed to the dirt every day. It’s a great idea to start by cleaning them thoroughly. You can toss them in a cold spin and hang them to dry completely before rehanging them. Ensure you check the manufacturers’ instructions on how to clean the liners.
Clean the shower doors
Move in with some distilled white vinegar to remove the scum left behind by the soap as well as watermarks. Keep reapplying the vinegar to keep the doors wet for up to 30 minutes. Sprinkle the baking soda on the doors and scrub thoroughly using a non-scratch scrub pad. Go in with your squeegee and glycerin soap to keep the doors glistening for longer.
Scrub the sinks
Scrub your sinks using white vinegar and scrubbing pad, remove all the chaos going on under the sink. Arrange hat needs to be there and throw out what doesn’t until the place looks sparkling clean.
Attend to the furniture
Remove all the cushions from your sofas and vacuum them clean. Vacuum the upholstered surfaces, too, including the backs of the cushions with the brush attachment of the vacuum cleaner. Launder all the throw pillows and pillow cover and leave them to dry.
Don’t forget electronics.
Unless you are some electrician or handyman, we sternly advise against unhooking the electronics. An ultra-skinny wand will do an amazing job in reaching the corkers a mop or your hands cannot to dust the electronics. This is also the perfect opportunity to review all the junk you may be keeping that needs to be thrown out.
Clean the frames too
Do you have some outstanding art pieces hanging on your wall? Give the frames a treat by cleaning off the dust that has accumulated for seasons. Don’t spray anything on them directly. The liquid can trickle down the glass and accumulate on the frames, making them rot. Dust the front and back of the frames and photos using a damp microfiber cloth until they spark clean.
Clean the cabinets
The cabinets are one of the places that collect the most dirt. Start by dusting the inside and sweeping out the dirt that has accumulated. Line the cabinet floors, so next cleaning time, you only need to replace the newspaper linings. Wipe the doors both the front and back using a wood cleaner. For painted or laminated surfaces, use some warm water and a drop of dish soap with a microfiber cloth to wipe them clean. Use the tube sock trick here to work faster and more effectively.
Clean your appliances
Remove everything from the fridge and wipe all corners clean. Empty the dishes that not in use to reduce the clutter in your fridge. Wipe the outside too. You should unplug and pull t]it away from the wall to get more room to maneuver. Do the same for the dishwasher and gas cooker or stove. Ensure the appliances are not plugged in to avoid accidents.
Clean the countertops
Clean the dishes that are lying around and arrange them in the cabinets. Get rid of anything in excesses like plates and cups. Clear the counters to facilitate cleaning. Scrub the counter to get rid of any dirt and dust. Find those crevices and remove the dirt that has accumulated. Once you have dried the counters, return what you need and use daily. Find a hidden spot to hide unnecessary stuff.
Don’t forget those pantry shelves.
Use your roasting pan (one not in use, preferably) to catch the crumbs from your pantry shelves. Dust and wipe them clean. Finally, wash your dishcloths and dry them appropriately. Wash your dustbin and line it to prevent staining.
Clean all tools used.
Deep cleaning your home is not complete without cleaning your tools. Whether it’s the cleaning cloths or mops, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to get them clean. Dry appropriately and store for the next use.