Why Should I Deep Clean My House?Is deep cleaning your house at least once a year necessary? Experts say: yes! Deep cleaning your house can help you preserve it, saving you money in the long run. It can also help you feel more comfortable in your home and improve your standard of living. Periodically cleaning your house can help keep allergens at bay, reduce dust, grime, and foul odors, and prevent mold. Plus, who doesn’t love the look of a clean home? So now that we know why deep cleaning your house is important, let’s get to it by following this helpful checklist.
Assemble Cleaning SuppliesAssemble the following cleaning supplies before you begin your deep clean:
- Two buckets (one for soapy water, one for clean)
- Disposable rags or scrub pads
- Cleaning spray
- Rubber gloves
- Scrub pad
- Paper towels
Dust Goes FirstThe first step in your deep clean is dusting and vacuuming. Don’t overlook hard-to-reach ledges, tops of doors, tops of mirrors, and above the cabinets. This is a good time to give your ceiling fans a good wipe down. The same goes for air vents – remove them and wash them with warm water and soap. Other items that may need a thorough wipe down or vacuuming are:
- Garbage Cans
Deep Clean the KitchenThe kitchen is one of those areas in our homes that sees a lot of action. It’s often a place that needs the most attention. Here is a breakdown of all the items you should clean in your kitchen:
- Sink: Use warm soapy water to clean your sink and eliminate those lingering bacteria or grease.
- Dishwasher: To remove soap residue and clean your dishwasher, run your dishwasher empty with a bowl filled with one cup vinegar and ½ cup baking soda.
- Refrigerator/Freezer: Take a look at our blog explicitly dedicated to refrigerator and freezer deep cleaning.
- Toaster: Remove and empty the tray underneath your toaster.
- Oven: If you have a self-cleaning oven, start by removing any loose food particles, then run the self-clean cycle. If your oven doesn’t have a self-clean function or is especially dirty, it might be best to call a professional maid service like Immaculate Clean to do a professional clean.
- Microwave: Microwave a bowl of water, vinegar, and lemon to loosen up any food particles. Then use a glass cleaner for the door and keypad.
- Stovetop: Remove the grates and wash them in warm soapy water. Scrub the stove top’s surfaces and knobs with warm soapy water.
Deep Cleaning the BathroomFollow these easy steps for a clean and sanitized bathroom:
- Grout: Use a grout cleaner and a toothbrush to cleanse your bathroom’s grout thoroughly. You’ll be surprised how much this step can freshen up the look of your bathroom.
- Toilet: Clean the base and the back of the toilet with sanitizing spray and paper towels. Clean the inside of the toilet with toilet bowl cleaner.
- Toothbrush Holder: Soak it in hot soapy water for 10 minutes, scrub with a small brush, then sterilize by running it through the dishwasher.
- Shower: Use a cleaning spray containing white vinegar or bleach to clean the inside of your shower and bathtub.
- Shower Curtain: Wash linen shower curtains in the washing machine. Replace plastic shower curtains with new ones.