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From Front to Back Door: Your Whole House Deep Cleaning Checklist

home bathroom ready for spring cleaningThere’s something deeply satisfying about being in a house after an intensive deep clean. Everything feels new, fresh, and well…incredibly clean.

The good news is that you can get that feeling after a few days (or weeks, depending on the time available) of elbow grease or after a really good cleaning by a home cleaner. (If you choose the latter, make sure you use these steps for hiring a home cleaner and provide a full list of cleaning tasks that you would like done. Some home cleaning services also have cleaning packages that you can choose from.)

No matter what option you choose, here is a list of house deep cleaning tasks and tips that can take your home from grimy to fresh and shiny clean.

Deep Cleaning House Tips

  • Always start at the top of every room, such as light fixtures and tops of cabinets.
  • Use cleaners that won’t damage furniture and appliances.
  • Be extra careful about cleaning computers and other technology.
  • Don’t use a lot of water on wood items (in some cases, none) and never leave standing water on floors or tables.
  • If anyone in the home has allergies, consider adding a full home duct cleaning to your house deep cleaning list.

Front Entry

___ Clean interior of door and door frame

___ Dust artwork and photos

___ Wipe down/clean trim

___ Dust crown molding, ledges, and shelves

___ Wipe down duct covers

___ Remove dust and cobwebs in corners (from ceiling to floor)

___ Deep clean floor

___ Dust furniture

___ Wash windows

___ Clean out front closet

___ Clean blinds and window treatments

___ Wash walls

Living Room

___ Dust ceiling fans

___ Wipe down duct covers

___ Dust artwork and photos

___ Clean window treatments

___ Remove dust and cobwebs in corners (from ceiling to floor)

___ Wash windows

___ Clean light fixtures

___ Wash walls

___ Clean doors

___ Dust crown molding, ledges, and shelves

___ Clean appliances (i.e. television, computers, DVD players)

___ Dust furniture

___Wipe down/clean trim

___ Sweep/vacuum floor

___ Deep clean floor

Bathroom

___ Clean bathroom fan and light fixtures

___ Dust artwork and photos

___ Wipe down duct covers

___ Remove dust and cobwebs in corners

___ Wash windows

___ Clean window treatments

___ Dust crown molding, ledges, and shelves

___ Clean top of cabinets

___ Wipe down shower door and shower door frame

___ Clean around top of shower

___ Scrub tile grout/wipe down wainscotting

___ Deep clean tub

___ Clean mirror

___ Mop & scrub bathroom floor grout (for tile)

___ Deep clean other types of flooring

___ Clean doors

___Wipe down/clean trim

___ Disinfect waste basket

Kitchen

___ Clean lighting fixture and ceiling fans

___ Dust artwork and photos

___ Wipe down duct covers

___ Wash windows

___ Dust crown molding, ledges, and shelves

___ Remove cob webs and dust in corners (from ceiling to floor)

___ Clean top of cabinets

___ Clean doors

___ Wipe down range hood

___ Deep clean appliance exteriors

___ Clean behind refrigerator, microwave, and stove

___ Deep clean floor

___ Clean cabinets (front and above cabinets)

___ Dust baseboard and window trim

___ Disinfect waste baskets

Dining Room

___ Dust cove ceiling and other woodwork

___ Remove cob webs and dust in corners (from ceiling to floor)

___ Clean light fixture

___ Wash windows

___ Dust artwork and photos

___ Clean interior and exterior of cabinets

___ Dust furniture

___ Wipe down duct covers

___ Dust crown molding, ledges, and shelves

___ Wash walls

___Wipe down/clean trim

___ Clean table

___ Deep clean area rug

Bedrooms

___ Clean light fixtures and ceiling fans

___ Remove cob webs and dust in corners (from ceiling to floor)

___ Dust artwork and photos

___ Launder bedding

___ Wash windows

___ Dust furniture

___ Clean window treatments

___ Dust door and wall trim

___ Dust trim molding, ledges, and shelves

___ Deep clean floors

Hallways

___ Clean light fixtures

___ Dust artwork and photos

___ Wipe down duct covers

___ Wash windows

___ Dust door and wall trim

___ Clean doors

___ Dust crown molding, ledges, and shelves

___ Deep clean floors

Laundry/Utility Room

___ Clean light fixtures

___ Dust artwork and photos

___ Wipe down duct covers

___Clean doors

___ Dust crown molding, ledges, and shelves

___ Clean shelves

___ Wash walls (especially behind appliances)

___ Wipe down appliances

___ Wash windows

___ Scrub tile grout

___ Wipe wainscoting

___ Deep clean floor

How to Hire a House Cleaning Service (With Step-by-Step Checklist)

washing dishes as part of a winter deep cleanIf you’re ready to throw in the towel on your house cleaning, these tips for hiring the best house cleaner are for you. The good news is you can hire a home cleaner to help with as much or as little cleaning as need done.

There are two options for home cleaners: an individual home cleaner or a home cleaning service. There are advantages or disadvantages to both. Some homeowners like the comfort of having one cleaner come every time (which can be done with an individual cleaner or home cleaning service). Others choose to hire a home cleaning service because of the availability, training, and assurances (i.e. for complaints, insurance, etc.)

The main difference between the two is availability. Home cleaning services always have employees available to clean, both for random cleanings (“I really need my home cleaned up before my party!”) or for regular weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly cleanings. Individual home cleaners typically require a more flexible schedule with an occasional break. Some cleaners require a set number of hours from homeowners.

Unfortunately, hiring either type of home cleaner comes with a process (a short process!) that ensures that both parties are satisfied.

Hiring a House Cleaning Service Checklist

____ Make a list of home cleaning services.

  • Ask friends and family for recommendations.
  • Do an internet search for local house cleaning services (i.e. “cleaning services near me,” “house cleaning near me.”
  • Research reviews on local cleaning services (i.e. Yelp, Facebook, etc.)

____ Decide what cleaning tasks you need done.

  • Make a list of all the cleaning tasks you need done.
  • Contact cleaning services for a free quote.

____ Interview each service.

  • “How long have you been in business? Can you provide references from past clients?”
  • “Is your service insured? What process should I follow if anything in my home is damaged?”
  • “Do you perform background checks on all your home cleaners?”
  • “Does your service supply the cleaning supplies and equipment?”
  • “Who should I contact to schedule a home cleaning?”
  • “Do I need to be here when the home cleaner comes?”
  • “Should I secure my pet when the cleaner comes over?”
  • “Who should I contact if I have any complaints?”
  • “Do I need to sign a contract?”

____ Hire the house cleaning service.

  • Review all contracts and proof of insurance.
  • Reiterate your list of cleaning tasks and expectations.
  • Sign all necessary paperwork before the first cleaning.

____ Schedule a home cleaning and enjoy the perks of a shorter to-do list.