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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

Summer Home Cleaning Tips

happy young family have fun on swimming pool at summer vacationWhen the sun is shining and the summer temperatures start rising, it’s hard to find the motivation to clean your house. Who wants to clean when there’s so much to do? And so much fun to have outside? However, a clean house is imperative as you try to keep up with all the grill outs, vacations, sports schedules…(cleanliness is next to godliness, as the saying says). The list can go on and on, leaving you strapped for cleaning time. That’s when you should use these tips to maintain a clean house and a fun summer schedule.

Speed up your cleaning process.

There are a lot of small things you can do to speed up your cleaning process, such as carrying your supplies in a container (cuts down on trips back and forth), clearing out clutter, and other tips for faster cleaning we listed in a recent post. The faster you clean, the faster you can head out to enjoy the beautiful weather.

Bring in outside help when needed.

If you want to head outside sooner than later, hire a home cleaner to help take on some of the summer cleaning tasks you’re juggling. Contact a cleaning service with a list of cleaning tasks you need done (i.e. bathrooms, laundry, etc.), and enjoy the benefits of a shorter cleaning list.

Prevent the mess as much as possible.

An ounce of prevention can gain you hours of fun. Place mats and rugs by your doors to keep the mud at bay. Clean up after you cook as much as possible. Daily clean your shower doors.

Use bags for organization.

To keep up with all those activities you have scheduled AND try to keep your home clean, use bags to make sure you have everything you need when you need it. Unpack and reload those bags on a regular basis so you are ready for the next fun day.

Dine outside.

Al fresco dining has another advantage: it’s easier to clean up when you’re done. Take advantage of the warm temperatures as often as possible, and enjoy the advantages of a simple clean up.

Keep your laundry room ready to go.

Summer is a time for fun, and dirty shirts and shorts. Ready yourself for those unexpected surprises, and organize your laundry room so you can spot shot as soon as possible (or hire someone who can keep up with the laundry!).

Fall Home Cleaning & Maintenance: Where to Start Your Autumn Cleaning

home ready for fall cleaning and maintenance with autumn leaves surrounding itFall is an ideal time to tackle your fall home cleaning and maintenance checklist—before you spend the winter indoors with all the dust and dander that’s built up over the summer.  When you’re ready to clean out the cobwebs, use this fall home cleaning and maintenance list to get you and your home ready for winter.  If you don’t have time (and some years it seems winter comes mighty early in Wisconsin!), contact a cleaning company that can check off all the boxes on your interior and exterior fall home cleaning and maintenance checklist.

Wash your windows.

Tackle this fall cleaning task on a grey day. Yes, grey.  Surprisingly, it’s best to wash your windows when the sun isn’t out and dries out your cleaner before you have the chance to wipe it across your window.

Declutter.

Before you’re stuck with all that stuff you acquired this summer, make a concerted effort to clean out your closets, attic, and basement.  If you want a tax deduction (dependent on where you live), donate those extra items to a charity before December 31.

Deep clean your kitchen and bathrooms.

Now is the time to vacuum behind your refrigerator and wash the floor under your appliances.  Take the same attitude in your bathroom: wash your floor (especially behind your toilet!) and give your bathroom the deep clean that’ll get you through the winter when you’re stuck inside. (Or, if you’re grossed out, hire the pros to clean it out!)

Clean your curtains and blinds.

Fall is an ideal time to dust off your curtain rods and clean your window treatments that have been collecting dust.  Start by taking down your rods and dusting or wiping them down (depending on the material).  Wash curtains that are washable to keep them looking new, and dust any hanging blinds.

Dust your ceiling fans.

Ceiling fans collect tons of dust during the summer, even when they are running 24-7.  To keep them—and your air clean—give them a good dusting.  Don’t forget to wash down any light covers and dust above the blades for a full clean.  A good fall ceiling fan clean gets you ready for winter, when they are used to circulate air.

Check your windows for draftiness.

Before the cold wind blows through your house, test your windows for draftiness. A simple way to test for draftiness is to hold a flame in front of the window. If the flame flickers, it’s time to replace that window.

Add insulation to your attic.

With an estimated 35 percent of energy loss occurring through your home’s roof, an extra layer of insulation in your attic is the key to an energy efficient home this winter.  Have your attic checked to see if your insulation is sufficient, and add more now before the snow flies.

Have your chimney inspected.

As the temperatures drop, visions of evening fires in your fireplace or stove start to pop up—but not evening home fires.  Contact chimney professionals to schedule an inspection so you can prevent carbon monoxide build up or a fire.

Power wash your house.

Don’t be the ugly house on the block covered in mold and mildew. Hire a professional to clean your house before it’s too cold to run that pressure washer.

Have your furnace checked now before it has to work hard.

Hire an HVAC technician to do annual maintenance and make sure it’s in top shape. Don’t forget to also change your furnace filter so it doesn’t become clogged when you turn it on. Once the furnace is on, make sure you change your furnace filter every month during the winter.

Test your smoke detectors.

Keep your family safe. Test your smoke detectors and practice evacuating your home. Change any detectors with low batteries.