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Quick and Complete Checklist for Kitchen Cleaning

The kitchen may the source of a delicious meal and incredible family time, but all that time in the heart of the home comes with a long kitchen cleaning checklist. There are so many areas that can get dirty in a kitchen (okay, gross), which is why the kitchen requires regular, quick cleanings and an occasional deep clean.

This quick and complete kitchen cleaning checklist makes the whole process easier, especially in busy households with limited time for cleaning! If keeping up with kitchen cleaning becomes more of a chore, it may be time to time to hire a professional. It’s worth it to get a clean, sanitized kitchen—one that you can enjoy and be proud to call the heart of your home.

Quick Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

___ Pick up and wipe down counters

___ Wash dishes

___ Clean out the sink

___ Sweep kitchen floors

___ Wash stove top

___ Empty dishwasher (and refill)

___ Clean out and toss old food items from the refrigerator

___ Launder and replace kitchen linens and rags

___ Take out trash

Professional cleaning tip: Spray cleaner on dried-on grime or hard-to-clean greasy spills (if cleaner won’t damage or stain the surface) while you do another cleaning task. This simple kitchen cleaning tip loosens the mess and makes it easier to clean.

Kitchen Deep Cleaning Checklist

___ Launder (if directed) or clean window treatments

___ Clean light fixtures

___ Wipe down top of cabinets

___ Dust cabinets and shelving

___ Wash walls

___ Dust cabinet doors

___ Clean stove hood

___ Wash windows

___ Clean microwave (inside and out)

___ Wash stove top

___ Launder and deep clean kitchen linens

___ Clean top of refrigerator and appliances

___ Wash refrigerator interior and shelves

___ Mop under appliances

___ Clean dishwasher (inside and out)

___ Deep clean sink and garbage disposal

___ Remove oven grime and clean inside of oven

___ Clean exterior of stove and oven

___ Wipe down countertop appliances

___ Clean kitchen backsplash and grout

___ Dust wall trim

___ Disinfect and clean trash cans

___ Deep clean pet bowls

___ Mop/deep clean floors

Professional kitchen cleaning tip: Gather your cleaning supplies before you start your kitchen deep clean and start at the top of the room. Work your way to the bottom. This ensures that you don’t have to clean a surface twice and makes your deep cleaning goes faster.

5 BIG Tips for a (Much!) Cleaner Home

home bathroom ready for spring cleaningIf the old adage is true and “cleanliness is next to godliness,” it’s easy to feel like you’re falling short—especially when you’re busy at work and at home.  But a cleaner home isn’t an impossible endeavor if you use these tips to keep your home clean and well-kept in between your spring and fall deep clean.

Keep up with daily cleaning

Make routine cleaning a habit: wipe down your counters after every meal, clean the toothpaste after you brush your teeth, sweep and vacuum your floors on a regular basis.  A few tasks done every night and every few days and you’ll have a cleaner house. If you want to get your kids to help, add regular cleaning tasks to their daily chore list. The result is a home that is picked up, bathrooms that aren’t gross, and an overall cleaner home.

Organize

An organized home is much easier to clean in between deep cleanings.  Make sure that you keep key areas like your mudroom organized with shelves, cubbies, and hangers.  Use organizers in your kitchen and bathroom to keep everything clean and in its place.

De-clutter

Make your house cleaning easier: give yourself less to keep clean in your home. Go through your home and give away items you haven’t used in years, or won’t use in the future.  To be clear, you don’t have to get rid of all your valuables or knickknacks; just make sure you’re only keeping what you want to keep and use.  If you think you can use items as a tax deduction, donate the items to local charity and keep documentation of your donation.

Keep the mud out

If you want to minimize the amount of cleaning you have to do, take steps to keep the mud where it belongs: outside. Place mats and rugs by exterior doors. Ask guests to take off their shoes at the door. Help your kids and pets rinse off sand and mud before they come in. If possible, use a mudroom as a staging area for your kids, pets and visitors to shed the dirt and snow before they track it into your home.

Bring in the pros

There is no shame or blame in bringing in a professional home cleaner when you’re busy or for tasks that you don’t want to do. One of the neat benefits of a home cleaning service is they can do whatever you need them to do—whatever you want them to do.  All you have to do is contact them with a cleaning list and enjoy the benefits of a cleaner house.

How to Keep Your House Clean Between Cleanings

Once you’ve made your mind up to hire a cleaning service, a new challenge arises: how to keep your house somewhat clean until your house cleaner comes again. Or if your house cleaner is you, how do you make your job easier until you can give your house a deep clean?

Do daily maintenance

If you wipe down your counters after every meal, or clean the toothpaste after you brush your teeth, you’ll have an adequately clean house ready for a periodic deep clean. Though it seems impossible, try to train yourself, and other members of your household, to clean up as they go about their daily routine. The result: a home that is picked up, bathrooms that aren’t gross, and a house ready for a regular professional once-over.

De-clutter

Give yourself less to keep clean in between professional cleanings. Be strategic about the amount of things collecting dust, and the amount of things to be picked up. To be clear, you don’t have to get rid of all your valuables or your knickknacks; just make sure you’re only keeping what you want to keep. Tour your home and rid your home of any items or furniture that has sat around for years without any use. You’ll have less to keep clean at the end of the day. In the same way, purge your closets, garage and basement so you don’t have to worry about excess items to clean and store.

Prevent the mess before it comes in

An ounce of prevention saves you time and effort. Place rugs by all the doors. Ask guests to take off their shoes at the door. Make sure your kids rinse off sand and mud before they come in. If possible, use a mudroom as a staging area for your kids, pets and visitors to shed the dirt and snow before they track it into your home.

If you feel you need more help with keeping your house clean, contact us about increasing your cleanings, or ask for a free quote. One of the benefits of a house cleaning service is they can do whatever you need them to do; assess what you need, and make a specific list of housekeeping tasks. The result is a clean house, a house with regular deep cleanings—and the feeling that you’re staying on top of the house cleaning, and not visa versa.

How to Clean Your Home Better & Faster

cleaning your home better and fasterWe’re all looking for ways to do things better; especially when you have 30 minutes until company is coming over and your home looks like a disaster area (you know what we’re talking about!). Why shouldn’t you want to clean your house better and faster? Life is busy enough as it is, without having to spend all your time cleaning. (And if you don’t want to spend any time cleaning, give us a call!) Here’s a few tips to get your home cleaner, faster:

Rid your house of the “stuff” collecting dust. Be strategic about what you need to dust, and the amount of things collecting dust. To be clear, you don’t have to get rid of all your valuables or your knickknacks; just make sure you’re only dusting what you want. Tour your home and rid your home of any items or furniture that has sat around for years without any use. You’ll have less to clean at the end of the day, giving you more time for fun. In the same way, purge your closets, garage and basement so you don’t have to worry about excess items to clean and store.

Keep up with the daily cleaning. No doubt about it. If you wipe down your counters after every meal, or clean the toothpaste after you brush your teeth, you’ll have less to do when it’s time for a deep clean. Your cleaning job is also easier; it’s a lot harder to clean that hardened food spill off the counters later, or to scrub that toothpaste out of the sink. Daily maintenance is the key; try to train yourself, and other members of your household to clean up as they go.

Carry your cleaning tools around for fewer interruptions. When you start cleaning your home, gather all your supplies before the cleaning begins. If you do so, you won’t have to stop your cleaning to go after another bottle of cleaner. You can just keep moving from room to room, cleaning as you go—and getting done sooner.

Recognize and stop those unnecessary cleaning tasks. Are you still rinsing your dishes? Are you pre-soaking every load of laundry? Unless you absolutely have to (like if you have a nasty stain), STOP. You’ll be a more efficient cleaner, and a quicker cleaner, by eliminating unnecessary cleaning.

Stop the dirt at the door. An ounce of prevention saves you time and effort. Place rugs by all the doors. Ask guests to take off their shoes at the door. Make sure your kids rinse off sand and mud before they come in. If possible, use a mudroom as a staging area for your kids, pets and visitors to shed the dirt and snow before they track it into your home.

Call a cleaning service. When you’re traveling for work, ferrying the kids to school and after school activities or working extra hours to keep up with a demanding job, something’s got to give. Usually the casualty of a busy life is our home—specifically, the cleanliness of our home. That’s when it makes sense to contact a cleaning service to clean your home, or parts of your home. We have a friend who hired a cleaning service to only clean her bathrooms, another who hired a cleaner just to fold laundry. Likewise, if you need a cleaning service only before you entertain, set it up. Or if you only want a certain room clean, give your cleaning service specific instruction. They work for you when you need it, and being home cleaning experts, can get your home cleaner faster.