Your house is your sanctuary. It’s a place you call your own; a place for you to relax and rest; a place where you receive guests. That’s why it’s essential for you to keep it clean, organized and looking like a million dollars.
Sadly, life gets the best of us sometimes. We have so much on our plate that housework isn’t exactly part of our priorities. The result? A worn out place that needs a little TLC.
The good news is we are here to help you out. It’s a little thing called deep-cleaning and we’re about to let you in on some serious techniques to get it done.
Here’s a definitive guide to deep-cleaning your house.
- Know your zones
Ask any professional or seasoned cleaner and they’ll tell you that there’s a structure in cleaning a home. It’s not just about going from one room to the next, sweeping, wiping and mopping aimlessly. In fact, there are various zones that make up your entire home. If you want to thoroughly clean it, you should keep these zones in mind. Plus, respecting these zones means you don’t have to go back and forth, re-cleaning what you already cleaned a while ago.
Top Zone (anything above your head)
This part of the house includes forgotten ledges, high windows, ceiling fans, light fixtures, & air vents.
- Dust or vacuum upper ledges & above cabinets
- Clean airvents
- Dust or clean ceiling fans
- Dust or wash light fixtures
- Clean high windows
- Change light bulbs & replace air filters
Mid-to-Top Zone (eye level)
This part of the house includes mostly windows, walls, & tall bookshelves or other tall furniture.
- Wash, iron, & re-hang curtains
- Dust bookshelves & other tall furniture
- Wash windows
- Dust pictures, mirrors, clocks, & other wall hangings
Mid-to-Low Zone (waist level)
This part of the house includes bathrooms, furniture, and beds.
- Dust surfaces
- Polish wood furniture
- Clean leather furniture
- Vacuum & spot clean upholstered furniture
- Wash sheets & change bed linens
- Clean & wipe down bathroom sinks & counters
- Scrub showers & bathtubs
- Clean toilets
Bottom Zone (floor level)
This part of the house includes floor and baseboards.
- Sweep hard floors
- Spot clean & mop tile or linoleum floors
- Vacuum rugs & carpets
- Wash small area rugs
- Dust baseboards
- Sweep front & back steps and/or porch
- Prepare all your cleaning materials
When you deep-clean a house, it means you have to pull out all those stops in order to have the cleanest space you can have. This means you have to bring out the big guns for this job. From mops, microfiber cloths, broom, Swiffer, surface cleaners, soaps, and more, prep all your cleaning materials before you even get started. This way, you don’t have to pull out items in installment. You can just clean continuously.
- Minimize distractions
Much of the failure of cleaning the house is attributed to distractions. Whether it’s your phone, the TV or your chit-chatty husband, you need to eliminate all distractions as early as now. It’s going to lose your momentum and cleaning will take twice as long as it should have. When you end up using too much of your time and energy giving in to these distractions, then surely you won’t get the job done.
- De-clutter, de-clutter, de-clutter
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to neglect de-cluttering when you’re trying to deep-clean your house. It’s not enough that you’re moving items from one room to the next. You need to learn how to get rid of what’s no longer necessary. Throw, give or donate. Those are the three things you need to keep in mind when you’re trying to de-clutter. Otherwise, you’re just bringing the mess elsewhere.
- Be dressed for the occasion
Comfort is key to cleaning. The last thing you want is cleaning in your jeans or having to pull up your pants every single time. Go dress into your chore clothes. It’s going to be a lot easier this way. Plus, you don’t have to add that unnecessary stress of discomfort getting in the way.
- Keep these quick tips in mind
House Cleaning Central did a pretty good job summarizing tips on how to clean the essentials. Here’s what we got:
- Vacuum, mop and wax the wood floors.
- Vacuum and then mop your linoleum or your vinyl floors.
- Wash and clean the baseboards.
- Clean the inside and the outside of the refrigerator.
- Change the shelf liners.
- Clean out the junk drawer.
- Wipe inside and outside the cabinets.
- Wash the windows.
- Dust the windowsills.
- Clean window tracks
- Clean the window screens
- Vacuum or dust the draperies.
- Wash or dry clean the blinds.
- Clean the windows
- Clean window tracks
- Polish the wood furniture.
- Vacuum cloth upholstery. Clean and condition leather upholstery.
- Vacuum under and in between cushions.
- Clean under the couches.
- Donate clothing you no longer use to charity.
- Vacuum the floors.
- Dust the walls and the shelves.
- Place cedar blocks in the closet to freshen the air and prevent moths.