The Deep Cleaning House Checklist to Follow & Room-by-room Chores
A clean and happy home is what we all strive for. But deep cleaning a house can be an overwhelming task (and it sure is). That’s why we often postpone the checklist of chores for the indefinite future.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
The experts at the Go Cleaners London Cleaning Company is here to help! We have prepared a thorough checklist for deep cleaning a house, so you know where to scrub, what to clean, wipe, polish, and how to achieve a spotless and dust-free home. We’ll even throw in a couple of music playlists at the end of the list to help you boost cleaning motivation to the maximum.
So, without further ado, the deep cleaning house checklist starts with:
A few Main Tips:
- Use this checklist and guide to turn deep cleaning into a pleasant exercise. Use our template for your personal cleaning checklist.
- Spend more time on items and areas around the house that you rarely clean, such as the oven. Bear in mind, that professional oven valeting comes with the dismantling and separate cleaning of racks, which is always the better choice.
- If you live in a house with over one storey, gather all cleaning products and tools so you save time up and down the stairs only to get something you forgot.
Items Needed to Complete the Deep House Cleaning Checklist
An extensive clean needs the right set of tools:
- Cleaning cloths or old towels;
- 1 bucket for dirty water and 1 bucket for clean water;
- Degreaser and dish soap of your choice;
- 1 spray bottle to prepare a solution of 1 part vinegar and 1 part water;
- 1 set of rubber gloves;
- An old toothbrush – it’s a great way to give a second life to your old toothbrush since it’s perfect for scrubbing dirt, mould and tile grout.
- A regular household detergent. Just mind the dangers.
Now let the house cleaning deep clean checklist start!
Main House Areas Deep Cleaning
First, deep clean the main areas in the house or apartment!
- Use a stepladder with caution to wipe down surfaces hard to reach and usually skipped during the weekly cleaning routine: top of wardrobes, bookshelves, and cabinets; window frames, light fixtures, paintings, and framed photos.
- Ask a family member to help you move and clean big and heavy furniture and appliances (sofas, wardrobes, washing machine, dishwasher, fridge, etc.) so you can wipe the floors and walls below and behind them.
- Remove limescale from faucets and showerheads in the entire house using vinegar.
- Dust and polish all pieces of furniture with the right products depending on the material they’re made of.
- Take care of the cooling and heating systems around your home: dust the blades of the ceiling fans, remove the AC filters and wash them with lukewarm water and dish soap.
- Clean doors and door frames from smudges, get rid of bugs and cobwebs that have accumulated in the corners of windows and doors.
- Spray the blinds in your home with the 1:1 vinegar and water solution, then scrub them thoroughly.
- Remove any stains from carpets and upholstery. Check our guide on cleaning wool carpets.
- Vacuum or mop all floors: carpets, hardwood, tiles, linoleum. Consider booking a professional service for hot water extraction or dry chem cleaning of your carpets/rugs. Learn more about pressurised hot water extraction.
- Polish hard floors if present. This is best done by a hard floor cleaning service.
- Pull out the cushions of chairs and sofas and vacuum underneath them.
- Clean the sofa cushions. Wash via dishwasher or by hand.
- Throw out the trash and then pay special attention to the recycling bins and garbage cans. Wash and sanitise those at least several times per year.
- Take all items out of drawers and cabinets, wipe them both inside and outside.
- Check the expiration date of food products in cupboards and fridge, of cosmetics in bathroom cabinets, of medication and vitamins. Throw away anything that has already expired and place the items close to their expiration date in front of others.
- If you have children, clean and organise their clothes and toys.
- If you have pets, wash their food and water bowls, and clean their bed or aquarium.
- Wipe all remote controls, smartphones, and other small appliances.
Next in the deep cleaning checklist for the house is,
Kitchen Deep Cleaning
- Start with the oven: remove any baked-on food, then take out and wash the wire racks.
- Continue with the stovetop: remove and immerse the pot grates in warm soapy water. Don’t forget to clean the slide-out tray for catching food residue located under the burners (if your oven has one). Wipe down all knobs and buttons of the oven.
- Next in line for cleaning is the extractor fan and its filter.
- To clean the microwave easier, place a bowl with the water-vinegar solution and start the microwave for one minute. Then wipe all grease and food leftovers from inside. Use glass cleaner for the outside of the microwave.
- The water-vinegar solution can once again come in hand for cleaning the surfaces, racks, and drawers of your refrigerator. Depending on the state of the fridge, you might need to defrost it before applying any cleaning hacks (tips from professionals).
- Check the bottom of your toaster and throw away any breadcrumbs accumulated.
- Clean your kitchen sink and faucet with warm soapy water.
- Run an empty load of your dishwasher with a mixture of baking soda and vinegar to get rid of any soap residue.
The checklist for deep cleaning your house continues with,
Bathroom Deep Cleaning
Our professional end of tenancy cleaners are absolute experts! Here’s what tips they had to share:
- Use an old toothbrush to scrub the bathroom tiles and recover the white colour of grout.
- If your shower curtain is mouldy, you can machine wash it together with old towels. Wipe plastic curtains with soapy water. Don’t forget to clean the bath maths too.
- Wash the toothbrush holder, soap pad or dispenser.
- Clean the toilet thoroughly, sanitise the seat and don’t forget to wipe its base too.
- Spray the mirror and wipe down any smudges or toothpaste stains.
- Clean all cupboards, both inside and outside.
- Wash the bathtub or shower with the water-vinegar solution. For tougher soap stains, you can add baking soda.
- Get rid of limescale and prevent it from settling in your home.
- Unclog the drain. DIY is in fact possible.
- For high-end cases, consider cleaning your boiler.
Confident with the deep cleaning checklist for your house?
Bedroom Deep Cleaning
- Machine wash curtains, sheets, bedding, pillowcases, blankets according to their labels.
- Remove any stains from the mattress and then flip it with the help of a family member.
- Organise and declutter your wardrobe and any other storage space.
- Wipe down nightstands and lamps.
Garden Deep Cleaning
- Sweep the deck and then power wash it if needed.
- Remove cobwebs and bugs from door and window frames.
- Clean doors and windows from the outside.
- Remove any collected waste in the gutters, fix and hire professionals if needed.
- Use a degreaser to clean your BBQ or grill.
- Vacuum and wash your welcome mat.
- Wipe down any outdoor light fixtures.
- Clean and polish any garden furniture.
According to HouseBuyerts4u, to follow a thorough checklist for deep cleaning an abode could have a substantial effect in terms of valuation of your property. A well-polished abode costs more.
Bonus: Cleaning Music Playlists
As promised, we’ll provide you with inspiring music to get you in the mood for deep cleaning and motivate you to go through the whole checklist.
- The Ultimate Cleaning Playlist on Spotify
- Best Housework Songs on Youtube
- Good Mood Cleaning Songs on Youtube
There you go, now you are all set to complete deep house cleaning on your own. Good luck!
For professional help, do not hesitate to contact the Go Cleaners – Professional Cleaning Company.