No matter how tidy your home is, it can always use a deep cleaning every once in a while. The task of deep cleaning your house may seem overwhelming, especially if you consider all the nooks and crannies that you have to tend to for your home to regain a sparkling state. That said, there are some tips you can use to lighten the burden and make the task easily doable. One such tactic is breaking down the cleaning into sections. That will make the cleaning task seem less invincible. Sectionalizing your house will make cleaning more manageable. Here is how to tackle deep cleaning section by section:
Before embarking on a cleaning mission, it is best to start by removing any visible clutter that does not belong. Clearing the clutter makes cleaning easy. So, take our tips and declutter and find ways to manage the frequent build-up in your home.
The kitchen receives a fair amount of cleaning, seeing that it is a high traffic region of the house. That notwithstanding, it can benefit from a good deep clean. Start by wiping down the exposed cabinet tops. Consider getting shelf liners for your cabinets to collect the dust. Proceed with wiping down the cabinet doors with warm water and some dish soap or wood cleaner (For wood surfaces). Go around your appliances and wipe down the surfaces. Ensure you also wipe down the fridge inside and out and do the same with the stove and dishwasher.
You could even remove the kitchen appliances from the sockets to clean the walls better. Remove things from the counter, then clean and dry them. Do not forget the backsplash. Try to ensure that the surfaces remain free from clutter by putting away things in hidden spots. Show your oven some love too. Clean it with baking soda, dishwashing liquid, and vinegar.
The bathroom is the place where we go to clean ourselves. Consider reciprocating the love back to this part of your home. Wash the shower curtains to remove any stains, mildew, or soap scum. You can throw your shower curtain in the washing machine. Add a few towels to the wash so that the curtains do not wrinkle much. Use vinegar and dish soap to wipe down the shower walls. The vinegar-dish soap mix will eliminate all the grime in the grout.
You can use baking soda and water to clean off the hard mineral deposits and dirt from your faucets. Use a toothbrush to scrub away until they are sparkling again. Remember to wipe the doors too. Also, declutter the vanity and cabinets to restore order under the sink. Remove everything from the cabinets and get rid of things that do not belong there. Wipe down the remaining pieces and then organize them categorically. Do the same for your medicine cabinet and any other extra cabinetry.
Disinfect the bathroom surfaces every day to prevent the spread of infections. Bacteria and germs can live on bathroom surfaces for up to a week. Be sure to use products that sanitize as well as clean. Consider getting plant-based antibacterial alcohol wipes that can kill 99.9% of germs and isolate the bacteria.
For the bedroom, start with laundering the bedding. Remove the duvet cover, pillows, sham, and bed skirt. Throw them in the washing machine. Opt for an extra spin cycle to make them dry faster. If you have any synthetic pillows, consider air-drying them. Go further by cleaning your mattress. You can use the vacuum nozzle to suck any dust and dirt particles, then use your favourite upholstery cleaner to remove stains and odours.
You could also sprinkle some baking soda and essential oils on the mattress. Let it sit for an hour, then vacuum it off with the hose attachment. Go ahead and declutter the closet. Remove clothes you do not reach out for often and pack them up for donation or reselling. Throw all the dirty laundry in the washer, then organize the closet.
Frankly, laundry gets overwhelming when it piles up. Ideally, putting a load of laundry every day will help you chip at the task before it becomes too much. You could hit up a laundry pick up service to help with pieces that need professional cleaning. It will save you a lot of time since you do not have to leave your home. After all, you are more likely to keep your wardrobe under control if it looks nice.
Remove the cushions and clean the surfaces. Remove the photos and art pieces from the walls and dust them using a microfiber cloth. Use a dusting wand to clean other electronics like the TV. Wash all the throws and throw pillows in the washing machine. Go through your stash of DVDs, video games and any other media to get rid of items that you no longer need. Get a magnetic cloth to wipe down the bookshelves. Your books may be gathering a lot of dust and dirt. Wipe the spines and tops with the same magnetic cloth. Remember to wipe the shelves too.
We regularly pass up the attic when cleaning the house. However, you need to pay it mind during your deep cleaning sessions. Use your vacuum hose to suck up the cobwebs. Lots of dust and dirt could end up ruining your vintage pieces. Vacuum the attic floor too. Go through loads of items filled in the card boxes in your attic and get rid of things that you will no longer use. You could donate them or sell them and pocket an extra penny.
Here are some additional tips to make deep cleaning a little easier:
Work from the top
Start cleaning the higher surfaces like the ceilings, walls, and light fixtures first. You can use a microfiber or a duster with a sturdy handle. Work your way down to the surfaces closer to the floor.
Make it a family affair
To avoid getting overwhelmed with the mountain of tasks, involve the whole family. It is also best to teach your children to do age-appropriate chores. That will help them learn to pick up after themselves, improving the overall tidiness of the house. They will also form lasting habits that will help them in the entirety of their lives.
Monitor the high traffic areas
In every household, there are places that people tend to gather around a lot. These places often get dirty. Knowing your high traffic areas and staying on top of cleaning in those zones will prevent dirt from spreading throughout the house. Be sure to sweep and vacuum these high traffic areas regularly to keep the home looking clean and tidy.
A clean home is a happy home. Bring happiness and create some space by taking time to declutter and deep clean once in a while.