Around this time every year, we are reminded of what the holidays can do to a home. If you want to talk about my house this minute, I still have a “Let it Snow” sign on my front door. I’m sure if you are just like me, you are ready to dust away the holidays and bring the Spring season.
There are only two things that can relieve me of the stress of the day, a full body massage and a clean home 🙂 Today I’ll settle for a clean home. I know that cleaning the entire house might sound overwhelming, especially with children, work, and oh, just sometimes it’s not fun. I’ve created this Deep Cleaning Guide and checklist to help jumpstart your Spring Cleaning. There are many tips from organizing to cleaning like a pro.
The Deep Cleaning the House Checklist will be your ultimate cheat sheet for those spots that are hard to reach or hardly ever get to clean. Remember when the last time you wiped your Windows is? Or Mopped behind the Fridge? Yes, this is that list! You, me, and many people are already thinking of when they would have the time to deep clean. If you have 5 minutes, 10 minutes, an hour, use the list to keep track. Go through each room and check stuff off the list. For the larger tasks, pick out times for when you have the most energy and free time. The smaller cleaning tasks can be grouped to knock a bunch out! After everything is done, you can sit back with a much-needed drink and a tiny umbrella. lol
What is the difference between a Deep Cleaning of the house versus regular Housekeeping?
Sure, we do the dishes, sweep, and mop, but we miss a few areas. All the surfaces in the home get cleaned for a deep clean, from the countertops to the window sills and the walls. Deep cleaning is when we spend that extra time in the bathroom for a thorough scrub down. The light fixtures, ceiling fan, to the baseboard, we dust everything. To be quite frank, I don’t think I could scrub my oven to sparkle every week, but for a deep cleaning session every few months, sure, why not?!
Declutter before Deep Cleaning
Tyding up before you start to tackle the cleaning list is a time saver. Think about it this way, if you were to check off wiping the counters. First, you would have to clear all the debris, putting all the stuff away. Before I start a deep clean, I spend an hour just conquering all the clutter. Work with all the visible clutter that doesn’t belong in the room. I’m a huge fan of cluttering my side tables with Knick-knacks.
If you can no longer put a cup of coffee on that table without shoving stuff aside, you indeed have too much stuff. Many other open areas include dressers, tables, and walls with shelving. All of these places tend to collect items you bring into the room. You can save the stuff in the cabinets or closets for another time. Clearing all the clutter will simplify your list and help motivate you to keep going. I guarantee you will see a great improvement in just this one task.
Super Declutter before the Deep Clean
Areas for any Storage: Closets, Cabinets & Bins
Decluttering the visible areas might have already given you that boost to start wiping stuff down. If you want to just hit pause on that and continue decluttering, start with the storage areas. Since decluttering the closets and cabinets might be a huge task in itself, I recommend doing this if you have the time. We are doing a deep clean in this article, so you want to make time to declutter these areas. You can start beforehand or when you work in that room.
I do have some tips to share with you that might make it easier and faster. Have you ever heard of the 4 Box Method? When you take 4 boxes or bins and use them to separate all the items in the area, you are decluttering. By separating everything, helps you streamline your decluttering process. This system makes it super fast and easy. While implementing this for organizing my closet, it made it even less scary than I thought.
Four Box Method Basics
Start by using four boxes, bins, or baskets. What I did was purchase four small laundry baskets for the dollar store, aka DollarTree. It’s a cheap and simple alternative, plus I hate using cardboard boxes. lol
Box 1- Trash
Box number one is for any items you want to get rid of that are not good for donating or selling. Time-saving tip: If you can toss it in a trash bag to go straight outside, I would.
Box 2 – Give Away or Sell
The second box is for donating or selling. Hey, if it’s worth selling, why not make a quick buck. Toss it in your savings or use it to help pay down some debt. It’s literally cash sitting getting dusty in your closet. Anything in good condition that you can do without or have too much. Can’t sell it? Donate it give it away to family and friends.
Box 3- Storage
The third box is for storage. Hopefully, this doesn’t get to be a big box, but it’s anything you don’t need to use day to day. Most of these are things you can’t or don’t want to toss. My idea of storage, for example, would be seasonal decorations.
Box 4- Put away
The last box is any items that need to be put back its place. If it’s in the wrong room, they need to be relocated to where they belong. In a large decluttering area, you might have a lot of putbacks. You can even do smaller boxes and sort them by rooms like bathroom or kitchen. The extra step will save you even more time.
Your deep clean essentials supply checklist:
Molly Maid, a Neighborly company, is a well-known housekeeping service. In their cleaning tips article for Deep Cleaning, they suggest that you have these supplies if you tackle this project.
- Disposable rags, scrub pads, or towels that you don’t mind throwing away
- Two buckets: one for the dirty/greasy water and another for fresh clean water
- Your favorite degreaser, dish soap, and disinfectant spray
- A pair of rubber gloves
- An abrasive scrub pad
- A spray bottle with 1:1 vinegar and water
- A scrub brush or an old toothbrush
Here are some additional items I have part of my cleaning collection
- Microfiber Cleaning Cloths
- Scotch-Brite® Tub Scrubber
- Playtex Living Reusable Rubber Cleaning Gloves
- Soft Scrub® All Purpose Cleaner with Bleach *My Favorite!!
- Method Wood Floor Cleaner
- Mr. Clean® Magic Eraser Extra Durable
- Glass Plus Glass Cleaner
- Endust Streak Free Duster 2-Pack
- Easy Off® Professional Fume Free Max Oven Cleaner
- Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge
- Kleenex® Viva Paper Towels
- Hoover WindTunnel 3 High Performance Pet Bagless Corded Upright Vacuum
- O-Cedar EasyWring Microfiber Spin Mop Bucket Floor Cleaning System
How much does it cost to hire a Deep Cleaning Service
There’s nothing wrong with paying for someone to do the deep cleaning for you. I remembered thinking of the one task that would save me the most time in the world: cleaning. So I looked at Care.com to find some housekeepers in my area, and in fact, it wasn’t that bad. The rates were typically between $25 to $50 per hour. If you need to save money, then you can definitely tackle this on your own. The cost you would spend for a complete deep clean can be between $200-$400. The size of the home and the level of dirt and grime really determine the cost.
How long does it take to deep clean a house?
The one thing that is so precious to me is time. I want to know how long anything takes to see its worth and to plan properly. Deep cleaning is very time-consuming. The time it will take to get it done depends on the size of your home and the last time you performed a deep clean. When planning out deep cleaning, think of 1-2 hrs per room. So if you have 5 rooms, it could be 5-10 hours. Use the time frames to plan out what tasks you can complete for the time you have available.
The average amount of maintenance cleaning time will normally take an average of 1 ½ hour a week. Rescue Time Cleaning Service lists a detailed average cleaning time based on the size of your home. See home much time realistically you need to clean from a 1 bedroom apartment to a 5 bedroom home. To keep up with the deep cleaning, spend the time to maintain your home. Always set aside at least two hours a week to clean your home.
Deep Cleaning the House Checklist
After all the decluttering is done, we will start the cleaning task that can be going on while you do other things. Laundry and running the dishwasher is one of them. Collect all the clothes that are already put together after the declutter. Next, we will begin in the Kitchen and then the bathroom. These areas are called the Wet areas, where you need to mop and use more water to clean. It is a time saver for these rooms to dry while you clean the living room and bedroom. Finally, we will end with the living room, family area, and bedrooms.
Kitchen Deep Cleaning List
- Cabinets: Starting with cleaning the cabinets, wipe down the outside or any exposed areas first. Next, empty all the cabinets, resorting to the items on the counter or table. Most kitchens have wood cabinets, so a wood cleaner like Method Wood cleaner is a safe option. If you have a laminate or painted surface, mix warm water and a squirt of dish soap. Another trick you can try is by putting one hand in a tube sock, spritz it with cleaner, and wipe it in circular motions. Cut out newspaper or use a shelf liner to fit inside. Restock the shelves in an organized order.
- Appliances: The best time to clean a fridge is when it’s nearly empty. For now, if it’s full, empty out the fridge, toss expired food, and sort everything out on the table. When it’s emptied, wipe it down inside and out. Repeat this cleaning step for all the other appliances. The stove can be baked-on food or grime, spray the interior and top and let the chemical sit before you wipe it down. If you need to, pull them out to get around the surrounding walls and floors.
- Countertops: Empty the top off the counters. Clean them and dry them thoroughly, along with the backsplash. After they are dried, only put back the items you use daily, like the coffee machine. Put all the others in a hidden spot.
Save the pin for later!!
Kitchen Deep Clean Checklist
- Clean and disinfect the trash can.
- Clean the microwave. (inside and outside)
- Deep clean the dishwasher.
- Clean inside the refrigerator and organize.
- Clean and organize the freezer.
- Vacuum refrigerator coils.
- Clean the oven (inside the Oven too)
- Clean the hood vent and change the filter if needed.
- Clean stovetop burners.
- Clean and disinfect the garbage disposal.
- Clean and organize plastic ware and storage containers.
- Clean and organize kitchen drawers and cabinets.
- Clean and disinfect small appliances.
- Deep clean the floors.
- Remove any junk or unnecessary items from the kitchen. Donate, throw, or sell what you haven’t used within the past 1-2 years.
- Wipe down all light fixtures, handles, knobs, chairs, table legs, basically anything you frequently touch or that gets forgotten.
- Clean under the sink and eliminate the unnecessary.
Bathroom Deep Cleaning List
- Shower and Bathtub: Remove all toiletries, shower curtain, and liner. Toss the shower curtain in the wash is its fabric curtain. Read the washing directions on the label for special instructions. Place in a low heat setting on cold and rehang before it’s dry. For the plastic liner, you can wash it in the cold wash or buy a new one. Most of the time, liners are cheap enough, just easier to replace.
- Wipe down all the Surfaces: Sink, Shower walls, Tile, Doors, Tub, and Toilet: Get rid of soap scum and water spots naturally with white vinegar and baking soda, a good abrasive. Spray grout and rust stains with all-purpose spray with mildew and mold fighting ingredients. One all-time favorite is CLR Spray. Spray and let it sit for 30 minutes before wiping the dirt away
- Vanity and Cabinets: Pull everything out, toss every that has hardly anything left or expired. Sort everything you want to put back. Wipe down the area before you put back your products. Repeat this step for your medicine cabinet and any other storage areas in the bathroom.
Bathroom Deep Cleaning Checklist
- Always remember to clean from Top to Bottom.
- Clean air vents from the ceiling.
- Clean and disinfect light switches and fixtures.
- Clean and disinfect toothbrush holders.
- Clean and refill the soap dish and/or pump.
- Clean mirror.
- Clean shower curtain and liner.
- Clean shower door frame.
- Clean shower glass.
- Clean plastic strip at the bottom of a glass shower door.
- Disinfect countertops.
- Dust and clean windows, inside and outside.
- Mop and scrub floors.
- Scrub and disinfect the toilet, including around base, under-seat, and around hinges.
- Scrub the bathtub and/or shower.
- Scrub walls
- Wash trash can (inside and out)
- Wipe down cabinets, knobs, towel racks, and toilet paper holder.
- Clean bathroom exhaust fan.
- Clean showerhead.
- Clean, organize and de-clutter cabinets and drawers.
- Clean, organize, and de-clutter bathroom closet.
- Remove any items that don’t belong and toss, donate, or sell.
Bedrooms Deep Cleaning List
- Wash all the Bedding: Take everything off the bed and toss them in the washing machine. Sheets and blankets should be given an extra spin cycle like towels to help make them dry faster. Freshen your mattress by sprinkling some baking soda, let it sit for an hour, and then vacuum. Repeat the same on the other side of the mattress.
- Organize, sort, and declutter the closet. We already went over the 4 Box Method technique to help you declutter fast. If you didn’t get a start on your closet during the declutter session in the beginning, then finish this step. My closet takes up most of my bedroom cleaning time. Wipe down shelves from dust as you empty and before your restock.
- Wipe down all surfaces: Use a really good glass cleaner that is safe for electronics and TV. Microfiber cloths absorb most of the moisture and don’t scratch the surfaces. Wipe down and clear dirt from bedside tables and dressers. Too much stuff at your bedside is too much clutter. Only make sure you put back things you are going to need. One or two home decor items are fine to show your personality.
Bedroom Deep Cleaning Checklist
- Dust ceiling, corners, and upper and lower crown moldings.
- Dust baseboards and Clean windows/window sills.
- Dust and polish furniture.
- Dust edges of wall hangings, mirrors, and pictures.
- Clean glass and mirrors.
- Vacuum lampshades.
- Picked up, folded laundry, and remove everything that doesn’t belong.
- Dust ceiling fan.
- Clean light fixtures.
- Organize closet.
- Clean mattress.
- Clean under your bed.
- Wash bedsheets.
- Wash pillows.
- Vacuum carpet, including edges and under furniture.
- Disinfect doorknobs and light switch plates.
- Remove any items that don’t belong in the bedroom and toss, donate, or sell.
- Wipe and vacuum down window coverings or blinds
- Go through your closet and drawers and again toss, donate, or sell.
Dining Room Deep Cleaning CheckList
- Eliminate unnecessary items, dust crown molding, wall corners, and floor molding
- scrub walls
- clean and disinfect light switches, and outlets
- remove all dust from top to bottom.
- Wash table cushions,
- clean light fixtures.
- Disinfect the table and wipe down all chairs, including legs and underneath.
- Remove a rug, shake, vacuum, and clean the floor before replacing the rug.
Living Room / Family Rooms Deep Cleaning List
- Couches and Chairs: Remove the cushions and vacuum the entire surfaces. It’s better if your vacuum has a brush attachment. I do toss the couch, and pillow covers in the wash, then I vacuum and then spray the surface with a fabric freshener.
- Dust any hanging artwork or phones from front to back.
- Wipe down all hard surfaces with all-purpose spray or wood cleaner spray if you have wood furniture.
- Dust electronics with a duster; use a damp cloth to clean stubborn spots.
- Clean windows with glass cleaner spray and squeegee off the excess. Vacuum, then wipe down the window sill of dirt and debris.
Living room/ Family area deep cleaning checklist
- Take anything that doesn’t belong in the living room.
- Dust crown molding, wall corners, and floor molding
- Vacuum all carpeted areas and under furniture
- Dust ceiling fans.
- Clean lights and wash light globes.
- Dust lamps.
- Dust edges of wall hangings, mirrors, and pictures.
- Dust electronics.
- Disinfect remote controls and electronics devices.
- Vacuum and or wash couch cushions if applicable.
- Toss, remove, donate, or sell any items that aren’t being used
- Vacuum or clean corners of the room and wipe down baseboards.
- Remove any scuff marks from the walls or doors, apply paint as needed.
- Clean windows, window sills, and window treatments.
Additional Deep Cleaning House Checklist:
- Carpet cleaning/stain removal beyond vacuuming.
- Unclogging drains and pipes.
- Window washing.
- Porch and patio cleaning.
- Small appliance repair or cleaning.
- Fire and water damage restoration.
- Wood scratch or damage repair.
- Garbage can sanitation.
- Descaling of faucets.
- Cleaning vent covers.
- Defrosting and cleaning freezers.
- Dishwasher cleaning.
- Dish, pot, and pan washing.
- Shower curtain cleaning.
- Aerator cleaning.
- Decreasing stove top hood.
- Picking up clutter.
- Tile grout.
If you’re an expert reader …
- Best Back to School Deals for Laptop under $500
- What percentage of your paycheck goes to bills?
- How to start the $5 dollar challenge
- Is it better to pay your bills weekly or monthly?
- How to preserve your food for longer