Deep Cleaning 101: Essential Tips and Tricks

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With the usual throng of life’s activities, our houses are bound to swell with dust, dirt and grime. While keeping your home clean with consistent tidying is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, performing regularly scheduled deep cleaning goes beyond the superficial. As an additional step in your housekeeping routine, rigorous cleaning is a depending factor when it comes to maintaining indoor air quality, lengthening the life of your household items, and even improving the mood of your home.

That’s why the best deep cleans go beyond the basic daily routine, reaching down into the overlooked spots where grime lurks and dust settles: under bathroom fixtures, behind furniture, deep inside blinds, on the tops of door and window frames, and more. Deep cleaning beyond the superficial takes time and effort, but if you make it a regular routine, it can have a positive effect on your health, leading to not only a pleasant but also a safer and more comfortable home. This guide will help you clearly understand and fulfil the most challenging tasks around the house, with cleans that go beyond the surface.

We’ll cover the equipment and methods you need to keep your home well organised – from the right tools and cleaning supplies to best practices in each common space. Whether you’re an owner looking to preserve your investment, or a renter seeking to make your quarters a more peaceful haven, this story will help you achieve a thorough cleaning that you can be proud of. 

Follow the steps outlined here and not only will your home be cleaner and more comfortable, but you’ll gain a feeling of well-being that comes with living in a clean and tidy home. We hope you will join us on this deep cleaning adventure and transform your home into a place where cleanliness meets rest and relaxation. 

Supplies You’ll Need

One of the first things to avoid before delving into rigorous cleanup procedures is making sure you’ve acquired the vital equipment to make the process as effective as possible. Here’s a checklist of the equipment and products you’ll need:

Essential Cleaning Tools:

  • Microfiber Cloths: Ideal for dusting and wiping surfaces without leaving lint or streaks.
  • Buy yourself a good vacuum cleaner, with attachments for carpets and upholstery, a brush for blinds and curtains, and one of those flat slim flippy-tipped ones for crevices and baseboard.
  • Mop and Bucket: For cleaning floors, use a mop (that you’ll find that fits your floor type – microfiber is advisable generally, as it works great with any floor type); combine with a bucket.
  • Scrub Brushes: Different sizes for scrubbing tiles, grout, and tough stains.
  • Sponges and Scrubbers: Use non-abrasive sponges and scrubbers for cleaning surfaces without scratching.
  • Broom and Dustpan: Essential for sweeping debris before mopping.
  • Trash Bags: Use durable bags for collecting clutter and waste during the cleaning process.

Essential Cleaning Products:

  • All-Purpose Cleaner: If you choose to buy this, find an eco-friendly option or make your own with cold water and vinegar.
  • Glass Cleaner: For streak-free windows and mirrors.
  • Disinfectant Spray or Wipes: This will kill germs on surfaces that you – or your pet – touch frequently. The things that come to mind are doorknobs and countertops.
  • Wood Cleaner: Specifically formulated for wooden furniture and floors.
  • Tile and Grout Cleaner: Removes mould and mildew accumulation in shower stalls and kitchens.
  • Oven Cleaner: Choose a non-toxic option for safely cleaning oven interiors.
  • Laundry Detergent: For washing bedding, curtains, and other washable fabrics during deep cleaning.

Essential Cleaning Tools you need for deep cleaning

Optional Cleaning Tools:

  • Steam Cleaner: Perfect for sanitizing carpets, upholstery, and hard floors without chemicals.
  • Extendable Duster: Reach high ceilings, light fixtures, and cobwebs without a ladder.
  • Lint Roller: Quickly remove pet hair and lint from upholstery and clothing.
  • Air Purifier: Helps improve indoor air quality by removing allergens and pollutants.

Eco-Friendly Alternatives:

  • Vinegar: Dilute with water for a natural disinfectant and glass cleaner.
  • Baking Soda: Absorbs odours and acts as a gentle abrasive for cleaning surfaces.
  • Lemon Juice: Cuts through grease and adds a fresh scent to cleaning solutions.
  • Essential Oils: Add to cleaning solutions for a pleasant scent and antibacterial properties.

Having this equipment around means you are ready to clean your home from top to bottom in the most efficient manner possible. Whether you use commercial products or more earth-friendly ingredients, this equipment will allow you to create a clean, healthy home in the shortest amount of time. 

Cleaning Room by Room

If you are deep cleaning your house, it’s important to do so slowly and methodically; hence, your cleaning schedule should be consistent from week to week. Here is how to clean and maintain various parts of your home.

Kitchen

Kitchen is really the main and necessary place in our home and this place must be cleaned from time to time to keep it clean and useful.

  1. Kitchen appliances: Empty and clean the refrigerator, oven, microwave, dishwasher, and wipe down shelves and drawers.
  2. Counters: Wipe down counters using an appropriate cleaner or vinegar-and-water solution. Make sure to clean around seams and edges where spills and crumbs add up. 
  3. Cabinets: Wipe down the surface of the cabinet doors and the pulls or handles. Think about shelving or cupboard contents – organise them for greater utility and reduction of clutter.
  4. Sink: Wipe down the sink basin and faucet with disinfectant cleaner; scrub mineral deposits with a utility cloth dampened with vinegar.
  5. Floors: First sweep or vacuum your floors using appropriate tools. Then wipe with floor cleaner, depending on the floor of your house (laminate, tile, carpet, etc.).

Kitchen deep cleaning

Bathroom

Keeping the bathroom clean and sterilized helps to ensure cleanliness, and prevents the growth of mould and mildew.

  1. Tiles and Grout: Clean grout lines using a tile cleaner or a paste of baking soda and water, and scrub. Then rinse.
  2. Shower and BathTub: Remove soap scum and residue with non-abrasive cleanser. Use a squeegee after every use to remove water without depositing residue
  3. Fixtures: Polish faucets, shower heads, towel racks with appropriate cleaner to remove Water stains and fingerprints.
  4. Bathroom, especially your toilet. Make it shine from the inside out with toilet bowl cleaner and spray disinfectant. Don’t neglect under the rim or behind the toilet either.
  5. Mirrors: Wipes with painted borders help create a clean, finished look on mirror surfaces. Glass cleaner or vinegar solution can be used to prevent streaks.

Living Room

This is a section of the building that sees high foot traffic, so it’s essential to be thorough with regular deep cleans to ensure cosiness and cleanliness.

  1. Upholstery: Vacuum upholstered furniture to remove dust and dirt. Spot clean with a fabric cleaner or a mixture of mild detergent and water. 
  2. Floor coverings: Regularly vacuum carpets, especially the traffic zones, and once or twice a year you can do a deep clean and even remove allergens by hiring a steam cleaner.
  3. MEMS electronics:  Dust low-power ‘Dust Proof’ electronics with a microfiber cloth or electronic-safe cleaner. Pay special attention to openings and entry points (vents, ports).
  4. Trimming and Shelving: Dust shelves, frames and decor items using a microfiber cloth or a duster. Move items around and clean on a regular basis so dust can’t accumulate.

Bedroom

Creating a clean and tranquil bedroom environment promotes better sleep and overall well-being.

  1. Bedding: When possible, wash sheets, pillowcases, and duvet covers in hot water to kill dust mites and allergens.
  2. Mattress: Vacuum using an upholstery attachment to remove dust mites and other debris. Stains can be treated with a mild detergent.
  3. Closet: Organize clothing and accessories. Keep items in storage bins and on hangers.
  4. Floors: Vacuum or sweep all floors, getting into corners, and under any furniture. If your flooring is vinyl tile or hardwood, mop with a cleaner appropriate for that floor type.

bedroom deep cleans

Garage and Storage Areas

Often overlooked, these areas require regular cleaning and organization to maintain functionality.

  1. Cleanliness: Sweep or vacuum floors and other areas to remove dust, hair and other particles. Wipe down shelves and storage containers.
  2. Organize: Declutter; toss out unused or expired products. Organise tools, equipment and seasonal items in labelled bins and shelving. 
  3. Safety: Store dangerous materials safely and securely. Consider shelving or cabinets to make the best use of vertical storage space and accessibility.

This way, a home will feel clean and orderly, like a place you can invite your friends to visit anytime. These simple tips for deep cleaning specific rooms make regular deep cleaning easy, and keeping a clean and orderly home not only makes your home look nice, it improves the health and well-being of you and your family.

Work Smarter, Not Harder

There inevitably comes a time in every homeowner’s life when a deep-cleaning is called for. Yet it’s daunting, and we may never want to do it again. Here are tips to help you work smarter:

Develop a Cleaning Plan:

Create a cleaning plan first that defines the work for each room or area of your home. You can focus on high-traffic areas or on rooms that need more attention. You can further break tasks into designated timeframes, allowing you to focus on just one area at once.

Gather Your Tools and Supplies:

Make sure everything you need for the job is in one place before you begin including cleaning supplies, mops, buckets, vacuum, etc. This cuts down on interruptions and keeps you from having to chase down items mid-task. A great way to quickly clean various rooms is to use a cleaning caddy or bucket that you can wheel around containing your supplies.

Clean from Top to Bottom:

Clear the surfaces you’re going to work on; work top to bottom (to avoid dust and debris falling further down your cleaning efforts); and, for those higher spots, use an extended duster or a microfibre cloth on a long handle.

Use Efficient Techniques:

Optimize your cleaning techniques to save time and effort. For example:

  • Spot Clean as You Go: Deal with spills and stains immediately before they set and become harder (and less effective) to clean.
  • Steam Clean: Use a steam-cleaner for floors and upholstery in order to sanitize and remove dirt.
  • Two-Step Cleaning: Tasks can be combined: ‘Spray the disinfectant into the air onto the hassock; meanwhile, wipe the dust off the dining room table and chair; by the time you’re done with that, the disinfectant will have set.

Establish a Cleaning Routine:  

When you keep up with regular cleanings, dirt and grime do not mount up, so you have less to tackle during DIY cleaning days. In the average home, it makes sense to designate a certain day or time of week to routine tasks such as vacuuming, sweeping and dusting. Wash all the bathrooms on another day of the week.

Multitask Safely and Effectively:

Identify tasks that can be done simultaneously to save time. For example:

  • Laundry and Cleaning: Do the laundry first, then clean bathrooms and kitchens. The laundry might be done by the time you’re finished cleaning. 
  • Air Freshening: Air fresheners might sound like a good idea while cleaning, but instead, open – or even better, keep open! – windows to ventilate the rooms and circulate fresh air while you work, so that smells escape and the inside air becomes healthier.
  • Take Breaks and Stay Hydrated: And as deep cleaning can be quite intense and physically taxing, it’s important to take a short break every now and then so as to rest and hydrate your body. If possible, you may also want to pause every now and then to stretch yourself out a bit, so that you can avoid feeling fatigued and stiff later on.
  • Delegate Tasks When Possible: If you live with other family members or housemates, consider whether some of the cleaning tasks could be delegated once the house is tidy so the work can be spread evenly and it is carried out more effectively than if you were doing it all yourself daily. Think about which tasks would be best suited to individual strengths and preferences.
  • Reward Yourself for Progress: Every time you complete a room or a space, give yourself a little treat – a quick break, a bite of chocolate or another preferred treat, or a relaxing activity – to keep yourself motivated and reduce the stress associated with cleaning. 

The combination of these strategies allows you to do a deep cleaning in the shortest amount of time and with the least amount of work. Working smarter saves time and energy, and also makes the actual work of cleaning more enjoyable, so you walk away from the task with a dust-free home, a good mood, and more energy left for tasks outside of deep cleaning. 

family members make a deep cleaning together

Cleaning Tips

Super clean doesn’t come from muscle power – it comes from super smart ways of tackling the job. Here are some nifty tricks for getting your house sparkling to make your deep clean legendary:

 Vinegar and Baking Soda Power Duo:

  • A mixture of equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle is a great all-purpose cleaner for windows, mirrors and other glass surfaces. It leaves them streak-free. 
  • Sprinkle baking soda on carpets before vacuuming to deodorize and lift dirt and odours.

Deep Clean Your Dishwasher:

  • Run it empty, with vinegar and water, to eliminate grease and odours;
  • Sprinkle the bottom with baking soda to absorb odours.

Freshen Up Mattresses:

  • Regularly vacuum your mattress to rid it of dust and debris, and to lighten any stains. Vacuum empty and sprinkle lightly with baking soda, wait a couple of hours, then vacuum again to refresh and deodorize. 

Prevent Shower Mildew:

  • Squeegee glass doors and tiles after showering to keep water on glass and out of tiles, where it can lead to ugly water spots or mildew buildup. Keep the bathroom ventilation up and running, or install a dehumidifier in rooms such as bathrooms and laundry rooms where steam tends to linger.

Microwave Cleaning Shortcut:

  • To help food splatters in the microwave loosen up in a snap, tuck a bowl of water with lemon slices into the microwave and nuke for a few minutes. The steam will help wipe off the splatters with ease.

Use a Pillowcase for Ceiling Fan Blades:

  • Put one pillowcase over each blade, and then swipe to suck up dust and catch it so it doesn’t fall on furniture or flooring.

Rotate and Flip Mattresses Regularly:

  • Rotate your mattress every few months to keep it from sagging on one side; flip it once a year to counteract the downward pull of gravity.

Conclusion

From a health perspective, deep cleaning makes your living space safer by clearing the air you breathe, preventing disaster and promoting learning. Dedicating time and effort to deep cleaning will not only make your living space appear cleaner, but it will also make it healthier in other ways.

Think of yourself as working on a process that will make your home more comfortable each day as you undertake these tasks (here’s our guide to low-budget deep cleaning if you need more ideas). Enjoy the feeling of it; feel satisfied with your achievements and happy that you are making your space into a more pleasant living environment. Every effort that goes into the property helps you and, if you are renting, you perform these tasks for the person whose name is on the tenancy agreement. Your carefulness when doing chores will give you opportunities to enjoy your home and improve the lives of whoever occupies the space.

Finish up deep cleaning by returning to regularly scheduled maintenance so that your home stays looking good throughout the year. By using these cleaning tips and strategies, your home will not only become cleaner, but it’ll also become a place where you can rest and rejuvenate. 

So treat the deep cleaning as an opportunity to refresh and reimagine your living space as someplace you’d be proud to call home.

By Mrs.Clean
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