Deep cleaning any home can be overwhelming, especially when you have no idea where to start. Today I am breaking down how to clean common rooms in your house.
When it comes to cleaning our home some of us are Monicas (myself included) and some of us only clean when we need to do a deep cleaning. The truth is a good deep cleaning can be done every few months. Think of deep cleaning this way, all of us perform some kind of cleaning when we are having someone stay at our home. This is when most of us scrub the bathroom and dust the house. Deep cleaning is pretty much the concept, except you are not preparing for a visit you are preparing for the new season.
Every week should be some type of “maintenance” cleaning. Whether it is picking up dirty clothes, wiping off surfaces, or cleaning the windows. The reason for maintenance cleaning between your deep cleanings will prevent you from having to clean as much or having to struggle with certain stains or hard-to-scrub messes. (such as the oven).
Let’s get started with my room-by-room guide to deep cleaning your home.
Deep Cleanings are done in the Fall and Spring .
Start with things that are hanging down from the ceiling, such as a light shade or a ceiling fan. This way the dust will fall to the ground, waiting for you to vacuum it up later. Once finished wipe down the windows, clean the frame around the glass, getting any dust that is trapped in those little cracks. Using a dry cloth remove any dust particles you may see, do this before you add your window clean. Why? This ensures you are getting all the dust off the window, and it helps prevent smearing later. Remember you can’t clean something that’s dirty! Double-check for spider webs or anything surprising. While you’re at it do a visual check to make sure the seals around the window are good.
As I mentioned in a previous post I use my vinegar solution to help me clean and disinfect. My Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner.
Now we take down the curtains. I find that it is a good idea to have them dry cleaned or if you have washable drapes to wash them to get the dust off and any lingering smells. If you do wash them at home, I would suggest you refer to the tag on them and think about hang dry them.
Wipe and clean all the surfaces in the room. First, use a dry cloth, and then use your dusting spray of choice. For me, I like to use le briochin antique wood cleaner. While I have my handing towel, I do run a pass along any clocks, or picture frames around the room just to make sure that dust hasn’t gathered.
If you have any rugs now is the time to pull them up and beat them with a wooden spoon or bat. You could also hang the rug on your balcony and get as much dust off as you can. During maintenance, cleaning is when you do spot cleaning with a good gentle cleanser and of course vacuum, but during our deep cleaning, we want to get any residual dust or anything that the vacuum didn’t pick up off the rug. Once finished, either deodorize it outside or roll it up and set it aside.
Dust gathers behind and underneath the couch!
We want to move on to the couch, make sure you move the couch away from any walls or from its resting spot so we can vacuum under and around it. While the couch is away from the wall run a rag along the baseboards. Again, start with a dry cloth and then run your cleaner along the baseboards. You could always use your broom or vacuum for the dry run. If you feel they are clean enough you can skip the cleaner.
Now the vacuuming begins. Starting with where the couch. You want to get the cushions, under the cushions, along the sides, and the back. If you don’t spot clean during your maintenance cleaning this is when you will want to do spot cleaning or have your couch cover dry cleaned. Now we can vacuum where the couch sat, where the rug sat, and everywhere around the room. Behind any TV stands or tables. If you can not move a table or desk, use your vacuum attachments to help you. Don’t forget those lamps shades. You can use your vacuum brush to gently pick up the dust that gathered. I find that using any kind of cleaner just creates dust bunnies.
For bedrooms, begin the same way beginning with putting away any clutter. For instance shoes, clothing, or in my case scarves. Then tackle the items that are up high, like ceiling fans, hanging lampshades, lamps, curtains, and windows. Wash or have your drapes dry cleaned to remove any stains, dust, or lingering smells. This is also a good time to change from light drapes to heavy-duty ones like velvet to help keep your room nice and cozy.
Onto the bed. If you have one of those mattresses where you should flip it, this is the time where you should do that, but before you do vacuum the mattress. Though most mattresses don’t need to be vacuumed I do it for peace of mind. If your mattress does not need to be flipped or can not be flipped it is still a good idea to rotate it.
As with the couch move the bed away from the wall, and sweep behind and underneath the bed. If you have carpet you will benefit a lot from one of those robot vacuums! Should you have a fabric headboard run your vacuum’s brush along the back, front, and sides. With a wooden headboard dust with a dry cloth before using a little furniture polish.
Finish dusting any surfaces in the room before you vacuum. Again with any rugs, you have in the room you want to beat any leftover dust off of it.
After putting the bed back in its spot you can make the bed with fresh sheets. This is a good time to change a color scheme, for instance, if you have your “summer” sheets that are a bright yellow, then perhaps your “fall” sheets could be a gorgeous green or darker yellow!
Remember when washing the curtains, drapes, or comforters dry cleaning is the safest, but I suggest following the instructions on the tag of each item.
So, I’m gonna go out on a limb here and just say I know no one likes cleaning the bathroom. I am even gonna go as far as to say most people are grossed out by the bathroom. That’s ok, you are loved and welcomed! Bathrooms, just like the rest of the house are manageable if you maintain between your deep cleanings! For me, I like to use my All-Purpose Cleaner on the surfaces that need the most disinfecting!
For the bathroom, again we want to start from the top-down, but you could also go from the “hardest” to the “easiest.” For instance, start with the toilet. If you don’t maintain the toilet between your deep cleanings you may need to invest in a pumice stone. This little stone now comes on a stick and helps you get any rings or hard water lines off the sides of the toilet. Make sure to wipe down the top, sides, and bottom of the toilet.
The shower is where I like to either use my homemade cleaner or baking soda that I use from le briochen. Baking soda is a great natural “soft scrub”, that is gentle and doesn’t scratch or damage soft surfaces like those in the shower. On the plus side, this formula also descales which is a great cause for areas with hard water.
Before I sweep and mop I clean the sink and mirror using my all-purpose cleaner. or your favorite surface and glass cleaner.
The floor of the bathroom is where I feel needs the most cleaning, and while we are in the age of mops and swifers I still clean this area by hand. Why? Outdated, but effective I find this method is the only way to get into the crooks and crannies that can not be cleaned any other way. Plus, while I am scrubbing you can take a pass at the baseboards.
Sometimes the old ways are the best ways!
This is the part of my house you can spend a lot of time on, I recommend doing this cleaning on its own day. You want to take your time with the kitchen, and there is no better way to take your time then only having the kitchen on your schedule. Personally, I like to save this part of the house for last.
As with the other rooms you want to begin by clearing up any clutter on the counter and anything that needs to be discarded from the fridge.
Let’s move on to the cabinets. Now if you regularly clean or wipe your cabinets down once a week or twice a month then your work is halfway finished and you many not even need to worry about the cabinets. Using my Homemade All-purpose cleaner, some baking soda, or soft scrub I really scrub them down to make sure they are not covered in any grease residue or grime. If you have special cabinets make sure you use the safest cleaner for your kitchen. You don’t want to ruin your cabinets in the name of cleanliness.
Clean the backsplash, using the same solution or one that is gentle on your surfaces. For instance, if you have marble or granite, or quartz. If there is anything on the counters such as tools, mixers, microwaves, etc., wipe them inside and out moving them away from where they sit to clean underneath them as well. If you do this regularly then you may be able to skip some of this step.
This is usually the part where I either light a fall-scented candle, pour some wine, and put on some fall-themed music, and get the rest of the kitchen done. It’s tradition and it sets the mood.
The stove is my Everest. The more I clean it the more it seems it gets dirty. Honestly, it is just never-ending. So, using soft scrub or baking soda I get in there and scrub.
For the oven I must have the following tools:
- wire sponge, you know the ball of soft wires you see at the store. (see picture )
- A regular sponge
- soft scrub
- baking soda (yes I use both)
- a bucket with warm water
- some lemon juice
Tip: if the oven is really messy try using an overnight oven cleaner to help loosen any hard stains.
All that is left is to sweep and mop. Of course, if you have any rugs in the kitchen shake them off before sweeping!
How do you deep clean your house?
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