From time to time, your house will need a thorough clean out. Are you up to the task? Click here for a comprehensive guide to home deep cleaning.
Have you ever walked into a friend’s home and immediately felt the wow factor? Some people have a knack for decorating, others have a knack for keeping things clean.
What you likely don’t realize is those who live in clean homes don’t get them that way by chance. They do an entire home deep cleaning periodically. Not every week, but they get down to the nitty-gritty on a regular basis.
Today, we’re sharing tips on how you too can have a clean(er) home. Take a minute and read our comprehensive guide to deep cleaning your home.
Work Smarter Not Harder
The key to a successful day of cleaning your home is organization. Not your home, but you!
Plan your project and make a checklist. Gather the tools you’ll need for your cleaning projects before you start. You’ll cut down on time needed to hunt through cabinets for sponges and gloves, or run down to the basement to look for your favorite mop.
Another thing to consider is breaking down your huge deep cleaning project into chunks. Don’t try to give your home an overhaul in a day. Remember, this is an entire home deep cleaning, you’re not just sweeping the dust under the rug.
In the Kitchen
The kitchen is the hub (and heart) of your home. If it’s dirty, you won’t feel much like cooking in it and your family won’t want to spend time there. You’ll use a lot of elbow grease in the kitchen, but you’ll have help with the right cleaning products.
Of course, you’re free to buy the latest infomercial product, but a few simple and natural ingredients make deep cleaning your kitchen a breeze. We bet you already have these in your pantry:
- Baking Soda
- Dish Detergent
Mix any of these with warm water and you have a fantastic, natural solution for most kitchen cleaning projects.
Your kitchen deep clean should include the refrigerator, oven, and dishwasher. Cabinet doors and drawers attract grease and dried food—give them a scrub inside and out. Don’t forget to polish the hardware.
Your countertops bear the brunt of everything you do in the kitchen. First, clear the clutter and the small appliances. Spray countertops down with an appropriate cleaning solution, let it sit for a minute, then wipe and dry with a soft cloth.
While you’re working the countertop area, sprinkle baking soda in your garbage disposal followed by vinegar. Turn the disposal on run the hot water. Don’t forget the baffle!
If you have blinds in the kitchen, dust and wash them. Use vinegar and water to get your windows sparkling clean. Throw the kitchen curtains in the wash on delicate while you’re working through the rest of the room.
The walls also get the deep clean treatment and you can use your trusty DIY solution on them too!
Get Down and Dirty at Floor Level
There’s nothing worse than going from a dazzling clean kitchen to a room with dingy floors and dirty carpets. And it doesn’t matter how clean the rest of a room is—the eyes are always drawn down to floor level.
Different flooring types require different cleaning methods, but the end result is the same. Here are tips for deep cleaning your floors:
Go over carpets with the vacuum set to the right height for your rug type. Use the vacuum’s crevice tool around baseboards. Now you’re ready for the deep carpet clean(you didn’t think vacuuming counted as carpet cleaning, did you?).
Truly clean carpets need steam cleaning and if you have pets or stains you can’t identify, things get a bit more complicated. Frankly, the best option for fresh clean rugs is steam cleaning. Looking at different types of services on https://www.carpetcleanerhuntsville.com/huntsville/ is a great place to start thinking about what level of clean you need.
Wood floors over time develop a dingy look and the damp mop no longer does much more than remove surface dust and dirt. While we won’t provide a tutorial here, you do need to identify your floor’s finish before you clean.
If you have a surface finish, you’re safe using water and water-based cleaning products. If your wood floors have a penetrating finish and you use water to clean, you risk the wood warping.
Celebrate if your floor has a surface finish! Cleaning dirt and grime may mean you get down on your hands and knees and scrub, but you won’t need to strip off a wax finish. You’ll find several cleaning products designed for wood floors, or you can whip up a gallon of warm water and ½ of liquid dish detergent.
Tackle the Bathroom
Bathrooms—either you love to clean them, or you close your eyes and avoid looking at the grime in the bathtub.
Grab your bathroom cleaning caddy, and in an afternoon, your bathroom will sparkle (and smell better). Here’s a great deep cleaning system for the bathroom:
Tub and Shower
Soak the showerhead in a vinegar and water solution. Fill the bag, attach it to the showerhead, and watch those hard water mineral deposits melt away.
If you have shower doors, clean them with a baking soda and water paste. Throw your plastic shower curtain in the washing machine.
Grab your grout brush—you’ll need it for both the shower grout and the floor if you have tile.
Make Your Toilet Dazzle
Pour a cup of baking soda into the bowl and let it sit. Give the entire bowl a good brushing and then flush. If you still see stains, a damp pumice stone works wonders.
Don’t forget to soak the toilet brush and brush canister.
You’ll also want to wash the walls and floors. This isn’t a superficial wipe with a rag and a mop. You may feel shocked when you see what’ sticking to your walls (hair, lint, unidentifiable stains).
End at the Sink
End your bathroom cleaning mission with the sink. Pour vinegar and baking soda down the drain. Go after mineral deposits with a toothbrush (an old one). And our fun tip of the day—floss the faucet.
Need More Ideas for Home Deep Cleaning?
We know, we said this was a comprehensive guide to home deep cleaning at the beginning of this post. We could write a book and cover it all, but for today, we’ve hit some of the most challenging deep cleaning projects.
If you’ve enjoyed reading this article and want more ideas on how you can clean and care for your home, hang out a while longer on the blog. You’ll find plenty of reading material to help you have a beautiful and clean home.