How to deep clean your house
A deep clean is one of those things many homeowners dream of carrying out on their property but rarely find the time. However, the benefits of doing so are plentiful, and carrying out this task on a semi-regular basis carries a number of benefits
Firstly, a deep clean means that you can effectively get to the bottom of any issues that have been blighting your home for a while, as well as those that a light dusting or wipe over just will not resolve. Moreover, there are few feelings quite as satisfying as sitting down in a spotless home after putting in some hard work.
But where to begin? The prospect of planning a deep clean may seem daunting, and it can be tricky to figure out where to start, but Domestic Innovations is here to help. Read on for our advice on deep cleaning, as well as a breakdown of a cleaning checklist for each room.
Every little helps
Below are some tips that can be followed when cleaning every room in the home.
Are there items visible in the room that shouldn’t be there? If so, take steps to move it to its rightful place. Clearing any unnecessary clutter makes the deep cleanse much easier.
2. Window TLC
It may not be everybody’s favourite chore, but the payoff of ensuring windows are spotless is significant. Take time to vacuum the sills and tracks, then spritz the window with cleaner and leave for a moment before sponging it off.
Top tip: Wiping in one direction on inside windows and the other on outside ones means you can easily spot and fix streaks.
3. Start from the top
It’s much easier to tackle those harder-to-reach surfaces that are higher up first. So, the ceiling, ceiling trim, light fixtures (including bulbs) and walls should be cleaned first. The best tool to use for this is a clean microfibre mop or a duster with a telescopic handle.
4. Eliminate dust
Wipe over all remaining hard surfaces, such as wooden furniture, shelves, built-in cabinets) using a beeswax-based wood cleaner. Then, use a lint roller on the lampshades.
Top tip: Cover one hand with a clean cotton sock and move objects with the other for a faster approach.
5. Spruce the flooring
Move all furniture, including beds and sofas, to ensure you clean the entire floor effectively. If you have a carpet, consider renting a professional-grade cleaner in order to completely eradicate stains.
Room by room
Here’s a breakdown of the tasks required for each room in the house in order to enjoy the results of a truly deep clean.
- Clean all bedding
Take steps to wash all bedding, including mattress cover, duvet cover and pillows. If you have down pillows, dry on a low setting with clean tennis balls to prevent clumping of the materials. Otherwise, outdoor drying is best for synthetic materials.
- Freshen the mattress
A great way of giving your mattress a much-needed deep cleanse is by sprinkling baking soda on it, then letting it sit for an hour. After this time has passed, vacuum up the excess using a hose attachment. Then flip or rotate the mattress as per the manufacturer’s recommendations, and repeat.
Be cutthroat with old clothes
This may be difficult, but take any old clothes you haven’t worn recently and bag them up, either for recycling or donation. Sprucing up your wardrobe by adding matching hangers will make it look great, which could encourage you to keep it tidier in future.
Wipe over all exposed tops with a cloth and high-quality kitchen cleaner. Then, go over the doors, front and back with a wood cleaner. If your surfaces are painted or laminated, use lukewarm water and a squirt of dish soap.
Deep clean appliances
If your weekly shop is due, take advantage of the empty fridge by wiping it down both inside and out. Then, do the same for the stove and dishwasher. If possible, pull heavy appliances away from the wall to allow you to get at the surrounding walls and the floor.
Move everything off the counters, including jars and other storage units, then wash and dry the area and the backsplash thoroughly. Try putting back only the items you use every day, and find a home for the other items somewhere out of sight.
Tidy the pantry
Are you lucky enough to have a pantry? These spaces are great but can get cluttered and untidy very easily. Take everything off the shelves and wipe them down.
Wash the shower curtain
Most shower curtains will come out spotless on a gentle cycle on cold, but be sure to check the label first. Then, set the dryer on low, and be sure to remove and rehang the curtain before it fully dries.
Wipe down doors
Use a combination of heated distilled white wine vinegar to wipe on shower doors, reapplying to keep them wet for half an hour. Then, scrub with baking soda sprinkled on a non-scratch pad.
Whatever is lurking in the cupboard under the sink, it’s a great idea to tidy it while you’re on a roll. Pull everything out and throw away anything that doesn’t belong there, anything that does, wipe down and restore.
Freshen up furniture
Remove all cushions and throws and vacuum over all upholstered surfaces, including the backs, with the brush attachment.
Take down artwork
Framed pictures look great, but unfortunately collect a lot of dust, which can permanently mark the walls. Take all artwork and photos down before dusting front and back using a damp micro fibre cloth. Be careful not to spray anything directly onto the glass that could seep into the corners of the frame, potentially damaging the picture and mat.
Wash cushions and covers
Put all throws and cushion covers in the washer, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of a fresh, fragrant sofa.