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Does your home look like something out of an episode of Hoarders? If so, 2021 is the perfect time to get everything in order. That mess you’ve been ignoring for months isn’t just an eyesore—it might also be affecting your health.
By giving your home a deep cleaning, you’ll prevent it from getting dirty and messy again—at least for a while. You’ll also ensure that there isn’t anything harmful that can affect you or your family.
But where do you start when it comes to deep cleaning a house?
Keep reading to learn about everything you’ll need to put down on your deep cleaning checklist.
Get to Work Decluttering
Before you can get to work cleaning your home, you have to get rid of all the clutter first. If you’re like most people, then you probably have more things you can get rid of than you realize.
Go through the things taking up space in all of the rooms of your home, from the living room and bedrooms to the closest. If you haven’t touched something in months or forgot that it even exists, ask yourself: do you really need to hold onto it?
Getting rid of junk helps make room for cleaning. You’ll also be surprised at how good you feel once you finish organizing everything!
Clean Your Windows
If you haven’t seen a blue sky in months, it might not be because of the weather—it might be because of your dirty windows. Spend some time cleaning all of the windows of your house as you embark on your deep cleaning session.
Vacuum or dust the window sills, then take a glass cleaner and a rag to clean the actual window panes. Make sure to clean both inside and out, and try to avoid leaving streaks behind.
Cleaning windows won’t take you as long as you might fear that it will, and the payoff will be huge.
Deep Clean the Floors
Sweeping or running a vacuum over the floors of your home is better than nothing, but it’s certainly not ‘deep cleaning’.
Push all of your furniture to the side, then vacuum over every inch of the floor. If your home has a lot of carpets or rugs, you can shampoo them. If you have hardwood floors or tile, spend some time mopping them.
Aside from making the flooring throughout your house look nicer, cleaning the floors also helps ensure that they stay looking newer longer. When you keep them clean, you won’t have to worry about replacing your carpets or other floors as often.
Remember that dirt doesn’t abide by the same rules that you do. Don’t just focus your attention on what you see in front of you—remember to go up, as well.
When cleaning areas like your walls, it’s best to start at the top then make your way down. This means cleaning things like your ceiling trim and wall lamps first, then making your way down to the baseboards and the floor.
If your home has high ceilings, you might need to invest in a duster that has a telescoping handle.
Dust is insidious, and often times you don’t realize it’s there until you touch a surface and leave a fingerprint. Make sure that you spend time dusting all of the surfaces you have gotten to at this point.
Wooden furniture, shelves, bookcases, and desks are notorious for harboring large amounts of dust. Like vacuuming, make sure that you move objects to the side when necessary. Don’t just dust around them!
All you need to dust is some furniture cleaner and a microfiber rag. Dusting shouldn’t take you too long, but you’ll be amazed (or disgusted) at what you pick up.
Deep Clean the Bathroom
Deep cleaning a bathroom might not be fun, but the good news is that there’s nothing nicer than a clean bathroom. Use that information to motivate you as you get down and dirty.
Wipe down everything from the counter and bathtub to towel racks and the outside of any waste bins. You’ll also want to scrub your shower and bathtub, and of course, the toilet. Make sure to lift the lid and clean all of its different parts.
If you’re a bit squeamish about cleaning things like the toilet or a dirty bathtub, you can always hire cleaning services to come and help you. Visit this page if you are looking for a deep cleaning service.
Get Your Bed in Order
Given that you sleep there every night, you want to make sure that you also take the time to clean your bed.
Aside from washing your sheets, pillowcases, and duvet, you should also clean your mattress. While washing the other parts of your bed, sprinkle some baking powder on top of it. After an hour, use a vacuum to suck it up.
You can also wash and dry your actual pillows by putting clear tennis balls in the dryer along with them. This will prevent the insides from clumping up.
Understand What Goes Into Deep Cleaning a House
It’s easy to put off cleaning, especially if you lead a hectic lifestyle. But at a certain point, enough is enough.
If you’re considering deep cleaning a house, make sure to tackle the areas mentioned in this guide. You’ll end up with a sparkling home that’s cleaner than you could’ve ever imagined.
Do you now have a better idea of what a deep cleaning entails? Before you go and create your own deep cleaning checklist, take a moment to check out some of our other posts for more helpful guides and tips.