With all the effort and time required, it’s easy to put off deep cleaning your house. That’s where a house cleaning schedule comes in handy! It can divide up these arduous tasks throughout the year and make them more manageable.
But before we help you create a schedule, we need to answer the question:
What do we mean by deep cleaning?
You have probably heard this phrase thrown around a lot online as well as on cleaning services’ websites. But, what exactly is a “deep cleaning?”
Much as the name suggests, when you deep clean, you get down into all the nooks and crannies of your house that don’t usually get attention. A regular clean is usually superficial and can be done quickly and without too much planning. If you see something dirty, clean it!
In a deep clean, you literally go looking for and hunting down every speck of grime you can find and wipe it out. As you can expect, this also means that it takes much longer and is much more intense than a regular house clean and shouldn’t be taken on too lightly if you want the best results.
A typical house cleaning that you can do on a weekly basis usually covers:
- Cleaning the floors with a vacuum, broom, and mop.
- Cleaning the sink, mirror, bath, and toilet in the bathroom.
- Wiping down and dusting any surfaces as well as cabinets, shelves, etc.
A deep cleaning involves all of the above and much, much more:
- Scrubbing cooking appliances inside and out such as ovens, microwaves, stoves, refrigerators.
- Cleaning up all the grime and buildup behind appliances.
- Washing windows and window frames inside and out.
- Washing all of your blinds, curtains or shutters.
- Clean door frames.
- Cleaning carpets.
- Thoroughly dusting the entire house especially any hidden hooks or crannies.
- Wiping out scale and grime from your bathroom like those that build up in between tiles, etc.
This is only a quick run through of everything that a “deep clean” covers. There are still many individual items to tick off in each specific room.
As you can see, a deep clean really serves to refresh and renew the home. Not only will it be free of everyday dirt and dust but it should also be cleared of other allergens and contaminants that can even have health impacts after prolonged exposure.
How often should I do a deep clean?
As you can see, a deep clean is no small task. It’s not the type of thing you can do on a weekly (or even a monthly basis). If you do, you might need to start again as soon as you finish!
Deep cleaning your entire home
A deep clean of your entire home is recommended at least once a year and twice is fantastic. Of course, it’s always better if you can do it more often but most people agree that this is an acceptable deep cleaning frequency for almost any home. A proper deep clean of a family size home takes up to a week, even with one or two extra pairs of hands. So, many of us are simply too busy to do it more often without hiring professional help.
Remember, that a lot of the grime and buildup you will be cleaning during your deep clean does take some time to build up again. It might not be worth it to deep clean your home after only two or three months anyway, time constraints aside.
Deep cleaning in cycles
Another option is to break up deep cleaning areas. Because it is so thorough, it’s easiest when broken up into a per-room checklist. You can then say that in the first quarter of the year you will deep clean room A and B, after another three months you clean room B and C, and then finish off with room D and E only to kick off your yearly deep cleaning schedule with room A and B once again.
Of course, this depends on your home’s layout. If you have a large open-plan area that could be as big as 2 or 3 other rooms in the home combined, you might need to take a whole deep cleaning round just for that room.
Whatever the case may be, every room in your home should undergo a deep cleaning at least once a year and twice if possible. At the end of the article, we will give you some examples of deep cleaning schedules.
How to deep clean your home room by room
No matter which room you decide to deep clean, there are a few general steps you should follow for each to make sure the process goes as easily and smoothly as possible.
Prepping the room
- Aerate the room: This is very important. Through the cleaning process, a lot of dust and contaminants will be kicked up into the air. Open all windows and run the exhaust systems or fans in the room.
- Declutter: Through away all papers and other small rubbish as well as any loose items. Since you are doing a deep clean, it might also be a good time to go the whole nine yards and throw away any unwanted or unused items. To make this task easier, declutter more often using these 10 creative tips.
- Move the furniture: The space between furniture and the floor or walls is usually an absolute hive of grime and debris. Before you start on the ceiling or walls, move the furniture to the middle of the room. If you have a carpet to deep clean, you might want to move them out of the room completely. This will also allow you to clean the whole floor.
- Clean the windows: As one of the portals to the outside world, window sills and tracks collect a lot of dust and debris from the outside which can make its way into the home. You can start off by vacuuming or dusting the frame and tracks and wiping them off with a damp cloth for good measure. Spray some window cleaner, let it rest for a minute or two, then finish it off with a squeegee.
- Curtains and blinds: Different curtains require different cleaning methods. Make sure of your specific curtains requirements. Cleaning curtains can take a day or two to wash since you need to wash and hang them to dry. Blinds are much quicker, you can vacuum off the loose dust and then wipe them down with a damp cloth.
- From the top down: It’s always best to work from the top down. This also means to first do the ceiling, then the ceiling trim, then the walls, any other surfaces, then the floor trim, and finally the floors themselves.
- The carpet: You can use a mixture of salt, borax, and white vinegar to clean your carpet. You will also need a vacuum and carpet steam cleaner. It might be worth it to let professionals clean your carpet.
- Other tidbits: There are many small things in every room to take care of that depends on your specific home:
- Dust photo frames, behind paintings or other ornaments, light fixtures, ceiling fans, etc.
- Remove and wash bulbs and lampshades.
- Take everything out of the closets, wipe down all the surfaces, and vacuum.
- Throw out all your trash and rinse your bins if it’s needed.
- The bedding: As you can imagine, our bedding picks up a lot of dirt, mostly from us. We sleep in them for 8 hours a night, sweat in them, are sick in them, and sometimes spill on them. You can easily launder duvets, pillow covers, and bed skirts in the laundry machine or by hand. Remember to wash and dry according to product labels.
- The mattress: While all the bedding is removed you can clean the mattress, be wary of using wet cleaning materials as you will then have to dry the mattress and it may result in mold. You can spread baking soda, let it soak up the contaminants, and then vacuum it up.
- The counters: As the place where we handle a lot of wet and organic items, kitchens naturally collect a lot of gunk. You should spend some extra time on all the kitchen tops with commercial surface cleaners, sanitizers, and a scrub brush. Also, move appliances and clean underneath and behind them.
- The oven: Get out the scrub brush again and give the inside of your oven a good going over. Even those baking pans you might’ve been too lazy to clean. Here’s a tried-and-true method to clean your oven using baking soda and vinegar with minimal elbow grease.
- The microwave: You can easily clean your microwave by steaming the inside with some water and a lemon and then wiping it down.
- The stovetop: There are many great commercial cleaning solutions for stovetops. Make sure to get all the grease and burnt-on grime that tends to build up in little nooks.
- The cabinets: Cabinets are prone to collecting dust, dead insects, and spills. Pack them out and clean them thoroughly. Don’t forget the tops if they are exposed.
- Sanitize the bath and shower: You will need a toothbrush, some brushes, and commercial cleaners. Clean both the shower and bathtub, paying special attention to the drains, unplugging them if necessary. Make sure to get rid of all the grime and buildup in the tiny crannies using a toothbrush. Also, give the taps and showerheads a going over as well.
- Sinks and counters: Do the same for the sinks as for your tub and shower. Also, use surface cleaner and get another toothbrush to remove all the grime in the corners.
- Clean the toilet: Cleaning the toilet is pretty straightforward. Your toilet cleaning solution should come with instructions. Usually, you spray it in the bowl, let it rest, give it a scrub with the toilet brush, and then flush it all away. The rest of the toilet can be cleaned with surface cleaner.
- Mirrors: A very straightforward clean with some window cleaner and a squeegee.
- The tiles: Many of our bathroom floors are covered in tiles. The grout between these tiles is prone to mildew, mold, and other grime. A toothbrush and some cleaning solution should take care of it.
- Move the furniture: This is probably the hardest part of cleaning the living room. It is usually filled with furniture of all kinds. To properly clean the walls, ceiling, and floor, it might be easiest to first move all the furniture out.
- Clean the furniture: To properly clean the furniture, you should first remove all cushions and loose pieces from couches and lounge chairs and then vacuum the entire surface area. Then wash it according to the furniture instructions. All material types require different methods and the wrong one might ruin its appearance.
The living room takes up the most time because it requires most of the “general cleaning” steps and because it usually has a large surface area.
How to make a house cleaning schedule
Because a deep clean is such a daunting task, it’s even more important that you come up with a schedule that works for you. No one else can tell you when the best time is to tackle this operation but you.
Remember, to do an entire home deep clean can take up to a week, especially if you are tackling it alone. Who of us really has a whole week just for cleaning?
What we can do is give you all the tools to come up with a plan that keeps your house clean and works for your schedule. Let’s look at how often certain tasks should be done:
- Make the bed
- Do the dishes
- Wipe down kitchen surfaces
- Sweep the floors
- Do laundry (if needed)
- Wipe down bathroom surfaces
- Sanitize sinks (bathroom and kitchen)
- Wash shower walls and pan
- Mop floors
- Clean mirrors
- Dust and vacuum furniture
- Vacuum floors and carpet
- Change bedding (bi-weekly is acceptable)
- Throw out wet waste
- Wash inside of kitchen appliances and the stove top
- Sanitize sponges and dishcloths
- Vacuum the vents and any woodwork
- Dust and clean light fixtures especially shades
- Dust and vacuum your blinds and curtains
- Clean your dishwasher and laundry machine
- Clear the vacuum filter
Every 6 months
- Wipe down fridge interior
- Clean behind and under furniture
- Wash bedding and mattress
- Clean drains and garbage disposal
- Thoroughly clean inside of oven
- Deep clean carpets and rugs
At least once a year
- Deep clean drapes and curtains
- Deep clean upholstery
- Wash windows
- Clean clothes dryer
- Clean chimney
As you can see, only the last two lists are exclusive to a deep clean. Wherever possible you should align all of these. Nothing feels better than that moment you were able to address all of these in one go, leaving your home completely renewed. It will also prevent you from having to clean constantly and give you some chore-free time.
The fact that there are daily and weekly tasks add extra time to your deep cleaning if you plan to do it on a few, back-to-back days.
Let’s look at some examples using a standard 3-bedroom, 2 bathroom, living room, kitchen, cleaning room, and porch home.
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- Day 1: Do the master bedroom and en-suite bathroom.
- Day 2: Do the kids’ bedrooms and any en-suite bathrooms. If you have more than two, split it over two days and combine with Day 3.
- Day 3: Do any other bathrooms or toilets in the house.
- Day 4-5: Do the living and or dining room. Give yourself two days. If it’s only a day’s work, give yourself a break on day 5.
- Day 6: Tackle the kitchen and washing room.
- Day 7: Do the porch (if applicable) or clean up the gutters and exterior of the home.
The yearly round-robin
Max your cleaning potential by getting the kids involved during school holidays:
- January: Do the master bedroom and on suite bathroom the first day. On the second day, do the kids rooms and other bathrooms or toilets.
- Spring break: Do the patio or porch as well as the living and dining room.
- Summer break: Give all the rooms a “light deep clean” to freshen them up.
- Autumn: Deep clean the kitchen and other washing rooms.
Well, there you have it!
We hope that this guide has helped and inspired you to come up with a way to keep your home clean, sanitary, and hygienic all year round. The important thing is that you come up with a house cleaning schedule that gets to everything while fitting in with your routine and lifestyle. If you decide to hire professional help to get the job done, consider these things when looking for a professional carpet cleaner.