· By Tara Tyrrell
The Ultimate Guide to Deep Cleaning Your Home: Tips and Tricks from CleanHQ
It doesn't matter how much effort you put into cleaning your home regularly, even the squeakiest clean house will need a deep clean from time to time. It can be overwhelming, however, so the best way to approach the task is by breaking it down into smaller tasks. Here’s our top tips and tricks for giving your house a deep clean.
The first step to just about any project is to declutter. Everything should be put back in its rightful place and stored properly. Decluttering makes cleaning easier because it clears surfaces and prevents trip hazards.
2. High to Low
You should always clean from top to bottom to avoid having to complete tasks more than once. Tackle your ceiling first, then any cornice or trim, lighting fixtures, walls, blinds, curtains, and baseboards before you wash the floor or vacuum. If your light fixtures are fabric shades, you can easily clean them with a lint roller.
Washing windows isn't a particularly difficult job, it just requires patience. Start by vacuuming the tracks and sills before spraying the Pink Stuff window and glass cleaner. Check the label for the contact time and be sure to allow the cleaner to sit for the recommended time before you squeegee it or use a microfibre cloth. Wipe in a consistent direction on the interior windows and the opposite when you're wiping the exterior windows. You can easily spot streaks and fix them while you're working.
You don't need to take down the shades, blinds or curtains to deep clean (unless they require laundering. Use the brush attachment on your vacuum instead.
How often you deep clean is up to you, but you should vacuum your mattresses on a quarterly basis. It removes all of the dead skin and shedding that dust mites love. Be sure to vacuum both sides.
Invest in polish and furniture cleaner and tackle surfaces with a microfibre cloth or a ScrubDaddy duster. When you dust, don't forget to start with high places, which means the tops of shelves, fridge freezers, and kitchen cupboards too! You can use a damp cloth, wipes, or vacuum attachments.
You should vacuum your lounges, chairs, and any other seating or footstools you may have.
Wash your bedding on the hottest setting you can to break down allergens. If you have allergies or respiratory issues in your home and they don't improve after an extra hot wash, you might have to replace your pillows and duvets. They have a shelf life and they are more difficult to clean.
Before you move onto the floors, open your cupboards and clean out anything that has expired or you no longer use. Wipe down the shelving while you're at it.
When it comes to cleaning the floor, be ready to move your furniture. You will need to move lounges, beds, and even kitchen appliances to do the job properly. You can buy furniture slides to make the job easier and safer, but ideally, you should have a helper just in case. Use the crevice tool along the skirting boards and corners of each room. Whether you are mopping or vacuuming the room, you can revisit the crevice tool after.
Use a microfibre mop when washing hard floors, and be sure to select a cleaner that is appropriate for the type of flooring you have. Since you are deep cleaning, you should think about borrowing or renting a professional vacuum cleaner, especially if you have children or pets.
Just make sure you have all of the cleaning equipment you need in one easy caddy so you can grab and go to get the job done efficiently.