How to Deep-Clean Every Room in Your House
By Sadira Sittampalam
Even the tidiest homes need a good deep cleaning from time to time. However, the idea of deep cleaning your entire house can seem a little daunting, which is why it is useful to follow this guide on how to go about making your house as clean as it can get. With lockdown in place, this is also the perfect time to start deep cleaning your house, as usual, you would set aside a good week to properly cover every room in your home. To avoid becoming overwhelmed when starting this clean, we have broken the process down into smaller, more manageable tasks.
Recently, a new obsession with decluttering has appeared where everyone seems to finally be taking stock of their belongings and discerningly throwing away things that are no longer useful. However, it is important to know that whenever you are throwing anything away, you should always be aware of the environmental outcome.
The culture of throwing away things leads to mass landfills and pollution, so it is important to properly consider what you throw away. And instead of just tossing it in the trash, you could consider donating or selling some of your old items since there are probably other people who could use them.
You should also always consider whether you are keeping items out of necessity or out of nostalgia - nostalgia is the best friend of clutter. This step should allow you to find a better place for all of your visible clutter, and make sure that everything has a place and that everything is in its place. Once you have done that, it makes the deep cleaning process a lot easier as you can focus on the tidy surfaces that were buried underneath the clutter. Seeing everything decluttered can also help boost your motivation for cleaning.
Start at the top
Every deep clean should start with you tackling the ceiling of the room. This is because the dust will naturally fall downwards and if you start with the bottom to the top, you will be cleaning the same surfaces multiple times. So start with the ceiling, ceiling light fixtures, fans, bulbs and then onto the walls. Once you’re done with that, you can start with some of the furniture.
The best tool for these types of cleans is a nice microfiber mop or microfiber cloth which makes all your home surfaces clean super-fast. However, you could always just opt for some old rags with a handy bowl of soapy water. For higher placed surfaces, all you need is a little spritz of water as there isn’t too much dirt that builds up.
Closer to the ground is where you are going to have to go in with a little more water. Usually, dish soap is all you need as it’s pretty versatile as a cleaning agent. Remember to rinse it often though, as dirt does pile up on your cloth. Finally, as a bonus tip, you should add a splash of white vinegar to your soapy water when you are cleaning your bathroom as it keeps away mould and mildew.
Windows are pretty simple to clean, but it is very important as well, as it helps keep the air in your house clean and fresh. You should clean it off with the same mixture as in the previous step, and use glass cleaner if you have it for the windows. If you have bars along with your window it might take a bit longer to clean. However, the most important part is getting the outside of your window clean, which will probably take a ladder and some courage to do.
Try and wipe in one direction on the inside windows, and another on the outside ones so you can see if there are any streaks you missed. For your window curtains, the best thing to do is to vacuum as much dirt as you can off of them, and then put them into the laundry for a good clean. Then just hang them back up, good as new.
Remove dust from surfaces
The next step is to start wiping down all remaining hard surfaces using a good furniture cleaner and polish with a soft cloth. Then when you get to the floors, you should start moving all your furniture to one side of the room so that you can focus on one side of the floors.
You will need to move ALL of your furniture, even the heavy stuff because you’d be surprised at how much dirt manages to get under even the tiniest of gaps. Sweep and mop everything thoroughly and then repeat on the other side of the room. If you have a carpet, you should give it a good vacuum. How to Deep-Clean Every Room in Your House
Dealing with room-specific needs
Freshen your mattress by sprinkling baking soda on it, letting it sit for an hour and then vacuuming it all up. You should then flip the mattress and repeat the process. Declutter your closet by pulling out the clothes you haven’t worn for the past 3 months and then bag them separately so you can consider whether you should give them away or not.
Then moving onto the bathroom, you should wash your shower curtain. You should follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to wash it as every shower curtain is different. You should also make sure that you have gotten rid of old products you don’t use or that are expired.
Moving onto the living room, you should make sure all your furniture is nicely freshened up by vacuuming every upholstered surface (including the backs), and removing the cushions and washing the cushion cases.
Remember to also dust all your photo frames or framed artwork and give it a good wipe down with a damp cloth. Do not spray anything directly onto the glass, as it could seep into the corners of the frame and potentially ruin the picture or frame. For all your electronics, you should also unhook everything and give each wire a nice wipe down with a damp cloth, as it does carry a lot of dirt.
Supplies you should keep handy
Baking soda is an excellent cleaner as it causes dirt and grease to dissolve in water. If you keep this in a shaker, it will be convenient to use whenever needed. You should keep toothbrushes for scrubbing away any tough smears of dirt and a paintbrush to dust delicate items. Dish soap is your best friend in basically every scenario as it is a versatile cleaner that is not only for dishes.
White vinegar is also an amazing cleaning tool as it kills a lot of household bacteria and cuts through the grime easily. Gloves will also be needed, as you don’t want to be getting your hands dirty.
Microfiber cloths and mops are also a lifesaver as they gather up so much dirt with little effort. You should get rubbing alcohol as well as a multipurpose cleaner as you might need them for certain spots in your house. Finally, you should get a good duster for cobwebs and the ceiling fans as well as wood cleaner and conditioner if you have a lot of wood items.