house cleaning tips from a professional house cleaner

House Cleaning Checklist

Posted: 03/30/17 5:44 PM - Category: Home

Life is busy, and it can be hard to keep up with your regular cleaning. Nobody wants to live in a home that is dirty and disorganized, so you want to take steps to get all of your regular cleaning done. This will not only make for a home that is neater, but it will also make for a healthier home environment.

One of the best ways to ensure that you stay up to date on your regular cleaning is to make a checklist of all of the things that you need to do. If you want to make it even easier, it could be a good idea to take your cleaning checklist, and schedule different tasks for different days. That way, you do not have to take a few hours out of a single day to do all of your weekly cleaning.

Dusting

Supplies

  • Damp Microfiber Cloth
  • Long-handled Microfiber duster
  • Vacuum with dusting brush

When the home is dusty, it is not a healthy place to spend your time. Dust can aggravate allergies, and some dust may contain contaminants that could make you sick. To keep your home free of dust, you should probably give the house a good once over weekly, and there are some dusting jobs that you can do on a semi-regular basis.

For your regular dusting, you should get all of the surfaces like tables and countertops, dust all of your electronics and around your TV centre, dust the ceiling and lighting fixtures and dust around large pieces of furniture.

For semi-regular dusting, you should get behind appliances like the refrigerators, dust the vents for your home HVAC system, the cover to the bathroom exhaust fan and use the dusting brush on your vacuum to dust around things like curtains and blinds.

Vacuuming

Supplies

  • Vacuum with attachments

Vacuuming is a job that needs to be done once a week. Even if the carpets look clean, all sorts of dirt, dust and debris can build up and get pushed into the carpet fibres. When you do your regular vacuuming, you want to make sure to get all of the carpets and rugs in the home, but there are some vacuuming tasks that you can do on a monthly or semi-regular basis.

For semi-regular vacuuming, you can use the upholstery brush to clean your furniture; clean underneath and around furniture; get the crevice tool and clean in between cushions and other hard to reach areas, and since you have the vacuum and attachments out, you can make this the time that you use the vacuum to clean around things like blinds and curtains.

Windows and Glass

Supplies

  • Bucket of warm soapy water
  • Towel
  • Microfiber cloth

Cleaning your windows is a job that you can probably limit to once a month. However, it is a good idea to give your windows a nice thorough cleaning of the interiors and exteriors every few months. In addition to getting your windows cleaned, you should also clean your mirrors and if you have a glass door for a shower stall, that should also get cleaned regularly.

Start by wiping the windows down with a towel and some warm soapy water. Once you have the window nice and soaped up, you can then clean and dry the surface using a microfiber cloth. You can use this method for both the interior and the exterior windows. The exteriors might take a little extra work since they are outside.

While the above-mentioned supplies will work well for most homes, if you want to make the job easier and get better results, we recommend buying some equipment that is just for cleaning windows. By getting a window cleaning wand and a squeegee, you can take a lot of the work out of cleaning windows, and these tools will provide the best results. But if this still sounds like a lot of work, you can always hire a professional for this job.

Kitchen

Supplies

  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Sponge
  • Floor cleaner
  • Mop

With the kitchen, there are some cleaning tasks that you are going to need to do every day. You can’t let the dishes pile up in the sink, and you want to at least wipe the counters down. However, there are also some jobs that you are going to want to do on a weekly or monthly schedule.

For your weekly kitchen cleaning, you will want to scrub the counters, mop the floors, clean out the refrigerator, wash the interior of the sink and wipe down the top of the range. For jobs that you can do less frequently, you can wipe down appliances, clean the oven and about once a month you should clean the fronts of the cabinets and drawers.

Bathroom

Supplies

  • All-purpose cleanser
  • Scrub brush
  • Floor cleaner
  • Mop

Just like the kitchen, the bathroom does have some cleaning jobs that you should do every day. Beyond that, there are also jobs that you can take care of about once a month or weekly. For daily cleaning, the most important job is wiping down the counters.

You should give your toilet, tub and shower stall a good wiping down about once a week. You can also include cleaning the floors as a part of your weekly bathroom cleaning. You may not need to do it every week, but about once a month you should give the toilet and bathing area a good scrubbing with a disinfecting cleanser. You also want to make sure to clean the tiles to remove things like mildew.

As another point, you should also keep an eye on things like the vanity and the cabinets in the bathroom. You can wipe the counters and sink down about once a week, but you will also want to clean the fronts of the cabinets about once a month.

The key to keeping a clean home is really just staying on top of the regular maintenance. If you take a little bit of time to perform some regular cleaning, it not only helps to keep the home clean and reduce allergens, but it means that you will not have to do a whole lot of cleaning at one time. When you let it get away from you, it tends to make many of these tasks even harder, and when you look at how bad things have gotten, it might make things seem a little overwhelming.