When it’s Friday and you’ve got plans for the weekend. Well, they might not be the plans that one would think of at first. You aren’t planning on going out or dancing into next week. No, you are planning on deep cleaning your house this weekend. This means you are taking the right approach. Proper planning and organization are crucial steps in the process of cleaning your house over the weekend.
Maintaining a clean home means dealing with our daily cleaning tasks such as washing dishes and doing laundry. From time to time though, every house needs a more thorough cleaning, a deep cleaning. Luckily, this is not something that requires an entire week to be done. Following a few useful tips will help you deep clean your house over the weekend and give it that sparkling fresh feel.
If at any moment you feel overwhelmed by the task at hand, you should know that hiring a cleaning service has great benefits and can save you from a lot of stress.
Ticking off the checklist
Firstly, planning on deep cleaning your house and actually doing it are two very different things. Creating a checklist of the tasks that need to be completed within your house, as well as more detailed checklists for each room, will ensure that you don’t forget anything. You can do this during your morning cup of coffee. Once your checklists are complete, you’re ready to get to work. Search for any tips that will help you clean your home like a pro and make your day easier.
Getting down to the nitty-gritty of it all
Some chores need to be listed on every deep cleaning checklist. Let’s have a look at the tasks that are an absolute must if you wish to successfully deep clean your house.
It’s difficult to imagine just how many unnecessary and unused items we all have lying around the house. Whether these are items you don’t like, don’t use often, or don’t know how to use, they all have one thing in common. They should be classified as clutter. To be able to clean your house properly, you will need to declutter first.
You should collect all of the items you no longer need or want in one place. Then, sort them into categories according to the items you wish to throw away, those you wish to sell, and those you wish to donate to charity. If you aren’t sure about what you wish to keep and what you want to get rid of, you should think about finding storage that can fit all your clutter. The important thing is that you are getting rid of clutter and freeing up space.
Vacuuming, mopping, and dusting
Certain tasks will need to be completed in every room in your house and these include vacuuming and mopping the floors as well as doing the dusting. After a thorough vacuuming session, make sure to grab your mop and get to work on your floors. Wipe all the floors in your house, including those hard-to-reach spaces.
When dusting, make sure that you wipe down all countertops, tables, shelves as well as any decorative pieces you might have in the room.
The living room area
Although vacuuming is a key part of deep cleaning the living room area, there is more to be done. Besides vacuuming the floor, you should also hit the furniture. Make sure to check under the sofa and remove any items that might be there.
Takedown the curtains and give them a good wash before putting them back up. Windowsills are one of the things people forget to clean but should. So wipe down any windowsills and blinds, and don’t forget to wipe the windows themselves. It’s amazing how a room appears much cleaner when the windows are spotless.
The kitchen area
You might enjoy having an occasional deep-fried meal, but that meal often leads to greasy deposits in your kitchen. Wiping down our kitchen counters and even giving them a good scrub with warm soapy water is part of our regular house cleaning and maintenance. When deep cleaning, however, we need to put in a little extra effort in the kitchen. Pay special attention to your stovetop and the area surrounding it. This is often a problem area.
It is important to remember that there are many appliances and areas of the kitchen that get a lot of human contacts. These include the kitchen counters, the faucets, microwave handle, oven door handle, kitchen cupboard handles, and drawer handles. Often, we reach for these whilst our hands are still greasy or sticky. Therefore, it is important to scrub all these thoroughly and make sure that you remove even the toughest of spots.
Mold or mildew might form near the faucets or there might be a buildup of limescale so make sure that you clean this area carefully.
Don’t forget to clean your kitchen backsplash as well as this is a common area of grease and dirt buildup.
The bathroom area
The bathroom is probably the area of a home people like to avoid the most when cleaning. It is an area that has to be cleaned though, so how should cleaning a bathroom be approached? There are several areas of the bathroom that we need to focus on.
Focus on the tiles, taps, and the toilet, but don’t forget the mirror and shower door or bath screen. Use toilet cleaning fluids or disinfectant for your toilet bowl along with a toilet brush. Give it a good scrub.
Let the hot water run in your shower for a while so that it creates a bit of steam. This should help loosen any dirt and grime on the tiles in your shower. Give them a good scrub with a sponge. Using baking soda or lemon as a natural cleaning agent in your bathroom should also make your job easier. It will also leave your bathroom smelling fresh.
Don’t forget to clean your taps and faucets and remove any hair or dirt that might have gathered in the sink. Give your sinks a good scrub with a sponge as well.
Water often leaves spots and marks on mirrors and shower or bath screens. Wipe these down and leave your bathroom sparkling.
Seeing as we are currently going through a pandemic, it is a good idea to disinfect all surfaces once you have cleaned them. Finally, make sure that you wear gloves to protect your skin while cleaning.
Feeling at home
Deep cleaning is necessary from time to time, be it a house you have lived in for years or a new home you have just moved into. It’s well worth taking the time to deep clean as it can turn your new apartment into a cozy paradise. Not only that, but you’ll get peace of mind that you’ve removed all traces from the previous owners.
In the blink of an eye, it’s Sunday afternoon and you can finally put your feet up. Enjoy your evening knowing that you have finished deep cleaning your house in the space of a weekend.