Deep Cleaning Your Home

Deep cleaning is a powerful part of your home-cleaning arsenal and something that you should never hesitate to rely on when you need it. Good deep cleaning work can solve a lot of problems, but knowing how to use it well can be important.

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But when is deep cleaning most useful, and what does it actually entail? Whether you are doing it yourself or getting an outside company to handle it for you, you should be aware of the benefits (and limits) of a good deep cleaning project.

When should you deep clean your house?

A lot of people who rely on deep cleaning will handle it at least three or four times a year, more if their home has any specific rooms that might get dirty often.

Of course, this all depends on how deep the cleaning will actually be. For some people, deep cleaning just means cleaning up all of the carpets, sheets, and rugs. For others, it could be a major amount of cleaning that is meant to remove serious hazards from the home.

Cleaning Most Rooms

Most rooms have a lot of standard things you can do to clean them. A lot of these are very simple, but you will want to adapt what you do to match each room’s shape and scale.

  • Clean floors. Mop tile floors and brush or vacuum carpet floors, making sure that you do not use any cleaning substances that might damage the materials.
  • Wipe away stains on the walls, including anything that might be left over from posters or other decorations that have been stuck up on the wall.
  • Wash windows properly. It takes a bit of effort to remove stains on the glass, but the end result is worth it.

Cleaning Your Kitchen

The kitchen can require a lot of cleaning and maintenance to keep it tidy, especially if it is used for cooking major meals on a regular basis. Cleaning it properly involves more than just washing the tile floors and making sure that counters are clear, though.

  • Clean the refrigerator. Even if you do not plan to wipe down the sides or shelves, it can be important to take stock of what is in your fridge so that you can throw away any expired or unusable food.
  • Clean the oven, stovetops, and microwave. No matter how often you use all of them, it can be important to make sure that they are clean and safe to use, especially if you have been cooking a range of different foods there.
  • Wipe down countertops. It is often a good idea to disinfect them so that there are not any traces of raw meat or other ingredients. This also helps get rid of stains and other things that might taint the surface.
  • Clear out your garbage disposal, as well as any bins or trash cans that you have inside your kitchen. Even if they do not need to be clean, it can help you reduce the smell in your kitchen, which could lead to fewer flies and pests.
  • Wash the dishwasher by running it on empty. This means that all of the cleaning happens to the washer itself, getting rid of stains and contaminants. Alternatively, you can always clean it yourself if you do not want to waste and cleaning fluids.

Cleaning the Bathroom

The bathroom is another problem area that is high-maintenance and high traffic, meaning that you will want to be very thorough when you are working on cleaning it up.

  • Deep-clean the toilet with properly prepared brushes and soaps, making sure to flush it afterward so that nothing lingers against the bowl for too long. You should also dry your toilet brush to prevent mold from growing, especially if it is used frequently.
  • Wash all of your towels and swap them out for fresh ones even if they seem completely fine. Rotating them helps keep them cleaner for longer.
  • Wipe down surfaces like mirrors or tiles, especially in areas that people are likely to touch. This can also include light fixtures, as well as buttons or cords that control things like the room’s lighting or the shower.
  • Wipe doorknobs. The doorknobs (either for the room or used for a walk-in shower) are a very common place to find all kinds of germs and bacteria, so it is extremely important that you clean them regularly, even if you live alone.
  • Scrub your bath and sink, as well as the shower walls. These are major parts of the bathroom and should not be glossed over.

Cleaning Other Rooms

A lot of the ideas that apply to core areas of your home (like the kitchen and bathroom) work for other places too. No matter which room you are trying to deep clean, you need to consider which areas are the most used and the most likely to carry germs or other risks.

For example, a bedroom should have the sheets changed often, while you might want to wipe down tables in living rooms. Deep cleaning might not be too serious for certain spaces, but it is still important to prioritize the right jobs for each room that you are cleaning.

Above all else, though, you should focus on cleaning things that do not necessarily look unclean. Everybody knows to clean a toilet, but many people forget that door handles, chair armrests, or even cupboard doors can all be full of germs, despite looking completely fine to the naked eye.

Remember that you can also throw away furniture or items that you can’t clean, especially if they are too dirty or damaged and should just be replaced. One of our dumpster rental options can make it easy to throw away bags of trash or old, broken appliances.

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