A new year is coming and you know what that means: Out with the old and in with the new. In this case, we’re referring to your messes.
When was the last time you deep cleaned your home? If you’re like many people, you haven’t had a serious cleaning session since you did your spring cleaning, but even then, was it deep cleaning?
What is deep cleaning anyway? How does it differ from your normal cleaning sessions and how should you do it? We’re here to talk about it.
Keep reading to learn all about deep cleaning so you can keep your home spotless.
What Is Deep Cleaning?
When you go through your weekly cleaning sessions, there are a few things that you do every time, right?
Normal cleaning sessions include vacuuming rugs and carpets, wiping down and disinfecting hard surfaces, mopping hard floors, dusting, and general tidying. You might do minor decluttering during this time, but you’re not doing anything too intensive.
People who use regular maid services get standard cleaning.
Deep cleaning, however, is more intense. It gets rid of all of the hidden dirt and grime that you’ve been ignoring during your standard cleaning sessions. It’s a time-consuming (and sometimes pricey) process, but it’s worthwhile.
After a deep cleaning session, your home will feel fresh and new.
How Often Should You Deep Clean?
Standard cleaning should happen at least once per week, though you can get away with doing it every other week if you live alone and don’t have pets. Most people clean as they go rather than devoting an entire day to cleaning.
When you do deep cleaning sessions, you have to commit to several hours (if not an entire day). Don’t worry, though. You don’t have to clean as often.
Most people only deep clean once per season (if that). Some prefer to only deep clean when they’re moving out of a home or planning an event.
How often you deep clean is up to you, but we recommend deep cleaning sessions twice per year for the average household.
How to Deep Clean: A Brief Checklist
With this in mind, you might be considering deep cleaning the home. If it’s been a while since you got into all of the hidden nooks and crannies, it might be time.
But how do you even get started with this endeavor? Here’s a brief guide.
First, make sure that you have all of the tools for the job. Professional cleaners have everything that they need to make quick work of your deep cleaning session, but you’ll likely need a few extra supplies before you get started.
This list will depend on the things that you need to clean, but in general, you’ll need:
- A steam cleaner
- A good vacuum
- All-purpose cleaner
- Glass cleaner
- A sponge
- A scrub brush
- A detail brush
- Microfiber cloths
- Rubber gloves
You may also need harsher chemicals such as bleach.
For many people, the bathroom is the place that needs the most attention. During standard cleaning sessions, you likely only wipe down the counter, clean the bath, clean the toilet, and clean the floors.
During a deep cleaning session, you’re going to put more elbow grease into your bathroom. Your tasks will include:
- Emptying and cleaning the toilet bowl
- Scrubbing grout
- Cleaning the trashbin
- Wiping down the walls
- Disinfecting all surfaces
- Cleaning inside medicine cabinets or vanities
Before you start deep cleaning, you want to declutter. Remove everything that you no longer need, throw away the garbage, and get ready to reorganize.
The kitchen is the second most-neglected room on the list. Sure, you may clean your kitchen a bit every time you cook a meal, but when was the last time that you gave it the attention that it deserves?
This is a lengthy process, but if you take it step-by-step, you’ll be able to finish your kitchen in an hour or so. Your kitchen checklist includes:
- Removing everything from the refrigerator and freezer
- Cleaning and sanitizing all surfaces inside the refrigerator and freezer
- Removing all items from cabinets
- Cleaning and sanitizing cabinets
- Disinfecting the kitchen sink
- Cleaning the dishwasher
- Cleaning the oven
- Cleaning the stove
- Cleaning the interior range hood
- Cleaning refrigerator coils
Having a clean kitchen will set you up for a healthier life, but cleaning this way is a lot of work. Make sure that you set aside enough time!
Living Room and Bedrooms
General spaces, like the living room and bedrooms, are less time-consuming than the bathrooms and kitchen. You’re more likely to clean them often and they don’t have water or food sources.
Deep cleaning sessions for these rooms include:
- Steam cleaning carpets (if applicable)
- Wiping light fixtures
- Cleaning underneath furniture
- Dusting baseboards
- Cleaning inside windowsills
- Polishing furniture
- Cleaning upholstery
It’s easy to maintain clean general spaces with regular vacuuming and dusting, so after your deep cleaning session, devote a few minutes per week (or better yet, per day) to regular cleaning.
Should You Do It Alone?
Deep home cleaning is a lot of work. While you can do it alone, the average person doesn’t have the time, skill, or desire to do a full deep cleaning session. This is a great time to hire a professional cleaning service.
Professional cleaners have the expertise and supplies to clean your home efficiently. You’ll be shocked at how spotless they can leave it!
Is It Time for a Deep Cleaning Session?
So what is deep cleaning? It’s a cleaning session that leaves your home sparkling like new. It’s not a replacement for your regular cleaning days, but it’s helpful to have a few deep cleaning days per year to keep your home in tip-top shape.
If you’re ready for your home to shine, we want to help you! Contact us to get a quote and schedule your cleaning today.