- December 16, 2019
- in Uncategorized
- by Steve
Deep cleaning is one of those things that you put off until you can not put it off anymore. Even then, we often only deep clean the items that require it. As so many people are hiring professional cleaners these days, you may be thinking if a deep cleaning maid service is worth the money.
To answer that question, you need to find out what is involved in the service, and what may be required if you want to do it yourself. Therefore, in this article, we will look at a deep cleaning checklist for either you or a maid to complete.
More to the point, when do you need a deep clean your home or apartment? Well, there are often three times that you may require to do a deep clean, either yourself or hiring a professional. They are:
One of the biggest reasons for the reduction or complete loss of your deposit is because the home was a state that the landlord was not happy with. We have already posted an article for a spring clean, and while spring clean and deep clean could be called the same, you could class them as different things. As you have seen in the spring cleaning article, you do a lot of the jobs that do not usually get done.
Deep cleans are, in our opinion, more of an intense clean than even spring clean. Spring cleans will focus on making the home sparkle to live in at the time. However, a deep clean gets right into the nooks of the home, where you would only see if you moved out completely.
Spring cleaning may take one long day or two shorter days; however, a deep clean can take as long as required to get every room to show standard. You may only use a couple of products and cloths for a spring clean, but let’s have a look at the supplies you may want to stock up on before a deep clean.
Here we will provide you with a list of items that we think you require for a deep clean. It is not exhaustive, though. So, if you think of anything that may help you, grab them at the same time.
Before you tackle the deep clean, you need to ensure that you have decluttered and tidied your house. While that may seem like it is a little pointless, you will thank me for it when you are not tripping over things to move furniture, etc.
Now that you have all of your supplies ready, and the house tidy, it is best to tackle the most daunting rooms first. Not only will that get them out of the way, but it will also give you a higher sense of pride and accomplishment.
Although the kitchen is one of the rooms that get cleaned more regularly, it is also one of the worst places to deep clean.
Let’s face it, ovens and stoves are some of the worst offenders of the kitchen grime. Therefore, get straight into those first.
I do not like the idea of that, though. That’s because the reaction will only change the PH level of baking soda and vinegar to equal each other. You end up with water and carbon dioxide. Once the reaction is over, so is the possibility of any cleaning.
An excellent tip for microwaves is to place a few halves of lemons into a jug of water and run the microwave on full power for about 5 minutes before spraying it. That will loosen the grime so you may be able to wipe it clean without the spray.
Leave the products on the oven, stove, and microwave until you have completed the rest of the tasks unless the instructions say differently. Then wipe clean with rags or cloths and disregard them.
While you may clean your fridge of expired items quite regularly when was the last time that you took everything out of it? Now is that time. If you have time and ability to remove everything from the freezer, too, then you should do that and turn it off to defrost. We know that it is not always that easy, though, so you may need to plan it in advance so that you have used all of the food before you start.
Using a damp sponge dipped in the baking powder will clean and deodorize the fridge and freezer thoroughly. Also, if you want a slight smell to the fridge, try a drop of an extract such as vanilla.
Regular cleaning of the coils and grille could increase the efficiency of the goods, and even save you money on electricity.
If you have a stainless steel door, you should use mineral oil or specific stainless steel cleaner; otherwise, you will have streaks.
Throw away the rags that you have used for the fridge and freezer.
Toasters often get left until the crumb tray is overflowing. However, even if they are not at that stage now, you should still take the following steps:
Remember to allow it to dry thoroughly before plugging it back in.
Deep cleaning maid services do not often include descaling kettles and coffee machines. However, even if you use a service that doesn’t, now is the best time to descale your drink-making equipment. However, be sure that you have enough time to have a coffee first!
Now that you have cleaned all of the appliances, it is time to tackle the cabinets, etc.
As you saw with the spring cleaning, now it is time to work from top to bottom of the room. See our spring cleaning article for more information.
One point to note, when you have the items such as the fridge and freezer clear of food, pull them away from the walls and clean behind them.
After you have completed everywhere else, your sink is going to be filthy. Ensure that you take the time to clean this properly, getting into the crevices and nooks of the faucets and draining boards. Bleach and descaler solutions can help with hard to remove stains.
Again, you have the choice of using a deep cleaning maid service or following our steps here. Either way, bathrooms are easily the second least favorite rooms of the house to deep clean.
After cleaning the bathroom, try to use a disinfectant spray to wipe it all again to ensure there was no transfer of germs, etc. Remember to throw away all of the sponges and rags that you have used.
Whether you are using a deep cleaning maid service or doing it yourself, it is not just the bathroom and kitchen you want to clean. After you have read the spring cleaning article, you can use that to assist you in this next step. However, use these pointers to continue getting the home you deserve:
Take time to ensure that you clean all of the places that you would not ordinarily, such as high shelves, etc. Also, pull furniture away from walls to enable vacuuming behind and underneath them.
After you or your deep cleaning maid service cleaner has completed all of the steps above around the home, you can start to get into the details of each room.
If you have not already pulled them away from the walls, no is the time to do that. However, you may wish to wait until you have cleaned them so that you do not get more debris on the floor.
Clean all of the baseboards around the room with a cloth and multi-purpose cleaner. Use a detailing brush to get into any details on the baseboards, and a steam mop to remove stubborn stains.
After vacuuming the carpet, you, or your deep cleaning maid service, will see if any stains need special attention. If you do have, use the steam cleaner or stain remover to remove them. Alternatively, you could hire a carpet cleaner to do the whole floor.
Wooden flooring should be polished using a floor cleaner. Repair any scratches using a repair kit first.
Try to move the furniture as you are cleaning the floor so that you can polish all of the wood or clean the carpet and make it look the same. If you fancy a change around in the future, you will end up with uncleaned areas of the floor.
Remove dust and grime from all of your decorative items. Of course, I can not go into how to clean each thing that you may have. But take care not to damage anything. Remove them from shelves to clean the shelf too.
Remember items hanging on walls such as clocks, pictures, etc.
Use a vacuum cleaner to clean out all of the vents in TVs, games consoles, TV boxes, etc. Wipe them with a microfibre cloth. However, if you want to use any cleaner, ensure that you have them unplugged and only spray cleaner onto the cloth, not the electrical item.
Do not forget to clean remotes, controllers, etc.
Bedrooms are one of the most used rooms in the home. Do not neglect it when you are doing your deep clean. Along with the other points above, you will need to do the following:
Try to go through your bedding and throw dated or worn out covers, sheets, and duvets at the same time.
I could go into every single room in the home that you may have, such as laundry rooms, garages, mudrooms, etc. However, that is going to take a lot more reading and give you less time actually to do the work.
So, if you take the tips that we have given in this article and apply them to other places in the home, you are sure to get it looking beautiful. After you have completed your spring clean, you have a couple of options:
Create a home cleaning schedule.
Hire a professional.
If you are looking for a deep clean maid service in New York, please feel free to contact us here.