Everyone wants a clean home, but not everyone is willing to do the cleaning. And we get it. For a lot of people, top-to-bottom house cleaning can be quite overwhelming. Where do you start? What items do you need? Due to the sheer amount of cleaning that needs to be done, it’s a good idea to create a basic checklist of the tasks before you get started.
To help keep your home looking immaculate, here is a basic guide for general house cleaning.
Items that you’ll need
First, let’s go through the cleaning items that you’ll be needing.
- Surface cleaning
Microfibre cloths are excellent for wiping down countertops, tables and shelves. These work great with all-purpose cleaners, allowing you to remove dust and stubborn stains.
Dusters are used for hard to reach places such as the top of cabinets and the area behind your TV. They’re also useful when it comes to removing cobwebs from the corners of your home.
- Floor cleaning
Mops can be used for hard floors made of ceramic tiles, natural stones or timber. They can clean up footprints, spillages and stains. Nowadays, there are many different types of mops. There are steam mops that sanitise the floor as you’re cleaning it. On the other hand, automated mops can do the mopping for you while you’re doing other tasks. Here is a brief guide on how to maintain your tiles.
Of course, there’s the vacuum. They are perfect for removing dust, hairs and dirt on your carpet. There are also different vacuum attachments that you can use to reach tight corners and gaps.
- Other tools
If you still can’t reach certain areas, you might have to invest in a small step ladder. They are relatively safe to use and can be easily stored away once you’re done.
When it comes to your exterior, leaf blowers and pressure washers can be useful. Leaf blowers can help you unclog your gutters and clear up your lawn, while pressure washers can restore your wooden fence to its original color.
First, empty your bin and clear your countertops. Before worrying about the details, it’s a good idea to remove anything that doesn’t belong in your kitchen. This might be empty plastic bottles, take away containers and paper bags. If you have spoiled food in your fridge or pantry, throw them away as soon as possible. The last thing to do is to clean all the dishes that are left in the sink.
- Clean and sanitise working surfaces
After your kitchen has been cleared it’s time to clean the surfaces. Use an all-purpose cleaner to get rid of stains, grime and crumbs. For areas that are hard to reach like high cupboards and shelves, use a duster to give them a nice once-over. Next, shift your focus on the appliances. Make sure to clean your microwave and oven with baking soda and vinegar.
- Mop the floors
Lastly, mop your floors to remove footprints and stains. For deep dark grout lines, you might have to hire a specialist to clean them.
- Clear out unnecessary items
You’re going to need to remove all the junk that doesn’t belong in your bathroom. This includes empty paper towel holders and empty soap bottles. You might have to remove your children’s bath toys as well.
Also, before you start cleaning, it’s a good idea to spray your toilet with a disinfectant and let it soak. This will make it much easier to clean later on.
- Wipe down the sink
When it comes to your vanity, give the surface a good wipe down. Remove the makeup powder, hair strands and dust that have built up. After that, tackle the stubborn stains and the dried up soap scum. Usually hot water and a general cleaning cloth will do the trick.
- Clean the bathtub and shower
For your bathtub and shower, you will need a microfiber cloth to wipe down the surfaces. The drains will also need to be cleared. Oftentimes, a lot of hair will end up getting stuck in there. Luckily there are drain cleaners that can help you unclog them. For the shower screen, use an all-purpose cleaner with a squeegee.
- Don’t forget the toilet
Now that the disinfectant has had time to sit, you can now scrub your toilet and flush it. Make sure to disinfect the rim as well as the toilet seat.
- Empty the trash
First things first, empty out your bins and remove all the unnecessary clutter on your dressers and desks. Use a duster to clean up surfaces like desktops, lamps, drawers and cabinets.
It’s important to thoroughly vacuum your carpet to remove all the dust and dirt that have been building up on the surface. Make sure you vacuum your mattress, upholstery as well as the edges and corners or your flooring. If your carpet has an odor, consider hiring a specialist for deep vacuuming and shampooing.
- Clean touch points
Make sure to sanitise touch points like light switches and door knobs. Hygiene, especially during this on-going pandemic, is extremely important. As a result, we would recommend hiring a cleaning professional every once in a while to sanitise the entirety of your home. This will ensure that you and your family can stay clean and safe.
What was just a basic house cleaning guide. If you need more advice, or if you feel that this is all too much for you, you can always hire professional house cleaners. Remember, a clean and tidy home is priceless.