The Ultimate Cleaning Checklist: The Room-by-Room Guide

Your house should be your safe haven, a place you can escape to if life ever gets too crazy. It, therefore, becomes vital to keep it clean and safe for your family. However, between work, kids, appointments, and everyday life commitments, cleaning the house can become hard to keep up with. This is why we have come up with a house cleaning checklist to help you keep track of what and when to clean. But do not forget, it is possible to hire professionals to clean your house. The Best House Cleaning Companies are there to help! Read on to know more about our house cleaning tips!

Things to do before cleaning the house

  • Map out areas you would like to focus on.
  • Make sure you have the cleaning supplies you’ll need.
  • Read the following checklist.
  • Put on your favorite music and get to work.

Room by room cleaning checklist

Kitchen cleaning tips

Your kitchen is the heartbeat of your home. Not only do you get to cook and make meals there, but the state of your kitchen also says a lot about you. So, how best can you take care of this part of your home? Here are a few suggestions.

  • Clean countertops, cabinets, and stovetop
  • Wipe the surface of appliances like dishwasher, microwave, and oven
  • Wipe the sink, both inside and outside.
  • Sweep floor and hardwood surfaces.
  • Mop the floor with suitable cleaning products 
  • Disinfect doorknobs and light switches 
  • Wash and dry dishes
  • Replace dish towels (This should be done regularly)
  • Take out the trash and replace bin liners

Cleaning tips for living room

The living room is arguably one of the most important parts of the house. An average person spends the most time in their living room. Guests who come to visit will also spend most of their time in your living room. Therefore, it can get messy without you even noticing. Here are few things to do to ensure a tidy living room. 

  • Declutter and take away things that should not be in the living room
  • Sweep and vacuum clean the floor
  • Dust with a microfiber rag
  • Disinfect surfaces
  • Spot clean reflective surfaces, including glass tables, mirrors, and windows
  • Dust curtains and window blinds
  • Clean out the air conditioning and air heater vents
  • Vacuum clean upholstery on couches and chairs
  • Spot clean white furniture with distilled vinegar
  • Dust television screens and disinfect controls
  • Switch up the atmosphere with an air freshener

Cleaning tips for the bathroom

The bathroom is where you wash off dirt from your body and your hair. As such, this part of your house might be the one with the most dirt and germs. However, like other parts of the house, cleaning your bathroom can be a bit of a daunting task if you don’t know what to do. For this, we have made a checklist to keep you in check.

  • Take out the trash, disinfect the bin and replace liners
  • Wipe and disinfect the toilet seat
  • Wash toilet bowl with a toilet brush 
  • Dust and wipe hard surfaces around the bathroom
  • Clean disinfect the bathtub and shower

Cleaning tip: Use a solution of vinegar and lemon essential oil to get rid of spots. Baking soda could also be used as an alternative.

  • Dust windows and blinds
  • Clean doorknobs and lock ledges
  • Clean cabinet surfaces
  • Sweep and vacuum floors

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Cleaning tips for bedroom

A clean bedroom is a great way to start your day. It sets the right tone, gets you prepared for the day’s activities, and gives you an overall calming effect. Read on to learn how you can keep your bedroom organized, clean and fresh all day long.

  • Dust and get rid of dust off every surface.
  • Dust chairs and all other furniture
  • Vacuum rugs or carpets if applicable
  • Dust windows and blinds
  • If carpets are not available, mop and disinfect floors
  • Empty trash and disinfect bins
  • Wipe and disinfect door handle and knobs

Cleaning tips for Windows

  • Use a squeegee to clean and wipe large windows that are hard to reach
  • Clean smaller windows with a glass cleaner

House Cleaning Schedule: How often should you clean?

While cleaning your house might not be your favorite thing to do, having a schedule makes it a lot better. Read on to get a breakdown of what to clean in the house per time.

Things to clean daily

This checklist will guide you on cleanings that must be done every day.

  • Lay and straighten your bed every morning 
  • Clean bathroom counter after every bath
  • Take out the trash and replace liners
  • Wash dirty dishes
  • Clean out the coffee maker and microwave
  • Wash and disinfect kitchen sinks 
  • Sweep floors
  • Wipe and disinfect toilet seat
  • Spray air freshener

Things to clean every week

This checklist simply points out things you can’t get done daily but need to be done frequently regardless. Typically, it takes longer than the daily tasks. We believe taking a moment each week to mark them off your list. It is a great way to keep your environment clean for the new week ahead.

  • Wipe and dust all hard surfaces
  • Vacuum floor areas
  • Dust and wipe appliances around the house
  • Disinfect countertops
  • Scrub tiles around the house
  • Clean mirror and reflective surfaces
  • Do laundry
  • Change beddings and towels
  • Scrub shower and bathtub
  • Clean out the refrigerator and get rid of leftover foods
  • Clean out the coffee maker and microwave
  • Take out the trash, disinfect the wastebasket and replace liners

Things to clean every month

There are tasks around your house that do not necessarily have to be done daily or weekly but still need to be done from time to time. This monthly cleaning checklist will guide you on that.

  • Vacuum upholstery on chairs and other furniture
  • Wipe and disinfect light switches, doorknobs, and television remote controls
  • Dust ceiling fans 
  • Clean out vents around the house
  • Scrub stovetop
  • Wipe kitchen cabinets
  • Clean out the microwave

Things to clean every 3 to 6 months

Some everyday items must be given attention once in a while. You sleep on your pillow everyday and probably use your dishwasher as frequently which means you should take time to clean them every 3 to 6 months or so (or more, if necessary).

  • Wash pillows and throw pillows
  • Clean out the oven and leave it to air dry
  • Wash curtains and liners
  • Clean out your dishwasher
  • Clean out your washing machine
  • Wash shower curtains

Things to clean every year

Spring is the perfect time to clean items that do not require a scrub more than once in a year. In case you’re too busy or feeling kind of lazy, you can always contact a house cleaning company to help you. Open your windows and start aerating your house with the outside air after spending many months indoors.

  • Deep clean carpets and rugs
  • Deep clean windows
  • Deep clean dryers and vents around the house

Conclusion

Either you do or a house cleaning company does the cleaning, it is not necessary to clean everything daily. Get organized and keep track of what needs to be clean. 

Are you wondering how to clean your office desk, chair or environment? Read our our Ultimate Office Cleaning Checklist.

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