A Guide to Deep Cleaning…

While many people enjoy the benefits of a clean home or office, few enjoy the time and effort required to yield the results. A clean home can improve air quality, health and sanitary conditions. A clean environment can also reduce trips and falls resulting from items being in walking paths. Regular cleaning can reduce dust mites and other allergens like mould and prevent bugs and insects from establishing homes in your environment.

A guide to a deep clean

Deep cleaning restores your home or office to its cleanliest form. While deep cleaning only needs to occur a few times a year, typically at the start of each season, it makes a huge difference when it comes to maintaining a clean environment.

Kitchen Tasks

• Clean out and defrost freezer
• Clean the outsides and insides of cabinets
• Clean the fridge
• Clean the top of kitchen cabinets and any decorative items
• Clean oven and hob
• Scrub the floors
• Polish cabinetry
• Wash windows, inside and out
• Wipe down walls
• Wipe down baseboards
• Wash bins

Bathroom Tasks

• Disinfect toilets, sinks, bath and surfaces, shower screen/curtain
• Scrub floors
• Wipe down walls
• Polish cabinetry
• Wash windows inside and out

General Tasks

• Remove cobwebs
• Wipe down walls
• Clean windows inside and out
• Steam clean carpets, if needed
• Remove and clean rugs
• Wipe down walls
• Wipe down skirting boards
• Wipe down windowsills
• Wipe down door frames
• Clean under beds
• Flip mattresses
• Clean glass doors, inside and out
• Vacuum and/or wash curtains
• Wash fixtures and light switches
• Vacuum furniture
• Polish wood
• Remove books from bookshelves and clean shelves
• Remove knickknacks and clean them as well as display surfaces
• Wipe down or disinfect surfaces

10 Tips for Deep Cleaning Your Home or Office
Deep cleaning gives you the opportunity to restore your home or office to pristine condition. While you can deep clean at anytime, deep cleaning before a big event or at the beginning or end of each season are natural times to do so. Depending on the size of your space, deep cleaning can take 1 to 3 days.

To successfully deep clean your home, follow these tips:

1. Set aside time to clean. Deep cleaning isn’t something you’ll want to do spare of the moment. Put it in your calendar and make a commitment to spending the time required to achieve your desired results.
2. Remove clutter. Getting the chaos out of the way is essential before tackling deep cleaning. While it can be tempting to clean around the clutter, don’t. Instead remove the clutter first.
3. Put things away. As you tackle each cluttered areas, put the items you wish to keep in the proper place. Throw away anything that’s rubbish and fill a rubbish bag with items you wish to give away.
4. Start high. When deep cleaning start up top and work your way down. Cleaning your ceiling before your floor will ensure that you don’t have to clean surfaces and floors again when the dust falls.
5. Look beyond the obvious. Get down on your hands and knees and explore your environment. Open cabinets and drawers. Don’t forget to clean behind the toilet or on top of the fridge.
6. Use the right tools. To get the job done right the first time, invest in the right cleaning tool. Using a microfiber cloth for example, will yield better results when cleaning glass than using a paper towel.
7. Check batteries. Spring cleaning is a great time to check batteries in smoke detectors, torches, remote controls and wall clocks.
8. Check filters. Before deep cleaning, be sure to check the water filters, vacuum filters are clean.
9. Don’t forget outside. During your deep cleaning, don’t forget porches, walkways and other outside areas of your home or office space.
10. Hire outside help. If you’re feeling overwhelmed consider outsourcing your deep cleaning.