Most of us keep our home interiors relatively clean for the purposes of proper hygiene, as well as to create a pleasant and attractive living space. But over time, surface cleaning isn’t enough to keep your house truly clean and free of dirt, dust, dander, and other debris. If you fail to deep clean periodically, this detritus will not only build up in areas of your home that you don’t generally get to (under furniture, on drapes, atop cabinets and fan blades, etc.), but it can lead to other issues like dust mites, insect infestations, mold growth, and more. In other words, your home will need a serious deep clean at least once, if not twice a year. Here are a few tips to help you get the job done right.
The place to begin is by writing a checklist. Before you ever pick up a rag or turn on the vacuum you need to go through your house floor by floor and room by room. Taking a top-to-bottom approach, you should be able to create a comprehensive checklist of tasks to be completed in every area of your home, from the attics and crawl spaces, to bedrooms and bathrooms, to hallways and closets, to the kitchen and other common spaces, all the way down to the basement and garage. If you’re having trouble compiling your list, look online. There are all kinds of sample checklists that you can use as a springboard and then customize for your own home. From there you can set a schedule to break up tasks so that you don’t get overwhelmed.
Now it’s time to start cleaning. But first, you’ll want to pre-clean. This means removing the clutter that will only impede your ability to move about your space and clean. It also means giving surfaces a once-over, wiping away dust so that you don’t have to stop to do it in the middle of your deep clean. Now you’re ready to start. So throw open the windows (to help clear out any dust that gets kicked up, as well as whisk away harmful chemical fumes from your cleaners) and get to work. As you move down your checklist, you’ll want to make sure to address the furniture and appliances. It’s easy to forget these items because they have become such an integral part of your living space. But you do need to clean behind and underneath them (and in the case of appliances, possibly on top, as well).
You should also think about giving your cleaning system a shot in the arm by renting a steam cleaner for your deep clean. This piece of equipment can not only help you to get years of grime out of your carpeting and upholstery; it can also work on hard surfaces like tile and grout when you use the right attachments. And if your efforts at spring cleaning simply aren’t up to snuff, you can always hire professional help. Just as a commercial company like Atlas Cleaning Solutions hires out to keep your place of business spotless and free of dust, you can find housekeeping services that are dedicated to performing in-home deep cleaning. If you’re too busy or too tired to give your home the deep clean it needs, don’t hesitate to call in the cavalry.