Last week, we started our look at how to deep clean your home step by step, including what to do before you start and what supplies you’ll need. We concentrated on the downstairs rooms (kitchen, lounge, common areas and laundry/utility room).
This week we will focus on deep cleaning upstairs rooms, especially the bedroom(s) and bathroom(s).
How To Deep Clean Your Home (part 2)
Deep Clean Your Bedroom
- Firstly, take down curtains and nets to wash and dry while you clean.
- Remove rugs and take outside to beat and air them.
- Declutter. Your bedroom might look relatively tidy compared to the rest of your home, but how about once you open your wardrobe, or look under the bed? Take time to get rid of anything that is not useful or beautiful. We have a whole article to help you conquer your crazy wardrobe clutter. Once you’ve done this, the actual cleaning is pretty simple!
- Dust the ceiling, corners and lamps.
- Dust shelving, furniture and on top of pictures.
- Wipe light switches and door handles, skirting, bed posts, head and footboards.
- Polish any mirrors.
- Clean the windows and blinds.
- Change your bed linen and make your bed. This is also a good time to turn your mattress in order to prolong its life.
- Hoover the floor, including behind and underneath furniture.
- Rehang your clean curtains and replace your rugs.
- Add a vase of fresh flowers.
Deep Clean Your Bathroom
- Start at the top and wipe dust and cobwebs from light fittings, fans and vents using a damp cloth.
- Take down shower curtains and wash in your machine along with your towels to get rid of soap scum.
- Clean and polish windows and mirrors.
- Descale and clean the shower head by filling a plastic bag with vinegar, then tie this around the shower head and leave overnight to soak, then rinse in the morning.
- Wipe down skirting, doors, towel rails, handles, blinds and window sills.
- Take everything out of cupboards and clean inside them. Replace items neatly, throwing away anything that is out of date. Make a note of any first aid supplies that need replacing.
- Scrub shower screens, baths, caddies, tiles, sinks and taps. An old toothbrush is useful here to get into nooks and crannies to clean grout.
- Thoroughly clean the loo, making sure you include the outside, back and flush handle. Leave some toilet cleaner to work overnight if you can.
- Mop the floor.
Laundry Cupboard Tips
- Store each bedding set folded inside one of the pillow cases in order to make finding the matching pieces easy when it comes to changing sheets.
- Watch this video to learn how to fold towels like Martha Stewart.
- Use vacuum storage bags to store out of season duvets without taking up too much space.
- Store like with like (towels with towels, sheets with sheets, blankets with blankets).
- Struggling with fitted sheets? Find out how to fold them neatly here.
Now, perhaps most importantly, make yourself a nice cup of tea (or pour a large glass of wine), light a scented candle and enjoy a nice bubble bath in your spotless bathroom!
Don’t forget to check back to last week’s post about deep-cleaning the ground floor of your home.
And finally, you can find lots of tips, trends and inspiration for interiors here.