This week and next, we’re going to look at how to do a deep clean step by step. This week we will focus on the ground floor and next week we will look at upstairs. First of all, how do you prepare for a deep clean?
What to do before you start a deep clean
- Declutter. The less stuff you have, the easier and quicker it is to clean your home. Be ruthless (it’s cathartic!) and bin, recycle or donate as much as possible. Read this post for lots of decluttering tips.
- Break down the cleaning tasks and make a plan. Some people choose to clean room-by-room, others split the tasks by type between family members. Decide what will work best for you and then make a plan. If you have a big house, or live alone, you will likely need to deep clean over a few days or a week.
- Take down any downstairs curtains and nets before you start. These can be washed, along with cushion covers and hung out to dry while you’re cleaning. Next week you can do the same with the upstairs nets, curtains and bedsheets. By doing this before you start, you will avoid getting dust from your curtains all over your freshly cleaned room.
- Gather together your cleaning supplies and make sure you have what you need. We’ve included a check-list below, which you can click on to download and print.
- Wear comfortable old clothes.
- Put on some good music or a podcast to listen to as you clean (here’s a great playlist to try).
How To Do A Downstairs Deep Clean Step By Step
How To Deep Clean The Kitchen
You probably clean your kitchen surfaces multiple times a day, but how often do you give it a really good clean? Now is the time. A really clean kitchen is a joy to cook in, so get all those never-get-round-to jobs done today.
The best time to clean your kitchen is the day before you go food shopping. This way the fridge, freezer and cupboards will be as empty as possible and therefore easier to clean.
Kitchen deep clean to-do list:
- Dust the ceiling, corners and lights.
- Clean or replace the cooker hood filter (if you have one).
- Wipe down walls, splashbacks and switches.
- Scrub the stovetop.
- Empty the filter and clean your dishwasher.
- Scrub and disinfect the sink and taps.
- Clean the oven. You may be fortunate enough to have a self-cleaning (pyrolitic) oven, but if not you can use washing up liquid on half a lemon, or a baking (bicarbonate of) soda paste to help remove cooked-on food and grease.
- Remove the microwave plate and wash it. Easily clean inside the microwave with the lemon method: place a bowl inside the microwave with 100ml of water and a lemon that has been cut in half and squeezed into it. Microwave for 3 minutes, then leave to stand for 5 minutes with the door closed and let the steam loosen the dirt inside. Now you should be able to wipe down the inside of the microwave (including the door), using the lemon water to scrub any stubborn spots.
- Defrost the freezer (a hairdryer can speed this up if you’re in a hurry).
- Clean out the fridge. Throw away anything out of date. Remove the vegetable drawers and wash them in warm soapy water. Wipe down the inside of the fridge before replacing everything.
- Empty out and clean cupboards inside and out. Remember to wipe the handles.
- Shake the crumbs out of your toaster.
- Throw out old washing-up sponges.
- Hoover the back of your fridge (where the vent and coils are) to remove dust.
- Clean windows inside and out.
- Clear and wipe down surfaces and the fronts of appliances.
- Sweep and mop the floor.
- Reorganise your kitchen to make it work better for you.
How To Deep Clean The Lounge & Common Areas
- Use a damp cloth to wipe the dust from light fittings. Unscrew fittings and remove dead bugs (yuk)!
- Remove cobwebs on the ceiling, coving and in corners. Replace lightbulbs if necessary.
- Polish shelves and wooden furniture. Dust underneath books and decorative items.
- Wipe down skirting, doors, handles, blinds and window sills.
- Clean windows inside and out.
- Polish mirrors.
- Wipe down electronics, TV and remote controls.
- Take all the sofa cushions off and hoover underneath them. Plump and hoover or brush them before putting them back. Any money you find is now yours to keep – bonus!
- Take rugs outside to beat and air them.
- Hoover and mop the floor. Make sure that you wring out the mop so that it is just barely damp, as too much moisture can damage wood and laminate flooring. Be sure to clean underneath and behind furniture.
- If you have carpet that is stained, consider hiring a steam cleaning company to tackle these. Small stains can be removed with a spot cleaner.
- Rehang your clean curtains and put down your fresh rugs.
How To Deep Clean The Utility, Laundry or Mud Room
- Wipe machines, shelves, cupboards and countertops with a damp cloth to remove dirt, dust and lint.
- Organise your washing supplies and make sure they are out of reach of children.
- Disinfect the empty washing machine by running a hot cycle with a small amount of bleach.
- Wipe around the door seal and dispensers with an all-purpose cleaning solution.
- Clean out the lint trap in your drier.
- Add storage up high if possible (hooks, racks and shelves near the ceiling help to keep the floor clear).
- Sweep and mop the floor(s).
In the meantime, you can find lots of tips, trends and inspiration for interiors here.