There is cleaning your home, and then there is cleaning your home. Cleaning your home is washing the dishes, sweeping the kitchen in two seconds, squeegee cleaning the shower just because it is (kind of) satisfying once or twice a week. Cleaning your home is deep cleaning that entire thing (the scary depths of behind the toilet included) because you’ve wanted to do it for the past six months to fulfill every distant clean home fantasy you’ve ever had.
Think about it: sitting down for a glass of wine after a long day, taking a deep breath, and knowing you could probably eat off the bathroom floor. Your home needs a deep clean. Your home deserves a deep clean, and if you want to eat a taco on the floor in your bathroom, the world is your oyster!
Has it been six months? A year? It’s time. If you need a list to get it down, there are some essential cleaning tips below that can help you get started with the tough stuff. It just takes a little elbow grease and soul work.
Advantages of a Good Home Deep Cleaning
Sometimes, when envisioning what a deep clean really looks like, imagine all of the spots in your home you haven’t touched in a while: the oven, behind the toilet, under the sink, inside and outside all of the windows, washing machine, behind the washing machine, behind the stove, blinds, frames of patio doors. The list can go on, and these spots can get pretty grimy. Did you even remember you had patio door frames?
Let us list all the benefits of a deep clean:
- A good deep clean reduces the contaminants in your home and keeps your family from getting sick.
- You save a lot of time. If you clean out a messy closet, for example, you’ll likely find things faster and more efficiently in the future.
- You’ll feel a better sense of control. Life can be busy, so cleaning up the house before significant routine changes, like the first day of school, can make you feel like you have a grasp on things.
- Deep cleans help your kids clean better in the future! They want a good example, and if the parents are barely dusting the kitchen, a Slob Sensation may be the future nickname of your children. And honestly? Cleaning your home is right for you. It’s a vital part of good mental and physical health. Afterward, it can even feel a little euphoric.
- If you keep your appliances in top condition, you’ll be stuck with fewer repairs in the future.
- You will be more productive! Cleaning your home gives you a literal mental space to work, to be creative. Deep cleaning is basically in the same bracket as painting or pottery.
Deep cleanings are another level beyond the usual day-by-day. Let’s talk about bathrooms for a second. Instead of the routine day-to-day mirror cleaning and toilet cleaning (3 hours a week), a deep clean could take between 3 and 12 hours of work. Think, cleaning inside of cupboards and wiping out the professional limescale remover to remove all built upscale from all taps, tiles and the shower head.
Regular cleaning is pre-season. Deep cleaning is the playoffs.
A Deep Clean Jump Start Checklist
You know what they say: life works better with a good list. Sometimes, checking off items from a to-do list is the most satisfying thing that happens all day. So, check out the following list for some quick tips to jump-start your deep clean.
Buy the following to get started: distilled white vinegar, baking soda in a shaker, clean paint brushes (for dusting those small nooks and crannies), multipurpose cleaner, nylon scratch pad, streak-free window and glass cleaner, stiff-bristled toothbrush sized brush, rubbing alcohol, gloves, lint roller for lampshades, and microfiber cloths.
Start high and work your way down. Dust first, then vacuum.
If it feels like you’re throwing away a lot of stuff, that’s okay. Everything should have a place when you’re organizing. When it doesn’t, it’s time to rethink storage or get rid of that item.
- Old socks (and that ol’ reliable vinegar again) make great blind cleaners.
- If you’re doing it right, move the furniture around. It’s time for a new room look anyway! And shifting around items gives you a chance to reach the weird corners and nooks.
- Calm the chaos that is under the bathroom sink, the Tupperware drawer, and the linen closet. Just do it, it will be okay.
- After you clean out your cupboards, replace newspaper inside of the cabinets, so you don’t have to clean them as deeply next time.
- Try sprinkling some baking soda on your mattress, let sit, and vacuum up a little later.
- Dust in spots you wouldn’t think of: under electronics, or the legs of big shelves and nightstands.
- Wash the things you wouldn’t think about like shower curtains, throw pillow covers, and pet beds.
Voila! All you need to do now is put it all to action. It’s helpful to keep in mind, and an excellent deep cleaning might take a week or so to accomplish. Set some personal goals. Write the order of rooms you’d like to finish and check them off each day.
Perhaps you spend the first day decluttering and the remainder of the week dedicated to checking rooms off. By Friday, you will be more than ready for the full tub of ice cream or long day-nap you well deserve.
Think about how good you and your family is going to feel post-deep clean and during the cleaning isn’t so bad either. Taking care of yourself and your home will make you feel competent and accomplished.
Call TLC Cleaning Today
Take the time to keep your home well maintained so you can relax. If you need help doing so, feel free to call the accommodating professionals as TLC Cleaning Fargo. You can treat yourself to a weekly or monthly deep cleaning. For all thing: graduations, birthday parties, or any occasion!
Whether you want us to clean your house weekly, or focus on deep cleaning when you need it, count on TLC Cleaning to keep your home looking fantastic.