10 Professional Deep Cleaning Tips For Your Home 

If you have a family, keeping up with the mess can be a real challenge. A house that gets a lot of use needs a lot more attention and we’re not talking about superficial cleaning. A thorough deep clean, like anything else, requires a certain amount of skill in order to get the job done right. Here are 10 professional cleaning tips for your home that’ll help you get started on your deep cleaning journey:

Pro Cleaning Tip #1: Gather Up Supplies

Most of the cleaning around the home can be completed with a few key items including a vacuum, mop, bucket, microfiber cloths (or paper towels), and an all-purpose cleaner. It’s tempting to go straight to the bleach when you’re doing a deep clean. But bleach is a strong chemical. It eats through sealants on granite, fades acrylic tubs, and corrodes disposal seals. it’s not even the mold killer that many people believe it to be. While it does kill mold on nonporous surfaces like porcelain, it can actually cause more mold to grow on porous surfaces like grout. 

A homemade scrub of water and baking soda can clean just about anything without bleach’s harsh effects. You can also make your own all-purpose cleaner that can be used for your whole house by mixing equal parts white vinegar and water and adding a couple of drops of dish soap. Then, pour the mixture into an empty spray bottle. This DIY cleaner is eco-friendly, hypoallergenic, and effective. Some surfaces like natural stone, stainless steel, and wood will benefit from cleaners created specifically for them. 

Pro Cleaning Tip #2: Advice About Microfiber Cloths 

Microfiber cloths work for the majority of tasks from kitchen and bath to dusting. However, they are not very absorbent. Most of the time you’ll want to use them either dry or slightly damp. Microfiber cloths are not good for drying dishes but are great for rubbing off water spots. If you use a spray cleaner and a microfiber cloth, it won’t dry the surface very well and you’re better off using a paper towel, cotton cloth, or rag. Paper towels are very effective for cleaning nasty or greasy messes that will contaminate your sponge or rag. On the top of your stove, you can use a paper towel for the initial clean-up and then move on to a sponge or microfiber cloth.

Pro Cleaning Tip #3: Break It Up Room by Room

Deep cleaning involves targeted scrubbing often in hard-to-reach areas, so don’t try to tackle your entire house in one afternoon, which could prove impossible anyway. Unlike regular cleaning, a deep clean involves a lot of detail, a lot of time, and a lot of labor. To make the job more manageable, start by focusing on the room that needs the most attention, whether it’s a  bathroom, bedroom, or kitchen. That way, you can feel like you’ve accomplished something, which will inspire you to keep going.

Pro Cleaning Tip #4: Follow a Cleaning Path

Professional cleaners have a cleaning strategy such as cleaning from top to bottom, cleaning from the back of a room to the front, and cleaning in slices or moving in one direction around the room, finishing the floor last. To determine your slices, walk around your room and visualize areas no wider than your arms stretched out from your body or as defined by a piece of furniture or architectural detail.

Then clean everything within a slice completely and thoroughly, working top to bottom, before moving on to the next slice. The simplicity of following a cleaning path, as professional home cleaners do, is that once you finish a slice, you don’t have to think, you just keep moving forward; What you have to do now and what you have to do next are defined. 

Pro Cleaning Tip #5: Start at the Top

Since dust falls to the floor during cleaning, it makes sense to start with the ceiling and work your way down to the floor. Start by checking the above corners for cobwebs and also inspect ceiling fans and light fixtures. People will often forget to look up while cleaning so these are things that can get missed. Most cobwebs can be vacuumed away, but for the stubborn ones, use an extendable duster or a soft broom to coax them down. 

Ceiling fans are often covered with a thick layer of dust and require a two-step cleaning process: First, try removing all the dust you can with a damp cloth, then use an all-purpose cleaning spray for a final polish. Do the same with suspended light fixtures, and cover any furniture below with a bedsheet to catch falling debris. Lastly, don’t forget to debug light fixtures. Turn off the lights and carefully remove fixture covers, dump out flies, and wash with hot soapy water. While you’re up there, dust the bulbs too. Be sure to thoroughly dry everything before replacing the cover.

Pro Cleaning Tip #6: Clean High-Touch Surfaces

High-touch surfaces at home like light switches, doorknobs, cabinet, and appliance pulls, faucet handles, etc. tend to collect grime or biofilms. We touch these surfaces multiple times a day, yet we seldom remember to clean them. Wipe down high-touch surfaces with a cloth and an all-purpose disinfectant cleaner, then polish until they shine.

Pro Cleaning Tip #7: Dusting/Cleaning Picture Frames and Windows

When left untouched for months, framed wall art and photos can get pretty dusty. During a deep cleaning, take the time to clean frames and glass properly. Follow the same two-step process for ceiling fans to clean picture frames: Wipe the dust away first, then use a glass cleaner or vinegar and water. Ammonia-based window cleaners have corrosive properties that can break down dirt and grime pretty quickly. However, ammonia can burn exposed skin and eyes in high concentrations and must be used in well-ventilated areas to avoid irritating the throat and lungs. White vinegar is safe and effective for cleaning glass and doesn’t leave streaks. Don’t forget to also clean the windowsills with a microfiber cloth and soap and water.  

Pro Cleaning Tip #8: Give Bathrooms Extra Attention

Most people clean bathtubs, showers, and toilets as part of their routine housekeeping, but some parts of the bathroom are frequently missed. Drains are typically ignored until a clog or odor requires our attention. When you open up the drain, there’s usually some nasty stuff inside, because hair gets through, and it gets dirty, moldy, and stinky. To take care of it, put on gloves and pull out the gunk, perhaps using the end of a wire clothes hanger. Then pour a few spoons of baking soda and vinegar into the drain and let it bubble up. Let it sit for about 20 minutes, then clear the drain with water. 

The areas where tiled walls meet bathtubs and shower enclosures can become breeding grounds for mold and mildew. Bathrooms are typically not well ventilated, so the humidity tends to linger, becoming a perfect place for mold to survive. This ideal habitat is created every time you take a bath or shower. To clean bathtub/shower grout, mix together half a cup of baking soda with four teaspoons of water until it forms a spreadable paste. Apply the cleaner, let it sit for about 15 minutes, and then scrub with an old toothbrush or other soft brush. Giving the cleaner time to work before scrubbing will make the job easier. Rinse well and consider resealing the grout if it has been more than six months since it was last sealed.

Pro Cleaning Tip #9: Degreasing the Kitchen

Cleaning the kitchen is always a lot of work, especially true when you’re cooking meals for a family. Look for spattered grease above, below, and beside the stovetop, and scrub it away with soap and water or a degreaser. Some drip pans are beyond the scrub brush. Replacing them costs around 20 dollars or so and instantly freshens your stove. Be sure to Inspect those areas you normally don’t see, such as the top of upper kitchen cabinets which tend to collect a lot of greasy gunk. Once the upper cabinets are clean, try putting down a layer of paper towels that won’t be visible from below, but will make cleanup that much easier the next time.

Next, wipe the front of cabinets with soap and water, and then unload them and clean the insides too. While you’re at it, toss any expired food from the pantry before putting things back. Next, give your fridge a topdown, inside-out, front-to-back scrubbing. Clean the inside of the fridge with a solution of two tablespoons of baking soda and one quart of hot water (Food absorbs odors, so it’s best to use unscented mild cleaners). Rinse with a damp cloth, then dry with a towel. Soak the removable sections in the same solution; scrub, rinse, and dry.

To clean the exterior, wipe the doors with a cloth dampened with mild soap and water. Give the areas around the handles special attention, as they are often smudged with fingerprints. For stainless steel exteriors, use commercial stainless steel spray and wipe in the direction of the grain; dry to prevent streaking. Finally, wash out the trash bin and wipe down the space under the sink, as those areas are often the source of odors.

Pro Cleaning Tip #10: Finish With the Floors

Once higher surfaces are sparkling clean, it’s time to clean the floors. Hard floors like wood, ceramic, and stone should be vacuumed and then mopped.  With hardwood floors, the mop should only be slightly damp because too much water can damage them. For hardwood, mix equal parts white vinegar and water. Tie a cloth around the end of the mop, rather than using the mop head itself, so it can be replaced with fresh rags as cleaning progresses. That way, you’re not just pushing the dirt around. 

When vacuuming your carpets, be sure to move the furniture to make sure you get under everything. That includes rugs, which should be rolled up so you can clean beneath them. If your carpets are looking a bit grungy and are, perhaps, even a bit smelly, try sprinkling a thin layer of baking soda over the surface before vacuuming. Let the baking soda sit for at least 20 minutes, then go over it with your vacuum. That will take out a lot of the buildup and leave your carpet smelling fresh again.

Final Thoughts

Once you’re finished deep cleaning your home, try to maintain the feeling of cleanliness with more frequent, lighter cleanings. That way, you can avoid having to do another deep cleaning for as long as possible. If you simply don’t have time to give your home the kind of deep cleaning it deserves, consider hiring a professional cleaning service to do it for you?

Professional Deep Cleaning Services

For more information about our quality services or to request a deep cleaning for your home or business, please call Clean Nation Company today at (509) 217-4729.

At Clean Nation Company, we do more than just clean kitchen counters and toilet bowls. We also clean the window tracks, baseboards, door knobs, ceiling fans, light fixtures, and other surfaces that you may not even think of cleaning. Our deep cleaning services include, but are not limited to:

  • Wiping down major and smaller appliances
  • Wiping down walls, doors, and cabinetry
  • Cleaning light switches and outlet plates
  • Cleaning mirrors and other glass surfaces
  • Sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping the floors
  • Sanitizing the kitchen and bathrooms

When our professional cleaners are finished, your home will be spotless and ready for your family to enjoy. We 100% guarantee our services. You can also rest easy knowing that all of our cleaners are background checked, bonded, and insured.

Clean Nation Company proudly offers:

  • Over 50 years of combined experience in the cleaning industry
  • Recurring and one-time cleanings
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Professionally-trained cleaners
  • Licensed, bonded, and insured
  • Customized cleaning solutions
  • Quick response times
  • Emergency Cleanings
  • Electrostatic Spray disinfection
  • Highest standard of clean
  • 100%  satisfaction guarantee
  • OSHA, HIPAA, EPA, CDC, compliant
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Call us today at (509) 217-4729 for more information about our quality services or to schedule deep cleaning for your home or business. Our Inland Northwest service area includes Spokane, Spokane Valley, Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, Liberty Lake, and surrounding communities.

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Tips for Deep Cleaning Your Home Like the Pros