For many of us, keeping our homes clean is all about indulging in activities like washing, doing dishes, and vacuuming most of the time. But how about we think of diving and scrubbing the rooms that are neglected mostly during our routine cleaning? The next time you plan for deep cleaning during an off day, show your home some extra love by doing a complete cleaning without missing your home's main spots. If you’re wondering whether deep cleaning your home in just a day is possible, don’t think more- it is more than possible!
Sendhelper’s cleaning guides always aim to help everyone by revealing several helpful cleaning tips. This room-by-room cleaning guide will help you deep clean your home in a day without missing out on anything important.
What to Do Before You Begin Deep Cleaning?
We have listed a few small tasks you should be doing before you start the cleaning spree. Here is what you need to do.
Clear the clutter
Do you know that you need to do a small cleaning always before you do a major deep cleaning? By small cleaning, we mean removing the clutter from the tables, countertops, furnishings and the floor to make reaching for areas while deep cleaning easier.
Create a strategy
You need to have a clear idea regarding which rooms you should tackle and when. You should also have a clear understanding of how much time you’d probably take to do a neat job. Remember that deep cleaning your home is a marathon and never a sprint, so it is better to invest time to do it. If you live in Singapore and have restricted time to do the cleaning, you can book a deep cleaning service from the best cleaning professionals in the city from Sendhelper.
Gather cleaning supplies
Make sure you have all the necessary cleaning supplies before starting to clean your space. The last thing you would want is to disrupt the cleaning rhythm when you realise you do not have something very crucial. We recommend gathering a few cleaning essentials, and we’ve listed them below.
- All-purpose cleaner
- Vacuum cleaner and extension devices
- Window and glass cleaner
- White vinegar
- Wood cleaner
- Microfibre cloths
- Hand gloves
- Baking soda
Now that you know what you should have before cleaning, let’s see how you can deep clean your home effectively in a day.
How to Clean Bathrooms?
Everyone has access to a home’s bathrooms. It is one of the major reasons we want bathrooms to look sparkling clean. But what can you do to make them look so? Let us see.
Scrub the sinks, showers, and tubs in the bathroom
Start by spraying down the showers and tubs of your bathroom with a multi-purpose cleaner. Let it soak for a while- keeping it for some time will help break up the soap and oils accumulated on them. Now, do the same to your sinks and toilet bowls so that the scrubbing gets easier when you rinse them again. Do not miss to wipe the base of the bathroom where the dust and dirt land most often.
Wipe the lights, mirrors, and window treatments
Take extra time to clean dust and dirt from fittings such as lights, mirrors in addition to windows. Clean the accumulated sticky substances by wiping the fixtures using a soft and moist microfibre cloth using a small amount of white vinegar. Here is our guide that tells you everything about window cleaning at home.
Clean the shower doors
Use a small amount of distilled white vinegar to remove soap residues from the shower doors. Let it rest for an hour or two before you clean the glass and reapply them if necessary. Now, spray some baking soda solution and scrub the spots carefully.
Clean the towel curtains and bathroom floor coverings
Examine the care tags of bathroom curtains and floor coverings before you throw them into the washing machine. See whether they are safe to dry inside a dryer. Set the heat setting of the dryer on low and take out the products when they are moist. You can then hang the curtains back in the shower to let them dry completely. If you have plastic shower curtain liners, wash, and hang them for drying. You can also replace them with new ones.
Clear out the drawers and space under the sinks
These are spaces that tend to get cluttered with time. Take everything out from the drawers and closets. Get rid of the cobwebs inside the drawers and wipe them clean. Throw away the expired stuff and the things you would no longer use and keep back just what is required. Place the stuff you use regularly in the front or somewhere you can easily access.
Read our guide on how to keep the bathrooms odourless at your home.
How to Clean the Kitchen?
The kitchen would be the busiest room in most people’s houses. In that case, it requires a lot of attention while cleaning. Here is a list of tasks you need to tackle in the kitchen while deep cleaning your home.
Clear out and clean the fridge
Start by taking out all the content from your fridge and dispose of everything that is expired or no longer needed. Clean the shelves, drawers, and inside of the fridge using a soft microfibre cloth and a mixture made using equal parts water and vinegar. Now, dry it out using a clean cloth and return the contents to the fridge.
Deep clean the oven and stove
Use baking soda and water to make a paste and apply it to your oven and stove. Keep it on for at least 30 minutes and then scrub with a stiff-bristled brush. Follow this step by rinsing the oven using clean water and wiping it down with a clean cloth.
Clean the microwave
Mix equal parts of water and vinegar in a bowl, place it in the microwave, and turn it on for 5 minutes. The steam inside the oven will loosen any food debris, making it easy to wipe it clean with a cloth.
Clean the countertops and sink
Wipe clean the countertops and kitchen sink using a soft cloth and multipurpose cleaner. Follow the cleaning by rinsing these surfaces with water and wiping it down.
Wipe down the cabinets and drawers
Use a damp cloth to wipe down the cabinets and drawers. You can also use a wood cleaner to polish any wood surfaces. Here is how you can clean greasy wooden cabinets at home.
Vacuum and mop the floor
As the last steps, vacuum the floor thoroughly and then use a mop and a multi-purpose cleaner to clean the kitchen floor. You can mop the floors twice if necessary.
How to Tidy Up the Bedrooms?
Bedrooms turn out like a sacred space for many of us, which is also the reason many of us try to keep them super clean. Here is what you need to keep in mind and not miss doing when you deep clean your bedrooms:
Wash your bedding
Include bed skirts, shams, and duvet covers in bedding. Book laundry service from the Sendhelper if they are too big to fit inside your washing machine. Do not forget to wash the pillows too.
Flip or rotate your mattresses and clean them
This will help prevent grooves from forming where you sleep. Sprinkle some baking soda on the mattresses and let them sit for about 45 minutes to an hour before vacuuming them as it helps freshen them up.
Use foam shaving cream to remove pillow stains
Let it sit for about 15 minutes before wiping it off with a slightly damp cloth dipped in a solution of half water and half vinegar.
Dust every surface
There are many surfaces in your bedrooms that often get neglected, like window treatments, headboards, and ceiling fans. If you have curtains, vacuum or wash them as well. Be careful when dusting ceiling fans as dust clumps can fall on you while cleaning. Slide each fan blade into a pillowcase to remove the bulk of the dust before wiping it down to avoid the fall of dirt and dust. Look at our guide which will tell you how to clean ceiling fans without trouble.
Clean the hard-to-reach areas
Vacuum or wipe areas under the furniture including the areas behind dressers and the beds. Pay extra attention to baseboards and corners. If your furniture is too heavy to move, use the vacuum cleaner attachments or a telescoping pole to rotate a mop head or cloth to reach those hard-to-reach spots.
How to Organise the Closets?
Keeping your closets free of clutter and dust is crucial to maintaining the overall cleanliness of your rooms.
Sort and donate
Begin by sorting through your clothes, shoes, and accessories in the closets. Think of donating or selling clothes and things you haven't worn or used in the past year. If you are unsure whether to keep an item, ask yourself if it fits, if it looks good on you and if you wore it in the past year. If the answer is no, let it go.
Try the hanger trick to help you keep track of what you wear. Hang all your clothes with the hangers facing backwards. Hang it back up with the hanger facing forward when you wear an item. You can consider donating or selling any item still facing backwards for too long, like over a year.
Vacuum and dust
Remove all items from the floor and shelves to clean the closet. Vacuum the floor and ceiling corners and use a damp cloth to dust the shelves, rods, and other surfaces. As you replace items, consider using drawer dividers or fabric containers to keep small items like hand towels and underwear organised.
There are many tasks and areas you need to focus on while deep cleaning your home, apart from the main rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms. Here are a few important tasks you need to do.
- Remove all pillows from couches and chairs and vacuum the spaces underneath. You should also pay special attention to the crannies and spaces where crumbs or dirt could have accumulated.
- If possible, use isopropyl alcohol to get rid of discolouration from microfibre textiles by swabbing it on with a white sponge to avoid any type of dye transfer. Follow by scrubbing them gently using a white bristle brush.
- Shampoo your carpets and rugs. Spot clean stains using a pet stain remover or a steam cleaner if you prefer not to spend the money, effort, or time to shampoo the entire house.
- Polish the wooden furniture of your home. Get rid of items from bookcases or coffee tables to clean their surface with a dust cloth, followed by using wood cleaner or polish on them.
- Wipe down baseboards, window treatments, light fixtures, and ceiling fans. Use a telescoping pole or the vacuum extension accessory to reach high ceilings and corners. Remove and wash the curtains and clean the windows with glass cleaner. Do not miss disinfecting the door handles!
- Dust all the decor and showpieces in your home. Wipe or brush away dust from all of your souvenirs, photo frames, and clocks carefully. This may be the most time-consuming task you do during your spring cleaning, and it will depend totally on the number of decorative items you keep in your home.
- Clean all the electronics including your TV remote as they are all germ-infected items in your home. Give all of them a good wipe-down, including the top of your TV, streaming device, and DVD player. Dust the front of the screens using a microfibre rag or a feather duster, making sure to get the edges.
Some Quick House Cleaning Tips to Save Yourself
Keeping your house clean can feel like a never-ending task, but there is always a way to make cleaning much more efficient and less overwhelming. You just need to follow the right approach. Here are some quick house-cleaning tips to help you keep your home tidy and organised:
- Clean the whole house, not one room at a time. Instead of cleaning the kitchen, then the bathroom, and then the bedrooms, pick one task like dusting, vacuuming, or mopping and do the same task in every room in the house. This approach prevents you from feeling like you are in a cleaning cycle, starting the same task repeatedly.
- Gather all your cleaning tools and keep them together. Having everything you need to clean in one portable place makes it much easier to get the job done. You will not waste time looking for tools while you clean and do not have to worry about gathering them before your next round.
- Clear the clutter before you start cleaning. Go room to room and pick up clutter before cleaning any room. Consider whether you should put away, toss, or donate items as you pick each item.
- Make sure the ceiling fans are turned off before you begin to dust a room. Concentrate dusting on the tops of furniture and the undersides of shelves, on handrails, picture frames, knickknacks, and TV screens. Use a microfibre cloth to tie it to the end of a mop or broom for hard-to-reach areas. Change the sheets in the bedrooms before you vacuum.
- Wipe the mirrors and glass in all your rooms. Use a damp microfibre cloth followed by a dry cloth to wipe clean all mirrors and glass surfaces.
- Disinfect countertops and surface areas. Wipe down the hard surfaces, from countertops, appliances, and cabinets to doorknobs, light switches, TV remotes, and telephones. Make a nontoxic disinfection solution by mixing one-fourth to a half cup of white or apple cider vinegar with a cup of water. Read our guide on how to clean quartz countertops at your home.
- Focus on tubs, sinks, and toilets. Spray cleaner on the kitchen sink and then on bathroom sinks, tubs, and toilets. Let it sit for a few minutes, so the cleaner has time to dissolve dirt and stains. Then return to the kitchen and start scrubbing. Clean toilets only in the end to avoid mess.
- Mop only after sweeping. Sweep the kitchen and bathroom floors. Read our article on how to clean marble floors in bathrooms if you want to do it the right way. Start mopping from the farthest corner of the room and move back towards the doorway. Rinse the mop every time you complete a 4-by-4-foot area.
- Make cleaning a group activity. Schedule a time in advance with your family and assign tasks to each person. Working together can add some fun to cleaning, and your house will be sparkling in no time.
Remember to routinely wash your cleaning tools to maintain their effectiveness. You need not do tasks like waxing furniture, cleaning windows, and washing area rugs and bath mats every week. You can use your judgement when inspecting these accessories.
Cleaning Tips from Our Professional Cleaners
Keeping your home clean and germ-free is essential for your family's health and well-being. Here are some amazing tips to help you maintain the neatness of your home:
Tips for Cleaning Your Kitchen
- Stay organised: A well-organised kitchen can make cleaning up after meals much easier. Keep dishes and utensils in designated areas, and use containers to store dry goods.
- Use a disinfectant: Kitchen countertops, sinks, and other surfaces can harbour harmful bacteria. Use a disinfectant to clean these areas daily.
- Clean spills and messes as they happen: Clean up any spills or messes as soon as they occur to avoid the formation of stains and cross-contamination of germs. Use a microfiber cloth to quickly treat spills.
- Tackle basic tasks promptly: Wash dishes after every meal and take out the trash as soon as it starts to fill up. Sweeping your kitchen floor at the end of the day and wiping down surfaces can also help keep your kitchen clean.
- Use baking soda to clean tough messes: For larger food-related messes, use baking soda to clean up oil buildup. Spray some baking soda on a cloth and wipe down any areas that have grease accumulation.
Tips for Cleaning Your Bathroom
- Clean highly trafficked areas more often: The toilet, shower, and floors should be cleaned once or twice a week. Squeegee your shower after each use to make routine weekly cleanings much easier and clean down the commode and toothbrush holders two times a week.
- Focus on the often-forgotten areas: You are likely to miss areas like tap aerators and the toothbrush holder while deep cleaning an entire house. Use an old toothbrush with warm water and get into those spaces and crannies to clean them.
Tips for Cleaning Your Living Room
- Stay on top of dust: Dust your living room regularly by moving your furniture to clean underneath and vacuuming between the cushions.
- Use the right tools: A microfiber duster or cloth is more effective at removing dust than a feather duster.
- Clean dust-collecting fabrics: Regular cleaning of upholstery, carpets, and linens can help minimise and control dust mite populations.
Tips for Cleaning Your Bedroom
- Focus on laundering bed linens and pillows: Keeping your bed linens clean is crucial. You might be spending a lot of time sleeping on your sheets. Therefore, it is crucial to wash them weekly to keep allergens and bacteria away.
- Clean your pillows in the washing machine: It keeps them clean and fluffs them back up nicely. Remember to use the fastest spin cycle to remove as much water as possible before putting them in the dryer. Even with protectors, it is recommended to wash your pillows at least twice a year.
- Take 10 minutes a day to make your bed and clean up: Making your bed every day can make a significant difference in the overall appearance of your room. It's the centre of your bedroom and having it made can make the entire space look tidier instantly. Make it a habit to make your bed every day so that the cleaning process will become ingrained in your daily routine. After making your bed, take a few minutes to clean the surfaces and put away any clothes left out. These simple tasks will quickly become habits and make weekly cleanings much easier.
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