House Cleaning

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Dusting

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Dusting is always the best place to start when cleaning your home. It gives you an opportunity to do so much more than just dusting such as picking things up, organizing things, fluffing pillows, fold blankets, and just general tidying up. Before you start dusting, move anything and everything off of tables, shelves, ledges, etc. This is much easier and efficient than picking things up as you go and dusting under them.

Window ledges

  • Raise all blinds before hand as it is more efficient than raising them as you go
  • Move all curtains aside

Lamps

  • You should vacuum these later, but it is a good idea to give these a quick dust off beforehand

Picture frames and wall decor

  • Remove as much as you can from the walls
  • Clean wall decor when it is off the wall if possible
  • Dust the wall where wall decor hangs/is mounted

Door jams

  • All you need is a damp cloth with a little bit of all purpose cleaner to clean these right up

Baseboards

  • Baseboards are an often looked over place to clean but can make a huge difference in how clean your house appears
  • Depending on how dirty your baseboards are, use a mop and maybe a vacuum to vacuum up excess dust in certain areas

Ceiling fans

  • These are very easy to clean and often over looked. Get a stool and a clean rag with some cleaner and wipe the top of the blades off. You will be amazed how much dust these collect.


Vacuuming

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Vacuuming is another necessity when cleaning your home or your house will simply not feel or appear clean.

Kitchen

  • While you are vacuuming your kitchen, instead of just doing the floor, you can open drawers and vacuum inside of those to get any crumbs that may have accumulated.
  • Vacuum inside of your pantry.
  • If you keep your garbage bin underneath your sink, make sure you vacuum underneath there as well as lots of crumbs and food particles tend to gather that don't make it into the garbage bin.

Bathrooms

  • It's always a good idea to vacuum the counter of a bathroom especially if you have a man in the house that shaves his beard. Those little hairs can get annoying and a vacuum gets rid of them nicely.
  • If you have a cloth shower curtain, be sure to vacuum this as it accumulates dust
  • Vacuum the top and underneath of any bath mats you may have

Garages

  • If you have an entry door from your house to your garage, vacuum toward the garage door and then finish the job by vacuuming your garage floor. This will keep lots of unwanted dirt/dust out of your house.

Patio Doors

  • Vacuum your patio door tracks. Crumbs love to hide in here.

Closets

  • Open closet doors and vacuum in side them, and even empty them out, especially the front hall closet where a lot of dirt can be tracked in on shoes from outside.

Furniture

  • Move all couches, chairs, and other items like coffee tables. You should also try and move your beds every once in a while to vacuum underneath.
  • Vacuum underneath couch cushions

Area rugs

  • Don't just vacuum the top of your area rugs. Fold the edges over and get the underside and underneath the rug.
  • If you have a rug that is on hardwood, laminate, stone, or any floor that requires mopping. Set the rug aside to prepare for mopping.

Fireplaces

  • If you have a wood burning fire place, it is recommended to vacuum up the ashes every time you vacuum to avoid excess dust in your air.


Mopping

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Another absolute necessity when cleaning your home is mopping your floors. This cleans them and brings out a very nice like-new shine. Always remember to mop your way out of a room and never trap yourself in a corner.

Baseboards

  • Do baseboards first every time and make sure you are not just dusting them but actually cleaning them. This means that you mop needs to stay wet but not dripping wet.
  • Do baseboards throughout the house, even on carpet.
  • Use a rag mop as it is easiest and covers the whole baseboard evenly

Tile floors

  • Use your rag mop for tile floors as well
  • Do all your tile floor at once following the baseboards as you will not need this mop anymore

Hardwood floors

  • Mop in the direction of the grain to avoid streaks
  • Move all easily movable furniture off the hardwood

Laminate floors

Bathrooms

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Cleaning your bathroom is one of the most important things to do when cleaning your house. Not only do you and your family use it regularly on a daily basis, but any guests you have over will also use it regularly.


Mirrors

  • Mirrors should be streak free from all angles. Try looking at your mirror from each side, and with the lights on and off.
  • If you get your mirror clean and streak free, it will stay clean longer
  • Foaming glass cleaners work the best
  • Use very little cleaner for a streak free finish.
  • Spray cleaner on rag and not on mirror directly
  • Clean mirror before turning on any lights if possible as warm lights will dry the cleaner and make it impossible to have a streak free finish

Toilets

  • Be sure to clean the lid, bowl, the bottom front, the top, and around the seat clips where debris collects.

Sink

  • The sink gets heavy use in a bathroom so be sure to clean it thoroughly.

Fixtures

  • Clean all lights, toilet paper rack, shower curtain rack, towel rack, door handles, anything and everything that gets used

Walls

  • Splash marks tend to accumulate all over the bathroom as water is used frequently


Kitchen

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Your kitchen is another one of those things that is very important to clean due to how often it is used by you, your family, and any guests you may have over. A kitchen is usually the "main attraction' of any home. Keeping it clean only makes sense.

Refrigerator

  • Wipe the front, handle, top, and sides
  • If you have stainless steel, use a microfiber cloth to not scratch it
  • Every month or two, remove all food from the inside of your refrigerator and clean all shelves

Stove

  • Remove burners and wipe top
  • Wipe underneath burners
  • Clean burners themselves

Oven

  • Wipe clean the front and use glass cleaner on the glass if you have any
  • Remove racks and wipe down the inside
  • Using the self cleaning feature is a good idea every few months. Be sure to remove the racks before hand

Dishwasher

  • Wipe clean the front and control panel

Sink

  • Clean under kitchen sinks. This area gets a lot of use and becomes dirty quickly.

Small appliances

  • Wipe with cleaner and microfiber cloth

Finding good contractors

If you decide to hire a contractor /service provider to help you please refer to Finding Good Contractors.