Close-up of a microfiber mop on a wooden floor, capturing the essence of deep cleaning for a thorough and sparkling home environment.

Ever walked into a room and felt like it was silently judging you for the dust settling on the bookshelf? Or is the coffee stain from two weeks ago still lounging on the carpet?

We’ve all been there. With work, commute, and everything else involving life in a big city like London, it’s no wonder we can hardly find the time for deep cleaning.

It’s those moments, however, when we realise enough is enough—we need a deep clean. But fret not, because this article will guide you through the nitty-gritty of transforming your home into a safe haven.

In this article:

  • What is deep cleaning?
  • Preparing your deep clean list
  • Room-by-room deep cleaning checklist
    • Living room
    • Kitchen
    • Bathroom
    • Bedrooms
    • Additional areas
  • Maintaining a deep cleaned house
    • Daily tidying rituals
    • Weekly spot cleaning
    • The once-a-month check-up
    • Seasonal deep cleaning
    • Embrace minimalism
    • Involve the household
    • Invest in quality cleaning tools
  • Conclusion

What is deep cleaning?

So, what’s the big deal about deep cleaning, and how is it different from the quick tidy-up we’re all so fond of? Deep cleaning is like regular cleaning on steroids. It goes beyond the surface. It tackles the unseen and often overlooked nooks and crannies, ensuring your home isn’t just clean, but sparkling.

It’s not only about aesthetics, though. Deep cleaning plays a crucial role in maintaining the health and well-being of your household reducing germs and allergens.

Unfortunately, deep cleaning is also a bit more complicated than your garden variety regular cleaning. It requires you to really get in there and clean all the things you rarely think about. So if you want to deep clean, either take a day off or free up a day on the weekend. You’ll need.

Note: Of course, you can always hire someone else to the deep cleaning for you.

Preparing your deep clean list

Diving headfirst into deep cleaning without a plan is like trying to navigate a maze blindfolded—you’ll get lost. That’s where the deep clean list comes into play.

This isn’t just any list. It’s your blueprint to a spotless home. Start by breaking down your tasks by room and frequency. Think of it as your cleaning playlist. You set the rhythm and pace for a dance (you’re probably not going to particularly enjoy).

Room-by-room deep cleaning checklist

Living room

It’s not called a living room for nothing. This is where life happens, and unfortunately, so do spills and dust gatherings. Here’s how to deep clean it.

A bright and tidy living room with large windows, plush seating, and vibrant plants, ready for a thorough deep cleaning session.
  • Declutter first. Begin by clearing any clutter. Magazines, remotes, and those odd bits and bobs that accumulate on coffee tables and bookshelves need a new home or perhaps a trip to the donation bin. A clear space not only looks better but makes cleaning easier.
  • Dust high and low. Dusting should always be your next move, starting from the top down. Ceiling fans, light fixtures, and picture frames are notorious dust gatherers. Use a microfiber cloth or a duster with an extendable handle to reach high spots. Don’t forget the baseboards and corners where cobwebs like to party.
  • Upholstery deep dive, Sofas and chairs can harbour crumbs, pet hair, and all manner of debris. Remove cushions and use your vacuum’s upholstery attachment to get deep into the crevices. Consider steam cleaning or using an upholstery cleaner for stains and a general refresh. Remember to spot-test any cleaner first!
  • Windows. Windows and their treatments can dramatically affect a room’s brightness and airiness. Dust blinds, wash curtains (if fabric allows), and clean the windows inside and out. A simple mix of vinegar and water can leave the glass streak-free and shining.
  • Floors. Now that the rest is done, it’s time for the floors. Move smaller furniture to ensure you’re leaving no dust anywhere. Vacuum carpets, paying extra attention to edges and under furniture. For hardwood floors or tile, a gentle cleaner suitable for the surface can bring back the shine. Don’t forget to refresh area rugs or take them for professional cleaning if needed.
  • Tech clean-up. Our gadgets collect more than just data. They’re dust magnets too. Gently wipe down TVs, sound systems, and any other electronics with a soft, dry cloth. Check manufacturer recommendations for specific cleaning instructions to avoid damage.
  • Final touches. With the cleaning done, it’s time for the final touches. Rearrange decorative items for a fresh look, fluff pillows, and maybe add a plant or fresh flowers to bring life and color to the room.

Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home and deserves some extra love.

  • Appliances. They work hard, so let’s show them some care.
  • For your fridge, discard expired items, wipe down shelves, and vacuum the coils.
  • The oven needs a good scrubbing inside, and don’t forget to clean underneath it.
  • Toasters, microwaves, dishwashers, and coffee makers also need a thorough cleaning.
  • Remember, a clean appliance works more efficiently and lasts longer.
  • Cabinets and pantries. Start by emptying out your cabinets and pantry. Wipe down the shelves with a gentle cleaner and organise as you go back in. It’s the perfect time to check expiration dates and reorganise for better functionality.
  • Countertops and surfaces. Clear off everything for a deep scrub. Use a surface-appropriate cleaner and don’t overlook backsplashes where grease and food splatters often accumulate. For natural stone surfaces, ensure you’re using a cleaner that won’t damage them.
  • Sinks and faucets. Your sink sees a lot of action, and it’s not just dishes. Clean around the faucet, handles, and the sink basin itself. Baking soda and vinegar can work wonders here, especially for stainless steel sinks. Don’t forget the rubbish.
  • Floors. Last but certainly not least, the floors. Move everything that’s not bolted down, and give the floor a thorough cleaning. Pay special attention to the areas under appliances and cabinets where crumbs and dirt love to hide.
  • Hard-to-reach spaces. The tops of cabinets, the refrigerator, and the space between appliances can accumulate dust and grime. A long-handled duster or vacuum attachment can help reach these spots.
  • Organisation tips. As you clean, think about how to better organize your kitchen. Maybe your spices could be more accessible, or your pots and pans could be stored more efficiently. This is the perfect time to make those adjustments.

Bathroom

It’s one of the most visited rooms in any home. Here, disinfection is your best friend.

A neatly organized bathroom with a sparkling clean sink and toilet, emphasizing the importance of disinfection in frequently used spaces.
  • Shower and tub. Begin with the shower and tub, as these areas can accumulate soap scum and mildew. Use a specialised bathroom cleaner or white vinegar or baking soda for a natural option (depending on the type of stain). Don’t forget to scrub the showerhead. Soaking it in vinegar can help remove limescale and improve water flow.
  • Grout and tiles. Grout can be a breeding ground for mould and mildew. Use a grout cleaner or a bleach solution (but never mix bleach with other cleaners) and a stiff brush to get in between tiles. Rinse thoroughly and consider applying a grout sealer once dry to make future cleaning easier.
  • Toilet. It’s not just the bowl that needs attention. Clean under the rim, the seat, and around the base. Disinfecting wipes or a disinfectant spray can be effective for the exterior. For stubborn stains in the bowl, a pumice stone can be gently used.
  • Sink and countertops. Clear out and clean the medicine cabinet and storage areas. Wipe down the sink, faucet, and countertops with a disinfectant. Don’t forget the often overlooked spots like the faucet handles and the toothbrush holder.
  • Mirrors and glass. Use a glass cleaner for a streak-free shine on mirrors and any glass surfaces. Buffing with a microfiber cloth can help eliminate streaks and lint residue. Check this out for a natural glass cleaner recipe.
  • Floors. After everything else is sparkling, focus on the floors. Sweep or vacuum first to remove hair and debris, then mop with a disinfectant. Pay special attention to corners and around the toilet base.
  • Linens and mats. Wash any bath mats, shower curtains, and linens. These items can harbour bacteria and mould, so regular washing is essential for a truly clean bathroom.
  • Ventilation. Lastly, ensure your bathroom is well-ventilated to prevent mould and mildew growth. Regularly opening windows or running the exhaust fan during and after showers can make a big difference.
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Bedrooms

Your sanctuary deserves a breath of fresh air.

  • Mattresses. They’re the soul of your bedroom but often overlooked during regular cleaning. Start by stripping the bed and laundering all bedding, including bed skirts and mattress covers. Vacuum the mattress to remove dust mites and allergens, then spot-clean any stains. For a fresh scent and feel, sprinkle baking soda, let it sit, then vacuum again. Flipping or rotating your mattress can also extend its life and comfort.
  • Closets. A cluttered closet can make mornings chaotic. Empty it out and sort through your belongings. Donate items you no longer need or use. Dust the shelves and floor before putting everything back, organizing items in a way that makes sense for your daily routine. Consider space-saving solutions like slim hangers or shelf dividers to maximize space.
  • Under-bed areas. While there are no monsters under the bed (I checked), this area often becomes a forgotten storage space. Clear it out and vacuum thoroughly. If you store items under your bed, consider using storage bins to keep things organized and dust-free.
  • Windows and treatments. Clean windows let in more light and can transform the feel of your room. Wash windows inside and out, and don’t forget the sills and tracks. For curtains, check the cleaning instructions. Some may be machine washable, while others might require a vacuum or a shake-out.
  • Furniture and surfaces. Dust and polish all furniture, paying special attention to nightstands and dressers where clutter accumulates. Move furniture to clean the floor underneath, and use this time to consider if the current layout serves your space best.
  • Lighting and electronics. Dust collects on lamps, shades, and electronic devices, dimming the brightness of your room. Wipe down these items, and consider upgrading to LED bulbs for a cleaner, more energy-efficient light.
  • Walls and decor. Walls and decor can gather dust and cobwebs. Gently dust any wall art, mirrors, and decor pieces. For walls, a soft cloth or sponge with a mild detergent can remove marks and fingerprints, refreshing the overall look of your room.
  • Flooring. Whether you have carpet, hardwood, or tile, give your floor a thorough clean. Vacuum carpets, using attachments for edges and corners. For hard floors, sweep before mopping to ensure all dirt and dust are removed.

Additional areas

Dining rooms, hallways, and home offices shouldn’t be neglected. Each space has its own quirks, so tailor your approach and show these areas some well-deserved attention.

Dining Room

  • Table and chairs. Begin with the heart of the dining room. Remove all tablecloths and decorations. Clean the table surface, paying special attention to any grooves or details where dust might hide. Don’t forget the chair legs and undersides!
  • Cabinet and display units. Empty them out, clean each shelf, and wipe down all glass surfaces. As you replace items, consider decluttering and reorganizing to showcase only what you love.
  • Light fixtures. Dust and clean the chandelier or any overhead lighting. A stepladder, a gentle cleaner, and a microfiber cloth can work wonders. Be careful not to fall – gravity can be unforgiving.
  • Curtains and blinds. Wash or vacuum curtains and clean the blinds. These can be major dust collectors.
  • Flooring. Move furniture to clean the entire floor area. Use the appropriate cleaner for your flooring type, and don’t overlook the baseboards.

Hallways

  • Walls and baseboards. Dust and wipe down walls and baseboards. Hallways can accumulate scuffs and fingerprints, especially in high-traffic areas.
  • Lighting. Clean light fixtures and replace any burnt-out bulbs. A bright, well-lit hallway feels more welcoming.
  • Flooring. Vacuum carpets, paying extra attention to the edges where dust and pet hair collect. For hardwood or tile, use the appropriate cleaner to bring back shine.
  • Storage areas. Organize coat closets, shoe racks, or any storage units. Donate items you no longer need or use.
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Home office

  • Desk. Clear off your desk to dust and clean the surface. Organize your paperwork, supplies, and electronics. Consider cable management solutions to keep things tidy.
  • Bookshelves. Dust and clean each shelf. Reorganize your books and decorations for a refreshed look.
  • Electronics. Dust and wipe down your computer, monitor, keyboard, and any other gadgets. Use compressed air to clean keyboards and other crevices.
  • Chair and upholstery. Clean your office chair, especially the wheels and under the seat. If you have any upholstered furniture, vacuum or steam clean as appropriate.

Maintaining a deep cleaned house

The final piece of the puzzle is keeping that sparkle as long as possible. Implement a routine maintenance schedule, tackle small messes as they happen, and watch as your home transforms into a self-sustaining oasis of cleanliness.

Daily tidying rituals

Incorporate small cleaning tasks into your daily routine. It’s all about prevention and maintenance. Wipe down kitchen counters after cooking, do a quick sweep of high-traffic areas, and make sure everything goes back to its designated spot. These mini rituals can significantly reduce the need for deep cleaning sessions.

Weekly spot cleaning

Choose a day each week for a more thorough clean-up, focusing on areas that get dirty quickly. This isn’t a full-on deep clean but rather a maintenance mode. Vacuum the floors, mop where needed, and give the bathroom a quick once-over. This keeps the grime from building up and makes your next deep cleaning session much easier.

The once-a-month check-up

Once a month, take a little extra time to address areas that don’t need weekly attention but can deteriorate over time. This could include wiping down appliances, cleaning windows, or dusting light fixtures. These tasks don’t need to be done often, but they shouldn’t be neglected entirely.

Seasonal deep cleaning

A circle of leaves in transitioning autumn colors representing the change of seasons, symbolic of the time for a seasonal deep clean in the home.

Even with ongoing maintenance, every home benefits from a seasonal deep clean. This is the time to tackle the tasks that don’t need frequent attention, like cleaning behind heavy furniture, decluttering closets, or giving your home’s exterior some love. It’s also a great opportunity to assess what’s working in your cleaning routine and what might need tweaking.

Embrace minimalism

The less clutter you have, the easier it is to keep your home clean. Adopt a minimalist approach to your belongings. Regularly assess what you need and use, and don’t be afraid to donate or dispose of items that no longer serve a purpose. A decluttered space is not only easier to clean but also more peaceful to live in.

Involve the household

Turn cleaning and maintenance into a team effort. Assign tasks based on age, ability, and preference, and make it a part of the household routine.

When everyone contributes, the workload is lighter, and the house stays cleaner without falling entirely on one person’s shoulders.

Invest in quality cleaning tools

Quality tools make a difference. They can make cleaning more efficient and less tiresome.

Whether it’s a high-powered vacuum cleaner, an effective mop, or durable cleaning cloths, investing in good tools can make the maintenance of your deep-cleaned home much easier.

Conclusion

There you have it, your roadmap to a home so clean it sparkles. Remember, deep cleaning isn’t just a chore; it’s a journey to a healthier, happier living space. So, roll up those sleeves, armed with this ultimate guide, and transform your home into the sanctuary it was meant to be. And, as always, if you need us, we’re never more than a phone call away.

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Author: Atanas Dzhingarov

Hi, I’m Atanas - brand consultant and writer. I’m helping Samyx Cleaning create the best cleaning company blog on the Internet. Join us on our journey and learn how to live a cleaner, healthier, happier life in the process.