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Homeowners Blog: Home Cleaning Tips: Periodic Deep Cleaning- 13 Great Ideas


Periodic Cleaning: Deep Cleaning Your Home

In addition to regular cleaning, some deep cleaning tasks need to be rotated in to maintain your home. How often you do these things will depend a lot on how you live, how many people and animals live with you, and other factors, but they should not be overlooked. Consider addressing some of these cleaning tasks: 

  1. Clean and organize closets and cabinets: Take everything out of closets and cabinets, wipe down the shelves and walls, and then sort through and organize items before putting them back in.
  2. Deep clean carpets and upholstery: Hire a professional carpet and upholstery cleaner or rent a carpet cleaner to deep clean carpets and upholstery. Keep in mind that the equipment that professionals use is vastly better and will have better results. 
  3. Clean out dryer vents! Dryer vents are a cause of house fires, and should be cleaned out thoroughly once a year. For runs that are long, or the exhaust is up high, ask if your carpet cleaning professionals offer dryer vent cleaning. Be sure to choose a reputable company. 
  4. Dust and wash blinds and curtains: Use a duster or vacuum with a dusting attachment to remove dust from blinds and curtains, and then wash them if necessary.
  5. Wash comforters and duvets. Have large comforters professionally cleaned. Deep clean mattresses and pillows: Vacuum and spot-clean mattresses and pillows, and then use a fabric freshener to eliminate any odors.
  6. Clean and disinfect appliances: Clean and disinfect appliances such as the refrigerator, oven, and dishwasher, including the inside and outside.
  7. Scrub grout and tiles: Use a grout cleaner and a stiff-bristled brush to scrub grout and tiles in bathrooms and kitchens.
  8. Dust and wash light fixtures and ceiling fans: Use a duster or vacuum with a dusting attachment to remove dust from light fixtures and ceiling fans, and then wash them if necessary.
  9. Clean and disinfect trash cans: Empty and clean trash cans, and disinfect them with a solution of water and bleach.
  10. Clean and disinfect all door knobs, light switches, and handles.
  11. Clean and organize the pantry: Take everything out of the pantry, wipe down the shelves and walls, and then sort through and organize items before putting them back in.
  12. Wash windows and screens: Use a glass cleaner and a squeegee to wash windows, and then remove and wash window screens. If you’re at all unsteady on a ladder, consider hiring the professionals. 
  13. Clean and organize the garage or storage area: Sort through and organize items in the garage or storage area, sweep the floor, and wipe down any shelves or cabinets.
Be sure to call on professionals for window cleaning if you’re unsure on a ladder.

These are just a few deep cleaning tasks for your home to get you started. There are many more tasks that you could add to the list, and you should make choices based on your specific home needs. Maintaining your home is a lot of work, but you deserve to live in a clean and well-maintained space, and the future value of your home is definitely affected by how clean you keep it. 

As a home inspector, I’ve observed that deep cleaning goes hand in hand with maintenance of a property. Keeping your home clean and well-maintained helps preserve its condition and longevity. A clean home indicates that the homeowners have taken proper care, addressing potential issues promptly. 

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