We’re finally out of the winter blues: pools are open, burgers are on the grill, and family and friends are coming from all over to visit. To get your house in tiptop shape for the summer, you'll need to clean every inch, especially neglected spaces that could be harboring dirt and bacteria. Don’t get too overwhelmed by how much you might have to do. Try listening to your favorite music and cleaning one area at a time. If you get the whole family or some friends to pitch in, your house will be immaculate in no time. No matter how you split it, cleaning your spaces and belongings can be made easy when you stay organized and on task.
Here is the perfect deep house cleaning checklist to make sure every part of your property is looking exceptionally fresh:
- Window cleaner
- All-purpose cleaner
- Foaming shower cleaner
- Rubber gloves
- Mop and mopping solution
- Paper towels
- Grout cleaner
- Sanitizing wipes
- Scrubbing brush
- Rags or sponges
- Boxes for old clothes/items to be donated or put in storage
- Power washer
- Garbage bags
- Furniture polish
- Open your windows and doors to let fresh air in.
- Dust your door and window frames.
- Dust ceiling fan blades.
- Organize all closets by sorting through clothes, shoes, and accessories. Divide what you want to keep, throw away, or donate.
- Wash the walls and touch up paint if need be.
- Remove cobwebs from the corners of your walls.
- Dust/clean all mirrors, frames, glass cabinets, and decorative items.
- Dust/vacuum all lamps and lamp shades.
- Wax hardwood flooring if necessary.
- Dust/polish/wax/vacuum any furniture accordingly.
- Take down and wash curtains.
- Clean all glass electronics such as tablets, phones, computers, televisions, cameras, etc. with a disinfectant non-streaking wipe.
- Move all pieces of furniture to dust/sweep/vacuum underneath and behind them.
- Dust and shine overhead lights and replace burnt out light bulbs.
- Vacuum and shampoo all carpets.
- If you have stairs in your house: disinfect stair railings and banister.
- Dust/wash or replace air vents if necessary.
- Vacuum/mop/sweep any floors.
- Clean and seal grout.
- Clean windows, blinds, screens, and tracks.
- Clean the entirety of your oven, microwave, dishwasher, stove, coffee machine, toaster, blender, and all other appliances.
- Empty out your refrigerator and freezer. Clean the insides and then place edible food back in the appropriate locations. Also, clean the exterior, underneath, behind and beside.
- Wash pantry and cabinet shelves and make sure to throw out expired food.
- Clean grease from wash hood over the stove.
- Wash your cabinets, backsplash, and counter top.
- Clean out spice rack.
- Wash all utensils that sit out on the counter like a knife rack or a container full of large spoons, a spatula, tongs, etc.
- Clean out and organize your Tupperware drawer/cabinet.
- Scrub the floor grout and along baseboards/cabinet kickboards.
- Polish fixtures and stainless appliances.
- Clean your washing machine.
- Remove any lint or soap spills in the area.
- Organize the space where your detergent, dryer sheets, and fabric softener are. Maybe get a storage container to avoid spills and to keep things looking neat.
- Polish fixtures and the surfaces of your washer/dryer/any shelves in the room.
- Scrub the floor.
- Wash all bedding and pillows including pillowcases and comforter.
- Flip your mattress.
- Clean your mattress by vacuuming up lint and treating spots and stains.
- Clean/dust underneath the bed.
- Wipe down baseboard.
- Organize dressers, drawers, jewelry boxes, etc.
- If you have a desktop computer, vacuum or clean out dust inside the CPU box and kbd.
- Organize files on your computer and delete old emails and unused applications.
- Perform computer maintenance like software and app updates.
- Organize printed and electronic photos and videos.
- Go through all of your physical files to see what you still need or can get rid of.
- De-clutter your drawers and desk.
- Dust any book shelves/photo frames and décor in the room.
- Wash out leaves and other debris from gutters and downspouts.
- Check gutter seams and connections for any leaks.
- Carefully examine your roof for damage.
- Check chimney for cracks, loose mortar, and white powder.
- Examine any brick/stucco for cracks or loose mortar.
- Check the siding of your house for damage or peeling paint.
- Check that your garage door is operating properly.
- Remove any cobwebs and insects from your garage.
- Clean out unused items in your garage to give away or throw out.
- Organize any workspace or storage areas in the garage.
- Sweep and/or power wash the floor of your garage.
- Power wash the exterior of your house, especially if mildew is present.
- Remove cobwebs from porch and entry light fixtures.
- Replace any dead light bulbs.
- Check your deck and porch floors for cracks, rotting, popped nails or screws, and loose boards.
- Check patio slab for cracks, damage, or heaves.
- Power wash, stain, and seal any wood floors, benches, tables, etc.
Driveway, Walkway, Fences:
- Make sure your driveway and walkway are free from cracks, heaves, settling, and broken pavers.
- If you have a pool, make sure it is clean and contains the correct balance of chemicals from a professional company.
- Inspect your mailbox and post for rotting or cracks.
- Power wash the driveway, walkway, and fencing.
- Check for rotting, rust, animal tunneling, and termites in fencing.
- Adjust fence gates for alignment and latching.
- Inspect both the interior and exterior of your shed for structure stability and damage.
- Pick up any branches, sticks, leaves, and debris.
- Weed/remove any dead plants.
- Mow the lawn.
- Regenerate plant beds with new mulch and plants.
- Apply fertilizer, grub control, and weed control to your lawn.
- Make sure your lawn has proper drainage and water flow away from your house and garage.
- Clean out storm drains.
- Prune trees and bushes.
- If you have exterior lighting for your plants and trees, double check that all bulbs are working properly and replace old ones.
- Test your hoses and sprinkler system for pressure, spray adjustments, and leaks.
- Clean the grill and check the propane tank.
- Turn on outside spigots and check for interior and exterior leaks.
- Remove leaves and debris from A/C unit.
- Make sure that your lawn mower is working correctly and prep other gardening tools for use.
- Adjust outdoor lighting timers for later summer sunsets.
- Adjust central air vents to summer mode.
- Check the basement for cracks in the foundation, insects, water damage, and pests.
- Test all fire and carbon monoxide alarms and replace batteries if necessary.
- Check that fire extinguishers are fully charged.
- Inspect the water heater for leaks and corrosion.
This master-cleaning checklist could seem intimidating but by taking your time or enlisting in some help from friends or family, it’s easily do-able. Try to keep these cleaning tips in mind throughout the year so your house can stay clean and good-looking year round.
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