Springtime doesn’t have to be the only time in the year that you should deep clean your home. In fact, it’s best to do it twice a year help reduce allergens, minimize clutter, and turn your home into a real haven.
You’ve probably seen several deep-cleaning checklists that advise you to go from room to room. We’re going to show you a different way of cleaning – top-to-bottom cleaning. This type of cleaning is advantageous in that the dust and grime that is present in the rooms won’t float back up to the top or drift into other rooms. It might take a day or two to complete this list in this fashion, but we assure you that it’s worth it!
Follow the list below to make sure that your home is clean for the upcoming change of season!
Step 1: Pre-Clean – The purpose of pre-cleaning is to clear the surfaces of clutter and misplaced items. After all, you can’t clean a surface if it has junk littered all over it! A good way to get started with all the clutter is to designate a basket or each family member. Go room by room, picking up misplaced items and putting them in the appropriate basket. After the clutter is all placed in the right baskets, give them to the proper person and have them put their things away. Additionally, wash and put away dishes and clear and wipe down the kitchen counters. You will be cleaning the kitchen at the end of this list, by the way!
Step 2: Top Zone – This includes anything above your head such as high windows, ceiling fans, light fixtures, and air vents. Change out filters and replace light bulbs while you’re tackling this area of your home. Here’s what you will need to do in the top zone:
*Dust or vacuum upper ledges and on top of cabinets
*Clean the air vents
*Wipe down ceiling fans
*Thoroughly dust light fixtures
*Clean high windows
Step 3: Eye Level Zone – As you might guess, this zone includes anything that appears at eye level when you stand up such as windows, walls, and tall bookshelves and wall units. Here is what you need to accomplish in this level:
*Wash, iron, and re-hang the curtains
*Dust the bookshelves, wall units, and other tall furniture
*Wash the windows
*Thoroughly dust pictures, mirrors, clocks, and other wall hangings.
Step 4: Waist Level Zone – This is the zone that is most typically cleaned throughout the years. It includes tables and other furniture, beds, bathrooms, and other frequently used areas. Here is your checklist for this zone:
*Dust the surfaces
*Polish wood furniture
*Clean leather furniture
*Vacuum and spot-clean upholstered furniture
*Wash the sheets and change the bed linens
*Clean and wipe down bathroom sinks and counters
*Scrub the showers and bathtubs
*Clean all toilets
Step 5: Floor Zone – By now, all the gunk and dust that you have cleaned from the previous levels has drifted down onto the floor zone. That means you’re just about done! Take the time to really tackle the floors and baseboards and don’t leave any dust or dirt lingering in the corners of your home. Here’s what you need to do:
*Sweep hardwood floors
*Spot-clean and mop all tile or linoleum floors
*Vacuum rugs and carpets
*Wash small area rugs
*Clean all baseboards thoroughly
*Sweep front and back steps and the porch
Step 6: The Kitchen – The end is in sight! All you have to do is tackle the kitchen, and you’ll have an immaculate home from top to bottom! Complete this checklist for your kitchen, and you’re done!
*Organize the pantry
*Clean and organize the following:
-Baking and cooking cupboards
-Refrigerator and freezer
*Clean other appliances
*Clean sink, countertops, and cabinets
*Sweep, vacuum, and mop floors
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