Not many things give a person more satisfaction than sitting down after deep cleaning their home. The feeling of accomplishment and the comfort of sitting in a spotless, fresh-smelling home is hard to beat. Most homes will benefit from having a floor-to-ceiling deep clean at least once a year, and here are some tips on ways to make your home look brand new.
Dust and Vacuum
When you deep clean, it is time to dust and vacuum all the hard-to-reach places you don’t usually do during a regular clean. If required, grab some step ladders so that you can wipe the cobwebs from the ceiling and light fittings. For very hard-to-reach places, use a telescopic feather duster. Move furniture and vacuum underneath it and behind it, lift sofa cushions and mattresses, and clean under them—dust skirtings, high levels ledges, windowsills, vents, blinds, shutters, and fans.
Clean the Upholstery
When the weather is warm and dry, it is a great time to clean soft furnishings so that they dry out properly. If you have a fabric couch or upholstered chairs, you can hire a company specializing in professional furniture cleaning to eradicate stains, clean and freshen up your seating. Don’t be tempted to try cleaning a fabric couch yourself with off-the-shelf chemicals as you may fade or damage the material on it.
If you have scatter cushions and pillows, you can probably safely clean them with a gentle machine wash.
Clean the Kitchen
It is time to tackle the oven. Purchase an effective oven cleaner that will make light work of the laborious task. A good acid-based gel cleaner can tear through the toughest baked-on grease and leave your oven, microwave, hob, and grill sparkling.
While the oven cleaner is taking effect, you can start to empty the kitchen drawers and cabinets, wipe them out and ditch any out-of-date cans or packets of food. Before your big clean, try to use up as much food as you can from the freezer and refrigerator and then clean them out and defrost them. Wipe down the insides and outsides of all the cabinetry and white goods.
Don’t forget to clean smaller appliances such as the toaster and kettle. You can remove crumbs from the toaster and descale the kettle with de-scaler tablets. Run a dishwasher cleaner and a washing machine cleaner through the machines and finish off the deep clean with a hot rinse in both.
Clean the Bathroom
You probably clean your bathroom well regularly, but there are some jobs you can do several times a year to clean the room deeply. If you have a shower curtain, you can wash it on a gentle machine wash or spray it with an anti-mildew cleaner and wipe it down.
Showerheads and faucets can be descaled with a specialist cleaning agent or a homemade solution of vinegar and water. Grouting between tiles gets particularly soiled, especially in the shower, so get a toothbrush and cleaning agent to bring a new lease of life to it. Give the sink and toilet a thorough clean, making sure you pay attention to the areas behind the pedestals.