Property managers are tasked with making sure that everything runs smoothly. This often includes jobs like hiring a maintenance and repair crew as well as making sure all the units in the property are cleaned properly and on time. As a cleaning professional, it is your job to know exactly what is included in a basic house cleaning session.
While it is true that various clients will have their own specific needs and, therefore, will call for a more tailor-made approach, it is also true that you will find clients who just want things cleaned. They will often leave it up to the cleaning service to make sure that their property not only meets the most stringent of health and safety standards as far as cleanliness goes, but they will also depend on you for advice on what needs to be done to meet those standards.
Since we live in the era of COVID-19, that advice is going to need to take that particular issue into account. As such, it would do you well to know the right methods to disinfect and sanitize the properties that you manage. So, below, you will find our handy standard cleaning checklist.
Cleaning Checklists and Tips for the Various Rooms in Every Residential Property
Although you might not be limited to only working on residential property, they tend to make up the bulk of cleaning clients, especially for a cleaning business that's just starting up. Therefore, it makes a lot of sense to have a robust game plan on how you would go about cleaning residential properties once you get the contract.
Here are some tips and checklists that will help you take on every single room in a systematic manner to cover every angle:
General House Cleaning Procedure
Let's start with the general cleaning procedure before we go into the specific rooms. This is where you get an overview of the entire house to ensure that everything is tidied up and give you a chance to take note of the problem areas so you can zero in on them later:
Start by putting on some upbeat and energetic music: Most people tend to feed off of that, and it will make the work seem lighter and simply fly by.
Go room to room picking up clutter and putting everything back in the right place: This will leave you with the actual surfaces that need cleaning or dusting.
Dust whatever needs dusting: This will probably be most surfaces and lampshades. When dusting, go from left to right and top to bottom using microfiber cloths. This particular technique works to lower allergens as well as improve the air quality in the room you are working.
If there are cobwebs on the ceilings or they also need a bit of dusting, you can attach dampened cloths to the end of a mop or a broom to get the job done. If the rooms have slatted blinds, close them up first, then dust one way, then close them the other and repeat. This makes the process much faster than trying to get each slat at a time.
Remember to go for the tops of every door, the light fixtures, the picture frame, the fans, and every other little surface that might not seem so significant but tend to hold layers of dust because they keep getting ignored during cleaning sessions.
Vacuum the house: Once you are done with the dusting, it's time to vacuum the entire house. Ensure that the bag is empty, then go systematically from the biggest rooms to the smallest ones.
Mop the floors if necessary: Mopping the floor areas that don't have any carpeting is a good way to finish off what the vacuum didn't get. If you are going to mop, you should start with the furthest end and slowly move towards the entrance. The cleanest way to get this done is to make sure that you rinse the mop with every 4X4 foot area.
Once you have gone through the entire house and the general dusting and cleaning, it might be time to take on the smaller rooms on their own. The idea here is to have a checklist that tackles each room on its own. Since there is a good chance that you won't always be doing the entire house every time you clean, having a game plan for each room is a more practical approach.
Kitchen Cleaning Checklist
Because this is one of the most trafficked rooms in the house, the kitchen tends to get dirtier faster than any other room in the house. As such, this is probably one of the most frequently cleaned rooms in the house.
Also, since this is where the meals are prepared, the residential cleaning of a kitchen requires a bit of extra care as well as the right kind of professional cleaning supplies and products. Here is a quick checklist and what is included in a basic house cleaning when dealing with the kitchen:
- Note: Cleaning the kitchen has several parts. Most homes do a daily clean, weekly clean, and monthly clean. All of these cleans have their own specific procedures, and although they might resemble one another, each tier comes with an additional level of thoroughness.
Daily Kitchen Cleaning Checklist:
- Empty the dishwasher as necessary
- Be sure to wash the dishes
- Wipe any spills from counters, floors, and appliances. You can also use a disinfectant spray
- Empty the dishwasher and stack the dishes where necessary
- Wash out the sink
- Make sure you set out clean rugs and put away all the products you use for the next day
Weekly Kitchen Cleaning Checklist:
- Thoroughly clean the outside of all the appliances with a disinfectant
- Thoroughly clean the inside of the necessary appliances like the microwave or oven
- Use your desired disinfectant to disinfect the sinks and clean the faucets
- Mop the floors
- Replace all the dishtowels with clean ones
Monthly Kitchen Cleaning Checklist:
- Clean out your refrigerator and throw out whatever is spoilt or close to it
- Inventory the pantry and make a list of what needs to be restocked
- Clean the inside of the dishwasher as well as the drip pan
Of course, you might have to switch these around as necessary since the kitchen has to be kept as clean as possible on any given day.
Bathroom Cleaning Checklist
Yet another important and highly used room in the house, cleaning your bathrooms calls for just as much care as cleaning the kitchen. Because this room tends to get steamed, it is prone to mold and mildew development, which means you need to frequently scrub it using a multi-purpose disinfectant that not only cleans but also gets rid of bacteria.
Here are is a checklist for what is included in a basic house cleaning when dealing with bathrooms:
- Clean the shower and the tub using the spray cleaner: Be sure to get the walls around the tub or shower. If you have a shower curtain, toss it in the washing machine.
- Scrub the sink using the same disinfectant or your favorite cleaning product: Be sure to wipe it down properly and cover every inch of the surface.
- Wipe down the mirror using a glass cleaner of your choice: Or simply dip the cloth in dishwashing liquid first.
- Disinfect the toilet: If you have antacid tablets, toss those in there and give them time to do their job. Be sure to thoroughly scrub both the inside as well as the outside of the toilet bowl.
- Mop the floor and wipe down the shower rod and other surfaces: Don't forget the faucets and other fixtures. Remember to wipe down and rearrange the medicine cabinet taking note of anything that needs restocking.
Once you are done, take a good look around to see if you have forgotten anything. Use an air freshener to make the place smell like anything else other than disinfectant or toilet.
Living Room Cleaning Checklist
The various living rooms in your house don't often get as much attention as the other rooms, but they should. These are the places where you and your family or guests will spend a good chunk of time and should, therefore, be as clean as possible.
The beauty of it all is that the cleanliness of any living room can be easily maintained if you set up a routine - which mostly entails people picking up after themselves.
These rooms also often benefit from huge cleaning events like spring cleaning, moving-in, and moving-out deep cleaning, and so on. Thankfully, you don't have to wait for these occasions to clean them and keep them looking neat.
Here are some tips on what is included in a basic house cleaning when dealing with living rooms:
- Dust the furnishings: This has to include all the furniture from the tables to the bookshelves and even dressers. You also need to take special care to dust the electronics (move them around a bit to get the surfaces underneath where they usually stand - those tend to get forgotten a lot). Use a microfiber cloth and disinfectant of your choice for this task.
- Clean the upholstery: The simplest way to do this is to dust them and wipe them down with a slightly moistened microfiber cloth.
- Sanitize all the remote controls and phones: Use disinfectant wipes to sanitize the remote controllers, the video game controllers, and the telephone.
- Clean the windows: Window cleaning often calls for a day of their own because it can be so involving. However, you can simply use your preferred glass cleaner and spritz the surfaces then take an old newspaper to wipe them down and dry them up. Be sure to also dust and wipe down the window treatments as appropriate.
- Don't forget the ceiling and the overhanging fixtures: Attach a damp cloth to the end of a broomstick to get rid of the cobwebs. You can also attach a microfiber cloth to the end of the same broomstick to dust overhanging fixtures to make sure that they are clean.
- Vacuum and mop: Once all the dusting and the window cleaning is done, vacuum the covered surfaces and mop those that aren't covered to complete the cleaning session.
Remember to move the movable pieces of furniture around as you vacuum, dust and mop so that you can get the hidden spaces underneath. These tend to keep dust and some of the nastiest things stored out of sight. Things that can affect the air quality in those rooms and create allergens when it's hot and humid.
Bedroom Cleaning Checklist
The bedroom is pretty much everyone's fortress of solitude, the place where they retire to after a long hard day's work. This space needs to be kept clean, neat, and tidy if the occupant is to find the desired kind of peace of mind.
Thankfully, keeping bedrooms clean isn't that difficult. Here are some tips on what is included in a basic house cleaning when dealing with bedrooms:
- Make the bed: This is often the biggest furniture in the room. Ideally, the bedsheets should be changed every two to three days.
- Tidy up the clutter: Socks, clothes, shoes...these are just some of the things that will most likely be on the bedroom floor. Pick them up and toss whatever needs cleaning in the laundry basket and arrange the shoes where they need to be.
- Dust all the surfaces: Dressers, side tables, and any other surface should be dusted using a damp microfiber cloth and a disinfectant of choice. You should also take the time to wipe down any wood furniture as well as eliminate cobwebs from the ceilings. Clean the dressers and make sure to empty the wastebasket while you are at it.
If the bedroom has its own bathroom, simply use the same bathroom checklist above, although you might want to start with the bathroom first then go into the bedrooms itself when cleaning.
As mentioned earlier, some clients might have their own preferences on how they want their houses cleaned. For the most part, however, many clients will be happy with the kind of cleaning that occurs when you use the above-mentioned checklists. These steps are what is included in basic house cleaning.