Most everybody would like to live in a clean home. While it is true that many people regularly clean their homes and ensure that they have a respectable environment in which to live, it is also true that not many people do a thorough deep cleaning of their houses as often as they should.
So, what is included in a deep house cleaning, and how can you go about ensuring that you deep clean your house effectively?
What is Deep House Cleaning?
Simply put, a deep house cleaning session is a much more detailed and thorough cleaning exercise than you would typically carry out on a day to day basis.
Think of it this way: a typical house cleaning session involves a few favorite hits such as:
- Vacuuming the floor
- Washing the dishes
- Dusting the lighting fixtures and surfaces
- Taking out the trash
You know, the regular cleaning aspects of a house or facility that is used every single day. What most people don't realize is that these regular or daily cleaning sessions, as important as they are, don't cover all the surfaces and places in the house that need to be cleaned. For example:
- You will probably clean your bathroom, but you won't clean up the soap scum and other types of grime from the showerhead, kitchen tiles, and faucets.
- You will probably wipe down the appliances with a damp cloth and your favorite disinfectant, but you won't take the time to clean out the entirety of your fridge or freezer. Neither will you take the time to move these heavy appliances and wash or vacuum behind them.
- You will definitely vacuum the carpets around the house, but you won't exactly wash them every day.
These are just examples of how regular house cleaning falls short of deep cleaning sessions.
What's the Difference between Deep Cleaning and Regular Cleaning?
During a regular cleaning session, you will do what you regularly do and make sure that the house is neat, tidy, and dust-free. The entire process takes about 20 - 45 minutes, depending on how many rooms you want to cover. That's one of the biggest differences between regular cleaning and deep cleaning - the amount of time it takes.
Deep cleaning sessions are not so easy to take on because they involve a level of thoroughness that can't be taken lightly. Unless you have an entire weekend to yourself, you simply can't do a realistic deep cleaning of all the rooms in your home.
Granted, you can break the house down into separate rooms and tackle those on their own specific days to make the workload much easier and efficient.
The biggest difference between regular cleaning and deep cleaning, however, is what is included in a deep house cleaning:
- The use of heavy-duty detergents and disinfectants: This is to ensure that you get every bit of grime and dirt in the house.
- The amount of time it takes: Deep cleaning takes a lot of time and is something that needs to be scheduled well in advance as opposed to regular cleaning that can be taken on a whim.
- The need for professional cleaners: While it is true that you can and probably should hire professional help for regular cleaning, when it comes to deep cleaning your house, you probably NEED to hire professionals. This is because there are some aspects of the house that might require their expertise, especially when you have seldom used rooms like attics or basements where dust and dirt have been accumulating for months without being touched. Some deep cleaning session can be harmful to your health if you have respiratory or allergy issues.
Another thing to note is that regular cleaning can be made easier by creating a routine that ensures you tackle the problem areas such as the kitchen and the bathrooms in the house regularly (so that they don't get too dirty and take up too much of your time). Deep cleaning, on the other hand, isn't something that you can schedule so frequently.
It takes time to do a deep house cleaning session. By making sure that you space out the deep cleaning session, you make it easier for you to do your regular house cleaning without using too much effort. Deep cleaning a house makes it much cleaner and easier to maintain overall, which makes your regular house cleaning chores simpler.
The Benefits of Deep Cleaning Your House
Granted, deep cleaning a house isn't easy, and for the most part, it costs money. However, these sessions are necessary and play an integral part in ensuring that we live in an environment that is not only hospitable but also pleasant and germ-free.
Here are some of the most notable benefits of deep cleaning your house:
Deep cleaning your house eliminates bacteria and viruses
A dirty home is a haven for bacteria and viruses. Dirt finds its way into your home every single day, and while regular cleaning often gets most of it, some spaces hide the dirt. Spaces that you won't get to with regular cleaning.
The more this dirt stays hidden, the more it accumulates and turns into bacteria such as mold. Deep house cleaning sessions ensure that you get this hidden dirt and therefore eliminate the viruses and bacteria that come with it.
Deep cleaning improves your indoor air quality
When you deep clean your carpets, walls, furniture, and all those hidden corners that harbor germs, you effectively eliminate allergens like dust mites. This, in turn, greatly improves the air quality in your home. Poor air quality is linked to a number of illnesses, including respiratory problems and allergy attacks. So, in effect, you will be keeping your family safe and healthier by deep cleaning.
Deep cleaning helps to reduce stress
Living in a dirty environment where the air is full of allergens and dust, there is clutter everywhere, and probably even growing mold is one way to increase stress in your life. By deep cleaning, you will effectively be eliminating these stressors while improving the air quality around your home. Living in a clean home that smells good and is inviting is something that most people relish. Deep cleaning can help make your home this way.
How Often Should a House Be Deep Cleaned?
The answer to this question really does depend on a number of things:
- How heavily trafficked is your home?
- How much time do you have in your hands?
Heavily trafficked homes require more frequent deep cleaning that a household that only has two or three people. Also, the fact that deep cleaning takes a lot of time and effort means that you need to schedule this exercise well in advance and if you are the kind of person who likes to do things on their own but doesn't have much time on their hands, deep cleaning your home every two or three months can prove tricky.
However, the good news is that you don't have to deep clean your house on your own. You can hire professional help to do it for you. In which case, the professional cleaners will have their own schedule to follow.
What you should know is that before a professional cleaning outfit takes on your home's cleaning responsibilities, they will insist on doing a deep clean first. Not only does this give them a better idea of the extent to which their services are needed, but it also helps to make the subsequent regular cleaning sessions much more effective and easier.
Here is an example of the cleaning schedule that most professional cleaners use:
- Every day: Clean everything; floors, beds, coffee maker, wipe down surfaces, laundry, etc.
- Every week: Change beddings, scrub bathroom surfaces, clean mirrors, wipe down kitchen appliances, clean inside the microwave, dust furniture, and fixtures.
- Every month: Vacuum vents, dust blinds, clean dishwasher, and laundry machine.
- Every 3-6 months: Wash pillows and comforters, wipe down the inside of the fridge, clean drain, and garbage disposal, wash shower curtains, clean patio, or deck.
- Every year: Clean out the gutters, deep clean carpet, clean fireplace and chimney, clean drapes and curtains, deep clean windows, and so on.
So, what is included in a deep house cleaning falls under the every 3 - 6 months range as well as the yearly cleaning schedules.
What is Included in Deep Cleaning?
When it comes to deep cleaning your house, if you decide to DIY it, then you can make a schedule that suits your availability. In this case, you would need to break down your house into rooms to make it easier to handle.
Here is a list of what is included in a deep house cleaning schedule as broken down per room:
Deep Cleaning the Bathrooms and the Kitchen
When it comes to deep cleaning the bathrooms and the kitchen, you need to take extra care as these just happen to be the rooms that harbor most of the grime and even bacteria.
The use of protective gear such as gloves and stronger detergents or disinfectants is highly encouraged. Here is what you need to do when deep cleaning your bathrooms and kitchen:
- Clear cobwebs from the corners of the ceiling
- Dust all the fixtures and clean mirrors
- Thoroughly scrub the tubs, the showers, the toilet bowls, and the sink
- Disinfect and thoroughly clean the mirrors
- Wash and disinfect the window treatments
- Wash and dry out the shower curtains and any rugs that you have in the bathroom
As for the kitchen:
- Clear out and dust the kitchen cabinets as well as the pantry
- Clear out and clean the fridge as well as the freezer
- Clean the floor behind the fridge and any other major appliances such as dishwashers
- Clean all the appliances in the kitchen
- Wipe down the countertops and disinfect them all
- Clean the windows and vacuum or mop the floors thoroughly
Deep Cleaning Bedrooms
This should be done on the next available scheduled date. When doing bedrooms, carve out an entire day or weekend to do all the bedrooms together:
- Rotate or flip the mattresses
- Clean and change bedsheets as well as duvets and mattress pads
- Clean under the beds
- Organize the closets, drawers, and any other cabinets in the room
- Clean window treatments, wipe down the surfaces, and disinfect the entire room, starting with doorknobs, light fixtures and so on
Deep Cleaning the Living Room and Other Common Areas
These are the highly trafficked areas after your kitchen and bathrooms. They, therefore, call for a bit more care when deep cleaning:
- Declutter the entire space and determine what you need and what you don't need. The things you don't need could either go to charity or a yard sale
- Wipe down all the surfaces and disinfect them
- Clean all the furniture pieces. Start by fluffing the seat cushions and throw pillows
- Wash the carpets and any rugs in these rooms. Give them the time to dry out naturally under the sun. Which means you might have to schedule this deep cleaning session in the summer
- Dust all the light fixtures and light switches, wash all the window treatments, and mop underneath the furniture or behind any big pieces like the wall unit
- Wax the floor if you have wooden ones
Tips on How to Effectively Deep Clean Your House
Breaking down these cleaning tasks into sections (rooms) is a good start. However, there are some pro tips that you will have to keep in mind when deep cleaning your entire house in general:
- Work from the top of the room to the bottom, including the baseboards. This allows you to knock down all the dust and dirt in the room to vacuum it up when winding up
- Put any unused household items in storage, give it out to goodwill or hold a yard sale. These are the things that create clutter in your home and act as an anchor for dust, dirt and bacteria or viruses
- Remember to check and change smoke detector batteries as well as check the expiration date on your fire extinguishers
- Wash out all the trash cans around the house
All this is what is included in a deep house cleaning. It takes time, effort, and a whole lot of dedication, but it is worth it for your health and that of your family members.