Cleaning is a chore that some of us hate while others truly love to do. But we all know that this is a must for every homeowner to keep their home beautiful and safe for the family, especially when big events and festivities are to be celebrated shortly. Suppose you are thinking of doing a thorough deep clean of your house for this coming holiday season. In that case, learn about some pointers to help you with the deep cleaning and other helpful advice that can make the job easier for you.
Before starting the actual cleaning process, you should try to declutter and remove unnecessary items in your home. These items are usually those you haven’t used for two to three years and are starting to harbor dust while in storage. Disposing of these things may be done by having them recycled, giving them away, or donating them if they are still in good condition and can still be used somehow.
Clean from top to bottom
A general rule in cleaning that many people tend to forget is to clean from top to bottom. This means starting the process from the ceiling, including ceiling fans, light bulbs, and hanging fixtures, making your way down to the walls, appliances, and furniture until you reach the floor. We all know that dust eventually settles to the lowest parts of your home when disturbed. So this process should help to keep the things you already cleaned from accumulating dust as you clean other surfaces.
Clean the air
The air quality in your home should always be good, so have your HVAC system checked and repaired regularly. This system is partially responsible for circulating dust in your home. Once it starts to get dirty, pollutants and other particles become reintegrated into the air, which can cause allergies and other respiratory problems. So clean and change the filters, clean the air ducts and vents, and clean the actual unit as needed.
Dust is everywhere, and it will never stop settling in your home. It can be beneficial to have a good vacuum with strong sucking power and working filters to better clean your house. Vacuuming helps to get rid not only of dust but also other particles like pollen and dander. So consider vacuuming at least twice a week to maintain a clean house for longer.
Wipe down surfaces
Dusting using a feather or synthetic duster will never be enough to get rid of the dust in your home. You have to wipe surfaces with a damp cloth to remove all of the particles. Repeatedly wash it after a few wipes to avoid transferring the dirt back to where you removed it. Using a microfiber cloth should also help, especially for delicate surfaces like computer and TV screens that you don’t want to scratch.
Every fabric in your home will harbor dust in its intricate fibers. Dusting or vacuuming may not be enough to clean these textured items, so wash them as needed. Be sure to check the kind of fabric and the colorfastness of each to keep them in the best condition after washing them. Some of them will have to be washed by hand. Some can be thrown into the machine, while others have to be professionally dry-cleaned.
Don’t skip the unseen surfaces
Deep cleaning means cleaning everything, including the surfaces that never see the light of day. These include the floors under and the walls behind heavy appliances and furniture like the refrigerator, sofa, oven, and washing machine. Move them as needed to clean the accumulated dust and dirt in these unseen places.
Don’t forget the outside
Deep cleaning should extend to the exterior of your home. If you still have the time and energy, you should keep up with the maintenance of your lawn, your driveway, your roof and gutters, and your outside walls and windows. These outdoor surfaces may need more elbow grease to clean, but if you work hard, you will see a stark difference in the before and after of your house.
Holidays and celebrations do not have to be the only reasons for you to start deep cleaning your home. When you deep clean, you ultimately remove harmful pollutants, substances, and germs from your home, making it a safe sanctuary for the entire family. You are also maintaining its integrity and beauty that your neighbors and guests will appreciate.
Deep cleaning should be a regular process to avoid many problems that stem from untidy home habits. Get your cleaning supplies and encourage your family to help you with this chore for the entire household.