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The Ultimate Germ-Eliminating
House Cleaning Guide

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August 19, 2020

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We have all made changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing required that we stay at home; safety precautions determined that we would wear masks in public; and, finding that disinfecting wipes were in stock genuinely made our day. We’re living in truly unique and unprecedented times.

The changes we’re making- both big and small- are designed to help mitigate the spread of the illness, and hopefully, get us closer to a new normal. In addition to hand washing and keeping our distance, maintaining a hygienic home is another method aimed at keeping your family safe. 

With health at the forefront, The Maids has designed the following room-by-room guide to focus on a germ-free home.

Home entryway or mudroom.

This space is hugely important as it’s the location that you enter right as you “exit” the outside world. If you don’t already, invest in a tray for shoes so that you’re in the habit of removing them as soon as you enter the home. Sanitize the door handles, light switches, and other “high touch” surfaces in the space.

Kitchen and dining room.

Due to food prep and high-traffic, kitchens can become a breeding ground for bacteria. Your sinks, faucets, and countertops should be cleaned thoroughly after each meal preparation. After cleaning, sanitize the area with an approved disinfectant, and make sure to allow the product the proper time to be effective. Oven handles, microwaves, cabinet handles, and refrigerator doors are other frequently touched surfaces that need to be disinfected often. Sanitize your kitchen sponge by heating it in the microwave for two minutes (or simply replace it).

Mop the kitchen and dining room floors at least once per week. Use a microfiber mop head that you can wash in hot water, separately from clothes and other items. Clean the seats and backs of chairs, as well as under and around your child’s booster seat or high chair. 

Living room. 

Frequent vacuuming is essential for eliminating many different pathogens. In addition, having your carpets professionally cleaned about twice a year is prudent. 

Pay attention to the items in this area that are commonly touched, such as remotes, video game accessories, light switches, coffee tables, and lamps. Disinfect daily.


We don’t usually associate bedrooms with outside germs, but our beds are the resting places for dead skin cells, dust mites, and other allergens. It’s important to wash your bedding weekly in hot water and dry thoroughly. Clean and flip your mattress twice a year. 

Another imperative detail related to germ mitigation is putting dirty clothes directly in the hamper, and never on the floor (PSA for teenagers and select husbands). Staying on top of laundry helps to eliminate contact germs with the outside world.

For children’s toys, separate by material. Most fabric toys and stuffed animals can be washed in a washing machine (be sure to check each label). Plastic toys can go in the dishwasher, as long as they don’t have the ability to collect water inside without draining.


For home offices, the germ-ridding cleaning emphasis should be put on disinfecting the high touch surfaces. These include the keyboard, desktop, phone, computer mouse, calculator, etc. 


In addition to daily disinfecting of faucets, doorknobs, and toilet handles, it’s crucial that you deep clean your bathroom at least once per week. Click here for complete instructions on bathroom cleaning. Complete the task by cleaning and disinfecting the bathroom floor.

Attend to wastebaskets by keeping them lined and changing them regularly. Avoid unnecessary spreading of germs by closing the toilet lid before each flush.

Keep your family healthy by maintaining home hygiene. To book a one time deep clean or schedule a recurring service, contact The Maids.

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