You asked and we delivered: professional tips on how to clean your home room by room! House cleaning is easy to overestimate, especially when it comes to how long it takes to deep clean a room. If you break it down into manageable chucks of time, however, the process becomes both manageable and efficient, especially when you know exactly how to do it. Get out your cleaning supplies, we’re about to get dirty. And then clean. And then probably dirty again.
You’ll need the following cleaning supplies:
- Dishwashing liquid
- Small soft-bristled brush, such as a toothbrush
- Microfiber cloths
- Small paintbrush
- All-purpose cleaner
- Squeegee for washing windows
WASH LIGHT FIXTURES AND DUST OR VACUUM LAMPSHADES – Turn off lights and soak any removable hardware, such as the casing, harp, etc. in warm, soapy water. Vacuum or dust the shade with a damp microfiber cloth, using a toothbrush or compressed air to get in between pleating.
WIPE DOWN BASEBOARDS AND MOLDINGS – A damp microfiber cloth (with an extendable wand for hard-to-reach places) should do the trick. If there are any tough spots, rub them gently with a soft-bristled brush before wiping down.
VACUUM VENTS AND REGISTERS – For regular cleaning, vacuum with the brush attachment. For a thorough clean, remove metal vents from wall and wash in warm soapy water with a small sponge paintbrush to get into the slats. Before putting the vents back in place, clean as far into the duct as you can reach with a cobweb duster.
DUST CEILING FANS, CLEAN WITH DAMP CLOTH AND ROTATE AIRFLOW – For the blades, use a vacuum attachment or an old pillowcase to collect dust. Then, mist a cloth with all-purpose cleaner or wood polish and wipe the tops, side and bottom of each blade from base to fan tip. There is a switch on the side of the fan to change the rotation direction: clockwise for winter months, counter-clockwise for summer.
HOW TO CLEAN WINDOWS AND WINDOW TREATMENTS – Remove screen and rinse it. Squeegee window, and wash the sills, tracks and casing, using an old toothbrush or compressed air for hard-to-reach places. Vacuum blinds and shades or wipe with a damp microfiber cloth. Metal or vinyl blinds can be washed in a bathtub of warm, soapy water and a cup of white vinegar (be sure to fully tighten blinds before removing them from their brackets), then rinsed and dried flat on a towel. Vacuum or launder curtains, drapes and valances.
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