Beyond The Surface: How To Deep Clean Your Entire House

Welcome to our comprehensive guide on how to deep clean your entire house. Whether you’re gearing up for spring cleaning, preparing for guests, or just wanting to freshen up your living space, deep cleaning your house can truly rejuvenate your home and make it feel more comfortable.

We’ll walk you through every room in your home, providing you with detailed steps and helpful tips on tackling dirt, dust, grime, and clutter. From the kitchen to the bathroom, living room, bedrooms, and even the often-forgotten laundry room; let’s dive in and explore the best ways to deep clean your house effectively.

Deep Clean Your Whole House: Vacuum, Dust, and Mop

Carpets and Rugs

Start your house deep cleaning adventure with carpets and rugs. Carpets often hide dirt and stains. Use a vacuum to remove loose dirt before tackling the stubborn stains. For these, mix equal parts of white vinegar and warm water in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto the stains, let it sit for a few minutes, then gently scrub using a brush.

For area rugs, sprinkle a good amount of baking soda to deodorize before you vacuum. Or, if you’re lucky enough to have a Ruggable rug then you can throw it in the washer!

How to Deep Clean Wood Floors

This tutorial for deep cleaning wood floors from Morning Chores is great for when you really need to do a deep cleaning on your wood floors. If you live in a cold climate every morning and night in the winter because of the nasty gross weather.

No, that’s an exaggeration, you might have to give them a quick cleaning daily with a microfiber mop, but a deep cleaning STILL shouldn’t happen more than once a month hopefully.

Tile Floors Deep Cleaning Tutorial

Better Homes & Garden (of course) has all the best how-tos when it comes to cleaning your tile floors the right way.

Take a careful look. Depending on what type of tile you have, you’ll want to clean them the right way. Now I just need to remember what type of tile I have in my kitchen!

Deep Cleaning Grout Guide

If your grout is dirty, your floor won’t look clean. It will like dingy. No one wants a dingy floor. Sasha at Life’s Carousel has you covered with her method for cleaning grout. It’s quick and easy and CHEAP!

The Underrated Ceiling Fans

It’s time to look up! Use a damp microfiber cloth to clean your ceiling fans. For hard-to-reach fan blades, an old pillowcase works wonders in trapping dust.

Light Fixtures

Remove dust from light fixtures using a microfiber cloth or a duster. For stubborn dirt, remove the fixture if possible and wash it with warm soapy water. Make sure it’s completely dry before replacing it.

Refreshing Upholstery

Upholstery cleaning requires a little extra care. Vacuum the surfaces first, then use an upholstery cleaner following the manufacturer’s instructions. 

The Blinds and Window Treatments

Dust the blinds with a microfiber cloth.  After removing all of the dust, using warm soapy water can help remove stubborn dirt or stains. If you have curtains, check the care labels. Some may be machine washable, while others will need to be dry cleaned.

Window Cleaning Tutorial

person cleaning the window with window cleaner spray, a guide to deep cleaning your house

Rainboots and Apron Strings has a very comprehensive breakdown of properly cleaning your windows.

There’s more to deep cleaning windows than just the glass, like the crevices and tracks, and all of those spots are covered here. When you have clean windows, you just feel better about the whole house. You can ignore the clutter in front of you and gaze out into the yard, beyond the leaves that are everywhere, and into your neighbor’s window.

Pay Attention to the Baseboards

Baseboards often accumulate dust and can easily be overlooked during regular cleaning. Use a duster or your vacuum’s brush attachment to remove loose dust. For stubborn dirt or scuff marks, dip a damp cloth or sponge into a mixture of warm water and dish soap, then wipe the baseboards clean. Use a dry towel to immediately dry them off to prevent any water damage.

Mop the Floors: The Final Sweep

After you’ve dusted, scrubbed, and vacuumed each room, the final step in your deep cleaning process is to mop the floors. This applies to all hard flooring surfaces, such as hardwood, tile, laminate, and vinyl.

Start mopping from the farthest corner of the room and work your way toward the exit so that you don’t step on the freshly cleaned floor. Dip the mop into the bucket, wring it out well, and then mop the floor using a figure-eight motion to cover the surface effectively without pushing dirt around. When the water in the bucket gets dirty, dump it out and refill it with fresh, soapy water. After mopping, allow the floor to air dry. 

Deep Clean Your Bathrooms

Tub and Showers: Scrub Away Soap Scum

Begin by spraying the tub and showers with a bathroom cleaner or a vinegar and water solution and let it sit for a few minutes to break down the soap scum and hard water stains. Scrub the surfaces using a scrub brush or a sponge, then rinse thoroughly. If you have a shower curtain, it can often be washed in the washing machine. For shower doors, a mixture of vinegar and dish soap can be used to combat soap scum.

someone deep cleaning tub faucet

How To Easily Deep Clean Toilets

Wear your rubber gloves, and use a toilet cleaner and brush to scrub inside the bowl. For the outer part, use disinfectant wipes or a cloth dampened with a mild cleaner. For stubborn stains, a pumice stone is quite effective. Don’t forget to clean the toilet seat and lid too. 

Sinks and Vanity

Remove everything from your vanity and wipe it down with a damp cloth. Scrub the sink with a non-abrasive bathroom cleaner and a sponger or cloth. A toothbrush can help you clean around the faucet and drain and scrub where needed. Don’t forget to clean the faucets too!

Addressing Glass Surfaces

A quality glass cleaner and a paper towel can leave your mirrors and other glass surfaces sparkling clean.

Kitchen: More Than Just the Sink

Freshen up the Garbage Disposal

Over time, food particles may cause your garbage disposal to smell. To freshen it up, sprinkle half a cup of baking soda into the disposal, followed by a cup of white vinegar. Let the mixture fizz for a few minutes, then rinse it off by running the disposal and flushing it with plenty of hot water.

Deep Clean the Dishwasher

Start by removing any visible debris. Next, place a cup of white vinegar in a dishwasher-safe bowl on the upper rack, then run a hot-water cycle.

Stovetop and Microwave Deep Clean How-to

The stovetop often collects a lot of grease and dirt. Remove the grates and soak them in warm soapy water. Meanwhile, scrub the stovetop using baking soda and warm water paste.

For the microwave, heat a bowl filled with water and a few slices of lemon for about 5 minutes. The steam will loosen up the dirt, making it easy to wipe away.

How to Deep Clean the Oven

One Crazy house a comprehensive tutorial for deep cleaning the inside of the oven, including the window!

A clean oven is important for many reasons. It’s gross when it’s dirty and the burning stuff is probably making your food taste less good. Also, at some point, someone is going to be at your house and you’re going to have to open the oven door. Do you want them to see your clean oven or your nasty burnt spilled cheese on the oven?

How to Deep Clean the Fridge

Deep cleaning the fridge is one of my least favorite jobs. Start by emptying the fridge, and throwing away any expired food. For the interior, use a solution of warm water and dish soap. For stubborn stains, a magic eraser will do the trick.

The freezer should be defrosted and cleaned with warm soapy water. Finally, clean the exterior with a damp cloth and mild detergent.

Centsable Momma also has a great method for this not-so-fun job. A great tip for keeping things clean in between deep cleanings is to line the surfaces with Press N Seal. It’s a lot easier to remove the Press N Seal wrap, chuck it, and put a new one down when there’s a spill in the fridge.

How To Deep Clean Your Cabinets

If you have wood cabinets, they kind of are like grease camouflage. There are so many nooks and crannies and lines that the grease just becomes part of the character of the wood. Right? NO! Grease is never character.

But, it takes a lot of grease build-up to really start to notice that it’s time to clean those suckers. Wrapped in Rust has you covered with a great tutorial for getting those cabinets to shine.

Laundry Room and Closets

Deep Cleaning Your Laundry Room

Start with the washer and dryer. For the washer, use a commercial washer cleaner or white vinegar and baking soda. Remove lint from your dryer using a dryer lint brush.

Organizing Your Closets

Empty out your closets, then vacuum and mop the closet floor. Wipe shelves with a damp microfiber cloth. Before returning items, consider decluttering and organizing for easier access.

Bedrooms: The Sanctuary of Your Home

The Unseen Dirt: Picture Frames and Closet

Begin by dusting off your picture frames using a dry cloth. To deal with grime build-up in the intricate corners of the frame, use an old toothbrush. Follow the same method for your closet doors.

How to Deep Clean the Mattress

For the mattress, start by vacuuming the surface. Spot clean any stains using a cloth dampened with a mixture of dish soap and warm water. Sprinkle baking soda over the mattress, let it sit for a few hours to deodorize, then vacuum once more.

This is a must and we’ve got a tried and true method for cleaning your mattress already for you. You’ll sleep better on a clean mattress. Make sure to try this one. It’s especially smart if you or someone you love has allergies. Or is just super grossed out by a dirty mattress? Which should cover everyone on the planet.

Cleaning under the Bed and Organizing the Closet

messy room with clothes all over the bed, how to deep clean your entire house

Finally, move to the often neglected under-the-bed space. Pull out everything stored there, vacuum thoroughly, and only return items that you need. For the closet, remove everything, vacuum and wipe down the surfaces. Organize the items as you return them, getting rid of items you no longer use or need.

Your Living Room and Family Room: Heart of the Home

Deep Cleaning Tips: Dust and Vacuum

Start by dusting all surfaces, including picture frames, lamps, shelves, and other decorations. An old toothbrush can help with intricate details on frames or sculptures. Follow up with vacuuming the room, making sure to reach under the furniture.

Freshen up the Upholstery

Use a vacuum’s upholstery attachment to clean your sofas, armchairs, and throw pillows. If they’re heavily stained, consider hiring a professional upholstery cleaning service.

Spotless Carpet Cleaning

Use a carpet cleaner to deep clean the carpets. For a DIY solution, create a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and warm water, spray it on stains, and then gently scrub using a brush. Vacuum the carpets once they’re fully dry.

Deep Clean The Television and Electronics

Turn off and unplug your electronics before cleaning. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe the screens. For the remote controls, use a cloth sprayed lightly with a disinfectant, then use an old toothbrush to clean between the buttons.

Coffee Tables and Side Tables

Remove everything from these surfaces, then use an appropriate cleaner to wipe them down. If there are glass elements, use a glass cleaner for a streak-free shine.

Wrapping Up

Remember, deep cleaning isn’t a task you’ll finish in a day. Tackle one room at a time, and before you know it, your entire house will be sparkling clean. Remember to use your deep cleaning checklist to ensure you’ve covered all areas and tasks.

Note: Always test cleaning solutions on an inconspicuous spot first to ensure they won’t discolor or damage the material.

In conclusion, understanding how to deep clean your entire house can seem overwhelming at first, but with this comprehensive guide, we hope to make the task manageable and even rewarding. We’ve covered everything from vacuuming and mopping to dusting and scrubbing and addressed all key areas from the kitchen and bathroom to the living room, bedrooms, and laundry room. Whether you’re dealing with stubborn stains on carpets and upholstery, or facing challenging tasks like cleaning your ceiling fans or garbage disposal, remember that each step brings you closer to a cleaner, fresher home. So, don your rubber gloves , arm yourself with your mop, brush, and cleaning sprays, and let’s deep clean your house together. 

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