For people leading busy modern lives having a house cleaning checklist is pretty well the only way to make sure that all of the household cleaning tasks get carried out regularly. Some of the following ideas can be left for that ‘once a year’ spring cleaning, whereas others should be done monthly or weekly, if not even more regularly.
A 25 point checklist for cleaning your house:
1) Wipe down any wall tiles with a degreasing agent; you might also want to clean the grout with an anti-molding compound.
2) Working through the drawers and cabinets systematically in your kitchen, take everything out of them and then clean the inside thoroughly with a domestic cleaning agent. Take this opportunity to throw out any foodstuffs that are past their ‘use by’ dates or anything else that’s not being used to free up space.
3) Thoroughly clean all of the work surfaces in the kitchen with a domestic cleaner.
4) Clean the sink, taps and drainer with cleaning agent’s suitable to the materials they’re made from.
5) If necessary, defrost and then clean the inside and outside of the fridge and freezer, use an anti-bacterial cleaner for this job.
6) Similarly clean the insides and outsides of the wash-tub and dishwasher, a general domestic cleaning agent will do here.
7) Again, using the general cleaner, wipe the surfaces of kettles, toasters or other appliances. For a micro-wave oven you can also clean the inside of it with a general household cleaner.
8) To clean a hob and oven you should use the cleaning products recommended by the manufacturer, especially for the inside of the oven.
9) Bins need cleaning inside and out with a household cleaner. If possible do this out doors to give them a thorough cleaning.
10) Finally clean the kitchen floor. Sweep it clean first and then use the cleaning products recommended for the type of floor surface you have.
11) Clean any bathroom cabinets or furniture fittings as you would do the kitchen ones, also polish any mirrors in the bathroom.
12) If necessary de-scale and then clean the shower screen, shower tray, bath-tub, sink, toilet, bidet and all the fittings.
13) De-grease the wall tiles in the bathroom; also use a mold remover on the grout if necessary as in the kitchen.
14) Finally sweep and then clean the floor with a product suitable for the flooring material.
15) For all rooms and areas, dust them thoroughly, including door tops, light fittings, rails, surrounds etc.
16) When vacuuming or cleaning floors anywhere - always move any moveable furniture and clean thoroughly before re-positioning it.
17) Once the surface dirt has been removed from a floor covering, use the correct product to wash it too.
18) When cleaning bedrooms lift the mattresses and turn them.
19) Polish all surfaces and mirrors.
20) As well as vacuuming floors, vacuum soft furnishing such as chairs and sofas.
21) Wipe down doors with a damp cloth from a detergent solution.
22) Clean all the windows, inside and out, also clean the frames and sills.
23) Brush out the garage and workshop, cleaning surfaces and windows etc there too.
24) Brush any driveway, path, patio or decking; followed by a good cleaning with an appropriate detergent.
25) Finally, after all that hard work, get yourself in the shower and clean yourself up. Of course by doing that you’ll dirty the shower - and can start all over again…