When More Than a Quick Clean is Needed
This service is just one of our Internal Domestic Cleaning Services
On those days when you notice the carpet just doesn’t look inviting anymore, the oven is looking like it needs sandpaper rather than a cloth, or the bathroom has more limescale than enamel, then you know its time to dig in with a deep clean.
The thing is though, you’ve got a list as long as your arm of daily chores, and thoe moments you have for yourself are too precious to be putting on the rubber gloves once again.
Its these times when you really should think about contacting Residentia Home Services.
What is Needed to Deep Clean My Home?
There’s nothing magical, nor expensive in this list. It’s mostly stuff that you will have laying around already. So let’s look at the list…
- Disposable cloths, scourers and old towels
- Buckets for water, preferably one with solution and one with just water
- degreasers, soaps and disinfectants
- A pack of disposable latex gloves
- Abrasive pads
- A spray bottle with 50/50 vinegar and water
- Brushes of varying shapes and sizes to get into those awkward places
Deep Cleaning the Entire Home
This is where we get down to the nitty gritty, and start searching out those spots that usually get forgotten about.
Dust and vacuum
Make sure to work around all those hard-to-reach ledges, window boards, light fittings, door frames and the tops of cabinets.
You might need to get a small step just to get you within comfortable reach of those tucked away places.
Taps and shower fittings
Limescale can be stubborn, especially in hard water areas. You will be able to de-scale taps and showerheads with vinegar.
Clean out Air Vents
Remove vent covers and wash them in the sink with warm soapy water.
Vacuum windowsills and window tracks, removing any cobwebs or bugs.
for a basic deep clean you will be expected to spot clean stains on carpet and upholstery.
With additional extras, it might also be necessary to shampoo the entire household carpets.
Doors and Doorframes
Wipe down doors and doorframes for greasy marks or settled dust.
You will need to clean out any rubbish bins, being cautious of any waste left behind.
You should also remember to clean and sterilise any emptied bins.
Give your blinds a brighten-up by misting with vinegar then wiping off those months of soiling.
Couch & Chairs
Remove the cushions and then vacuum as thoroughly as possible to remove any food debris. Also, vacuum the cushions to remove any pet hairs, if present.
Don’t forget to move the furniture to expose what might lay underneath.
Cabinets and Drawers
Work through all cabinets and drawers one at a time, wiping the surfaces with a disinfectant solution.
Don’t forget to do the front panels and handles too.
Deep Cleaning the Kitchen
Now we move into the area where the cleanliness is of paramount importance, but the work at hand is the hardest to tackle.
Stubborn burnt on stains, oil spills and fungus are just some of the wonders that lurk on this path of discovery.
The oven is maybe the best place to start. Not only is it the toughest, but its probably going to result in a mess in nearby areas as you remove the burnt remnants of last Sunday’s roast.
One of our preferred starting points is to place all trays into an oven cleaning bag, seal and agitate the solution inside, then leave it while you attack the main oven.
Next, you can start wiping down the stove top, most of this being removed with warm water and a detergent spray.
It is best to use some solution as these stains wil be greasy and difficult to remove without that added help.
Some built in oven tops will have a removeable tray beneath that should be slid out and cleaned also.
Next, turn to the main oven, and thank technology for the ones with lights inside.
It might help if you turn the oven on briefly to warn the insides, but be careful not to over heat this as it will make your job harder and more hazardous.
In most cases, you will clear much of the staining with either vinegar, detergent and a mild abrasive scrub.
Oh, and before going to get those trays back out of the bag, don’t forget to clean the extractor hood. This is something that attracts grease and will definitely need a degreasing agent.
If you can, it might be best to leave those oven trays soaking until you have finished in the kitchen. Just remember to turn the bag from time to time to agitate the mixture inside.
The starting point here is to loosen any food splatters with lemon and vinegar.
If you can, it would also be helpful to move the microwave away from it’s current placing and clean underneath, maybe with the vacuum for tidier results.
Use a detergent solution to clean the door and control panels.
Also, don’t forget to remove any trays and clean underneath those.
Is there a good way to clean a toaster? You need to remove all those burnt and dried breadcrumbs, but in a way that doesn’t send them into orbit, or damage the delicate heater elements.
Refrigerators and Freezers
They say that most people’s toilets are cleaner than their fridges. Hmm, that’s not a great thought, but even though fridges are maybe one of the easier appliances to clean, they are in continual use, and often too full to really clean as deeply as they should be.
In most cases, warm and soapy water should do the trick, wiping off with detergent wipes after cleaning, just to kill off any remaining bacteria.
Don’t forget to wipe around the door edges and seals too.
You should also move the appliance out of its housing if at all possible. There will undoubtedly be food debris underneath, and possibly large dust settlement.
We leave this to last for obvious reasons. The sink will be used for most all of the other tasks and will get dirtier before it gets cleaner.
Make sure the plug area is cleaned well, and also that the water flows away quickly.
It’s not our job to start clearing out the pipework beneath, but a quick plunging action with a wet cloth could loosen up any debris and ease the flow.
Deep Cleaning the Bathroom
We move away from the grease of the kitchen and onto the limescale of the bathroom
It’s the bathroom where those smaller scrubbing brushes come into their own.
Use a limescale remover and a small brush to clean any grout.
Use a soft scourer to remove limescale sediment from the tiles
then back to those small brushes for around the taps and shower head.
The shower curtains are often a lost cause, with mould firmly settled into a nice damp and warm home.
If possible, replace this with a new curtain, or at least make a point of putting it through the washing machine to see whether it can be revived.
The toilet area will need a stronger disinfectant and thorough cleaning inside and around the surrounding areas.
If you are doing the cleaning in your own home, you can approach one room at a time, over several days.
If however you need it doing in one day, then maybe it is best to step aside and let Residentia Home Services move in with their Action Teams.
Call us today on 01522 246282 to discuss how we can assist.