:Before you Begin
1) Clear Away the Clutter. Before you embark on a deep clean, you’ll need to do a light one. Pick-up any items that have accumulated on the floor, on top of counters and table tops, or draped across furniture, so that you can get to the places you need to.
2) Make a Game Plan. Plot out which rooms you’ll tackle and when, keeping in mind how much time you think it will take to do a thorough job. Don’t be afraid to break the work up into multiple days or even weeks. If you’ve got limited time, or a bigger house, online sites like Care.com can help you hire quality house cleaning help near you. Remember:
Deep cleaning is a marathon, not a sprint!
3) Take Stock. Set yourself up for success by making sure you have everything you’ll need before you dig in. After getting started, the last thing you’ll want to do is mess up your rhythm by running out of something you need.
Suggested supplies include:
- Baking soda
- Brush with stiff bristles
- Cleaning caddy (optional, but helpful)
- Dish soap
- Dusting cloths (microfiber works best)
- Garden hose (for yard work)
- Gloves to protect your hands
- Lint roller
- Mineral oil
- Multi-purpose cleaner
- White vinegar
- Window and glass cleaner
- Wood cleaner and/or polish
- Vacuum cleaner with extension accessories
- Telescoping pole for high and hard-to-reach spaces