Deep Cleaning and Clean Homes
A clean home is essential for creating a healthy environment for its inhabitants. A home where pollutants and contaminants stay below tolerable levels may be considered the perfect home because you can never completely eliminate all these unhealthy elements. Our homes are regularly cleaned at least every week, and specific activities have become routine. These include emptying the garbage bins, cleaning dust from everything, vacuuming your carpets, cleaning the floors and furniture, window cleaning, and others. However, we hardly get the time to perform a “deep cleaning” activity. You may have heard this term often, and today, we will tell you exactly what it means.
Difference between Deep and Routine Cleaning
Deep cleaning is any activity that aims to completely rid your home of harmful contaminants, pollutants, dust particles, mildew, and any other element that threatens your hygiene. It is an activity performed by professional cleaning companies, and no matter how hard you try, you cannot match their level of cleaning. However, you must know the differences between standard and deep cleaning so that you are not fooled by anyone claiming to be a professional cleaner. So what can be categorized as routine cleaning?
Standard cleaning includes every cleaning activity you are already performing daily, fortnightly, or weekly in your home. Dusting, wiping, cleaning, and vacuuming, to name a few. Your kitchen and bathrooms are two places which are more regularly cleaned because they are both closely related to your hygiene and that of your loved ones. Routine cleaning activities seldom involve the use of advanced cleaning tools or supplies. You do not clean your upholstery regularly. Maybe you don’t even think about cleaning them, even though upholstery and mattresses accumulate the most significant amount of dust and mites. So any company claiming to be a professional cleaner has to do much more than everyday household chores. Deep cleaning involves laying out a step-by-step cleaning plan followed by an intricately structured execution and using professional cleaning tools, supplies, and materials.
You may ask why cleaning a house requires any planning .its just a simple job, and that is the first difference between deep cleaning and standard cleaning. They both are not the same job. A professional cleaner should conduct a detailed inspection of your home because every home has a different layout. You don’t want your cleaners to clean the rooms right next to the entry first, followed by cleaning rooms that are at the deep end, and then returning to the first room, only to find it is dirty again because everyone has to pass through it to get to the other end. You also want your house cleaning to be smooth, save time, and cost you more than it should.
Your home has various types of items, including metallic, wooden, plastic, fabric, etc., and they all need different treatments. Your woodwork and furniture may need polishing, metal pieces may require an anti-rust spray, carpets may require washing, and all these things must be cleaned using the proper technique and supplies. This is only possible by following a proper plan.
Execution of Deep Cleaning Plan
Every room in your home has to be treated as a separate unit when providing deep cleaning services. Your plan will include a separate sub-plan for cleaning every room and a checklist to ensure no cleaning activity is missed. Therefore, professional cleaners will make a separate checklist of your kitchen, bathrooms, dining room, guest room, bedrooms, and outdoor space before executing the deep cleaning plan.
Deep Cleaning the Kitchen
A kitchen has many installations and elements that gather dust, grime, carbon, and countless pollutants over time. These include kitchen fixtures such as worktops, splashbacks, floor tiles, wall tiles, and cabinetry. Also included are kitchen appliances such as gas/electric ovens, microwave ovens, hobs, stoves, dishwashers, etc. While during your standard cleaning procedure, you only wipe these clean or use a cleaning spray at most, in a deep cleaning service, the professional cleaners will remove all stains from your tiles, worktops, and splashbacks. They will clean all appliances, including interior and exterior( without opening any part), polish surfaces, remove rust( where possible), and decontaminate/disinfect your entire kitchen. A typical checklist will include the following:
- Cleaning and disinfecting of garbage bins
- Cleaning electric/gas ovens and all other appliance
- Deep cleaning of refrigerator
- Cleaning of the hood vent, hobs, stoves, etc.
- Cleaning and floor polishing
- Reorganizing the entire kitchen
- Cleaning of tiles and repolishing
Deep Cleaning the Bathrooms
Another essential part of your home that receives the most significant contaminants and germs is your bathroom. While you clean them regularly, a deep cleaning activity will ensure that all nooks and crannies of your toilets are free from harmful germs and bacteria. A typical deep cleaning checklist for bathrooms will include the following:
- Washing the entire bathroom, including fixtures and sanitary wares such as flush, jacuzzi, bathtub, washbasin, etc.
- Cleaning bathroom tiles
- Cleaning taps, faucets, mirrors, windows, etc.
- Disinfecting all surfaces and fixtures
- Anti-rust spraying on metallic parts
- Emptying garbage bins
Deep Cleaning the Bedrooms
Deep cleaning of the bedrooms includes detailed cleaning of all upholstery items such as mattresses, couches, and curtains. The aim is to make your bedroom environment clean and healthy. Professional cleaners will have the following steps on their checklist:
- Cleaning all walls, mirrors, lights, and other fixtures
- Vacuuming carpets or cleaning floors followed by polishing floors
- Wiping and dusting all items in your bedroom, including your bed frame, cabinets, shelves, etc.
- Cleaning upholstery items and removing stains where possible
- Disinfecting your entire bedroom, including fixtures
- Reorganizing your closet and wardrobes
- Washing pillows and mattress cover
Deep Cleaning the Dining Room
A dining room is the central part of any home; the entire family gathers to share meals and conversations. Professional cleaners will make a detailed checklist for deep cleaning your dining room which will include the following:
- Dusting and cleaning walls
- Cleaning and vacuuming carpets and rugs
- Dusting and cleaning all fixtures and cabinets
- Cleaning and washing all table cushions
- Cleaning and dusting all furniture
- Disinfecting all surfaces
Deep Cleaning of Other Areas
Deep cleaning should also benefit other areas, such as your loft, basement, and outdoor spaces. Make sure your cleaning company includes these in their checklist:
- Thorough cleaning of your loft.
- Complete cleaning and disinfecting of your outdoor sitting areas, such as patios.
- Complete cleaning and disinfecting of your basement.
- Full cleaning and disinfecting of other rooms in your home, such as your garage.
Tools & Supplies
You can get many over-the-counter cleaning supplies, such as detergents, shampoos, and sprays, from the market for specific surfaces, but you need to find out whether these supplies are suitable for your household items and whether they are eco-friendly or harmful. Professional cleaners know which type of cleaning supply to use for a particular surface or object. For instance, many carpet cleaning supplies in your local store contain strong chemicals that can damage carpet fibres. Many anti-rust sprays are not suitable for the environment. Ask your cleaning company to inform you about the type of cleaning tools and agents they use and whether they are safe for the environment and your family.
When is Deep Cleaning Required?
Deep cleaning is not something you would require often, and there are certain circumstances which might require the need for a deep cleaning service. For instance:
- You just moved into a new home and are still determining if it has a safe and healthy environment for you and your family.
- You are moving into a property which has remained vacant for an extended period.
- Your home might need deep cleaning if there was a natural hazard, such as torrential rains or windstorms, and you see clear signs of dust and dirt.
- You want to sell your home, and you want to enhance the aesthetics of your home to gain a better real estate value.
- You do not have time to carry out regular cleaning, and you feel it’s been quiet since anyone cleaned it.
- You feel that the environment of your home is not hygienic, you and your family members often catch airborne diseases, or your home is smelly.