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Six Week Deep Cleaning Guide

When is the last time you cleaned your ceilings, walls, or lint duct? It might be time for you to participate in a 6 week deep cleaning to give your home a fresh start.

Spring is here and its time for a fresh start. The origin of spring cleaning can be found in many cultures, especially those that experience a cold winter. During the spring-cleaning ritual, partakers conduct a much more extensive cleaning routine than what’s done daily, weekly, or monthly. Spring cleaning for my house is a time to clean the house from top to bottom, catch up on tasks that have been forgotten, and begin a new cleaning routine to maintain a clean house.

Before you start, you might want to create a cleaning kit. Some items to put in your kit might be:

Bucket

Broom

Mop

Rags

Window cleaner

Microfiber clothe

Squeegee

Sponges

Disinfectant

Dish soap

Vinegar

Baking Soda

Spray Bottles

Furniture cleaner

Floor cleaner

 

Over the next 6 weeks, we’ll be breaking down a weekly cleaning schedule tackling one room or one type of room at a time. Each room we will follow a few consistent tips:

Clean top to bottom. Start at the top of the room with the ceiling and work your way down to the floor. When cleaning go in a circle to make sure everything is accomplished on your way down. This means start in the corner of the room and work your way around to all the corners before moving on to the next task.

Declutter, simplify, and repeat. Each room in our homes is filled with things we don’t need. Remove the clutter from shelves, counters, and furniture. Make your items earn their right to be on display. Donate or sell items you have duplicates of. When putting items away, start with those you need, want, or use most.  If an item doesn’t have a designated spot or doesn’t fit in a drawer or cabinet because there are too many things, you don’t need it. Repeat this process in each room.

Vacuum highly dusty areas first. By vacuuming highly dusty areas such as base boards or cabinet tops while they are dry, it will eliminate spreading the dirt or dust to other areas when cleaning with wet rags or sponges.

Throw out expired items. Food in your fridge isn’t the only thing that expire. Spices, beauty products, and other household materials expire as well. Also, use this time to change out batteries in smoke alarms and replace air filters.

Lay down protective materials. Parchment paper on top of cabinets and aluminum foil on the bottom oven rack can help make clean up a breeze for next time. Think of things you can use to cover shelves or other areas to keep your home clean and messes quickly fixable.

Six Week Deep Cleaning Guides

Each week has a downloadable checklist of tasks to complete everyday of the week.

The first week, spend time cleaning your kitchen. Remember to throw out all expired items in your fridge and pantry. 

Day 1: 

  • Dust ceiling and crown molding
  • Clean light fixtures
  • Wipe down top of cabinets and refrigerator
  • Clean door and window frames
  • Disinfect door knobs and high touch areas
  • Clean windows/window sills

Day 2: 

  • Wipe down doors and walls
  • Line tops of cabinets with paper towels or parchment paper
  • Wipe down cabinet doors and drawers
  • Clean countertops and backslashes
  • Collect non-kitchen items and return to proper place

Day 3: 

  • Declutter drawers and cabinets by donating or selling duplicate items
  • Wash/clean inside cabinets
  • Line drawers with parchment paper or drawer liner
  • Find places for your stored items that make sense
  • Dispose expired spices

Day 4: 

  • Clean vent hood/vent hood filter
  • Clean microwave
  • Clean oven
  • Line bottom of oven with foil 
  • Clean stove top and stove knobs
  • Clean coffee pot according to manufacturer directions

Day 5: 

  • Clean garbage disposals
  • Run ice cubes through disposal to sharpen blades 
  • Clean dishwashers: remove removable parts
  • Clean sinks and drying mats
  • Replace sponges, brushes, etc. 

Day 6: 

  • Clean out and organize refrigerator and freezer
  • Clean out and organize the pantry
  • Discard expired food
  • Line refrigerator shelves with cling wrap
  • Wipe down front of refrigerator 

Day 7: 

  • Clean canisters
  • Clean and wash trashcans 
  • Pull out oven, clean behind 
  • Pull out refrigerator, clean behind
  • Vacuum then wash baseboards
  • Sweep/vacuum floors
  • Mop floors

Weekly Tasks:

  • Sweep/mop floors
  • Throw away expired food night before trash runs
  • Wipe down cabinet doors

Daily Tasks:

  • Wash/put away dishes
  • Dry sink
  • Wipe down store after cooking

During the second week, deep clean your living room. 

Day 1:

  • Dust ceiling and crown molding
  • Clean light fixtures
  • Wipe down doors and walls
  • Clean door and window frames
  • Clean window/window sills

Day 2: 

  • Disinfect door knobs and high touch areas
  • Clean window treatments
  • Dust furniture
  • Discard trash
  • Collect non-living room items and return proper places 

Day 3:

  • Dust television and electronics 
  • Declutter furniture
  • Discard trash
  • Collect non-living room items and return to proper place

Day 4:

  • Discard unneeded electronic cords
  • Dust and clean Knick-knacks
  • Dust pictures and wall decor
  • Organize shelves and cabinets 

Day 5: 

  • Dust fake plants
  • Wash all blankets, throws, and pillows
  • Clean fireplace
  • Spot treat upholstery stains 
  • Vacuum couch, chairs, and throw pillows 

Day 6:

  • Fluff throw pillows
  • Clean vents
  • Vacuum dust from baseboards
  • Wash baseboards
  • Push back furniture and clean underneath

Day 7:

  • Rearrange furniture
  • Clean under rugs
  • Clean carpet/ rugs or wash rugs 
  • Sweep/vacuum/mop floors and rugs 

Weekly Tasks:

  • Sweep/ vacuum/ mop floors
  • Dust furniture
  • Fluff throw pillows
  • Water plants

Daily Tasks:

  • Pick up items and return to proper place 
  • Fold and put away blankets 
  • Throw away trash

The third week is dedicated to cleaning bedrooms. Get your kids involved in cleaning their own rooms! If you haven't worn something in a year, it might be time  to get rid of it!

Day 1:

  • Dust ceiling and crown molding
  • Clean light fixtures and ceiling fans 
  • Clean door and window frames
  • Clean windows and window sills

Day 2:

  • Wipe down doors and walls 
  • Disinfect door knobs and high touch areas
  • Dust furniture
  • Dust and clean Knick-knacks
  • Dust television and electronics 

Day 3:

  • Discard trash
  • Collect non-bedroom items and return to proper place
  • Wash all blankets, throws, bedding, and pillow covers
  • Clean mattresses

Day 4: 

  • Declutter furniture and shelves 
  • Declutter toys

Day 5:

  • Clean out closets and drawers
  • Organize books
  • Wipe out drawers

Day 6:

  • Push back furniture and clean underneath
  • Vacuum then wash baseboards
  • Remove items from under bed

Day 7:

  • Clean under rugs 
  • Sweep/vacuum/mop floors
  • Clean carpet/rug
  • Make beds

Weekly Tasks:

  • Sweep/vacuum/mop floors
  • Dust furniture

Daily Tasks:

  • Pick up items and return to proper place
  • Fold and put away blankets
  • Throw away trash
  • Make beds

Week four means its time to deep clean the bathrooms in your house! 

Day 1:

  • Dust ceilings
  • Clean light fixtures and ceiling fans
  • Clean door and window frames 
  • Clean windows and window sills

Day 2:

  • Disinfect door knobs and high touch areas
  • Wipe down doors and walls 
  • Clean toilets 
  • Clean sinks and faucets

Day 3:

  • Clean countertops
  • Clean shower and shower heads
  • Clean tubs and spouts
  • Collect non-bathroom items and return to proper place

Day 4:

  • Clean title and grout
  • Declutter cabinets and shelves
  • Discard expired beauty products 
  • Toss out expired medicines properly and replace and restock

Day 5:

  • Dust, clean, and sanitize Knick-knacks
  • Discard trash
  • Discard toothbrushes and replace
  • Wipe out drawers
  • Throw out old magazines

Day 6:

  • Wash dirty towels, rags, and hand towels
  • Spot clean shower curtains 
  • Replace plastic shower curtains 
  • Vacuum then wash baseboards

Day 7:

  • Remove baskets or decor from the floor to clean
  • Sweep, vacuum, and mop floors and rags
  • Clean rags and bathmats 
  • Restock cotton balls and cotton swabs

Weekly Tasks:

  • Sweep, vacuum, and mop floors
  • Clean toilets, showers, tubs, and sinks
  • Take out trash

Daily Tasks:

  • Pick up items and return to proper place 
  • Put dirty clothes in hamper
  • Put away toiletries

Cleaning your laundry room or laundry area may not take too long but it can be very important. Lint build up in dryers and ducts can be a fire hazard.

Day 1: 

  • Dust ceilings
  • Clean light fixtures and ceiling fans
  • Clean door and window frames
  • Clean windows and window sills

Day 2:

  • Disinfect door knobs and high touch areas 
  • Wipe down doors and walls
  • Fold and put away clothes

Day 3: 

  • Clean hampers and laundry baskets 
  • Clean washer by following manufacturers instructions
  • Clean washer seal 

Day 4:

  • Clean detergent and fabric softener drawer
  • Declutter cabinets and shelves
  • Organize laundry

Day 5:

  • Move washer and dryer and clean under and behind 
  • Clean lint trap
  • Clean dryer exhaust hose
  • Clean dryer duct

Day 6:

  • Vacuum then wash baseboards
  • Restock detergents
  • Clean and sanitize utility sink 
  • Clean out junk drawers and cabinets 

Day 7:

  • Remove baskets and decor from the floor to clean
  • Clean rags 
  • Sweep, vacuum, and mop floors and rugs 

Weekly Tasks:

  • Sweep, vacuum, and mop floors
  • Dust furniture

Daily Tasks:

  • Leave washer open to dry after finishing laundry
  • Clean link trap
  • Fold and put away clothes 

The last week is for cleaning areas you missed. When cleaning anything in your house start from the very top and work your way to the bottom.

Day 1: 

  • Dust ceiling and crown molding
  • Clean light fixtures and ceiling fans
  • Clean door and window frames
  • Clean windows and window sills

Day 2: 

  • Wipe down doors and walls
  • Disinfect door knobs and high touch areas
  • Clean photos and artwork on walls
  • Pick up and throw away trash

Day 3:

  • Clear off furniture and clean top and sides
  • Dust and clean Knick-knacks 
  • Declutter cabinets and shelves

Day 4:

  • Collect items and return to proper place
  • Remove items from coat, linen, and other closets 
  • Clean closets from top to bottom

Day 5:

  • Organize coats and linens
  • Clean ot junk drawers and closets 
  • Throw away things you forgot you had or that you haven't used 

Day 6:

  • Vacuum then wash baseboards
  • Vacuum floor and ceiling vents
  • Change out air filters

Day 7:

  • Remove furniture baskets and decor on the floor
  • Clean rugs
  • Sweep. vacuum, and mop floors and rugs 

Weekly Tasks:

  • Dust furniture 
  • Sweep, vacuum, and mop floors

Daily Tasks:

  • Pick up items and return to proper place 
  • Hang up coats and put away shoes

 


Torrie Smith, Carroll County Extension Agent - Family and Consumer Sciecnes/4-H

Torrie Smith, Carroll County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H shares information on about living well, saving money, and sharing tips to make life better and easier for the everyday person. I release videos on my Facebook Page will be providing more information about them here on this blog. 

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