Deep Cleaning Checklist

We have our cleaning chores that we do on a regular basis to keep our homes tidy, but there is much more to cleaning. You should be aiming to do a proper house deep clean at least once every six months. What is a proper house deep clean?

A deep clean involves thoroughly cleaning every part of a house. This includes the floor, appliances, countertops, ceiling, windowsills, chairs, dressers, sinks and faucets. The goal is to clean every inch of the place, clearing it of dust and build up, reaching places different from a typical clean.

We’re going to give you all the best tips and tricks for deep cleaning, but first, more on what deep cleaning actually is.

What makes a deep clean different from a regular clean?

A regular clean involves tasks that you complete over the span of a week to keep your house tidy. This involves doing the washing, the dishes, sweeping, dusting, mopping, and vacuuming. This kind of cleaning will keep your house clean in general, but it’s a good idea to deep clean your home once every six months.

A deep clean can involve scrubbing out, removing limescale and soap scum from fixtures, disinfecting wastebaskets and knobs, deep cleaning your shower, crevices, and curtains. It could also entail deep cleaning door frames, baseboards, and toilet bases. This is when you wipe down the doorframes, dust headboards, and give the toilet (both inside the bowl and around the toilet) a good scrub.

The goal of deep cleaning is to remove deep dirt and grime from around the house that has built up over time. This helps prevents odours from developing and mould from spreading through your home.

Places you might not have considered to clean include inside the oven and washing machine. By deep cleaning, removing the dirt and grime that builds up in these appliances, you will maintain their functionality and increase their lifespan.

The house’s interior windows, window frames, and patio doors are also tackled during a deep clean.

It’s a great idea to deep clean when you are taking time to do a spring clean out, tackling two major cleans at once. You can sort your clutter and get rid of everything unnecessary that you found during your deep clean by hiring a skip bin.

To begin your plan for a deep clean, let’s start with a supplies checklist.

Your deep clean supplies checklist

If you want to do a deep clean in your house, you will undoubtedly need some tools. Writing down your checklist is an excellent way to ensure you have all you need for the task. Take a look at our list:

How to do a deep clean
  • Scrub pads, disposable rags, and towels
  • Two buckets, one for clean water and the other one for greasy, dirty water
  • An effective degreaser, disinfectant spray, and dish soap
  • A spray bottle with an equal mixture of water and vinegar
  • Rubber gloves
  • An old toothbrush or a scrub brush
  • Furniture cleaner and polish
  • Baking soda

Once you have compiled these items, you should be ready to begin following our deep cleaning guide below!

Deep cleaning guide

The two biggest focus areas for a deep clean are the kitchen and bathroom. We’re going to focus on those rooms to help you with your deep cleaning project.

How to deep clean the bathroom

The bathroom has several surfaces that you should focus on when deep cleaning it.

The showerhead

The showerhead is home to Mycobacterium avium, a bacteria linked to pulmonary disease. Turning on a showerhead that hasn’t been used for some time can send these germs to your lungs which is why proper cleaning is important.

To deep clean a showerhead, you first need to detach it from the shower. Then pour white vinegar into a plastic bag and fully submerge the showerhead in the vinegar. Leave it to soak overnight. In the morning, take the showerhead out of the bag and rinse it by running water through it.

Clean the shower doors and curtains

The germs from the showerhead can also linger on shower curtains, so you need to clean these as well. Shower curtains can be spun in a washing machine with regular detergents. You can also use old towels to scrub away mildew and soap scum from shower screens. A home recipe is to pair white vinegar and baking soda paste.

Refresh the dingy grout

Grout is porous and can hide several kinds of bacteria. You can deep clean it by dipping the brush in bleach, scrubbing any discloured areas, and rinsing well.

Walls, countertops, and ceilings

Soaps and skin cells stick to the bathroom walls, ceilings, and countertops, leaving them dirty. To deep clean them, spray these surfaces with an all-purpose cleaning spray. Turn the shower on hot for five minutes, allowing the bathroom to steam up. Then turn off the shower and close the door for 20 minutes. The cleaner and steam will mix, covering all surfaces. After the 20 minutes, wipe the surfaces with a clean cloth or dry microfibre mop.


Flushing a toilet might seem to do a good enough job of cleaning it. But bacteria such as Salmonella and E. Coli can fly out of the bowl and land on the handle, seat, and other surfaces. This is why it’s important to properly clean your toilet.

To deep clean a toilet, pour baking soda (one cup) into the toilet bowel and leave it to settle for a few minutes. Thoroughly brush and then flush. If the grime build-up is extreme and stubborn, you can try a light-duty electric pressure toilet washer.

Bathroom Sink

The faucets are touched after using the toilet, running around outside, playing with animals, and much more. This makes the faucets and sink home to lots of bacteria. To deep clean this area, pour a mixture of baking soda and white vinegar down the drain. Flush this with hot water. Use disposable disinfecting wipes to clean the faucets.

How to deep clean a kitchen

Moving on from the bathroom, there is also a lot to deep cleaning a kitchen. Start by dusting the corners and ceiling using a dust mop for high places. Don’t forget to clean the air vents, doorframes, doorknobs, and power outlets. Scrub the walls with disinfecting spray and wipes. Also clean any ceiling fans that might be in or around the area using a gentle cleanser.

If there are curtains or blinds, you should be cleaning these as well. Curtains can usually be washed in the washing machine. Blinds can be wiped down with disinfectant wipes. Also wipe down windowsills and corners. Vacuum and mop the kitchen floor.

How to deep clean different rooms of the house

Don’t forget the fridge, oven, and stovetop

The refrigerator and the oven also need your attention. Use the oven cleaner to remove all the dirt. Keep the kitchen windows open to reduce the smell from the cleaner. Sweep and mop underneath the refrigerator. Clean the cabinets and remove any rotten or expired foods.  You can also wipe down the shelves and drawers in the fridge.

Make sure you pull out each shelf and tray from inside the oven and clean them. Wipe the inside of the oven.

The stoves could be your next focus as you clean the knobs, burner covers, burners, and spill catchers.

What about kitchen drawers and cabinets?

The kitchen drawers and cabinets should be reorganized after a thorough cleaning. Remove any mismatch bowls and lids. Ensure you wash inside and outside cabinets before rearranging things in them.

Deep clean your dishwasher and sink

Use a baking soda and vinegar paste to clean the dishwasher before rinsing it with running water. Ensure you remove any food trapped at the bottom of the dishwasher.

The countertops and kitchen sink are other surfaces you want to work on. You could pour baking soda mixed with warm water and vinegar down the drain to freshen it.

Deep cleaning appliances and miscellaneous

Moving onto dusting and cleaning the photos and art that hang on the walls. Use a lightly wet clean cloth when wiping the frames and glass to prevent water from slipping behind the glass and damaging the picture. You can turn to the appliances, but ensure you unplug them. Wipe the blender, toaster, and microwave to remove the gunk. If your microwave doesn’t smell great, you can boil lemon juice in it to give it a fresh smell.

Heath Benefits of a deep clean

Deep cleaning also promotes serious benefits for the heath of the homeowners, such as:

  • Promotes better heath by keeping illness- causing germs at bay
  • Can help prevent allergies
  • It keeps you mentally healthy
  • Pests are keptaway
  • It reduces safety hazards

A lot of bacteria found in homes can be airborne and cause residents to have allergies and respiratory problems like asthma, rhinitis and chronic sinusitis.

Nasal congestion and skin infections can be caused by dust mites, pollen dander and more. These become less of a concern after deep cleaning because you reduce their presence in the home. Plus, not only does deep cleaning help your physical health, you always feel a lot better when your living space is fresh and tidy! The last thing anyone wants to live in is a dirty house.

If you found this article helpful, be sure to check out our other Capital Hire resources. We cover more cleaning topics such as the quickest way to clean a cluttered house! You can hire a general waste skip bin or a green waste skip bin for your major cleans. Get in touch with our trusted Capital Hire team today.