The Ultimate Guide to House Cleaning: A Checklist to Print & Keep

Have you ever wondered what are the necessities of keeping a house clean? A home is a big place with lots of rooms, drawers, cabinets and shelves. A list of what to do would help a new homeowner or anyone who wants to be able to keep it clean and maintain it.

Cleaner Cleaning the Bedroom with VacuumSponge & Sparkle has been in the cleaning business for over 30 years, so we know how to keep a home clean. We use a checklist in the homes we clean to be able to keep up with it all, and make sure that all areas were cleaned properly. Here are a few tips from our cleaning checklist.

The living area is typically the room you gather in as a family, so it gets the most crumbs and can get the most spills from food. It also can get a lot of foot traffic. Here is a list of what to do and what to pay attention to in the living area.

Living Areas:

  • Vacuum all carpets and rugs
  • Vacuum all hard surface floors with a small canister vacuum
  • Vacuum (or dust) the stairs
  • Dust the Light fixtures
  • Dusting blinds, ceiling fans, picture frames, etc.
  • Polish tables
  • Clean glass surfaces, TV screens
  • Clean the sofa cushions, vacuum crumbs
  • Mop any hard surface flooring
  • Remove any extra books, papers, or clutter

The kitchen area is usually the busiest room in the home, and it can get the dirtiest in a short amount of time. Here is how to get your kitchen the cleanest.

Kitchen Area:

  • Take out all garbage
  • Dust the Light fixtures
  • Dust blinds
  • Wipe down table and bar area
  • Clean glass and appliances on outside
  • Clean the sink and countertop
  • Sweep and Mop the floor
  • Load the dishwasher
  • Hand wash large pots and pans

The bathrooms can often take more time than a large kitchen, because they are the areas that need more scrubbing. However, if you want a complete clean, scrubbing is necessary to maintain a clean bathroom.

Bathroom Areas:

  • Clean the toilets
  • Clean the sinks and around the faucets
  • Wipe the counter top
  • Scrub the shower and tub
  • Clean the glass and mirrors
  • Dump the trash

The main areas of your home are the bathroom, the kitchen, and the living areas. After you clean those, tackle the bedrooms one at a time. If you are expecting company, I suggest cleaning one bedroom per day until you get caught up.

Bedrooms and/or Home Office:

  • Vacuum all carpet
  • Dust the Light fixtures
  • Dust the blinds and the pictures on wall
  • Dust and Polish all dressers and side tables
  • Clean glass and/or TV screens
  • Remove any extra books, papers, or clutter
  • Take out the trash

After cleaning, you will feel refreshed and your home will look and feel better.

If you are in the Metro Atlanta area, please call Sponge and Sparkle for help with the house cleaning!


Copyright © 2023. Sponge & Sparkle, Inc. All rights reserved.