Complete House Cleaning Checklist
Nooks, crannies, corners and cobwebs. Oh dear!
We admit it, house cleaning is a chore. This house cleaning checklist will get you on the right track.
We promise it's possible to get it all done, but it does take a bit of determination, focus and time to make your house shine.
This is a comprehensive checklist that we use to clean homes at our house cleaning company.
About the Checklist
The list is very detailed and it should help to keep you or your delegates focused on cleaning your home completely.
Depending on the specifics of your home, not all of the items listed will apply. But if you follow this list, checking off the items that do apply, your house will be spick and span and every corner your house will shine.
You can find the complete cleaning checklist at the bottom of this article along with an excel copy you can download and customize for yourself.
Extra Tips and Tricks to Clean Quickly and Efficiently
House cleaning is not at the top of the list of fun things to do. If you let your mind wander too much, you'll spend even more time cleaning.
Use these tips to help you clean efficiently as you check off items from the checklist one by one.
Focus on what you're doing, make every move count, and you'll finish more quickly. Household organizing and cleaning can be done quicker than you think.
1. Clean Top to Bottom, Back to Front, Right to Left
Work your way around the room, cleaning as you go, just one area at a time.
2. Put your Cleaning Supplies in One Place
Don't waste time running around getting a broom or cleaners or whatever you need to complete the task that you're doing.
Your bucket should contain glass cleaner, disinfectant, detergent degreaser, soup scum remover, comet, soft scrub, scrub brush, sponge, toothbrush, and a green scrubby for starters.
3. Dust First, Vacuum Last
Start dusting from the top of the highest shelves, the tops of cabinets. These tend to be less dusty than lower shelves.
Even if you dust quickly, you'll be moving the dust down to a lower level, usually the floor, where it is easily vacuumed away.
4. Make a Schedule and Stick to It
The mess gets worse the longer you put it off.
If the house is too big, hit a floor at a time, or clean all the bathrooms (for example) on Tuesdays.
5. Identify your Trouble Spots
Determine how you're going to get your problem area cleaned up.
Do you need any special cleaning products? Is soap scum or mold and mildew taking over the bath? Select the tools you'll need, and who you can assign the task to.
6. Get Help
If there are others living and breathing in the house with you, who are most certainly contributing to the mess, get them to help.
My favorite way to do this is to assign tasks to each child for a week at time, and rotate tasks. Don't forget to throw in deep cleaning items, like the mess under the sink, or spraying down and wiping the trash compactor.
7. Use the Right Product for the Job
Use natural cleaning products if possible. We don't use fancy products at our cleaning company but it's important to use good quality, heavy duty cleaning products that do a great job.
This doesn't mean you have to spend a lot of money either. We use a solution of vinegar and water to damp mop linoleum or vinyl floors. It works great.
8. Dump your Junk
Get clutter free. This is a hard one. I like stuff too, and I was raised in a family of pack rats, so this doesn't come naturally to me either. The room will feel kind of bare at first, but trust me, you'll get used to it (you'll actually come to prefer it), and it makes clean up a breeze.
Download the Complete Cleaning Checklist in Excel format
Get Mrs. Clean's Cleaning Checklist in Excel format.
|ENTRY / HALL WAYS / STAIRS||KITCHEN|
|* Front Door (inside/outside)||* Stove top, drip pans, under burners,|
|* Closets||under range top, control knobs|
|* Flooring||* Grill|
|* Light Fixture (if reachable)||* Oven Racks, Under (if already moved)|
|* Cob Webs||* Inside/outside door|
|Other _______________________||* Range vent, filters|
|Other _______________________||* Dishwasher in/out|
|* Microwave in/out|
|* Refrigerator/Freezer, shelves/drawers,|
|LIVING ROOM, DINING, OFFICE||egg racks, ice trays, door/handle/top,|
|drip pan underneath, vacuum coils/|
|* Dust Walls & Cobwebs||motor, under (if already moved)|
|* Patio doors/sliders||* Thermostat to LOW|
|* Light Fixtures (if reachable||* Breakfast bar|
|* Heater Vents||* Cabinets, shelves/drawers, handles/|
|* Vacuum/Edge||knobs/top, clean fronts|
|* Baseboards/Mop||* Countertops, tile & grout|
|Other _______________________||* Breadboard|
|* Lazy Susan|
|* Sinks, stains, disposal, polish chrome|
|BEDROOMS: QTY:||* Trash compactor in/out|
|* Pantry, floors, shelves, door|
|* Dust walls & cobwebs||* Light fixtures (if reachable)|
|* Closets||* Vacuum/edge|
|* Doors/knobs||* Baseboards/mop|
|* Mirrors||* Dust walls & cobwebs|
|* Shelves/Cabinets (inside & out)|
|* Light Fixtures (if reachable)|
|* Vacuum/Edge||BATHROOMS: QTY:|
|* Tub/Shower, tile & grout, doors, tracks|
|LAUNDRY / UTILITY ROOM||soap dish, stains, polish chrome|
|* Sink, stains, polish chrome|
|* Washer, around rim||* Toilet, tank, bowl, seat/lid, paper holder|
|* Dryer, lint trap, around rim||* Medicine cabinet, shelves, mirror|
|* Under (if already moved)||* Toothbrush holder|
|* Shelves/Cabinets (inside and out)||* Counter tops|
|* Counters||* Closets/cabinets (inside/out)|
|* Sink, polish chrome||* Light fixtures (if reachable)|
|* Light Fixtures (if reachable)||* Remove cobwebs from exhaust fan|
|* Vacuum/Edge||* Dust walls & cobwebs|
|* Baseboards & Mop||* Vacuum/edge|
|* Dust walls & cobwebs||* Baseboards & mop|
|WINDOWS||PATIO / BALCONY|
|* Tracks||* Sweep/vacuum|
|* Sills||* Rails|
|* Blinds/shutters||* Light fixtures (if reachable)|
|* Traverse rods||* Storage area, sweep|
|Other ______________________||* Dust walls/cobwebs|
|Other ______________________||Other ______________________|
|* Fireplace||* Dust hot water heater|
|* Cobwebs walls/ceiling||* Dust furnace/air conditioner|
|* Baseboards||Other ______________________|
|* Fingerprint wall & marks removal||Other ______________________|
|* Switch & outlet plates||Other ______________________|
|* Top of doors||Other ______________________|
|* Set thermostats to LOW||Other ______________________|
|* Report any cracks in windows or|
|tears in screens.|
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