Annual Cleaning Checklist
When all those cleaning tasks we tend to avoid start piling up – the oven makes smoke signals, or the inside of the microwave looks like your kids finger painting project—it might be time for a little help. While it may be a messy job, the payoff is huge. So, stop putting this necessary cleaning aside!
What Do I Need to Thoroughly Clean My Home?
- Disposable rags, scrub pads or towels that you don’t mind throwing away
- Two buckets: one for the dirty/greasy water and another for fresh clean water
- Your favorite degreaser, dish soap and disinfectant spray
- A pair of rubber gloves
- An abrasive scrub pad
- A spray bottle with 1:1 vinegar and water
- A scrub brush or an old toothbrush
Thoroughly Cleaning the Entire Home
Dust and vacuum: Hard-to-reach ledges, windows, light fixtures and above cabinets. Basically, all the places that are too hard to reach during your normal cleaning routine. Break out the stepladder! Just be careful.
Faucets: De-scale faucets / showerheads throughout the home with vinegar. Clean out aerators.
Vent Covers: Remove HVAC vent covers and wash them in the sink with warm soapy water.
Windows: Vacuum windowsills and window tracks. Remove cobwebs and bugs from window screens
Ceiling Fans: Wipe down ceiling fan blades.
Carpet: Spot clean stains on carpet and upholstery.
Doors: Wipe down doors and doorframes for fingerprints and smudges.
Garbage Cans: Wipe out and sanitize garbage cans, recycling bins and wastebaskets.
Blinds: Give your blinds a thorough clean by spraying them with vinegar and scrubbing them down.
Couch & Chairs: Remove all cushions and vacuum the creases where pet hair and popcorn love to call home. Also, move the couch to clean underneath it and behind it if it sits against a wall.
Cabinets/Drawers: Empty cabinets and drawers one at a time and give them a vacuum and wipe with a clean wet rag or your favorite cleaning spray. Wipe down all cabinet faces as well.
How to Clean the Kitchen
Oven: Before you crank up the heat on your “self-cleaning” oven, let’s get out all the stuff that can be a fire hazard. Learn the best way to clean an oven from the Molly Maid blog. Now that all the baked-on food is gone, you can clean the wire racks.
Stovetop: Remove the pot grates from the stovetop and soak in hot soapy water. If you have an electric oven, you can remove/unplug the coils to make cleaning easier. Some oven/cooktops have a slide-out tray beneath the burners to catch food – don’t forget this! Scrub down all surfaces and control knobs with a soapy sponge and then a clean wet rag. Don’t forget the hood fan and the hood fan filter.
Microwave: Before you grease that elbow, loosen the food splatters with lemon and vinegar. If your microwave is tucked into an enclave in the cabinets, or on the countertop, don’t forget to remove it to clean underneath/around it. Use glass cleaner for the microwave face and keypad.
Toaster: Remove the fire hazard (also known as breadcrumbs) in the bottom of your toaster.
Refrigerator/Freezer: Read more about how to clean a refrigerator / freezer. Don’t forget the rubber gasket around the door seals; clean these with warm soapy water and then disinfect. Use this time to throw away expired items.
Sink: This seems like a no-brainer, but after all that cleaning, your kitchen sink is going to be filthy. Wipe it out with hot soapy water, paying attention to the crevices in the backsplash, and around the faucet. A disinfectant spray with bleach can help with stubborn stains.
Dishwasher: Use baking soda and vinegar to clean your dishwasher to remove soap residue and build up that accumulates over time. Just run it empty with a cup of vinegar and ½ cup baking soda.
A Spotless Bathroom
Grout: White grout can really brighten the appearance of a bathroom. There are many special grout cleaners to make this cleaning job easier. Or use this simple DIY grout cleaning technique.
Shower Curtain: Wash your linen shower curtain if it’s washing machine safe. For the plastic curtain behind the linen one, you can either clean it or replace it. They’re cheap and usually cleaning can be difficult.
Toothbrush Holder: This thing gets pretty nasty. Luckily, we have this easy toothbrush holder cleaning tip!
Toilet: Clean toilet, pay attention to the base and behind it as well.
About Our Practically Spotless Cleaning Services
Molly Maid begins every recurring service with an initial house cleaning. During the initial cleaning, extra attention is given to those often-neglected areas. We wipe clean all surfaces in the home, including tables, countertops, appliances, chairs, dressers, window sills, sink basins and faucets. We spend extra time in the bathroom, cleaning the bathtub, shower, mirrors and toilet. Light fixtures, picture frames and baseboards – we dust them all. We then vacuum the furniture and finish the job by vacuuming and mopping the floors.
All Molly Maid locations are locally owned and operated. Some cleaning teams will change the bedding if provided with fresh linens. Oven cleaning and refrigerator cleaning are also offered at some locations.
Cleaning Services We Don't Offer
- Carpet cleaning/stain removal beyond vacuuming
- Unclogging drains and pipes
- Window washing
- Porch and patio cleaning
- Small appliance repair or cleaning
- Fire and water damage restoration
- Wood scratch or damage repair
- Garbage can sanitization
- Descaling of faucets
- Cleaning vent covers
- Defrosting and cleaning freezers
- Dishwasher cleaning
- Dish, pot and pan washing
- Shower curtain cleaning
- Aerator cleaning
- Degreasing stovetop hood
- Picking up clutter
- Tile grout
Professional House Cleaning Services
Of course, the best way to avoid those arduous cleaning task is with continual upkeep, with help from Molly Maid. This way, the next time you consult Our Cleaning checklist, your home will already be in a good place. Learn more about our regular house cleaning services by contacting your local Molly Maid at (800) 654-9647, or request a FREE house cleaning estimate today.
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