Deep Cleaning Checklist

Preparing your home for sale will help you optimize the money you take out of it.

Whether you decide to hire a professional or do it yourself, following these tips will have get your home market ready and sparkling clean.

Room-by-Room Checklist

Even the most-cared-for home needs an occasional deep-cleaning and especially before putting the home on the market. Here's a simple and exhaustive list to help you get your home in tip-top shape:

General:

? Wash all windows, sills and screens inside and out

? Clean all light fixtures and light bulbs and replace burnt out bulbs

? Clean ceiling fan blades and light

? Dust cobwebs from the corners of the ceilings

? Dust the tops of doors, cabinets and all horizontal surfaces

? Move all furniture to clean under and behind

? Remove all knick knacks to clean underneath (consider storing or getting rid of these in the de-clutter step)

? Polish all furniture

? Wash all rugs and mats

? Clean all switch plate covers and door knobs

? Spot clean walls

? Empty all trash receptacles, clean and disinfect

? Vacuum lamp shades ? Vacuum upholstery

Entryway:            

? Hose down entry above and around door and light fixture

? Polish exterior light fixtures and door hardware

? Clear yard of all unnecessary items

Kitchen:

? Scrub countertops, sinks and faucets and polish faucets

? Clean cabinets inside and out and on top

? Detail inside of refrigerator/freezer plus exterior and bottom grill

? Take stove top apart, remove knobs and clean thoroughly

? Clean the inside of the stove and open oven door and broiler/drawer to clean ledges

? Clean the inside and the outside of the microwave

? Wipe and polish chairs and/or bar stools, table tops, hutches, etc.

? Wipe the cabinets inside and out and change shelf paper

? Wash the baseboards

? Vacuum, mop and wax wood floors

? Vacuum and mop tile or vinyl floors and clean grout

Bathroom:

? Wash the walls and tile removing hard water stains

? Clean towel racks and toilet paper holders

? Scrub bathtub, sinks, countertops, all tile and grout

? Bleach shower pan if necessary and remove drain cover and scrub clean

? Remove hard water stains from doors; polish glass shower doors

? Remove hard water ring and scrub and disinfect every surface of toilet

? Wash and polish all mirrors

? Wash and polish all faucets and shower head

? Clean all items on counter and take as many off of counter as possible

? Refold towels and replace with clean ones

? Wash area rugs

? Scrub floors and baseboards

Bedrooms:

? If needed update bed linens or consider adding pillows and/or throw at bottom of bed

? Clean baseboards

Laundry Room:

? Detail clean washer and dryer removing lint and knobs and wipe down inside and out

? Containerize all products

? Scrub floors and baseboards

Garage:

? Make sure everything is well lit, well organized and clean

Closets:

? Vacuum the floors.

? Dust the walls and the shelves.

? Place cedar blocks in the closet to freshen the air and prevent moths.

Window Cleaning:

? Remove and clean the screens

? Clean window tracks and sills

? Clean the windows

? Vacuum or dust the draperies (Make sure draperies do not block natural light, consider removing draperies)

? Wash or dry clean the blinds.

Furniture Cleaning:

? Polish the wood furniture

? Vacuum cloth upholstery

? Clean and condition leather upholstery

? Vacuum under and in between cushions

Extra Tips and Miracle Products

Cleaning Base Boards:

  • Grab a clean absorbent rag and dampen it in a soapy solution, wringing it as dry as possible
  • Start at one end of the baseboard and wipe all the way along the top and the sides. Go around the room

Floors and Carpets:

  • Buy floor mats for every entrance to help reduce tracked in dirt
  • Sprinkle baking soda on your carpets to absorb stale or musty odors; Vacuum after 1 hour
  • Restore shine to hardwoods with a product called HOPE’S Floor Revive (available on Amazon)
  • Have carpets professionally cleaned before showing home

Note on Air Fresheners The best smell is CLEAN! Don’t try to cover up odors with heavy scents, sprays, plug-in’s, etc. Fabreze is a good product that effectively reduces odor but the goal is to eliminate it instead of trying to disguise it. PureAyre and AtmosKlear are also good products that can be found on Amazon.

Scuffed Wood work Restore-A-Finish is a wonderful product for restoring color and luster to cabinets, doors, trim and furniture and can be found at most hardware stores.

Hard Water and Soap Scum build up Some tips that have worked for others:  Dryer sheets can work great; just dampen and scrub. Also, try lemon juice or make a paste of baking soda and water let these sit on the surface for 5 minutes or so and wipe off.

Microfiber Cloths are far superior to regular cleaning rags. Just make sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions for cleaning to keep them working well.

Mr. Clean Magic Erasers work wonders getting all kinds of stains of all kinds of surfaces. Try them for spots on walls, floor scuffs, shower door build up, stove top grime and lots of other things.

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