Deep Cleaning House Checklist For A Spotless Home

Deep cleaning your house involves tackling every nook and cranny and dealing with the areas that most of us skip over during regular cleaning. 

Because deep cleaning requires so many small tasks, it can feel overwhelming if you’re not working from a list. To avoid the headache, our deep cleaning house checklist will walk you through every area of your home.

Deep Cleaning House Checklist

Kitchen Deep Cleaning

The kitchen is the most used room in the house and requires the most detail.

Dust Your Life Fixtures and Ceiling

  • Use a feather duster or long-handled duster brush to remove build-up from light fixtures, ceiling fans, and the ceiling
  • Clear dust off the top of the cabinetry

Tackle the Appliances

  • Clean the oven and stovetop
  • Wash your dishwasher filter
  • Run the dishwasher with dishwasher cleaner to cut back on limescale and deodorize
  • Empty the toaster crumb tray
  • Wipe down air fryers, toasters, and other small appliances
  • Descale your coffee pot
  • Clean the inside of your refrigerator and freezer
  • Clean the inside of your microwave
  • Wipe the outside of your refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, and microwave

Clean the Cabinets and Pantry

  • Go through food and throw out expired items
  • Throw out Tupperware and storage containers with missing lids
  • Wipe the inside of the cabinets with warm soapy water
  • Organize items as you put them back in the cabinet
  • Wipe the exterior of your cabinetry with soapy water

Wipe Counters and Clean Backsplash

  • Wipe grease and dust from the range hood
  • Clean backsplash
  • Wipe counters

Wash Walls, Windows, Baseboards, and Trash Can

  • Dust or launder curtains
  • Dust blinds
  • Use a mixture of dish soap and water to wipe down the walls
  • Clean baseboards
  • Use a glass cleaner on windows
  • Take out the trash and wash the trash can

Sweep and Mop

  • Sweep the floors
  • Mop the floors

Bathroom Deep Cleaning

Rid your bathroom of germs and dust build-up with this deep cleaning house checklist.

Dust the Ceiling, Light Fixtures, and Exhaust Fan

  • Use a long-handled duster or feather duster to remove build-up from the ceiling
  • Dust light fixtures
  • Dust exhaust vents and fans and wipe them with a dry microfiber cloth

Tackle the Shower and Bathtub

  • Remove your shower curtain and launder per the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Wash your bath mat (most are machine washable)
  • Replace your shower curtain liner if needed
  • Remove toiletries from the shower/bath and clean with a tub and tile cleaner
  • Clean glass shower doors

Clean and Disinfect the Toilet

  • Wipe the base of the toilet, toilet seat, and rim with a disinfecting cleaner
  • Clean the toilet bowl with an appropriate cleaner

Wipe Counters, Sinks, Mirrors, Baseboard, Walls, and Windows

  • Disinfect your counters and sink
  • Use a glass cleaner on your mirror
  • Dust blinds
  • Clean your windows 
  • Wash baseboards
  • Wash walls with dish soap and water
  • Change the trash and disinfect the trash can
  • Clean your toothbrush caddy

Clean the Floors

  • Sweep the floors
  • Clean your grout
  • Mop the floors

Laundry Room Deep Cleaning

Laundry room deep cleaning requires cleaning your washer and dryer. If you don’t feel comfortable, outsource this to a cleaning company, but it comes with a cost.

Dust the Ceiling and Light Fixture

  • Use a duster to knock the dust off of the ceiling 
  • Dust light fixtures and exhaust fans

Clean the Washer and Dryer

  • Clean the inside of the washer (the method depends on the type of washer you have)
  • Clean the dryer vent
  • Wipe the outside of the washer and dryer with a mild cleaner

Wash Baseboards and Walls

  • Use dish soap and water to wipe down the walls
  • Clean the baseboards

Sweep and Mop

  • Sweep your floors
  • Mop your floors

Living Room Deep Cleaning

Your living room might be the easiest room to tackle. Here’s what to do.

Dust the Ceiling and Light Fixtures

  • Knock the dust off the ceiling with a long-handled duster
  • Dust light fixtures

Wipe Flat Surfaces and Decor

  • Use a mild cleaner to wipe down coffee tables, tv consoles, shelves, and mantels
  • Wipe down decor, including picture frames
  • Water plants and remove any dead leaves
  • Dust the back of the tv and clean the screen with screen cleaner and a microfiber cloth

Clean Furniture and Curtains

  • Vacuum all furniture
  • Wipe down wooden or plastic pieces of furniture
  • Spot-treat upholstery as needed
  • Wash throw blankets and pillow covers
  • Vacuum dust from curtains, launder if needed
  • Wipe down blinds

Wash Walls, Baseboards, and Windows

  • Clean walls with dish soap and water
  • Wipe down baseboards and trim work
  • Clean windows with glass cleaner

Sweep and Mop

  • Sweep the living room floor
  • Sweep area rugs, spot treat stains
  • Mop the floor

Bedroom Deep Cleaning Checklist

Use this cleaning checklist to tackle each bedroom in your home.

Dust Ceiling, Light Fixture, and Lamps

  • Dust the ceiling with a feather duster or long-handled duster
  • Remove dust from overhead light fixtures and ceiling fans
  • Dust lamps and then wipe with a mild cleaner

Clean Dressers, Nightstands, and Closets

  • Clean out your closet, getting rid of items you no longer want
  • Go through dressers and nightstands, discarding items you no longer want
  • Wipe down dressers with a mild cleaner
  • Wipe nightstands with a mild cleaner
  • Dust any decor in the room (includes on flat surfaces and wall decor)

Clean Your Bedding, Mattress, and Curtains

  • Remove and launder sheets, mattress protectors, blankets, and pillow covers
  • Vacuum the mattress and pillows
  • Steam clean or spot treat mattress and pillows
  • Vacuum or launder curtains
  • Wipe down blinds to remove dust

Wash the Walls, Baseboards, and Windows

  • Wipe down the walls with a soap and water mixture
  • Clean windows with glass cleaner
  • Clean mirrors with glass cleaner
  • Wash baseboards

Sweep and Mop

  • Vacuum the floor
  • Mop the floor
  • Spot treat stains on carpets or rugs

Dining Room Deep Cleaning

If you have a dining room, use this cleaning checklist to work through the messes.

Dust Ceilings and Light Fixtures

  • Use a feather duster or long-handled duster on the ceiling
  • Dust light fixtures

Clean Flat Surfaces, Chairs, and Decor

  • Wipe down your dining room table, hutch, and other flat surfaces
  • Dust decor
  • Wipe down hard chairs and vacuum upholstered chairs
  • Spot treat stains on upholstered chairs if needed

Clean Curtains, Blinds, Windows, Walls, and Baseboards

  • Vacuum or launder curtains
  • Dust blinds
  • Clean the windows
  • Wash the walls with soapy water
  • Wipe baseboards

Sweep and Mop

  • Sweep/vacuum the dining room floor
  • Mop the dining room floor

Playroom Deep Cleaning

Playrooms are a hot spot for messes. Here’s a playroom cleaning checklist you can use.

Pickup and Discard Trash

  • Pickup toys on the ground and put them away
  • Discard trash

Clean Ceilings and Light Fixtures

  • Dust the ceiling with a feather duster or long-handled duster
  • Remove dust from light fixtures

Clean Flat Surfaces and Decor

  • Use a mild, non-toxic cleaner to wipe down flat surfaces and chairs
  • Dust wall decor

Wash Walls, Curtains, Blinds, Windows, and Baseboards

  • Vacuum or launder curtains
  • Dust blinds
  • Clean windows with a glass cleaner
  • Wash walls with soap and water
  • Wipe down baseboards
  • Clean baseboards

Sweep and Mop

  • Vacuum the floor
  • Mop the playroom floor if necessary

The Best Deep Cleaning Tips

If you want your deep cleaning to be quick and efficient, there are four tips you need to follow.

  1. Declutter a room before you start cleaning. While we don’t specifically list decluttering on our deep cleaning house checklist, you should do it at least a few times a year. Grab a trash bag and donation box and go through each area of your house, making quick decisions on what to trash and what to donate. If you haven’t used an item in more than six months, and it’s not seasonal, it’s time to let it go.
  2. Clean from top to bottom. When cleaning your home, you must work top to bottom – this is why dusting the ceiling is first on our list. Let’s say, for instance, you cleaned your floor and then dusted your ceilings. The result would be dust all over the floors, and you’d need to repeat the job. Clean from top to bottom for the best results.
  3. You don’t need fancy cleaners. In most cases, all you need to deep clean is a vacuum, mop, mild cleaner, glass cleaner, duster, and disinfectant. While other cleaners are nice to have, they aren’t necessary.
  4. Break down tasks into more manageable chunks. You don’t have to tackle our deep cleaning checklist all at once. Work room by room or add a few extra chores to your weekly cleaning list.