Daily cleaning checklist
Make the bed
Making your bed every day is the first step to having good cleaning habits. Every day you will start from small 'job is done' archivement.
Take care of clutter
If you are not used to putting clutter away as soon as you see it and would rather do it during your weekly cleaning schedule, add it to your checklist.
Sweep or quick vacuum
Sweeping high traffic areas at least once a day can prevent lots of dirt when it is time for your weekly cleaning schedule. If you own a robot vacuum, turning it on can replace your sweeping tasks.
Wipe down counters and other surfaces
Kitchen counters as well as bathroom counters get dirty quickly. Things are constantly being touched and moved around. With a mild cleaning solution or disinfectant wipes, clean them at the end of the day to avoid sticky surfaces.
Include dusting your furniture in your daily cleaning tasks. Dust collects everywhere especially if you have pets or live in an urban area.
Wash dishes and clean dishwasher
If you prefer to wash your dishes, make sure to not leave them in the sink for too long. Ate something on a plate and used a fork, wash it right away or start filling up the dishwasher.
If you have a dishwasher that is constantly used, do not leave the clean dishes in it until the last minute. The cycle is done? Take the dishes and load new dishes in.
Disinfect the kitchen sink
Use a disinfecting soap or spray to wipe down your sink each night after you’ve finished washing dishes.
Take out trash
If you are a big family or cook a lot, it is more often than not that you will have trash to take out every day. Instead of pretending that it is not there looking at you, take it out to not have to smell it the next day.
Clean up pet hair
Every pet owner knows that pets shed, some more than others. Nonetheless, a good sweep will prevent sniffing all that hair in your nose.
If you have fabric furniture, having a lint roller close by or a portable vacuum will help with picking up the hair.
Whether or not you change your clothes or sheets often, you will probably always have something in the laundry hamper. Instead of putting it away until the one day to do laundry and end up spending the whole day switching out clothes, load at least one heap of clothes.
Weekly cleaning schedule
Everyone gets busy, and we do not always have time to check off everything on the cleaning list at once. Having a realistic schedule will help keep you on track with your weekly cleaning tasks.
Bathrooms weekly cleaning
- Clean mirrors
- Clean and sanitize counters and sink
- Wipe down cabinet fronts
- Clean and sanitize the toilet
- Clean and sanitize the shower, shower door, and tub
Bathrooms tend to get dirty easily, especially if you have a white bathroom. Make sure to disinfect bathroom sinks, and floors often, as they acquire most of the bacteria.
To avoid muck, bacteria, and hard water buildup, which make this seat appear awful, toilets need to be scrubbed thoroughly once a week (not to mention full of germs).
Scrub all the nooks and crannies, wipe the faucet, and clean underneath items in the surrounding area. The Fortador Volt Mini steam cleaner will help you achieve those cleaning tasks.
Clean mirrors with a window solution or a steam cleaner. Having a specific cloth made for mirrors will prevent smears. If you want to use a steam cleaner or want to make your own solution for the mirrors, here is an article that goes in depth on mirror cleaning.
Kitchen weekly cleaning
- Clean and sanitize counters and sink
- Clean stove, oven, and range hood
- Clean microwave inside and out
- Wipe down cabinet fronts and appliances
The kitchen floor might be one of the stickiest places in your whole house. If you are someone that cooks at home, spills on the floors and counters are unavoidable.
Make sure to sweep and thoroughly mop the floors with a solution. If you own a steam cleaner, use that instead of the mop to disinfect the surfaces.
Wipe the countertops with a cleaning solution or use the steam cleaner and wipe off after.
If you have not yet done so, wash the dirty dishes or load them into the dishwasher.
Look in the fridge for expired items. This will avoid unwanted leakage and mess. Take the food out of the refrigerator once a week, clean up each shelf. Weekly food disposal will help keep the items in your fridge as fresh as possible.
This is also a sensible time to scrub the dish drying rack in the kitchen, as it tends to attract a buildup of dirt and grime.
Weekly cleaning of the microwave keeps the debris from building up and making a simple activity into a daunting one. Better cuisine may be prepared in clean microwaves because the food you're heating won't absorb any strange scents or odors.
- Dust light fixtures/ceiling fans/corner cobwebs
- Clean door handles/dust doorframes/light switches
- Dust windowsills, blinds, picture frames, lampshades, and furniture
- Dust knickknacks, books, etc.
- Shake out throw rugs
- Sweep or vacuum/mop floors
Living rooms are easy to tackle if you do small cleanings throughout the week. If you have a carpet on the floor, do not forget to lift it up and vacuum under it as well. Get under your furniture and into your home's crevices each week so you can sweep and mop every flooring surface. Moving your couch or large chairs is also a perfect time to clear any concealed snacks or toys hidden by your kids or pets. Use only products made for the flooring type in your home.
If your carpets aren't clean, they can absorb odors and conceal hair and filth. Vacuuming thoroughly (and even using a deodorizer) will help your home smell better. As much dirt should be removed as you can, along with any impediments.
Having kids is hard as it is. If they have their own room, making the deep cleans can become a long process. Disinfecting that room is the most important thing you can do to prevent them from getting sick.
Establish a specific day each week for washing your bath towels. When towels are hung on a bathroom hook, they can accumulate a lot of filth. By regularly washing them, towels can avoid becoming soiled or, worse, moldy, both of which thrive in damp settings.
Monthly cleaning schedule
A monthly cleaning routine is great to tackle on Sundays or any day you are not working. The cleaning tasks during your monthly cleaning will be rather tedious and even more thorough jobs to be completed. Here are some things we recommend to include in your deep cleanings:
Cleaning of mattresses
Your mattress can get dirty even if you have a cover on top of it. Body oils, sweat, and dead skin cells are accumulated on it every day. Making sure to clean it will help prevent unwanted sickness and viruses you will essentially be sleeping in.
First, washi the mattresses cover should be at the top of your list. Next, pick up any dust particles off your mattress. After that, inspect your mattress for any spot cleaning that might be needed. After you are done with the first 3 steps, begin disinfecting your mattress. We recommend using a steam cleaner to do that.
If you want more thorough help, here is an article that goes step by step on how to clean your mattress at home.
Clean the dishwasher
Yes, dishwashers need cleaning too. You can buy a solution on Amazon, or do the deep cleaning with vinegar. To do so, fill a dishwasher-safe bowl with 1 cup of white vinegar and place it on the bottom of the empty dishwasher. Set the dishwasher to run on a hot water cycle. The vinegar will break down any remaining bits of food, grease, soap scum, residue, and any other leftover grime.
Clean the AC unit
Besides switching out your air filters, the air conditioning unit needs a cleaning routine on its own. Cleaning your vents is a crucial task that can reduce the risk of a fire. Making sure that your HVAC system isn't unintentionally distributing dust throughout your house is also helpful. Vents should be cleaned, dusted, or vacuumed once a month to prevent dirt from entering your HVAC system.
For a thorough tutorial on cleaning the AC with your steam cleaner, follow this link.
Cleaning supplies for keeping home spotless
Having the right cleaning supplies in one place will reduce your stress trying to find all the right things for your cleaning. Investing in a carrier where all your supplies can be stored and put away in a laundry room.
All purpose cleaner
A solution that is made for all your cleaning tasks will save time switching between products. Unless the cleaning of the area requires special chemicals (stove top, toilet), you can get away with using just one cleaner.
Make sure you have a microfiber cloth for each task that you need, you can't wipe your windows with the same cloth as the one for your furniture.
If you are not sure how to wash your microfiber cloth, here's a guide that will help.
A good mop is needed for the floors to look the cleanest. If you hate the idea of having to dispose of the dirty water after you mop floors, a Swiffer with wet cloths is a great alternative. If you have a big house, changing a cloth for every big room might be useful to make sure the dirt is not being spread all over but cleaned up instead.
Over the past several years, steam cleaning has become the preferred method for cleaning and sanitizing a variety of things, including homes, offices, and medical facilities among other things. Pick the rooms that need a regular cleaning routine.
Steam cleaning is environmentally friendly as operators need little or no additional detergents or other agents to sanitize and deodorize many different surfaces. Steaming's biggest advantage is its ability to kill and remove more than 99% of bacteria, viruses, germs, and other pathogens.
Operators can quickly slide this very portable steam cleaner into and out of a work area, thanks to its small weight of only 16.5 lbs. The Volt MINI's boiler heats up quickly and generates steam in under five minutes, similar to other Fortador steamers.
The Volt MINI works at high pressure and temperatures, unlike other tiny professional portable steamers for cleaning, and can produce 101.5 psi of steam at a maximum temperature of 338 degrees Fahrenheit. High-strength AISI 304 stainless steel, which attests to its durability, is used in the construction.
Following house cleaning schedule will keep you organized and focused on your daily activities, you can create and print out checklists for your weekly and daily cleaning, post construction tasks to avoid missing spots and jons.