A thorough deep clean of your home can be a daunting task… we totally get that. BUT it is important to clean your home really well at least once a year; not only for cleanliness, but also to maintain the quality of your furniture and home decor. An added bonus: deep cleaning means inspecting areas of your home you normally never lay eyes on, making it more likely that you’ll catch any major issues (like water damage) early, before they become even bigger problems.

If a thorough cleaning session feels overwhelming, try picking one area to deep clean each week – take it one step at a time! And in some areas, like your kitchen, it makes more sense to clean over an extended amount of time, since there’s so much work to be done in the cabinets and drawers. Our suggested list of what to clean in each area of your home is listed below – we hope it’s helpful!

Every Room

  • Vacuum and wash all air vents.
  • Dust and clean your ceiling fans and light fixtures, including any lamps shades in a room.
  • Clean your baseboards, window sills, doors, and any smudges on your walls (including spots that are usually hidden by furniture).
  • Clean your floors really well by hiring a professional carpet cleaner and mopping hard surfaces.
  • Vacuum and clean all area rugs in your home.
  • Wash windows (inside and out), as well as window treatments.


  • Deep clean the inside of your pantry, cabinets, refrigerator and oven.
  • Clean the outside of your cabinets, refrigerator and oven.
  • Disinfect refrigerator and oven handles, stove knobs and faucet handles.
  • Clean and re-seal (if applicable) your counters focusing especially on any grout lines. Hire a professional if needed.


  • Wash bathmats and shower curtain.
  • Deep clean shower walls and countertops, focusing on especially any grout lines. Hire a professional if needed.
  • Scrub bath tub and toilet well.
  • Go through vanity and properly discard un-used and expired makeup and medications.
  • Dust accessory items.

Family Room

  • Vacuum and/or wash upholstery and dust case-goods.
  • Polish wood furniture.
  • Dust TV and art on walls.
  • Wash throw pillows and blankets.
  • Dust accessory items.


  • Wash all bedding, throw pillows and blankets.
  • Go through drawers of nightstands and purge anything un-used.
  • Go through dressers and closet to evaluate clothing and determine what is un-used or un-wanted.
  • Dry clean winter coats for storage.
  • Dust accessory items.


  • Check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Update your house first aid kit.
  • Check to make sure your fire extinguisher is not expired.

Don’t forget outside!

  • Sweep your front porch and back patio.
  • Make sure your garage is organized and all seasonal decorations are properly stored.
  • Brush off any outdoor furniture, washing cushions where needed.
  • Deep clean your grill.
  • Clean the exterior walls, hiring a professional if needed.