Printable House Cleaning Check List

The easiest way to clean your house, so that you're not ashamed if somebody drops by, is to utilize a regular cleaning checklist. The optimal list is one you create yourself, tailor-make to your family's needs.

Keep a list posted on your refrigerator door or by a calendar to help remind you what you need to do that day. If you have kids, think about giving them a weekly checklist to do also.

Here are a few things to think about before you begin:

  • How often do you need to clean different areas? Those with pets or young children will discover that floors require additional attention. If you let your desk constantly remain in a messy condition, you may find that you are always feeling stressed out.
  • What days are you the most busy? Designate a day for cleaning when your schedule is not so full, or divide the chores over a number of days.
  • When am I running my errands? Setting aside a specific day to run errands will allow you additional time during the remainder of the week. Be sure not to try cleaning on a day you need to run errands.
  • At what point do I get to relax? When you need to, take a break and relax and enjoy your clean house.

Making a Checklist for Regular Cleaning

  1. Get four pieces of paper. Label them: daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal.
  2. Go to each and every room in your home. Jot down anything you should do so your home will appear nicer. Be certain to jot down chores on the corresponding note papers based on the frequency for doing them.
  3. You shouldn't have to spend any more than five minutes on each room.

When you adhere to this schedule for the most part, then your home will stay relatively clean, making more intense cleaning a lot simpler.

If you want to have a generic list as a starting point for creating your own list then the following printable house cleaning check list will be a good starting point.

Begin with the Kitchen

  • Clean the exteriors of appliances.
  • Clean off the counter tops and kitchen cabinet doors.
  • Scour and polish the sink.
  • Sweep then damp mop the floor.

Quick-Cleaning Tips

1. Keep a spray bottle of an all-purpose spray cleaner in the kitchen for quick cleanup.

2. Keep a broom and dustpan in the kitchen for sweeping up after meals.

Bathroom Cleaning

  • Use general-purpose spray cleaners or mix vinegar and water to clean the sink and counter tops.
  • Clean tub with general-purpose cleaner, vinegar and water, or baking soda paste. Use stain-removing cleanser on rust.
  • Spray the exterior of the toilet with a general-purpose cleaner then sanitize the bowl with antibacterial toilet cleaner.
  • Clean the mirror with window cleaner.
  • Sweep and damp mop the floor.

Dust Furniture and Shelves In Living Areas

  • Get rid of dust build-up on furnishings and anywhere it accumulates with a non-abrasive cloth that attracts dust. When dusting, use a slightly damp cloth to prevent dust from flying about.
  • For fine wood furniture, use dusting cloths in place of silicon sprays.
  • Don't put off dusting furniture. Frequent dusting removes airborne deposits that build up in a filmy layer and can scratch the surface.
  • Never use all-purpose cleaning sprays unless your furniture has a plastic coating, such as the kind used on kitchen tables and children's furniture.

Wax or Not?

Wax does add a hard finish and gives long-lasting protection. It doesn't smear and it is much more durable than sprays or polishes are.

Use paste wax or liquid wax made specifically for furniture. Depending on use, paste wax finishes may last as long as two years. Liquid wax is easier to apply but leaves a thinner coating; it may need to be applied more frequently than paste wax.

Vacuuming Living Spaces

  • Before you vacuum, pick up large debris, scraps of paper, buttons, and objects that may damage your vacuum belts and hoses.
  • To avoid dust and debris from building up, run a vacuum through your living spaces once a week. Hardwood floors should be vacuumed, as this method of cleaning is more effective on this type of surface. They should never be swept with a hard bristle broom. Using a dust mop is what is recommended.
  • Try vacuuming steadily and evenly in overlapping parallel patterns.

Change Bed Linens

  • We recommend changing and laundering sheets and pillowcases once a week.
  • For even wear, rotate your sheets, storing fresh sheets at the bottom of the stack in your linen closet.
  • For best results, wash your sheets in warm water and use non-chlorine bleach when needed.
  • Wash all-cotton spreads, blankets, and coverlets in cold water to avoid shrinkage.

Clean Off the Front Entry and Steps

  • Remember to sweep your entryways once a week.
  • For bigger areas that need more heavy-duty sweeping, like decks, garages or drives, try out a utility broom.

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