The ultimate cleaning checklist: tips from professional cleaners

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Keeping a clean and organised home is super important for many reasons. Not only does it create a cozy and healthy living environment, but it can also boost our mood and productivity. But let’s face it, with our busy schedules and never-ending to-do lists, it can be tough to stay on top of all the cleaning tasks. This is where a cleaning checklist can come to the rescue!

In this article, we’re thrilled to share with you the ultimate cleaning checklist, complete with tips and advice from professional cleaners. We’ll cover all the key areas of the home, from the kitchen to the bathroom, living room, and bedrooms, and even those often forgotten spaces like the laundry room and garage. Plus, we’ll talk about the benefits of using a cleaning checklist, and even give you some pointers on how to find the best cleaning service for your home.

So whether you’re a busy bee with a jam-packed schedule, a devoted parent, or just someone who wants to keep their home spick and span, we’ve got your back. With our helpful tips and tricks, you’ll be able to tackle those cleaning tasks like a pro and enjoy a clean and organised home in no time!

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The kitchen is often considered the heart of the home, and for good reason. It’s where we prepare and enjoy our meals, spend time with loved ones, and create memories long lasting memories. However, with all the cooking and meal prep that happens in the kitchen, it’s also a place where messes and spills can quickly accumulate.

Keeping a clean kitchen is essential not only for hygiene reasons but also for the overall appearance and functionality of the space. Are you ready to make it shine? Here are some tasks to help you get started:

Daily cleaning tasks

  • Clear the countertops and tables of any clutter and wipe them down with a disinfectant spray.
  • Wash dishes, utensils, and any cookware that’s piled up in the sink.

Weekly cleaning tasks

  • Next, clean your appliances, including the refrigerator, stove, and microwave, both inside and out. You can use a light all-purpose spray or warm soapy water.
  • Scrub the sink, taps, and drain with a cleaning solution and a scrub brush or sponge.

* Bonus tip: An eco-friendly way to refresh your sink drain is to pour a mixture of baking soda and vinegar down the drain. First, sprinkle one cup of baking soda down the drain, then follow with one cup of white vinegar (or lemon juice). Let the mixture sit for about 10-15 minutes before rinsing with hot water. This combination will help break down any buildup or blockages in the drain while also neutralizing any unpleasant odors.

  • Sweep or vacuum the floor, paying attention to corners and hard-to-reach areas.
  • Mop or wipe down the floor with a suitable floor cleaner to remove any dirt or stains.
  • Clean windows from prints and give them a full wipe down once a month to keep them looking shiny at all times.

Common mistakes to avoid

When cleaning the kitchen, there are some common mistakes to avoid. For example, using abrasive cleaners on delicate surfaces or spilling an oven cleaner on wooden surfaces can lead to damages. Additionally, forgetting to clean your kitchen sponges and towels regularly can spread bacteria and germs.

Remember, a clean kitchen can make a big difference in your daily routine, so take your time and enjoy the process!


Ah, the bathroom – it’s where we start and end our days, and often a place of refuge when we need some “me time.” An unclean bathroom can be a major turn-off, not to mention a potential health hazard. That’s why it’s important to keep this space fresh at all times.

To help you achieve a sparkling clean bathroom, we’ve put together a detailed cleaning checklist, complete with tips and tricks from the pros.

Here’s a little tip – applying the cleaning products and leaving them to work for a few minutes before wiping away can save you time and effort in the long run.

  • Declutter: Start by removing any unnecessary items from the counters and shelves. Throw away any empty bottles, tubes, or expired products.
  • Dusting: Dust any shelves or surfaces as needed. Don’t miss the exhaust fan, light fixtures, and any decorative items.
  • Toilet: Clean the inside of the toilet bowl with a toilet cleaner and brush thoroughly. Don’t forget to wipe down outside of the toilet as well – the lid, seat, and base.
  • Shower and bathtub: Use a shower cleaner or all-purpose cleaner to clean the walls, floor, and any glass doors. Pay extra attention to any areas with soap scum or mildew buildup.
  • Descaling: Remove limescale from showerheads, taps, and tiles using an appropriate descaling solution. For more details, see our guide on removing tough limescale.
  • Sink and countertops: Use a surface cleaner or all-purpose cleaner to clean the sink and countertops. Wipe down the taps and handles.
  • Clean mirrors: Spray a glass cleaner on the mirror and wipe it down with a microfiber cloth or paper towel.
  • Vacuum floors and mop with a disinfectant cleaner. If your bathroom is small it might make sense to clean your floor by hand.

⚠️ Please remember that mixing strong cleaning products can be harmful.
For example limescale remover with mildew remover contain bleach or other chemicals that can react with each other and create toxic fumes. This can result in respiratory irritation or even chemical burns if the fumes are inhaled or come into contact with the skin or eyes.

To avoid any potential hazards, it’s important to read the labels of all cleaning products carefully and follow the instructions for use. If you’re not sure whether two cleaning products can be safely combined, it’s best to avoid mixing them altogether.

Instead, you can use each product separately and give them time to work on the specific areas that require cleaning. And remember, always make sure to use cleaning products in a well-ventilated area and wear gloves and protective eyewear if necessary to protect your skin and eyes.

Living Room and Bedrooms

Keeping a clean and organised living room and bedroom can have a significant impact on your well-being. We can feel way more relaxed when we have a tidy and peaceful environment. So, let’s dive into some helpful tips for keeping these areas in tip-top shape and reduce our stress levels!

  • First, it’s time to organise. Take a few minutes to put away any items that are out of place, such as books, magazines, or clothes. If you have drawers or closets that are cluttered, take the time to organise them so you can find what you need easily.
  • It’s important to wash your bedding regularly. Wash your sheets, pillowcases, and blankets to keep your bed clean and cozy.
  • Next, dust all surfaces in your living room and bedroom with a soft microfiber cloth. This will help keep the air clean and fresh, and it’s a quick and easy task you can do regularly. Don’t forget to vacuum the floors, carpets, and rugs to remove any dust or debris that has accumulated. Check out our guide for tips on keeping your carpets smelling fresh.
  • Don’t forget to give some love to your upholstered furniture like sofas or chairs! Cleaning them regularly will help them stay looking new and fresh, so you can enjoy them for longer.
  • Finally, clean your windows with a glass cleaner and a soft microfiber cloth or paper towel. You’ll be surprised how much natural light can brighten up a room and make it feel more inviting!

By following these tips, your living room and bedroom will be a clean heaven you’ll love spending time in.

Miscellaneous Areas

There are other areas of the home that may require some attention when it comes to cleaning, and they are often overlooked. These areas include the laundry room, garage, and outdoor spaces. Shall we dive into some ways to keep things nice and tidy?

  • In the laundry room, make sure to clean your washer and dryer regularly to avoid any buildup of dirt or lint. Don’t forget to sweep or mop the floor as well.
  • For the garage, take some time to declutter and organise any tools, sports equipment, or other items that have accumulated over time. Sweep the floors and wipe down any surfaces.
  • When it comes to outdoor spaces, like the patio or deck, sweep away any debris. Give the area (including any outdoor furniture) a good clean with a pressure washer.

Professional Cleaning Services

Keeping your home clean can be a challenge, but did you know that hiring a professional cleaning service can make your life easier? Not only can it save you time and energy, but it can also ensure your home is always in tip-top shape. Here are the top 5 benefits of hiring a professional cleaning agency to look after your home:

  • Saves Time and Energy: Professional cleaning companies can handle the time-consuming and physically demanding task of cleaning, freeing up your time and energy for other things.
  • Consistent Results: Professional cleaners are trained to deliver consistent, high-quality results every time, ensuring your home is always clean and tidy.
  • Deep Cleaning: A professional cleaning company can provide a deep clean that may be challenging to achieve on your own, and in just a few hours.
  • Customised Cleaning Plans: Professional cleaners can work with you to create a customised cleaning schedule that meets your specific needs and preferences.
  • Peace of Mind: Knowing that your home is being maintained by trusted professionals can provide peace of mind and a sense of security.

If you’re looking for a reliable cleaning service, we’ve got you covered with some helpful tips. Firstly, be sure to do some research and find a company that is reputable and reliable. Look for customer reviews and ask for recommendations from friends or family members. You’ll also want to make sure the company is licensed and insured to protect yourself and your home.

When working with a cleaning service, communication is key. Be sure to discuss your cleaning needs and preferences upfront and ask any questions you may have. This will help the cleaning team understand your expectations and ensure you’re happy with the results.

It’s also important to establish a regular cleaning schedule that works for you and the cleaning team. This will help maintain a consistent cleaning routine and keep your home looking its best.

Hiring a professional cleaning company can be a game-changer for keeping your home clean and stress-free. With a little research and effective communication, you can find a service that works for you and enjoy the benefits of a clean and healthy home.


Thanks for sticking with us until the end of the post! We hope you found it informative and helpful in keeping your home sparkling clean.

To recap, we covered the importance of having a clean home, provided a detailed cleaning checklist for various areas of the house, and shared some common mistakes to avoid when cleaning. We also highlighted the benefits of hiring a professional cleaning service. If you’d like to learn more about arranging professional help, check out our article where we share tips on how to find a reputable company.

We encourage you to use the cleaning checklist and tips provided in this blog post to keep your home clean and tidy. Don’t forget that a clean home can improve your mood, reduce stress, and boost productivity. So, let’s make cleaning fun and efficient with our ultimate cleaning checklist!

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to reach out to us. We’re always here to help!

If you’re not feeling up for the task of cleaning yourself, don’t hesitate to contact Sparkle Home Cleaning for a professional and stress-free cleaning experience! We’ve got your back!

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