How to Professionally Clean a Home

How to Professionally Clean a Home

Supply List:

  • Glass cleaner
  • Furniture polish
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Granite cleaner
  • Scrub pads
  • Stainless steel cleaner
  • Floor cleaner
  • Bathroom cleaner
  • Magic erasers
  • Microfiber mops
  • Microfiber pads
  • Broom/dustpan
  • Supply caddy (Home Depot or amazon has some nice caddy’s)
  • Dust mop
  • Grout brush
  • Small toothbrush
  • Cleaning cloths (terry and microfiber cloths)
  • Step ladder)


Start at the top of the home and work your way down. The cleaning routine is for a one-person cleaner just starting out. Of course, the routine changes with more cleaners. When you have more cleaners in the home each person is responsible for different tasks.

  • Empty all trash and replace trash bags
  • Pick up/straighten/ make beds if needed
  • Remove cobwebs, dust baseboards
  • Dust ceiling fans
  • Clean windowsills and wipe down doors
  • Dust all furniture including bottoms and sides
  • Clean all glass surfaces including smudges on windows
  • Clean and disinfect bathrooms (dust light bulbs and wipe down cabinets)
  • Sweep, Vacuum, Mop all floors
  • Clean kitchen (including inside of microwave, top of refrigerator)
  • Wipe down kitchen cabinet facings
  • Polish all glass surfaces and stainless steel in kitchen

For initial cleanings, include all the above plus the following:

 Wet wash all baseboards and doors

  • Clean all light fixtures
  • Clean all wall hangings
  • Clean all knickknacks
  • Clean vents
  • Remove books from bookshelves and clean

Fast House Cleaning Tips

Clean the whole house, not one room at a time

Gather all your cleaning tools in a caddy

Clean the clutter

Dust and Vacuum

Wipe Mirrors and Glass

Disinfect Counter Tops and surface areas

Focus on tubs, sinks and toilets

Sweep then mop

What can a cleaner accomplish in two hours?

Vacuuming the entire house

Cleaning the kitchen, including quickly mopping the floor

A few assorted small tasks like wiping down surfaces

What does a move-out cleaning include?

When a move-out cleaning is taking place, in addition to all the rooms, all the baseboards, of the house will be cleaned. This includes hallways, all doors will also be cleaned. Professional cleaners will remove dirty fingerprints and dirt from doors and doorways.

Professional Housecleaner checklist

Dust all furniture



Dust window ledges and blinds

Dust lamps, light fixtures, and ceiling fans

Dust baseboards, wipe down doors and door frames

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