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Deep Cleaning Tips

As a serial renter, I’ve moved around to many houses and apartment of varying levels of cleanliness, so I’ve learned on the job about how to scrub, scrub, scrub my way to a comfortable, livable home. But even if you’re not a renter, messes–and big ones!–just happen sometimes. Here are a couple of the mess-attracting-est places and how to get them glistening.

Linoleum Floors

What You’ll Need

  • De-greaser in a spray bottle (any off brand will suffice)
  • Bucket of warm water
  • A mop (I use the Libman Wonder Mop for almost everything)
  • A wet floor sign (or something to let the fam know that the floor you’re about to clean is off limits–warning: it gets slick)

How to Do It

  1. Square off sections of the kitchen, bathroom, or whatever space you’re in. This applies to all mopping–start in one corner and work your way one direction in the room. Preferably, plan it around your exit strategy so you don’t mop your way into a corner where you are forced to watch the floor dry. Especially because–and I can’t stress this enough–de-greaser is slippery.
  2. Spray a generous amount of de-greaser on the floor and give it just a few seconds to let the grime suffer in its own filth.
  3. Wet the mop head in the bucket just enough to give it some life; you don’t need the water and you don’t want to wash away the de-greaeser, but the de-greaser isn’t wet enough for the mop to really do its job.
  4. Mop over the area you’ve de-greased and give just a tiny amount of pressure to the mop. To be honest, the stuff is so powerful that you may not need elbow grease at all.
  5. Repeat as you go about the room

Follow Up Advice

  • De-greaser is great for cutting through that residue, but it sometimes leaves a different residue of its own, almost like a clean coat of protection. But that can be sticky, so I usually hit the floor with a multipurpose cleaner again after the initial deep clean is done.
  • I’m going to say it one more time: de-greaser is slippery. Don’t walk on it or you will fall and it will hurt.

Bathtubs

What You’ll Need

  • A gross bathtub
  • Dish soap
  • Scrub brush with a handle (here’s the one I use)
  • A towel

How to Do It

  1. Start running the tub to fill it up.
  2. Once you get the water going, pour one or two big squeezes of dishsoap in right at the faucet. This will ensure maximum bubbles and will carry the soap around the rest of the tub instead of having those weird pockets of lots of soap or no soap.
  3. Fill the tub up about halfway, including bubbles. Do not go higher than halfway.
  4. Let it sit. If you’re deep cleaning anything, one of the common factors is time. Cleaning products (even chemicals, which I try to use sparingly) take a fair amount of time to get the job done. Come back in an hour or two.
  5. Fold the towel at the base of the tub, on the outside. You’re going to kneel on this.
  6. Take your brush and just start scrubbin’ away. Start inside the water and scrub the bottom of the tub; there is no rhyme or reason on how to scrub so just go ahead and let frenzy kick in; take out your stress in this useful cleaning act.
  7. After you’ve made a dent in the base of the tub, your brush will be all soapy and malleable. Using the tub as a bucket, now you can scrub up the rest of the tub and the walls. Then use a shower head or wet rag to wipe the soap residue off.
  8. Drain the tub and watch it sparkle.

Follow Up Advice

  • If you aren’t keen on taking a bristled scrub brush to your tub, a dish sponge will work just as well. May just require a little more elbow grease on your part

Ovens and Stove Tops

What You’ll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Dish soap
  • Dish towel
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Scrub brush

How to Do It

Oven

  1. Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the inside of your oven.
  2. Spray it with water to create a paste.
  3. Let it sit overnight.

Stove Top

  1. Sprinkle baking soda onto the glass stove top.
  2. Wet the towels and lather them up with soap. Lay them on top of the stove.
  3. Let it sit overnight

In the morning

  1. Wipe down the stove top and watch it sparkle!
  2. Use the scrub brush to break down residue inside the oven.
  3. Using the soapy towels from the stove top, wipe out the inside of the oven.

Follow Up Advice

These tips apply to glass stove tops. Leave a comment if you want to see a post about electric burners!

 

Have other stuff you need to deep clean? Drop a comment and I’d love to give more advice!

2 thoughts on “Deep Cleaning Tips”

    1. Hi Carrie! Vinegar and baking soda should do the trick. Sprinkle with baking soda, then use a soft vinegar-soaked sponge to scrub it clean. Should work in the grooves. Then rinse! Let me know how it works for you! 🙂

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