Deep Cleaning Housekeeping Checklist

Deep Clean

Published on September 8, 2019

Here's a guide to your deep cleaning checklist for your housekeeper to stay on top of housekeeping tasks. Click To TweetWhen cleaning a property, it’s very important to adhere to all standards of cleanliness.  From light housekeeping to deep cleaning, your housekeeper and cleaner should be hitting these key duties each time they work.  Knowing what they should be doing can be challenging, especially if you don’t often clean your own home or property. Using schedules, rotas and checklists are a great way to ensure the staff consistently achieve high standards each time.

A checklist is often used in commercial environments. It’s a great way to support your housekeeper or cleaner and give you peace of mind that your property is being properly cared for.

Read on to learn more about a deep cleaning and download a free checklist!

Which areas of your home should be deep cleaned?

Your home should be regularly deep cleaned. Each area of your room requires deep cleaning on a regular basis.  Not to be confused with general cleaning (see this checklist), deep cleaning should be a thorough clean of a specific area. For example, the fridge should be emptied and cleaned, before replacing the food. Any out of date tins or jars should be discarded. In the living area the sofa and cushion covers should be removed and cleaned as well as carpets, curtains and such. Specialist care may be required for these items. No stone should be left unturned in the deep clean.

What steps should your housekeeper take to deep clean your house?

Make your expectations clear right from the start as you and your housekeeper’s standards may differ. Have open and honest communication with them, and be realistic about the time required for deep cleaning tasks. For example, a half-empty fridge takes much less time to empty and clean than a fridge that’s full to the brim, so a deep clean performed at different times of the week or month may affect the cleaning time. Time spent or saved will have a knock-on effect on other duties and so you should be flexible enough to adjust for other duties and/or time spent.

You should then monitor the deep cleaning. Perform spot checks around the property to ensure that the cleaning is being done to the standards and give feedback to the housekeeper or cleaner. If they aren’t meeting your standards, it might be because they didn’t understand your expectations – so communication is key!

What’s on a deep cleaning checklist for housekeepers?

A good deep cleaning checklist for housekeepers should include all the key essentials.  It will of course vary from property to property, and the time spent will affect the overall schedule.  If you need a good schedule being created, then consider getting one made here.  But for ease, we’ve created a handy deep cleaning checklist which you can download for free!


and because we are super awesome – here is another free checklist to use with the first one.


How can PT help?

Polo & Tweed work with clients and candidates around the world. We are experts on matching the right staff with the right property as well as providing housekeeper training and support.  We work with both domestic and commercial clients. If you require additional support for your existing housekeeper or need to find a new one, let us help you.  For all your training needs click here.  For recruitment click here.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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