When buying your dream home, you are always awed and excited to be already living in it, get relaxed and be overly enjoyed over the very fact that you are living inside your dream home. But one thing always slips in the minds of the homeowners-to-be or brand new homeowners: Maintenance.
We all love big glass panes of clerestory windows, nice roof, intricate details of the house, and more. We love them… but they are very difficult to clean and maintain. For others, this is one of the reasons why they end up choosing different house to buy, or they ask the architect of their house to go for something less-maintained kind of home.
For sure we do not want to have our house looking like it’s been left abandoned and not taken care of.
Now that you’ve got your own house, or you’ve been living in your house for quite a while but still feel like you really haven’t made enough cleaning, I present to you my general checklist guide to get your started.
We will start off from top to bottom and outside in.
What you need:
- Sweeper (brush or alike)
- Leaf blower (if available)
There are many different kinds of roof – ranging from clay roof tiles, asphalt shingles, long span G.I. roofing, but there’s that one thing they have in common: Slope.
They all have slopes, but of different angles.
Steep-sloped roofs tend to be designed for a cold country or area because of the snow.
Low-inclined roofs are most of the time designed for hot/warm climates.
Slopes of the roofs have minimal effect maintenance-wise, but should be considered. Steep slopes usually roll down debris immediately – tending to accumulate down at the gutter. Low-inclined roofs can be very hard to clean when all dust or debris settle on it and accumulate for long periods of time.
It is advisable to pressure-wash your low-inclined roofs every year to keep it nice even from the view up above 🙂
The nice thing about roofs are that they are generally built to last.
What you should worry about are those gutters clogging up the downspout down to the catch basin. These gutters catch leaves and other debris imaginable.
What you need to avoid is for these to not accumulate, bringing more weight to the gutter, and to not clog up the downspout. This is very important to prevent leak along the gutter – as they’re not built to carry heavy loads.
For maintenance, keep in mind to clean the gutters every other week.
Bring a ladder or get someone to do it for you [if you’re afraid of doing this chore].
Just sweep the debris off and put in a container. If you have a blower, you can use this – provided that you don’t mind the flying leaves over your yard – which you will collect afterwards. 🙂
Windows / Glass walls / Glass doors
What you need:
- Damp Microfiber cloth [or newspaper]
- Glass cleaner
- Dry Microfiber cloth
Generally, glass windows only need to be cleaned twice a month, or every week if you prefer.
Sprinkle glass cleaner on to the glass and wipe with microfiber cloth – or in primeval times: newspaper, which are excellent wet absorber.
Glass doors tend to be much dirtier than glass windows so it is ideal to clean them twice a week.
Airconditioning Units (exterior and interior units)
What you need:
- Air-conditioning professionals
If you have split-type airconditioners, you have an outdoor condensing unit that need to be cleaned every six (6) months. Same for its indoor unit, extensive cleaning should be done every six (6) months, but mind you: they should be cleaned by qualified professionals.
What you, as the homeowner, need to take care of is its filter, which needs to be taken out and cleaned every week. This is necessary so the A/C unit takes in fresh air from the room for it to convert the air into fresh cold air efficiently, and not damaging the unit.
Ceiling & Walls
What you need:
- Long handle sponge mop
- All-purpose cleaning agent
- Dusting brush / Duster
- Microfiber cloth
Some might not know it but we need to clean ceiling and walls every now and then.
If it’s your first time to clean them or it’s been cleaned before a long time ago, vacuum all loose dirt [e.g. cobwebs], grab a bucket and mix some all-purpose cleaning agent, then wipe the ceiling and walls with the sponge or if you have a long-handle sponge mop – better and easier.
If you’ve done this just a month ago or weeks ago, simply brush or dust off the ceiling and walls from now on every two (2) weeks. While you’re at it, if you have a ceiling fan, dust it off as well but do this every week. Include also every hanging items in your home like chandelier, accessories, etc. This is to prevent dust from accumulating and sticking on the ceiling and walls.
Do the previous method quarterly or if needed… and include the ceiling fan, and other hanging items to prevent cobwebs among others.
What you need:
- Damp cloth
- All-purpose cleaning agent or Dishwashing soap
- Dry cloth
There are a lot of stuff in the kitchen and it’s possible you don’t know where to begin.
If you’re not an OC person, it is likely that you have a lot of stuff on the counter. Do me a favor and put them in the cupboards and cabinets for now. 🙂 And if you have dirty dishes, wash them now 🙂
Start by cleaning the counter. I know, i know. You are thinking that there are different types of countertops – from granite to marble to even wood and polished concrete.
Different material : different cleaning methods, but there are all-purpose cleaning agents you can find in the market which serves all types of materials, although there are brands that specialize in one… and you will love them.
Granite and other natural stone countertops almost have the same characteristics, so generally they have the same cleaning method.
What you need to find out first is if your countertop has been sealed off properly.
These stones are porous, so you might want to know if the installer applied a sealer before turning them over to you. If they did not apply this sealer, you should take care of your countertop: cleaning it every after use.
Do not leave any liquid or wet substances [most especially: oil] on the surface for too long as these will leave marks on the stone. If the countertop is dirty, wipe with damp cloth until clean, and follow with dry cloth immediately.
Stones sealed off properly will just give you a lotus effect for liquid or wet substances as it will not penetrate the stone.
Synthetic stones are non-porous stones so it is easier to manage and clean. Wipe with damp cloth [ or with cleaning agent], then wipe with dry cloth after. What you need to mind is the temperature of the object you’re putting on top. White synthetic stones usually are vulnerable to hot objects so remember to put cooking mat/trivet before the hot object.
Wood and Concrete finish countertops are beginning to get popular nowadays. They’re both very sensitive materials so they have different cleaning attacks. Both are usually sealed with durable chemical-resistant top coat or sealer, so if your countertops have been sealed: no need to take extra precautions in cleaning. Clean the countertops with damp cloth for every use and you’re good to go. I don’t really advise to use cleaning agents as these may wear off the sealer, but I suggest you use dishwashing soap to remove any oil buildup or other dirt. This will do, then wipe with dry cloth.
The key in cleaning the kitchen is : wipe with damp cloth, then follow will dry cloth.
What you need:
- Damp mop
- Floor cleaner
- Dry mop
- Vacuum or Sweeper
There are different types of flooring. Wood, stone or ceramic tiles (both glossy and matt), concrete, among other. Cleaning these types of materials are basic and common.
It is important that you sweep all loose debris on the floor then wipe off hard-to-remove stains before mopping with chemical agent.
I use CIF Floor cleaner for all kinds of floors. It is very good with tiles and polished concrete. BONA, although very expensive, is excellent for wood floorings (laminated, engineered, or solid wood). Follow BONA’s instruction very carefully to achieve desired results.
After mopping with chemical agent, dry with damp mop drained with plain water, only if necessary. Let the floor completely dry, then sweep again.
This is almost an every day chore, but you can do away with just every other day.
Furniture and Accessories
What you need:
- Furniture cleaner
Maintaining furniture is a weekly chore.
If your furniture has fabric and cushions, start off by vacuuming them.
Steel and wood materials are to be wiped with furniture cleaner (I use PLEDGE).
Hard to clean stains can be removed by calling upholstery cleaning experts.
Glass cleaner for glass materials.
Accessories can be wiped with WIPE OUT for a squeaky clean, almost brand new look.
So there you have it: my basic and general cleaning and maintenance guide for you all. You can follow this guide for your home maintenance. Below is my maintenance schedule summary I can share with you: