Professional Deep Cleaning Checklist: What’s Included?

Is it time for your annual spring clean? With this professional deep cleaning checklist from Brilho Luxury Cleaning & Services, your preferred deep cleaning company in Toronto, you’ll clean your entire house in no time. 

Gather Your Supplies

You’ll need the following: 

  • Rags, paper towels, or scrub pads that you can toss out afterward
  • Microfiber cloths for dusting and drying
  • Cleaning supplies, including dish soap, a degreaser, and a disinfectant
  • A stepladder
  • Two buckets
  • Rubber gloves
  • A scrubbing pad and scrubbing brush
  • An old toothbrush
  • Warm water
  • Vinegar
  • A spray bottle 

Mix equal parts of water and vinegar in a spray bottle and fill one bucket with warm soapy water and one with clean water. Ready, steady, clean!

Dust and Vacuum

Your first cleaning task is to pull out the stepladder and clean those hard-to-reach areas like your windows, ledges, cabinet tops, and light fixtures. These are the areas you never get around to normally, so add them to your deep cleaning checklist. 

We’re not suggesting using soapy water here because balancing on a ladder with a bucket of suds can prove challenging. Wiping away the dust and vacuuming after should do the trick. 

Clean the Faucets

Descale the showerheads and faucets with your vinegar solution, and don’t forget the aerators. Get that chrome gleaming with either vinegar or one of your cleaning agents. 

Vent Covers

Take the vent covers off and soak them in warm soapy water for about ten minutes to loosen the grime. Clean them off with one of the rags and stand them up to dry while you move on to the next task on your professional deep cleaning checklist. When dry, put them back in place. 

Windows and Blinds

Vacuum the window tracks and sills, paying particular attention to where the screen meets the sill. Remove insects or cobwebs from the screens and wipe everything down with a damp cloth to finish the job. 

Spray your blinds with the vinegar solution and scrub them clean. 

Sofa and Chairs

Take the cushions off and vacuum the seams and creases. Move the sofa to clean under it and behind it. 

Cabinets and Drawers

Remove everything from your cabinets and drawers so you can vacuum them and wipe them down. Leave them open to dry and air while you clean off the cabinet fronts using a damp cloth and your detergent. 


Wipe the oven out to remove any spills that could pose a fire hazard, and activate its self-cleaning feature. If you don’t have a self-cleaning oven, apply an oven cleaner, and it gets to work. 

Then remove the oven cleaner, and rinse off any residue. 


If you have grates, remove them and soak them in hot, soapy water with a degreasing agent. If there is a tray to collect spills, clean this out as well. 

Using warm water with a degreasing agent, scrub off food residue and grease from the hood fan, filter, and control knobs. 


If your microwave has stubborn grease marks, mix lemon and vinegar to remove them. Take the tray out of the device and wash it in soapy water. 

You can use your all-purpose cleaning agent for everything outside but the face and keypad. Use a window cleaner for these. Round off this section of your professional deep cleaning checklist with the microwave from its enclave to give it a thorough clean. 


Clear everything out and check the expiry dates. Take this opportunity to throw out items you’re unsure of or don’t like and clear more space. Wipe the inside with a damp cloth and then turn your attention to the door seals. 

Clean the gasket with warm soapy water, being sure to clean in between the grooves. Then use your disinfectant spray to kill any lurking bacteria. 


Place ½ cup of baking soda and a full cup of vinegar into the dishwasher and run it through a cycle. This disinfects it and removes soap residue. 

Grout Between the Tiles

The grout between tiles becomes grubby over time, so make sure this chore is on your list. There are several specialist cleaners that do the job. Use the old toothbrush to reach the areas where your scrubbing brush won’t fit. 

Shower Curtain

If you have a linen shower curtain, see if you can wash it in the machine. If so, pop it in. The plastic lining won’t stand up to a machine wash, so clean it by hand with soapy water or replace it entirely. 

Toothbrush Holder

You can also use the old toothbrush to get into the crevices of your toothbrush holder if it’s attached to the wall. If it’s free-standing, wash it in the sink with hot water with a few drops of liquid soap and then disinfect it. 


You’ll clean the toilet as usual, except here you’ll also wipe down the base, piping, and all those bits at the back you never get to usually. You’ll end up with spotless, clean toilets. 

Spot Cleaning Tips

These tips complete your professional deep cleaning checklist. After you complete these, take a break and relax. 

  • Ceiling fans: Wipe the blades to remove dust. If you have an old pillowcase, place it over the blades so that the fabric catches the dust when you clean it. 
  • Carpet cleaning: Treat stains or grubby areas on your upholstery and carpeting. 
  • Garbage Cans: Wipe out any waste receptacles and sanitize them.
  • Doors: Wipe your doors and the frames down with a damp cloth. 
  • Sink: Your sink is the final task. Use hot, soapy water to rinse it and clean the area around the drain, faucet, and backsplash. Use the disinfectant spray to clean germs. 

You’ll notice we didn’t mention the basement on this professional deep cleaning checklist. Read how to properly deep clean a basement, or contact us to do it for you.

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