When you hire a cleaning service, you may be handed a long, very detailed checklist of what will be cleaned in each room of your home. Although their checklist may be very thorough, it could also be overwhelming! Just in case, here are a few things that are easy for anyone to overlook and may be worth asking your home cleaning service to include.  


The kitchen is often a heavily used, shared space and is an extremely important area to sanitize and disinfect. Are these items on the list?

  1. Microwave – You clean your pots, pans, and oven right? Even if there aren't visible spots, the microwave is worth an extra scrub since you cook food inside of it.
  2. The Garbage Can – Gross stuff sits in your garbage can, sometimes for long periods of time. Ask your cleaning person to help you sanitize the garbage can inside and out.  


The bathroom may likely be a big focus for your cleaning crew. Here are a few items that you may not think of right away:

  1. Shower Curtain – If you use a cloth shower curtain (interior or exterior), have an extra one for the cleaning person to swap out and toss in the laundry.
  2. Toilet Brush – Don't clean your toilet with a dirty brush; consider asking your cleaning person to soak the toilet brush in a bucket of a bleach-based solution after cleaning.


Bedrooms may seem simple enough to clean. However, here are a few things that may require some extra attention:

  1. Ceiling Fan – When ceiling fans aren't in use, they may as well be a dust magnet. In cooler seasons, ask your home cleaning service to carefully dust the fan blades.
  2. Curtains – Consider having your curtains washed or at least tumbled in the dryer to get the dust out of them.

Laundry Room

Laundry rooms need cleaning, too. Constant heat, moisture, and possibly low-circulation of air make the laundry room prone to mold and heavy dust build-up. Consider adding these items to your checklist:

  1. Exterior Surfaces of Washer and Dryer – Dryer lint particles fly around easily and cling to any surface; this is a potential fire hazard and is important to keep at bay.
  2. Laundry Tub – If not scrubbed frequently, sludge can build up from laundry soap, dust, and dirt and potentially clog the drain.

Communicating your needs and preferences with your home cleaning service is very important. Make sure to review the cleaning service checklist and share anything you would like added. Reach out to a home cleaning service to ask about their checklist.