We hold our homes to extremely high cleanliness standards here at Dawson Retreats and have spent years perfecting what should be done during a cleaning and how often. And so today we want to share our cleaning schedule with you – but in such a way that you could apply it to your own home!
Now, admittedly, there are some things (such as washing the sheets after every use) that just won’t be practical for a home situation, so we’ve tweaked the schedule below a little bit. And you are welcome to tweak it even further to fit your own home situation! This is just a rough guideline for what all should be addressed.
We have three different cleaning schedules: One we do after every check out, one we do once a month, and then one we do twice a year. By having these separate schedules we are making sure that things get done when they need to be – not too early or too late.
Since you live in your home, we have added an additional schedule: Daily cleaning. This list shouldn’t be long and should just consist of the bare necessities. I do this in the evening at our home after I put the girls to bed so I can start the day with a clean slate. But you can do it whenever your schedule allows.
- Sweep dining and kitchen
- Clean dishes (load the dishwasher)
- Wipe kitchen counters
- Pick up clutter (in my case toys)
- Wipe down kitchen table & chairs
Weekly Cleaning Schedule
These are the things we normally do at each check out, but should be done once a week when applying it to a home situation. At our personal home, I’ll split these up and do a couple each day of the week. You might prefer to just set aside one day a week that is “house day” as my mom would do. Our schedule just won’t allow for that.
So moral of the story: do what works for you. If it doesn’t work, it won’t get done.
- Wash laundry (might need to be twice a week depending on family size)
- Wash bed sheets & towels
- Vacuum all rugs & floors (we recommend vacuuming over sweeping if your vacuum can handle bare floors. This will give you a deeper clean in a shorter amount of time. No more crumbs getting stuck in the grout lines!)
- Clean under couch cushions
- Vacuum any tufted furniture
- Wipe down the inside and outside of the microwave
- Dust all end tables, bed frames, etc.
- Clean inside and outside of the garbage can
- Empty all trash & take to the curb
- Run lint roller over comforters (we use duvet covers) to remove any hairs or crumbs
- Vacuum inside of tubs & showers to remove hair, then wipe down both
- Clean the inside and outside of the toilet seat & bowl
- Wipe down bathroom sinks
- Make sure there’s extra toilet paper in bathrooms
Monthly Cleaning Schedule
Some of these things we do during a normal cleaning, but most of these are a part of our monthly “deep clean”. In our personal home, we’ll split these up into four sections (such as vacuuming, bathrooms, bedrooms, living areas) and work them into our weekly cleanings. That way we aren’t overwhelmed trying to do it all in one day.
- Walk through the house and inspect for any damage that should be repaired
- Clean inside and outside of fridge & stove
- Clean any mirrors in the home
- Vacuum couches & upholstered chairs
- Wash duvet cover (if you have a comforter, it’s best to only wash it every six months – a year)
- Clean baseboards and walls
- Wash mattress & pillow protectors
- Check throw blankets to see if they need to be washed
- Organize kitchen cabinets and wipe them down during organizing
- Dust light fixtures & fans
- Sweep/Vacuum under ALL furniture
- Wipe down washer & dryer
- Wipe down window ledges
Bi-Annual Cleaning Schedule
We recommend doing this in the spring and fall. It’s difficult to get a really good clean if the weather is too cold or too hot. It’s also better to try and plan this on a non-rainy day. This list I will set aside a day to do it, instead of trying to split it up into my monthly routine.
- Spray/wash window screens and window wells (if applicable)
- Clean exterior and interior window panes
- Clean exterior light fixtures
- Open all windows and let the house air out as you complete the indoor work
- Clean inside and outside of light fixtures
- Clean above the kitchen cabinets
- Clean drawer under the oven
- Clean inside of washer & dryer
- Wipe ceiling fans
- Wash plush pillows
- Wash duvet insert (and comforter – but only if needed)
- Flip mattresses (this prevents them from getting that “sunken” affect)
- Change batteries in the smoke alarms
I hope this list has been helpful for you! We love our homes – and our cleaners – and take great pride in providing you with a clean, safe place to stay on your trips to Hamilton! We’d love to hear from you on what YOUR cleaning routine looks like! You can drop a comment below and let us know. 🙂