A Sample Professional House Cleaning Checklist

Need some house cleaning and order in the house? Whether you want to allocate house cleaning tasks to your family members, discuss cleaning responsibilities with a cleaning contractor or you’re the contractor that’s putting together checklists, we’ve got you covered.

Our sample checklist below will show you exactly what needs to be done during house cleaning. The sections will help you keep cleaning organised for excellent systematic clean-up of any premises.


General Cleaning Tasks Done on a Regular Basis



Bedrooms are used often, so most tasks will need to take place weekly, and some daily:

  • Dusting and wiping of surfaces
  • Wiping down doors and drawers
  • Clean cobwebs from corners
  • Vacuum or mop floors
  • Disinfect items often touched, such as light switches and handles on doors
  • Empty trash


  • Make bed
  • Repack much used spaces such as shoe storage



  • Cleaning and drying of exterior surfaces of all appliances, like:
    • Kettle
    • Oven and stove—clean all knobs thoroughly
    • Fridge and freezer
    • Toaster
    • Coffee machine
    • Microwave
    • Dishwasher
  • Clean regularly used components of microwave, stove and oven, such as drip pans and microwave turntable
  • Clean sink
  • Wiping down cupboard doors, chairs, tables and counters
  • Sweep or vacuum floor
  • Wash floor
  • Clean and disinfect often used surfaces like door knobs
  • Take out trash



  • Dust all surfaces
  • Cleaning and disinfecting of bathroom features:
    • Toilet
    • Washbasin
    • Bath
    • Shower
    • Mirrors
    • Floors
    • Fittings and hardware
  • Towels and washcloths must be removed for laundry on a regular basis
  • Tidy rugs
  • Set out clean towels
  • Tidy soap, shampoo and other loose items
  • Empty trash


Note: Determine a schedule for washing towels. Experts advise washing after every three uses, which in most households would require fresh towels twice a week.


Other Rooms

  • Dust surfaces like counters and tabletops
  • Wipe down chairs, door panels and other smooth surfaces
  • Dust or vacuum furniture, depending on the type
  • Carefully dust or wipe down items like ornaments, vases, lamp shades and picture frames
  • Dust and then clean mirrors
  • Vacuum carpets and wash hard floors
  • Empty trash


Occasional and Deep Cleaning

These tasks you may not do on a daily or even weekly basis. The need will depend on the use of the room or item involved:

  • Deep cleaning carpets
  • Window washing (inside and outside)
  • Upholstery cleaning
  • Deep cleaning in bathroom, for example grout and build up in shower
  • Cleaning and disinfecting large appliances:
    • Ceiling fan
    • Dishwasher
    • Oven
    • Refrigerator
  • Filling up containers, such as bathroom soap


Note: Determine a schedule for changing bed sheets. Some households prefer weekly changes but many experts say bi-weekly is sufficient.



Washing will take place on a schedule dependent on the household needs. For example, mothers may need to wash cloth nappies daily. Other items will be washed on a weekly or bi-weekly basis:

  • Bedding
  • Clothing
  • Nappies
  • Curtains—seasonal
  • Bathroom and kitchen laundry items
  • Loose rugs


In Conclusion

We’ve covered all the bases. Now you can look forward to a clean property after following the guidelines or making sure someone else did.

Are there other domestic scenarios you would like some advice or checklists for? Share in the comments and let’s help!