I am going to be writing a series of posts on how to deep clean the various parts of our homes, as an easy-to-use companion to my daily cleaning checklist. This guide on how to deep clean your entryway is the first!
What these guides are meant for
This guide is not your every-week clean up guide. This is how you deep clean the entryway when you have set aside specific time for deep cleaning your home. Do you want to get your cleaning on a regular schedule? Join my email list where I will send you rotating household tasks each day. I will encourage you to deep clean your home regularly, but my goal is to make it do-able for any busy schedule!
In my emails, I will tell you to set a timer two days a week for 15 minutes each day, and that is your deep-cleaning time. More about my deep cleaning method here.
How to Deep Clean Your Entryway
Step 1: Declutter
- Grab three bags – one for “trash”, one for “put away”, one for “donate”.
- Remove all shoes and boots and put them away.
- Empty out coat closet. Use your bags to categorize the items that don’t belong in your coat closet. Store out of season items, donate or toss unneeded items. Organize your shelving as you put everything back.
- Declutter any other items that don’t belong in the foyer. Do not keep anything that is not useful or beautiful – toss or donate it.
- Empty your “put away” bag by immediately putting everything in it’s place.
Step 2: Spray and scrub
- Dust light fixtures and lamps with a damp microfiber rag.
- Wash walls and trim with a damp microfiber rag. Spray on a half-water, half-vinegar solution if there is visible dirt.
- Wash the ceiling with a damp microfiber rag and a half-water, half-vinegar solution. (This could be a once-per-year task.)
- Wash doors, knobs and switch plates.
- Wash or polish furniture in the foyer. Use the half-and-half vinegar spray for wood furniture.
- Spot clean, vacuum, or launder cushion covers.
- In the coat closet: Wash walls, shelves and floor, if needed. Does it need new paint? Add to your to-do list.
- Wash baseboards
- Shake the entry mat. Does it need to be replaced? Add to your to-do list.
- Sweep and wash floors.
Step 3: Repairs and Paint
- Reseal grout lines, if necessary.
- Check front door, walls, and baseboards for nicks that need to be filled and painted. I frequently need to give my front door a dab of paint to cover fingerprints that don’t wash off, or scuffs.
- Check furniture and knobs for loose screws, wobbling, or general updates needed.
- Check the baseboards for missing caulk on the top and bottom. If your wall paint doesn’t seal up the crack of the baseboard, a nice white, paintable caulk will improve the appearance along the baseboards and keep bugs and cold air out.