What Are Cleaning Checklists and Why Do You Need One?

Whether you take care of the cleaning yourself, or outsource your housekeeping to a trusted cleaning company in Toronto, knowing how to optimize your cleaning is instrumental in safeguarding your and your loved ones’ health during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. 

In previous articles, we listed the many advantages of using a professional cleaner and told you how to find a reliable cleaning service in Toronto. Now we’ll look at the advanced cleaning checklists these companies use to ensure your home gets the fastest and most thorough cleaning possible. Read on!

What is the purpose of a cleaning checklist?

What if we told you there’s a way to speed up and increase the quality of your cleaning without having to invest in expensive cleaning equipment or spend even more of your valuable free time on household chores? 

By following a professional-grade cleaning checklist, you will have a clear overview of important surfaces not to be overlooked during your cleaning and plan out your cleaning in a way that minimizes the amount of time and effort required. 

Finally, a good checklist means you won’t have to constantly plan your next step or wonder if you’ve missed a spot or neglected a certain area of your home. Instead, you’ll be able to make your cleaning all the more enjoyable by listening to music, podcasts, or audiobooks without any distractions.

What do professional house cleaners do?

Professional cleaners specialize in providing a hotel-like standard of cleanliness in the most efficient manner possible. To achieve this, they use expert-level cleaning techniques and follow cleaning checklists that have been optimized to ensure the best possible results. 

Here are some examples of cleaning checklists industry pros use:

General cleaning

  • Mop the floors
  • Vacuum floors, rugs, and carpeting
  • Remove cobwebs
  • Clean and sanitize switch plate covers and door handles
  • Throw out the trash and replace the liners
  • Dust light fixtures
  • Dust shutters
  • Clean ledges, windowsills, and baseboards
  • Wash window frames, door frames, and doors


  • Wipe down countertops, backsplash, and small appliances
  • Clean the exteriors of appliances
  • Clean inside drawers and cabinets
  • Clean sinks, drains, and faucets with a toothbrush
  • Clean drawers and cabinet doors
  • Clean the handprints on patio door glass
  • Clean kitchen furniture
  • Remove build-up on surfaces
  • Clean the interiors of large appliances (fridge, oven, etc.)
  • Clean the interior of the microwave


  • Polish mirrors and chrome
  • Clean sinks, drains, and faucets with a toothbrush
  • Clean tile walls, bathtubs, showers, and grout
  • Clean and disinfect the toilet
  • Wash the countertops
  • Clean and sanitize towel racks, paper holders, switch plates, and door handles
  • Wash vanities and cabinet exteriors
  • Vacuum the ceiling fans
  • Dust toiletries, shelving, and picture frames
  • Clean inside drawers and cabinets
  • Remove build-up on surfaces


  • Vacuum underneath furniture
  • Straighten linens
  • Vacuum upholstery
  • Dust furniture, picture frames, shelving, lampshades, knick-knacks, etc.

Additional cleaning

  • Replace linens
  • Clean the interior of stove, drive, and cabinets
  • Clean the basement
  • Clean the blinds
  • Clean inside closets
  • Wash the walls
  • Deal with heavy build-up
  • Replace linens

Where can I find a dependable cleaning company in Toronto?

What is the purpose of a cleaning checklistIf all of the above sounds like it requires a lot of time and effort, that’s because it does! Cleaning pros aren’t called pros for nothing: cleaning a home to the highest standards is something that requires commitment, dedication, and attention to detail.

By having a reputable company handle your house cleaning on a regular basis, not only will you get a squeaky clean place but also finally reclaim the leisure time you need to unwind, such as during a relaxing trip to the Royal Ontario Museum with friends. 

Whatever your cleaning needs may be, Maid Near Me is always here for you! Book your cleaning today, or give us a call if you’d like to learn more about who we are and why we’re the best.