If you’re a cleaning professional, you’ll need a house cleaning checklist to stay consistent and to show your customers what you’ve done.

Cleaning businesses use checklists for their many benefits: 

  • Service consistency: You can maintain consistently high service quality because employees can access standardized workflows, which shows them how to do a job and minimizes errors.
  • Customer satisfaction: Consistent service quality keeps customers happy and turns them into repeat customers
  • Professionalism: Using a cleaning checklist and sharing it with customers makes you look more professional.
  • Better organization: Your team becomes more organized and spends time only on relevant cleaning tasks that improve overall efficiency.
  • Improved accountability: If a cleaning job isn’t done right, you can refer employees to the house cleaning list so see what happened.

If you aren’t using checklists yet, here are some house cleaning templates to get you started.

Since many cleaning services are unique, and no one job is the same, use this template as the skeleton to build your own checklist(s). Customize it, add to it, and delete what doesn’t apply to you.

House Cleaning Checklist Template

Cleaning checklist for all rooms

  • Dust all furniture, shelves and decor
  • Dust window ledges and blinds
  • Dust lamps, light fixtures, and ceiling fans
  • Dust baseboards
  • Wipe down doors and doorframes
  • Clean out all corners for cobwebs
  • Tidy shoe closets
  • Disinfect door handles and light switches
  • Vacuum all floors, carpets, rugs, and stairs
  • Mop hard floors
  • Clean glass surfaces
  • Vacuum sofa and other upholstered furniture (remove cushions)
  • Straighten pillows and linens
  • Empty and replace wastebasket

Bathroom cleaning checklist

  • Remove all dirty towels and washclothes
  • Dust all surfaces, including light fixtures and decor
  • Clean and disinfect shower, bathtub, and sinks (inside and out)
  • Clean and disinfect toilet bowl, seat, lid, tank, flush handle, and base
  • Clean and shine all mirrors, chrome, and tile
  • Wipe cabinet fronts, fixtures, and countertops
  • Vacuum and mop floor
  • Replace rugs
  • Empty and replace wastebasket

Kitchen cleaning checklist

  • Clean, dry, and shine all appliance surfaces including dishwasher, toaster, oven, top of refridgerator, stovetop, and range hood
  • Clean stove drip pans, burner grates, and control knobs
  • Clean and disinfect kitchen sink
  • Wipe cupboard fronts, tables, and chairs
  • Clean mivrowave inside and out, including turntable
  • Vacuum and mop floors
  • Replace rugs
  • Empty and replace wastebasket

Deep cleaning checklist and add-ons

Deep cleaning includes all your general cleaning tasks plus these extras:

  • Clean and disinfect:
    • the inside of the oven
    • inside of the refrigerator
    • inside of the dishwasher
    • ceiling fans
  • Clean grout from shower tiles
  • Change bedsheets
  • Wash windows (inside only)
  • Deep clean carpets
  • Wash upholstery, curtains, and rugs

Bonus: before the job checklist

In addition to on-the-job tasks, there are certain things you need to do before every job. Create a separate checklist so nothing slips through the cracks:

These house cleaning checklists are just a start. You can customize your lists by task instead of by room, or create custom checklists for customers with pets, children, or allergies.

You can also create specific cleaning checklists for special cases, such as COVID-19 deep cleans.

Create a mobile-friendly house cleaning checklist

When you’re ready to create and distribute your own checklist, invest in cleaning business software instead of paper checklists or binders.

A digital job checklist, like the one shown here, is easier to edit and duplicate. You can also send them to your team member’s mobile devices and track which items they complete.

Finally, you can attach checklists to client profiles and send them to the client to show off a job well done.

House Cleaning Checklist

“My favorite Jobber feature is the checklist you can attach to the job. It’s making us more consistent out in the field.

It’s just so easy to create one. It takes 10 minutes to create and then you just attach it to the job and it’s there forever.”

Judith Virag, Clean Club Calgary

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