As a transplant survivor and thriver, Glenda is what you would call a Germ Fighting Warrior. We have adopted her personal military style cleaning regiment she uses on her own house. Before any new Transplant House guest is allowed to step foot in a unit her rigorous test must be passed. It isn't the easiest thing to do, but it is the right thing to do


Cleaning Checklist



First Pass

  1. Before you start going room to room, pause first to put on some great, lively music. That’s better. Reorganize pick up clutter. Turn off light bulbs and ceiling fans as you go for the upcoming dusting work.
  2. Strip beds and wash and dry all bedding, towels and linens.
  3. Dust (go left to right, top to bottom) with microfiber cloths. This will lower allergens and improve the air quality. Dampened cloths tied to the ends of mops and brooms work great for removing cobwebs. For slatted blinds, use the string to close them one way and dust, then close them the other way and repeat…it’s effective and a lot more efficient than trying to do one slat at a time. Don’t forget to hit the tops of doors, fans, light fixtures, picture frames and yes, each of our knick-knacks  and artificial plants. (Sorry no live plants for transplant recipients.) For the face of framed photos, TV screens, and computer monitors, use glass cleaner on your cotton cloth or microfiber to avoid streaking.
  4. Vacuum. Make sure your bag/compartment isn’t already full, and use the right settings and attachments. Hit the floors in the apartment, and any upholstered furnishings, like lamp shade. And definitely pull out the sofa bed in the living room and vacuum under the pillows.  Be amazed at all those items and snacks that you find under those couch cushions.
  5. Sweep/mop/treat floors (except carpeting). For mopping, start at the farthest corner of the room and move back toward the entrance. Rinse mop after completing each 4 x 4 foot area.


Cleaning should reach to the back of every cabinet and pantry, extend to a dismantled refrigerator interior (for separate washing of each surface), reach under that refrigerator and stove, and get to the ceiling, light fixtures, etc. This form of maintenance is especially important for this space, where perishable food items are handled every day.

  • Wipe down and sanitize countertops and cabinets (start at immediate right of the stove).
  • Remove anything from kitchen that doesn't belong
  • Disinfect trash can and replace liner
  • Sanitize dishwasher inside and outside
  • Pull it out and clean behind refrigerator
  • Clean inside and outside of the refrigerator, pay special attention to the door handles
  • Clean inside of freezer, pay special attention to the door shelves
  • Clean under the stove
  • Lift stove top and clean under burners
  • Soak stove drip pans and knobs in sink.
  • Clean hood vent and change/clean filter
  • Wipe down and disinfect stove top.
  • Replace kitchen sponge with new one
  • Remove scuffs and any debris or splatter from walls
  • Empty and wipe down each drawer with disinfectant cleaner
  • Replace contents and reorganize kitchen drawers
  • Remove dishes and sanitize each cupboard shelf
  • Wipe down and sanitize doors; give special attention to door knobs
  • Sanitize and disinfect light switch plates
  • Dust top of kitchen cabinets
  • Clean oven
  • Clean and disinfect inside of microwave
  • Clean and disinfect outside of microwave, pay special attention to the handles
  • Clean inside and around sink
  • Clean under sink
  • Sweep and mop floor (go light on cleaning product in the water to avoid build-up)
  • Clean and disinfect coffee maker
  • Deep clean pots, pans and bakeware
  • Sanitize cutting boards and sharpened knives
  • Clean and disinfect toaster inside and outside
  • Clean and disinfect the garbage disposal
  • Clean and disinfect blender inside and out
  • Clean and disinfect all other small appliances
  • Clean back splash
  • Clean and disinfect kitchen floor
  • Replace all trash can liners
  • Clean, disinfect and polish sink, faucet and handles


  • Remove rugs/wastebaskets
  • Remove everything from tub/shower.
  • Place bath mat in tub/shower. 
  • Wet tub/shower walls with warm water.
  • Apply tile and grout cleaner, allow to sit.
  • Spray/clean everything with all-purpose cleaner except toilet, vanity, shower/tub, mirror.
  • Fill bucket with ¼ cup all-purpose cleaner and water to prep for floor cleaning.
  • Stand on bath mat and scrub tub/shower walls and door (use grout brush in-between tiles as needed).
  • Apply tile and grout cleaner to tub/shower floor and scrub.
  • Clean shower rack/soap dishes.
  • Clean shower track.
  • Rinse off walls of tub/shower and dry with cloth.
  • Vanity: spray tile and grout cleaner in sink, soap dish.
  • Spray countertop with all-purpose cleaner.
  • Scrub sink.
  • Use grout brush along faucet and drain.
  • Rinse the sink and your rag.
  • Wipe the vanity countertop.
  • Wipe down cabinet fronts.
  • Clean mirror: spray glass cleaner on soft cloth and buff.
  • Shine the faucets.
  • Wash the floor with solution in the bucket and allow to dry.
  • Replace rugs, bath mat and wastebaskets.



  • Use a streak-free glass cleaner (don’t spray on too much) and wipe with newspapers.
  • Clean large and hard-to-reach windows with a professional-quality squeegee.
  • Clean window screens by removing from frame and scrubbing with all-purpose cleaner mixed with warm water. Scrub each screen with a bristle brush, rinse with outdoor hose and insert back into window to dry.