Take a long look around your kids’ playroom. Now take another look. If you’re seeing things like fingerprints all over the walls, stains on upholstery and other nasty surprises, it’s probably time to get busy giving it a deep clean. Roll up your sleeves and get those janitorial cleaning rags ready; it’s going to be a long day.

Clean Toys

First things first: Get the things that they play with the most often washed and sanitized. Toss all soft things like blankets and stuffed animals into the washing machine, but use your dishwasher to disinfect the hard toys. Include your kids in this part; young kids love to help, so fill up a small basin with warm, soapy water and have them give their toys a bath and scrub-down. Don’t forget to spritz all hand-washed toys with a bleach solution and let them air dry to ensure they’re sanitized.

Wipe Down Walls

It’s no picnic to clean walls, but an easy way is to simply mop them. Attach a microfiber cloth to your flat-headed mop and, along with a bucket of hot, soapy water, start cleaning. You’ll be amazed at how bright and clear the walls look without the fingerprints, smudges and dust that collects on them without your noticing.

Sanitize Things That Are Touched Often

Clorox wipes are an amazing thing. Using a couple, go through the room and wipe down anything that lots of hands touch including:

  • Light switches
  • Doorknobs
  • Remotes and gaming controllers

Kids are awesome and magical, but they are also walking and breathing Petri dishes. Make the place that they spend the most time one that’s clean and fresh to prevent the spread of illness and disease — and to also reclaim a part of your home that you’re tired of seeing look like a wreck!