Moving Into a Clean Home
Moving into a Clean
can be one of the most stressful times for anyone. It’s important to set
yourself up for success in every way possible and moving into a clean apartment
or house is one of the easiest ways to start this new chapter off right!
home presents you with a great opportunity: deep cleaning! This doesn’t sound like a super fun task, but
it’s important. Hopefully whoever lived in the place before left it relatively
clean, but unfortunately everyone has a different idea of what “clean” is. Chances
are, even if they had the best of intentions, they left some dirt and dust. The
best way to make sure the move goes as smoothly as possible is to grab some cleaning
supplies and get to work!
The #1 Rule of any
clean home: start high and work down
light fixtures, high shelves, cabinet tops; all easily forgotten areas that aren’t
immune to dust and grime. If they’re not cleaned until the end, it’s only going
to push anything that’s up there onto the clean surfaces below. When one does a
full-house clean, making sure to not just move the dirt around is a huge time
saver. Keep in mind that this rule doesn’t just apply to the higher areas in
your home, it should be followed for all cleaning ventures. Ceilings before
counter tops, counter tops before floors, refrigerator top before its sides,
etc. This will save time and a lot of effort in the long run. Pro tip: use a
pillowcase to clean the ceiling fans. Drag the inside of the pillow case from
the base of the ceiling fan blade outwards. The pillow case catches the dust,
making for easy disposal and no mess to clean up afterwards!
There are some cleaning tasks that
can be left to finish later, but cleaning the refrigerator isn’t one of them.
Getting the refrigerator cleaned and sanitized should be the next thing step on
the list so the perishable food items being moved over can be stored safely. Use
a solution of one-part water to one-part vinegar to wipe all shelves and walls
then allow to air dry. Next is to clean all of the appliances and sinks with
whatever methods are safe for them. Wipe down all of the cabinets inside and
out with a disinfecting solution and don’t forget about the handles, they can
be the dirtiest part of a cabinet or drawer! Lastly, wipe down the counter tops
but don’t touch the floors yet, those’ll be saved until the end.
Cleaning a bathroom is not just
about making it look spotless, it’s also about disinfecting. If there’s any
build up in the sink or shower, a quick way to remove it is with a solution of
dish soap mixed with vinegar and warm water. Use a sponge to give them a good
scrub, then rinse them off and do a quick wipe with an antibacterial bathroom
cleaner. Don’t forget to clean the door
handles, light switches, toilet paper holders, and the inside of the closets
and cabinets. Again, wait to start the floors until the end.
It might seem right to move room
to room, but it’s a lot more effective to move item by item instead. If you’re
starting with doors, do all of the doors in the house before you move to you
next item. You won’t need to switch out different cleaners and there’s a less
likely chance of forgetting something.
Don’t forget to clean the door tops, windowsills, inside the closets,
doorknobs and light switches; these are all easily overlooked areas. Once each room is completed it’s time for the
For wood, tile, and linoleum
floors, start by vacuuming and sweeping the whole space, making sure to pay
extra attention to the corners. With tile and linoleum, feel free to use a more
powerful, disinfecting cleaner. Wood is little bit more delicate, but there are
plenty of great cleaning products made specifically for wood, just make sure to
read the label!
For carpets, always start with
vacuuming. But, to get them as clean as possible use a carpet cleaner. Rather
than purchasing one, there are a lot of good quality ones available to rent
from most grocery or home improvement stores. Taking this extra step to remove
all of the allergens and dirt that have made a home in the carpets will help
them look cleaner and newer and also improve air quality.
Follow these steps and your new
home will be clean and ready to move in! Once it’s is full of furniture and
boxes, deep cleaning will become a challenge. So break out the broom and duster
and get this new chapter started off right!