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Moving Into a Clean Home

4/12/2019 | Author: Zach Fritz | Category: Cleaning Tips

Moving into a Clean Home

               Moving 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!

               A new 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

               Ceilings, 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!

The Kitchen

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.

The Bathrooms

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.

The Rest

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 floors.

The Floors

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!