If you’re preparing to move into a new home or rental property, we’d like to start off by congratulating you on your accomplishment. No matter where you are on the property spectrum: renter, first time buyer, real estate tycoon, or anywhere in between, this is an exciting time in your life.You’d probably like to start your life in your new home on a clean slate. We mean that literally, we’re guessing you’d like your new property to be cleaned thoroughly.
Some people like to hire cleaning services when they move into a new place, that’s certainly one way to get the job done. If you’re more of a do-it-yourself-er, then you’ll want to be sure that your new place is spic-and-span before you start unpacking. Follow this list of home cleaning tasks to help get you off to a fresh start.
Set Up A Cleaning Area – Take advantage of the fact that you’re working with an empty space. Dedicate part of a large room, or an entire small room, as the cleaning hub. Stock this area with all of the things that you’ll need to get the job done: a vacuum, buckets, clean towels/rags, cleaning chemicals/solutions, rubber gloves, brooms, etc. This makes it easy to keep track of all your cleaning supplies, which will help expedite the entire process.
Clean Often-Missed Areas – When you first move in, try to tackle areas that are unlikely to be cleaned regularly later on. These areas include vents, radiators, fans, inside cupboards, the garage, walls etc. When it comes to cleaning the walls, use fabric softener or detergent to remove any stains that are particularly sticky or hard to get rid of.
This is also a great time to make sure that the home’s heating and cooling systems are cleaned and serviced if you have access to them. Also, make sure you have the contact information of reputable technicians for these services. If there’s a problem in the dead of winter, you’ll want this information readily available.
Top to Bottom – After you’ve tackled those spots you’ve identified as often missed, go through the home, room-by-room, cleaning from top to bottom. By starting at the ceiling, or as close as you can get to it, you’ll be able to remove cobwebs and unseen dirt. Also, by starting at the top, dust and dirt gets swept to the floor which is then cleaned lastly. Make sure to aggressively clean the floor when using this technique. Save the kitchen for last, as we’ll be talking about that later on.
Floors – When you think about it, the floor receives more use than any other part of the house. It only makes sense that it receives the most attention while cleaning. It’s a good idea to have any carpeted areas steam cleaned, even if the previous occupants say that they did this recently. For hardwood or faux wood floors, sweep very thoroughly and use mild soap to clean the surface. Wood soaps work best.
Kitchen – We’ve already mentioned that you should thoroughly clean the inside of your cabinets, we also recommend using new liners for the inside of your cabinets. Clean all of the counter top surfaces with bleach and water and get in between the cracks with a putty knife. For grease-stains, use baking soda and water, add a bit of lemon to tackle any odors. Make sure to clean behind the fridge, dishwasher, oven and any other appliances and areas where appliances may be placed later on.
Did you know that, on average, there is more bacteria in the kitchen sink than the bathroom? According to cmshomesllc.com, the best way to clean a kitchen sink upon your move in is to first thoroughly scrub it with soap and water. Then spray mist of vinegar followed by a mist of hydrogen peroxide. Don’t mix the two, just spray one after the other. Then, use a bit of mineral oil and a soft cloth to buff stainless steel sinks in order to prevent water buildup.
Bathrooms – Clean the toilet and tile with the help of a mildly acidic cleaner, this helps remove stains. Use a product like Drano or Liquid Plumber to clear all pipes before use. If any drains or pipes are badly clogged, you can get stronger drain cleaners from the hardware store that contain acid. Some of these may contain acids and other chemicals that are highly corrosive to skin so be careful when using them. Clean the tile floors with the same technique we recommended for cleaning the kitchen counters to make them smell fresh and look clean.
Following these tips will help ensure that your new place is clean and ready for unpacking. For advice on how to get ready for moving day, check out this moving day checklist.