Moving has always been a very exciting experience. Along with many other tasks, cleaning is also an important part of the moving process. No matter if you are moving into a previously occupied space or a newly constructed one; you will have to clean the house thoroughly before moving in. A thoroughly cleaned house will not only make you feel good but will also be easier to organize. If you want a detailed cleaning and moving checklist, go here!
Where to start the cleaning is a common thought that every mover struggles about. Cleaning your new home upon arriving is not a good idea, it is highly recommended to clean your new residence before you move in and bring your belongings there. Even a newly constructed house may have dust and debris in unexpected areas while an already occupied house will have dust at almost all places.
Cleaning the new house may sound hard but with our guide given below, you can simplify this process and can do an amazing job by following certain tips.
First of all, make sure you have got all the supplies needed for the job that may include rubber gloves, non-abrasive sponges, paper towels, detergents, white vinegar, all-purpose kitchen cleaner, cleaning brushes, old toothbrushes, baking soda, toilet cleaners, floor cleaner, chlorine-free bleach, and Carpet cleaner.
Bathrooms and the kitchen are two main places that need a thorough cleaning as these are the places that accumulate more dust than other places of the house.
A bathroom is a good place to start your cleaning project as you may need to use one after the move and even during the cleaning process. Make sure you use disinfectant cleaners for better cleaning results.
Start from the Top: Always start cleaning from the top. Clean the ceiling for any cobwebs, fans, vents, lighting fixtures, and exhaust fans. You can use extensions with your vacuum to reach high areas. You can also consider using white vinegar and baking soda to clean greasy surfaces.
Proceed with Windows and Internal Walls: Once you are done with the top area of the bathroom, clean all the sidewalls and windows with a window cleaner.
Inside Cabinets and Closets: Next places to clean are cabinets and closets so make sure you properly clean the medicine cabinets and other drawers. Wipe down the insides of the towel and linen closets. You can even sponge them with detergent to thoroughly clean the surfaces.
Tub, Shower, and Toilet: These three places are very important and should be cleaned deeply and properly. Scrub the bathtub and make sure you reach out to every corner of it. Consider using vinegar and baking soda solution to get rid of any stubborn scum and greasy surface.
You can use paper towels, scrubs, and sponges to clean the outer of a toilet seat but make sure you use a good quality and shape toilet brush to clean its internal parts. Disinfect the toilet with a disinfectant.
After the bathrooms, the kitchen is the next place that you would like to be ready. A kitchen is a place where we keep all our knick-knacks. Every kitchen has its aura and ambiance and every house owner wants the kitchen to smell like their own. To make the kitchen your own, you have to remove the smell of previous owners. Just like bathrooms, cleaning of a kitchen should also start from the top.
Start from the Top: Cleaning of any place should always be started from the top so clean all the cobwebs and dust from the ceiling, vents, corners, and light fixtures
Walls: Kitchen walls are not easy to clean as you can get oil stains, fingerprints, and other food spots at various places which are hard to remove. Make sure you have all the essential cleaning supplies to get rid of all kinds of oil stains. If your kitchen’s walls are painted then it is better to use liquid detergent and a sponge to remove stains. Fabric softener can be used to clean sticky walls as it dissolves adhesive residues easily. Alternatively, for wallpapered walls, use a microfiber cloth to dust off the surface. Wipe it with liquid dishwashing soap and water.
Cabinets: Cleaning the kitchen cabinets is the hardest task. Consider using an all-purpose cleaner on a paper towel to clean the insides, you can also use shelf liners if your cabinets are lined.
Counters: Cleaning a kitchen counter is probably the easiest job as all you have to do is use some detergent and clean it up with water. Kitchen counters are generally made up of granite and marble that may need some extra care. Make sure you take care of the cracks if any and clean them with care. You can use a knife to clean any debris collected in them.
Kitchen and bathrooms are two very important and hard to clean places of a house so need deep cleaning. Bedrooms and porch being open areas can simply be cleaned in a regular way. It is recommended to higher professional cleaners to clean the house before your move but if due to any reason, you cannot then the above-given tips can be used to have a sparkling home before you move in. It is a big change and you must be prepared to adapt it.