Your move in feels like a bright new start. Out with the old, in with the new. Before you properly move in, and feel like the home is yours, a serious deep cleaning might be necessary. A deep clean helps you get rid of old stains, strange smells, and helps you stay aware of any problems in the house as you move in. To get the most out of your deep clean routine as you move in, try these tips and tricks to help your new place shine.
Moving is a great time to declutter. The sooner you can do this in the moving process, the better it will be for you. Getting rid of anything you’re not 100% sure you’ll need in the move is a great place to start. The less stuff you have for movers, the more time and money you’ll have for the new place. Take the time to declutter before you start the packing process. That will mean less time decluttering after the movers have already dropped off all your stuff. Once everything’s in the boxes, and organized, you can take the opportunity to go through each one, and take another chance to declutter. Get rid of everything you don’t need in your new home. It means less to clean overall.
Whether you’re moving into a house that hasn’t been lived in a while, or you’re restarting your family home from someone else’s, you’re going to want to air out the place. Bringing an air purifier in your new home can get rid of most of the airborne dust, odor, and other impurities. Do your research and look for the best air purifiers for second-hand smoke to not only rid your home of stale smells, but to ensure a healthier home for all to move in to.
The Top-Down Method
Professional housekeepers utilize the top-down method for maximum efficiency. This means starting at the top of a piece of furniture, or wall so that the dust or grime will eventually get to the floor. From there, it’s easy to sweep and mop clean. If you’ve got carpets, this is a good time to rent a steam cleaner or hire a professional.
Wash The Walls
Even if you’re going to repaint, open the windows and spend some time on the walls. Look for cracks, thinning paint, or spots where mold may be a problem. To safely wash the walls without scrubbing the paint, use a regular water and vinegar mixture, two parts water, one part regular white vinegar. A damp cloth or a paper towel that’s been thoroughly wrung out so that it’s just damp. Pat the walls down carefully. Try not to wipe. After you’ve washed the walls down, airing them out will stop any streaks from forming.
Seal Up Any Cracks
Don’t forget the outside when you’re doing your deep clean. After you buy your home, it’s a good idea to take a look for any cracks or problems with windows and doors. It’s also a good chance to check for mold and damage you might have missed during open houses or inspections. Chances are, the inspectors will have caught everything, but it’s still a good idea to get to know the house and stay on top of any problems you might have.
Clean Up Your Tile Grout
The bathroom is a haven for bacteria, even after your hardest scrubbing. Make it look new by scrubbing the tile grout with a simple paste of baking soda and vinegar. It’s the fastest and most effective way to give your floors an update without spending money on new tiles. It’ll also cut down on bacteria and help keep your family safe.
Clean Your Fridge and Stove
A new kitchen is another place with a lot of bacteria involved. Even if the real estate swears the oven is new, you’ll want to clean your new stove before you use it. Remove the elements, drip pans, and racks before you start, and be sure you use the inside cleaner first. You can use heavy duty oven cleaner, or stick to baking soda and water. Follow the instructions on the cleaner. Most take about 20 minutes to work. Next, clean out your refrigerator by taking out all the drawers, bins and shelving, and soaking them in hot, soapy water. Wash the walls with hot water and dish soap or the vinegar mixture. The water doesn’t need to be hot enough to burn, but it will cool quickly. Remember to move both the fridge and stove after scrubbing, to get the space behind, which is often dusty and grimy from use.
Moving into a new place is exciting and fun, but it’s also a lot of work. A great opportunity for a new start is a great opportunity for a proper deep clean. That means more than just getting rid of your own stuff. A proper scrub down of your new place is a great first step to making your house into a home. Try these tricks for a sparkling new home.