Moving into a new home is a big step for you and your family. However, before you actually move there, the first thing that needs to be done is cleaning. The house might’ve already been cleaned a bit, but you should do your own cleaning, just in case something was missed. So, before your stuff arrives at the new address, you should get your gear and start preparing your new home.
Clean the Floors
Whether you are moving into a completely new house or a rented one, you need to clean the floors. If there are wood or faux wood floors, sweep them well and make sure to reach under all the appliances and heating vents. Mix some mild soap with warm water and mop every room. You can also use some milder commercial cleaners which will give each room a nice smell, while they remove dirt and give the floor a polished shine.
However, if you’re moving into a home that has plenty of carpets, you will have to scrub a bit harder. There’s probably plenty of dust, dirt and debris that can contaminate the air in your new house. You can start with a thorough vacuuming and airing out of the carpets. Another possibility is hiring professionals and having them steam-clean your carpets.
Clean the Walls
If the previous owner hadn’t repainted the walls, you will probably find plenty of stains on the walls. Small children, pets, cooking, cigarette smoke and many other things can stain the walls and you want to get those out. Rely on liquid stick cleaners or fabric softeners to remove any fingerprints and grease stains, but you will have to put your effort into scrubbing.
Also, if there is any wallpaper that you don’t wish to keep, you can use water and fabric softener to help you remove them and reveal a fresh new wall. However, if it is possible, you can simply repaint the entire house, but if there are some stubborn stains, you are bound to clean them up first.
The previous owner might have left some icky and sticky stuff on the floors, appliances or even walls. Moreover, there will be some less pleasant cooking smells present. You want to get rid of all of these and you should pull up your sleeves.
Start by emptying everything, from fridge to drawers and cabinets. Get rid of any leftover trash and scrub all the surfaces with some stronger grease removers. Cover every area; check the cabinet doors, walls and shelves; give the stove a good scrub and remember to check under the hood and its sides. Fridge too needs a good scrub and you can use warm water and vinegar in order to remove any stains and bad smells.
After all that is done, you can move on to the floor and walls and use fabric softener and soaps to remove any critical areas. However, if you find the kitchen in a very bad condition and you don’t know how to deal with it, rely on professional help. There are various services you can use and make sure to learn about domestic house cleaning prices and calculate them into your budget for moving into a clean home.
Just like the kitchen, the bathroom should be thoroughly cleaned. Start by seeing if there’s is any mould present and remove it with cotton balls soaked in bleach. If there is a shower curtain, make sure to wash it in a washing machine or simply replace it. For removing stains from the sink, shower and bathtub, use warm water and some detergent first, and then apply a mixture of baking soda, soap and vinegar to completely remove stains.
While waiting for the mould and stains to be removed, you can focus on the tiles and grout, which can also be cleaned with a mixture of bleach, water and baking soda. Lastly, pour the baking soda and vinegar mixture into the bowl and scrub well. After letting the mixtures sit for a while where you have applied them, use water to rinse everything and air the room for some time to leave it fresh and clean.
If you are lucky enough, there won’t be any extreme cleaning necessary, but you want to wipe everything down before moving in. In any case, some homemade solutions and mild cleaners will help you clean up and you can always rely on professionals to give you a hand.