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Moving into a new place is an exciting moment, but it comes with a lot of work to turn the empty house into your home. Something you may want to consider while the new house is still empty is to give it a move in deep cleaning. The house will most likely be clean, but while it has no furniture you can give it that extra little effort to make it clean to the core.
While the people who moved out of your new house probably gave it a cleaning, there is certainly dirt and grime hiding in obvious and hidden places that got missed. It is smart to make the extra effort to get all that dirt from old residents out and start fresh and clean. There just will not be another opportunity with the house totally empty to really get a complete and total move in cleaning done. If moving is taking all of your energy, move in house cleaning services are available and can help to make sure your new home is absolutely ready to welcome you. A move in cleaning might not seem important compared with other parts of moving, but getting your new home spotless before you are living there can make a huge difference in the comfort of your home. A lot of folks do not know how to accomplish a thorough move in cleaning, so in this blog, we will explore some techniques for making sure that your new home is invitingly clean.
Where to Start?
When cleaning a house before moving in, it is good to have a gameplan to make the job go more efficiently. We have laid out a general plan of which areas to clean first and you can adjust the schedule to your liking. For each room, you should start high, like ceilings and light fixtures, then move down and end by cleaning the floor. Remember that with each step you should be as thorough as you can, as you won’t have another opportunity without furniture in the way and the cleaner you get everything the more you will enjoy your new house.
The best place to start your move in cleaning is the bathroom. It was probably used during the move-out and you will want to use it during move-in, so it is a logical place to clean first. If there are any stains on the sinks, showers, or toilets, you can start getting rid of them with some vinegar and baking soda. Apply a mixture to stains and let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour, then the acid of the vinegar should have weakened the stain and you can scrub it away. If there is stained tile grout, you can apply a paste of baking soda and then add some vinegar, let it sit for up to half an hour, then scrub with a toothbrush. For the toilet, wipe down all surfaces with a disinfectant cleaner like vinegar or bleach. For a truly deep clean, fill the toilet’s water tank with vinegar and let it sit overnight. This will eliminate grime that can house bacteria or wear on the toilet’s moving parts. You can take off the toilet seat and make sure to scrub under the hinges and use a toothbrush to scrub the hinges themselves. Make sure to also disinfect all towel hangers, doorknobs, and light switches. You should also wipe all the ceiling and walls with a disinfectant. You can take the cover off of the ceiling vent and wipe the dust out of it too.
The kitchen is really important for cleaning a house before moving in because a lot of odors can be trapped there and it is good to eliminate them right away. If the house came with a refrigerator, you want to start there before you put any food in it. For extra points, you can even clean the back of the refrigerator where a lot of dust can build up and even cause the refrigerator to use more electricity and eventually wear out. It is good to move all appliances and clean behind them to eliminate the old tenant’s food odors. For the sink, you can scrub it with steel wool if it is a stainless steel sink, then a mixture of lemon juice and water will give the sink a shine. Cabinets should be wiped with a soft cloth inside and out. It is common for little crumbs and flour dust to get stuck in the corners of cabinets, and could attract pests if not cleaned. Countertops can be cleaned with a disinfectant wipe, but if the countertop is marble, be careful and use a specialty marble cleaner, as acidic cleaners can etch marble and leave a permanent mark.
Living Spaces, Hallways and Bedrooms
These areas will be easier to clean but you should still look for spots that need more attention. You can be sure to clean ceiling fans or light fixtures that could have been neglected. Cleaning the ceiling and walls is also a good thing to focus on. Be careful of what the surface is made of. If it is paint, glossy paint can take a good scrubbing but flat paint will need a gentler touch. For wallpaper, wipe them with a dry cloth, then give a very gentle wipe with some soapy water. You can give a good wiping to all the trim and moulding, as well as window casings.
This is actually an incredible opportunity to have professional floor cleaning done, as there won’t be the added hassle of moving furniture in and out of the house. You can do your best to clean the floors, but it just won’t compare to a professional floor cleaner’s results. Carpets especially will hide so much dirt, dust, bacteria, and allergens that it is best to have a super deep floor cleaning done by a professional. However you decide to clean the floors, they can be cleaned last so that you are not walking all over and dirtying them while you are cleaning the rest of the house.
Ready To Move In
Now that the house is cleaned you are ready to move all your stuff in and make it a home. While a move-in deep cleaning is a lot of work, the results will help you feel so much better in your new space. This big project is not for everyone, so you may want to seek the help of move-in house cleaning services so that you can focus on settling into your new home. However you choose to do your move-in cleaning, it will go a long way towards making your transition smooth and fast so that you can start to feel comfortable in your new home.