There are so many options for a new apartment or house. A blank canvas, bare walls and an uncluttered space are the best options for creating a home. Before you can get into the fun part of moving to a new location, it is important to first take care of the basics. The first is house cleaning your new home.
Moving in cleaning is essential, whether you are renting or buying. No matter how good-intentioned you may be, the person or people who lived there before yours left behind dirt, grime and dust. You’ll need to clean it up before you settle in. It’s not as empty as it seems, even if you just moved into a new construction.
It’s a good idea to clean a house before moving in. You don’t have to deal with all the boxes and furniture. If you need to wait until after the move, that’s okay. But don’t forget about cleaning. This applies even if you have a cleaning crew come by before you get the keys. This is the corner you don’t want.
Although there are many steps involved in moving in Myrtle Beach cleaning, you should be able make your home look as good as new in a matter of days with a little elbow grease (thanks mom!) These are some helpful tips to help you get started.
House Cleaning Tips
Clean high before you clean low
Dust doesn’t have to be confined to floors or countertops. Ceiling fans, overhead light fixtures and shelving are all equally susceptible to grime, but they do not get cleaned nearly as frequently and tend to leave dust and dirt in the area below them once they do get cleaned. Cleaning such high-up features will undoubtedly cause the areas below them to get a bit dirty too. Start at the top of each room, and work your way down.
Tip from professional cleaning specialists: Ceiling fan blades can be notorious for dumping dust. You can minimize collateral damage by placing an old pillowcase over each blade. Then, wipe the entire fixture with the inside layer of the pillowcase’s top layer. The case will collect most of the dust that escapes. You can simply clean it or throw it away.
Do the fridge first if you are cleaning after a move.
While you may be able to put off some tasks while you clean everything, storing perishable foods is not one of those things. Before you move on to the other things, clean your fridge. It shouldn’t take longer than 20 minutes, as it isn’t full of food. If possible, take out the drawers and shelves and wash them individually with warm soapy water. Make a solution with equal parts water, white vinegar, and scrub the interior of the fridge with a clean cloth. Let the vinegar/water solution sit for a while to loosen any gunk. After drying the shelves, return them to your fridge. These steps can be repeated with the freezer.
Residential Cleaning Tip: Boil some water to get rid of sticky fridge grime. After the water has cooled enough to touch, you can use your muscles to scrub it. You should see the gunk disappear.
Rest of the kitchen?
After the fridge has been cleaned, you can begin to build the rest of your kitchen. Start with the lighting fixtures and corners of the ceiling. Next, add the tops to the cabinets. The next step is to clean the appliances. Next, you will need to clean the stovetop, oven and microwave. Next, clean the cabinets. Make sure you clean both the inside as well as the outside. Pay special attention to the handles. Do not start on the floor.
Pro tip: Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda are a powerful combination for getting rid stubborn stovetop stains. Make a paste by mixing baking soda and hydrogen peroxide in a small bowl. Let it cool on the stove for 15 minutes before you scrub it.
Let’s move on to the bathrooms
As much as bathroom cleaning is about maintaining spotless surfaces, disinfecting is just as important. Blue Dawn dish soap, a sponge and an antibacterial spray are all that’s needed to scrub the surface. You can replace toilet seats by simply going ahead. This is a cost-effective way to make sure they are clean.
Don’t forget to clean the odd places that might be overlooked during your normal bathroom cleaning. You should clean and sanitize all the usual suspects.
Pro tip: It can be hard to get rid of hard water stains on metal hardware such as faucets or showerheads. It is easier to remove hard water stains by rubbing them with fresh lemon juice. This acid can be used to remove hard water stains from metal surfaces and make them shine like new.
Take care of the rest.
You can continue cleaning by going room by room, instead of item by item. You’ll need to start at the ceiling in step 1. You should not forget about the surfaces that are often overlooked, like the tops of doors and windows, window treatments, light switches and closet interiors. A vacuum attachment is a great tool to remove dirt and dust from these areas. You can then clean the area with damp rags.
Pro tip: Avoid washing windows during the peak of the sun. It will make it hard to see streaks and grime. You should wait until the evening to wash your windows, or start by cleaning windows in the shade.
Finish the floor with a coat of varnish
Start at the top and end at the bottom. Wood, tile, or linoleum floor cleaning is as simple as using a vacuum attachment. Next, clean the edges and corners with a vacuum attachment. Finally, sweep up any remaining debris. If your vacuum is not specifically designed for this purpose, don’t vacuum the entire surface. Make sure you mop the entire surface with a safe product.
A steam cleaner is the best choice for a thorough carpet cleaning. You can rent one at your local hardware store or hire one from a professional if you don’t have one. Although vacuuming may make your carpet look better, it will not remove allergens and improve air quality. What good is vacuuming if it doesn’t do the job properly?
Pro tip: Use a toothbrush to clean grout that is stained or gritty. Combine equal amounts of bleach and water in a bowl. Allow the solution to sit for at least an hour before you scrub.
And you’re done! This wasn’t so bad!