Cleaning Up Your New Home
Moving into a new home can be exciting as you shift to a brand new environment. Having a clean canvas for you to work with can be exciting but before you dive into the actual creative design and vamping up your house, you’ll need to clean up your new house.
The previous owners or residents of the house would have probably given you an unwanted welcoming gift of some leftover dirt and dust. That’s why doing a thorough cleaning is so important. This not only prevents all the build-up in grime but also enhances the look of your final living residences. You’ll also make things easier for yourself as you can avoid the trouble of shifting and covering up your furniture during the cleaning process.
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Without further ado, here’s a list of tips on how you can give your new house a deep cleaning.
1. Look Upwards First Before Working Your Way Down
Once you’ve started cleaning higher areas in your house, you’ll realize most of the debris and dust will evidently fall to the bottom. You’ll be able to save yourself from doing the double work of cleaning the floor by cleaning your overhead items first such as your mounted lightings, shelves, and ceiling fans. They don’t get cleaned regularly and tend to turn black from all the dust and grime so it’s important to give them a thorough scrubbing.
2. Minimise Your Spillage
While you’ll still be cleaning up the bottom areas, you can make things easier for yourself by thinking creatively in your cleaning. Minimize the amount of dust falling to the floor by using an unwanted pillow casing. Pull the casing over each of the blades and wipe off all the dust starting from the inner side of the blade and sliding outwards. This way, most of the dust will fall into the pillow casing itself and can be easily disposed of. While some debris may still fall to the bottom, you’ll be minimizing the spillage and also preventing the risks of any dust allergies acting up.
3. Cleaning Only After Moving In? Start With The Fridge.
While doing a thorough cleanse is a must, some parts of the task can be postponed to a later date. Nevertheless, cleaning your fridge is one important task you have to settle as soon as you can as it can be nasty to find rotten vegetables and heavily expired milk. Besides your consumable items, your fridge itself requires some form of sanitization. This shouldn’t take too long to clean. Simply remove the individual compartments and shelves in the fridge and wash them with soap and warm water. For the non-removable areas in the fridge, wipe down using a rag mixed in water and white vinegar at a 1:1 ratio. You’ll need to let the solution soak onto hard-to-remove gunk in order to rid of them completely. If it still doesn’t work, try pouring a small amount of hot water on it and scrub it off. Once the removable compartments are dry, slot them back in with your food items and repeat the procedure with your freezer.
4. Continue On With Your Kitchen
Your new kitchen might be filled with leftover grease stains. First, start working on wiping down the areas on top such as the lights, corners of the ceilings, and roof of the cabinets. Second, look over all your electrical appliances such as your ovens, stoves, and sinks followed by wiping down all surfaces of your counters and kitchen island. Finally, give your cupboards a thorough cleanse in the interior as well as the exteriors while paying close attention to the door handles. For stubborn stains on your stovetops, you can opt for a DIY method by combining baking soda with hydrogen peroxide to make a paste-like substance. Apply it to your stove and let it soak for 15 minutes before working your muscles to rid of the gunk!
5. Next, Bathrooms
Many people tend to neglect cleaning this room as they have a misconception that the presence of water gives the room self-cleaning properties. But just like any other room, the bathroom will have its fair share of germs, and it has nothing to do with how many times you take a shower in a day. Provide yourself with a spotless bathroom by scrubbing it down with a sponge and some dish soap. Then, use an antibacterial spray to exterminate the excess germs. If your budget allows for it, we recommend that you replace your toilet seats as that is the most efficient method to give yourself the assurance that you won’t be exposed to the remains of the previous owner’s bacteria. Don’t forget to sanitize the light switches, toilet paper holder, sink taps and any door handles. For the stubborn water stains on metal objects, use fresh lemon juice as the acid helps to break down the compounds of the stains and provide a shining new look to your metal surfaces.
6. Complete It With The Floors
We’ve mentioned in the first point to start with higher surfaces, that’s why we left the best part for the last — cleaning the floors! For surfaces made from wood, tile, and linoleum, start by cleaning all the corners and edges with a vacuum attachment. Unless your vacuum is designed to do so, skip the vacuum when you’re working on the bigger surfaces. Simply use a broom to sweep the remaining debris. Once you’re done, mop up the whole floor.
For your carpets, don’t look at your vacuum again as it won’t give you that thorough cleaning and you’ll risk facing allergies from all the dust rising up. Go the full length by renting a steam cleaner to get an efficient cleaning or hiring a professional cleaning to help you get the job done.
With that, you’re ready to clean up your new apartment to prepare for your amazing stay. Even if you don’t have the luxury to clean before you shift in, don’t skip out on it. Find someone to help you to speed things up if you can. In just one or two days, you’ll soon find your place sparkling clean!