In an ideal world when you move into your new home the previous owners have been kind enough to leave everything in the place sparkling clean; unfortunately this is not always the case. The good news is that house cleaning in your new home will be a piece of cake compared to the old place where you have furniture and items to move yet. Follow these Republic Moving & Storage’s moving cleaning tips and get your new place sparkling and ready for move in:
How to Clean Your New House
The most dreaded room in the house seems to be the kitchen so why not get this room out of the way first? Between the stove, refrigerator and all the nooks and crannies this room sometimes need a little bit more cleaning love. After you are done with the kitchen clean one room at a time and finish each room of with the cleaning of the floors. If you are looking to save money and be environmentally conscious consider cleaning with the King and Queen of Cleaning House: Vinegar and Baking Soda. If you are going to use cleaners that contain chemicals make sure that there is plenty of ventilation and that you don’t overuse these products!
Quick tips to get you on track to a spic-and-span house:
Oven: Remove oven racks and place them in the sink filled with soapy water. If you’re using an oven cleaner, spray it first and let it sit while you clean the rest of the kitchen. Follow the directions accordingly and scrub the oven down well when ready. It is safe to clean the racks with steel wool. You can also use a paste of baking soda and vinegar to get your oven clean without using chemicals.
Sink: It is safe to use steel wool on stubborn stains in a stainless steel sink, or use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. After you’ve removed stains, an equal part solution of water and lemon juice will really bring out the sink’s shine.
Cabinets: Dust and wipe down cabinets with a soft cloth all surfaces, inside and out. Don’t forget the tops of cabinet doors!
Countertops: Use a solution of 1 part water and 1 part vinegar to get counter tops (except marble) squeaky clean.
Refrigerator: Pull the refrigerator away from the wall and clean out behind it with a broom and/vacuum. Pull out all removable racks and drawers and place in warm soapy water. Clean the refrigerator inside and out: top, back and sides. Scrub down drawers, rinse thoroughly, dry and replace all racks and drawers.
A number of chemical cleaners are available to clean your bathroom but are certainly not good for you or the environment. Using a paste of baking soda and vinegar also works amazing and even dissolves soap scum and can be used on both the tub and sink. To clean glass shower doors use 1 part vinegar and 1 part water in a spray bottle. Use undiluted vinegar in the toilet and scrub with a scrub brush.
Bedrooms and Family Areas
These rooms are usually easier to clean comparatively to the bathroom and kitchen areas. Focus on walls, closet shelves, built in book cases and corners in each of these rooms. Remember to finish off each room with the cleaning of the floors.
Consider investing in, renting, purchasing a steam cleaner or hiring a professional to steam clean for you to get out any tough stains and/or odors. There is also equipment and professionals that can be rented or hired to steam clean your sealed hardwood floors. If you just want to mop down the wood floors yourself Murphy’s Oil Soap is a great product to get the job done. Remember to do the floors only after you have done the cleaning in each room to save on having to clean them more than once.
When is the last time you wiped down your walls? Unless you have kids washing down the walls is not always at the top of list for cleaning projects. Wash walls with a solution of water and vinegar, which is safe on most surfaces. Pay close attention to corners and higher trafficked areas/touched areas (about waist level). Remove tough stains or crayon marks with a Magic Eraser-type product.
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