You have planned everything out and packed endlessly for days just to ensure a smooth move to your new space. However, you’re missing one crucial step that must be taken before moving day: cleaning your new home! Sure, it isn’t the most complicated task in the world, but there are a few different things to keep in mind while you’re cleaning your currently empty house.
Here are a few tips that will help you give your soon-to-be home the deep clean it needs. That way, once the boxes are unpacked, all that’s left to do is relax and settle in!
1. Start high and work your way to the floor
It’s no secret that dust likes to settle, so it’s important to clean starting high and working your way down. We’re not just talking about countertops: you have to look higher than that! Get started by dusting any crown molding in your new home. Then, check out the light fixtures and ceiling fans. Regular ceiling fans can be dusted relatively easily, but you may need to remove the covers of your light fixtures to dust the bulbs, wash out the covers, and replace them.
As you dust the higher levels of your rooms, you can work your way down, taking care of any mantles, shelving units, and other items along the way. Finally—you’ve made it to the flooring!
2. Cleaning your floors correctly
When it comes to your carpeting or hardwood floors, it may be smart to call on a professional. They can steam clean your carpets easily and remove any trace of pets if the previous owners had them. If you plan on taking on the task yourself, then get that elbow grease ready!
Use angled vacuum brushes to get into those hard to reach areas and be sure to invest in quality shampoo for the carpet. Hardwood floors can be tricky but stick to wood cleaning oil and a warm mop and you should be good to go!
If you’re moving into a newly constructed home, then your floors should already be spotless, however a little extra cleaning never hurt anyone.
3. Your kitchen deserves a deep cleanse
The kitchen is usually the most lived-in room in the house, so chances are it could use a deep clean. Clean out all of the appliances, including the microwave and dishwasher, thoroughly. Don’t forget the hood over the oven and the nooks and crannies of the stovetop.
When it comes to your refrigerator, be sure to:
- Remove all of the shelving from the fridge
- Wipe everything down with soap and water
- Replace it once it’s completely dry
- Repeat for the freezer, and don’t forget to wash the ice cube trays or ice machine!
Sinks and countertops need to be scrubbed with a disinfectant spray, and don’t forget areas like the faucet!
As for the cabinets, they’ll need to be wiped down inside and out, including the shelving and the doors. Pay extra attention to where the previous owners kept food, making sure to remove any stray crumbs that could end up attracting pests down the line.
4. Don’t forget about the walls
So, you have dusted and disinfected: what’s left? Removing any grime from areas like doorways, doorknobs, and other spots that a toddler with a marker or sticky fingers may have gotten to. Dampen an eraser sponge, flip on all the lights, and tackle heavy traffic areas, even if the spot is on the wall behind where your TV will go.
When you move out, you’ll be thankful that you don’t have to scrub anything! Plus, removing grimy build up on areas like light switches and cabinet knobs can easily turn a drab or older looking kitchen into a sparkling new space.
5. Cleaning your new bathrooms
You agreed to buy the house, so we can assume that the bathrooms weren’t in that bad of shape. Plus, this area of your house may actually prove to be the easiest on your cleaning journey. Focus on disinfecting everything, even the areas that you may not normally clean in your routine. Bathroom items that are not to be missed:
- Light switches
- Medicine cabinet handles
- Toilet paper holder
- Towel rack
When it comes to the toilet and more specifically, the toilet seat, we have a pretty handy cleaning hack: skip the cleaning! Instead, just replace the toilet seat completely. This will ensure optimal cleanliness and comfort in your new bathrooms.
Any move, whether local or long-distance is going to be stressful, but the process doesn’t have to be completely full of stress! At Dowell’s Moving & Storage, we have experienced movers and packers that are ready to make your big move easier on you. Give us a call at 250-361-9866 to speak to one of our moving specialists and receive a free moving quote today!