The best time to clean your new home is before you bring the first box through the door. Even the cleanest Sioux Falls homes for sale can benefit from a deep cleaning before move-in day is over. The following checklist will help you get your new home spic and span.
- Get Your Supplies Together
It's a good idea to pack your mops, brooms, cleaning agents, rags, etc. at the back of your moving truck. Having them right there and ready to go when you arrive at your new home will save you time and energy.
- Aim High
Clean from top to bottom. Start with ceiling fans, shelves, walls, cabinets, and counters. Working your way down ensures that you don't have to clean up the same dirt twice. Also, slip a pillowcase over the blades of your fans when cleaning them. This will help trap most of the dust before it can rain down on the floor.
- Clean the Appliances
Give the refrigerator, stove, microwave, washing machines, etc. a thorough cleaning inside and out. Make sure to clean out coils, hoods, vents, and other areas that are often overlooked.
- Make the Windows Shine
Cleaning the windows is worth every ounce of effort. Clean windows not only help you see what you're doing, but they also provide a visual reminder that you're making progress. Use newspaper dampened with vinegar to clean windows. This is like a magnet for dust, and it will give you a streak-free shine.
- Scrub the Fittings and Fixtures
Give the light fixtures, door handles, stair rails, cabinet fobs, and other fittings and fixtures a solid wipe down.
- Scrub the Sinks and Toilets
This is always a good idea because bacteria and mold love to grow here while a house is unoccupied. Be sure to clean these with disinfectants.
- Mop Hardwood, Tile, and Linoleum Floors
In most cases, cleaning these surfaces requires little more than a damp mop and a little elbow grease.
- Go Deep into the Carpet
Once you have everything else done, go ahead and give the carpets a steam cleaning. You can use a portable steamer or hire a professional to do this for you.
- Carefully Pick Cleaning Supplies
One thing that you will want to be very careful about is the types of cleaning agents you use. Surfaces and materials will react differently to bleach, vinegar, polish, and oil. When moving into a new house, use extra caution, and verify compatibility before applying a cleaning agent to any surface. Don't mix cleaning agents. Mixing bleach, ammonia, vinegar, etc. in a cleaning bucket can create toxic chemical reactions.
- Home Remedies
Boiling hot water can easily remove grime from the fridge, glue and gunk from counters, tiles, and mirrored surfaces. Want lemon fresh clean without a chemical residue? Take the peels from two lemons and add them to 1 liter of vinegar. Shake up and let sit for a week. When you're ready to move in, you can use this mixture to clean windows, mirrors, etc.
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