Moving into a new home can be a stressful experience. On top of that, the first thing you need to do is make the house spick and span. You have two options: DIY or professional house cleaning. Regardless of the option you choose, the key thing is to stay organized.
Clean in logical sequence
You should clean from the inside out, staring with the back of the house and then moving on to the front, including the porch. The same applies to specific rooms – the direction of cleaning is from the highest to the lowest point in the room. Clean the ceiling first. Next, vacuum and mop the floor. After this, do dry cleaning and then finish with wet cleaning.
Before washing the fridge, unplug them the night before to warm them up. Remove the bins and drawers and wash them separately in the sink, or bathtub, and then clean the inside of the fridge. Do the same thing with the stove, washing the metal trays and racks separately. When cleaning appliances, you can use a wax, or paste. If you are in need of deep cleaning, try soaking the oven, top of the stove and the metal trays and the racks as well as the bins and drawers into the mixture of water, a wax/paste and baking soda for 20 minutes.
During these 20 minutes, you can clean the kitchen cabinets. In this case, using baking soda is out of the question because it is too harsh. Choose a mild over-the-counter cleaner. If you have wood cabinets, a wood furniture polish is also effective. When done, finish cleaning the interior of the stove and the refrigerator/fridge and then clean the sides and beneath.
Move to the sink. Add white vinegar/lemon juice, baking soda and soap into the sprayer. Spray the sink as well as the faucets and handles. Let it stay for 10 minutes. In the meantime, clean the walls using a detergent and a sponge if there are hard-to remove stains. When you cleaned the sink, clean the kitchen counter with a mild cleaner. Finally, vacuum and mop the floor.
Let’s concentrate on the mould first. In order to remove it, soak the cotton balls in the bleach, place them on the mould and let them stay over the night. Remove the shower curtain and give it a good wash in the washing machine. If it is made of plastic, do not put in the dryer. Next, remove the stains from the sink and bathtub. Wash them with warm water and detergent and then use the mixture of baking soda, vinegar and soap to remove the stains, and let it rest for 10-20 minutes. The same process is applied to the faucets and handles.
While the sink and the bathtub are soaking, move on to the tile grout on the bathroom walls. Mix bleach, baking soda and water and then use a floor sweeper with a long handle and apply the mixture on the tiles. While the cleaning solution is drying, rinse the bathtub and sink. Move to the toilet bowl you can also wash with the vinegar and baking soda mixture, or a bowl cleaner. Refresh it with homemade toilet fizzies. Rinse the bathroom walls and reapply the tile grout cleaning process on the bathroom floor
The rest of the house
Have the carpets and curtains professionally cleaned and steamed. For windows, you will need a Windex/vinegar solution and a microfiber cloth. If you have fabric blinds, vacuum them, while metal and vinyl blinds can be cleaned with a sponge and a mild cleaner. For doors, do not use vinegar, or baking soda, but a mild cleaner instead. Clean the baseboards with a cleaner and a microfiber cloth. Lighting fixtures can be cleaned with a microfiber cloth, or dusted with a duster. Finally, vacuum the floors and properly mop them.
Professional house cleaning
Hiring a professional house cleaning service will allow you to focus on other aspects of moving into a new house, as getting a transfer van for all your items. If you opt for this option, make sure you know what is included in the price, what is considered extra and what is not done by cleaners. For instance, some house cleaning companies include cleaning windows, the interior of the oven and the balcony as extra services.
Washing dishes, cleaning inaccessible areas, such as the ceiling and lifting heavy furniture are usually not done by professional cleaners. Most house cleaning companies have several options you can choose depending on your needs.
With this step-by-step house cleaning guide, you can finish get your new abode sparkling clean in a day provided that you work in sequence and plan in advance.