What To Clean Before You Move Into A New Home Or Apartment In Miami
Let’s face it, in spite of the best intentions of former owners or tenants, a new home should still be cleaned before you move in. Those bare walls and that unfurnished area leave a bare canvas wherein you can create and design your own home from start to finish. However, before you begin to move, you’ll want to spend an afternoon cleaning just to ensure that your new home has a nice deep clean that you know you took care of.
Regardless of whether the home was occupied by owners or renters, you know that they don’t clean as you do. There are always going to be areas that need to be cleaned with a good old fashioned scrubbing. There are always nooks and crannies that aren’t cleaned even if they were the cleanest people that you ever met. It’s also easy to forget some of the areas and you’ll want to make sure that they were cleaned before you move your belongings in.
The best time to clean is before you move your own furniture into the home. If you clean before you bring your own belongings in, you won’t have to move your stuff around while you’re cleaning your home in Miami. You could do it yourself, or you can hire a cleaning crew, regardless, here is how it’s done.
There are many important steps to consider when you first move into a home and plan to clean. It shouldn’t take more than a day or two at the most depending on the size of your home or apartment and the amount of cleaning that you recognize needing to be done. Here are some quick tips to help you get started, or you can hire a Miami house cleaning service.
Start at the top, and work your way down. If you see cobwebs, for example, sweep them down and then when you vacuum you will be able to vacuum them all up. That way, you won’t be spreading dirt and grime over areas that you’ve already cleaned down lower. If you start at the top, your cleaning won’t take as long. Wipe walls down from the top to the bottom and you’ll save a lot of time.
Pro Tip: Ceiling fans are easy if you simply slip an older pillowcase over each blade and wipe from the center out into the pillowcase. Voila! You have a clean fan blade and no dust raining down.
Before Your Fill The Fridge
Before you put your own food into the fridge, take the time to clean it. It shouldn’t take too long. Wipe everything down and sanitize it before you put food into it and your food will not only stay fresher longer, it will be healthier and so will your fridge. Clean and sanitize it from top to bottom. You can use equal parts of water and white vinegar and a clean rag to start at the top inside shelves and wipe your way down. Open drawers and wipe them out, wipe the sides down and don’t forget the door of the refrigerator. Make sure to allow time for the shelves and drawers to dry before you put food in them.
Pro Tip: Sticky stuff that won’t budge can be budged if you put hot water on it and allow it to sit until you can touch it, then simply wipe it out. Repeat as needed and the sticky stuff should eventually wipe right out of your fridge.
While you wait for the fridge to dry you can clean the rest of the kitchen. Start with the light fixtures and the ceiling corners and work your way around the cabinet tops. Wipe the appliances down, the top of the stove and the oven as well as any microwaves. Don’t forget to clean the dishwasher if there is one and finally, the countertops and the sinks should be wiped out. Wipe out cabinets and make sure that you wipe the handles off as well. Save the floors for last.
Pro Tip: Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda mixed in equal parts are an ideal solution for cutting grease. Make into a paste and spread over the stovetop and allow it to sit for about fifteen to twenty minutes, wipe off or scrub as needed and you shouldn’t have any grease left.
In the bathroom, you’re not just cleaning, you’re also disinfecting. Dawn blue dish soap is an ideal solution for a good scrubbing (even in the bathroom). Follow this up with a good antibacterial spray to kill any lingering germs and you should be good to go. Often, the best solution for a toilet seat is to simply purchase a new one and remove the old one. That way, they’re sure to be clean.
Don’t forget that areas like the toilet paper holder, the light switches and even faucets and door handles can all harbor germs so be sure to sanitize these as well.
Pro Tip: Hard water can readily stain metal hardware such as the faucets and shower-heads. An ideal solution is to cut a fresh lemon and use the cut side to wipe them down. The lemon juice is an acid and will break down the hard water stains, it also smells great.
Room By Room
After you’ve done these important areas, you’ll want to do the rest of the home room by room. Start in one room and work your way through. Remember door tops, window tracks, handles, light switches, the insides of closets and other surfaces that you may not have thought of. Wipe everything down, vacuum corners and underneath of shelves and cupboards and suck up all of the dirt.
Pro Tip: Wait to wash the windows until the sun is down or not shining on the windows. The sun will make it hard to see the streaks and grime.
Floors Are Last
You started at the top, now you’re on the floors. Start at one end of the house and work your way through. Vacuum carpets, shake throw rugs outdoors. Sweep and mop floors. Always make sure to use products that are safe for the particular type of flooring that you are cleaning. Wood floors, for example, require products for wood floors.
If you want really clean flooring, call in a professional cleaning service in Miami or use a steam cleaner. Professionals know exactly how to clean all sorts of flooring and carpeting. You can also rent these from a hardware or grocery store. While vacuuming can help you to clean the carpets, you’ll want to make sure that you remove allergens and improve the air quality when you’re cleaning.
Pro Tip: Stained or dirty grout can easily be cleaned with water and bleach mixed in equal parts and applied with an old toothbrush. Allow this solution to sit on the grout for as long as an hour. Rinse well and then scrub it again with your old toothbrush. Repeat as needed to get rid of molds, dirt, and grime. Some of the tougher areas may take more than one application and you may find that you have to do this a few times after you move in to kill off all of the molds.
Now, you’re all done and you can safely move in without any fears of moving into a dirty house. That wasn’t too bad now, was it?