How To Conduct a Complete Move In Cleaning
Move in cleaning isn’t a simple task since it’s more demanding than regular cleaning. You need to pay attention to some areas you might otherwise neglect or use more effective cleaning supplies.
Coming up with an efficient way to clean your apartment upon moving in will save you a lot of time and effort while also providing you with better results. You may even have time to enjoy a relaxing stroll along the Mobile River.
Here are a few helpful cleaning tips that can make your move-in clean-up more organized:
- Clean from the top. Cleaning from the top down is the most efficient way to deal with dust. This way, you won’t have to go back to re-clean the areas, but simply work your way down from the ceiling fans and lighting fixtures to the floors.
- Deep clean the cabinets and closets. Rarely do people consider the interior of their cabinets and closets. Yet, it’s a must-do task on professional cleaning checklists for a reason.
- Disinfect the bathroom. Since this area requires a thorough scrub, don’t skip anything. Be as meticulous as possible, dealing with every single spot. You should also replace the toilet seat.
- Tackle the appliances. Kitchen appliances also require special cleaning attention, so make sure to deep clean them. The fridge, sink, oven and microwave should be disinfected, but make sure to use a product that won’t damage the finish.
Move-In Cleaning Checklist
In addition to following the cleaning tips for moving out above, follow these cleaning tips for moving into a new home:
- COUNTERS, DRAWERS, AND CABINETS: WIPE DOWN ALL COUNTERTOPS, DRAWERS, AND CABINETS WITH A DISINFECTANT SPRAY. ADD LINING TO CABINETS.COUNTERTOPS, DRAWERS, AND CABINETS WITH A DISINFECTANT SPRAY. ADD LINING TO CABINETS.
- Stovetop and Fridge: Remove all the stove-top parts and fridge shelves and drawers. Soak them in a tub filled with warm, soapy water. After an hour or so, dry the parts and put them back into place. After cleaning the fridge, prevent future odors by placing a tray of fresh or used coffee grounds in the back. Replace every two weeks.
- Dishwasher: Pour a cup of white vinegar into a dishwasher-safe container and place it on the top rack of your dishwasher. Run the dishwasher through one cycle.
- Toilet: Replace toilet seats and covers. They’re an inexpensive way to ensure a clean, fresh start.
- Surfaces: Wipe down every surface, including medicine cabinets, with a disinfectant spray.
- Sage your home: Give your new home a blank slate by saging, which is said to clear negative energy that may be lingering in a space. Place the sage in a clay bowl, or on another heatproof surface, and light it with a match. Give the sage a few minutes to build up a nice smoke before you start cleaning your new home.
- Take pictures: Before you unpack, take photos and/or videos of the entire home, including pre-existing holes or damages.
It’s no secret that moving is stressful. Chances are, your to-do list is already pretty full, what with decluttering, packing, and planning before the big moving day.
Here are seven things to do before moving into a new house:
1. Double check the place.
Once the keys are in hand, head over to your new pad and check over all the rooms. Make sure everything that was agreed upon in the sale is still accounted for once you’re the new homeowner. You will want to be sure everything you expected to be there is still in the house.
2. Change the locks.
There is no way to know how many sets of keys to your house may be floating around. Give yourself peace of mind — hire a locksmith and have a set of new keys made.
3. Give your new house a deep clean.
While your new space may have had a cleaning prior to sale, you will still want to give it a good deep cleaning so it’s up to your standards. You never know what went down there before you moved in!
QUICK TIP: Pack a box of essentials and deliver that first to your new home. Fill it with cleaning supplies, paper towels and toilet paper along with the other essentials you’ll need to make it through moving day (lots of snacks, a set of clean sheets so you can sleep after a long day of unpacking, etc.).
4. Change the toilet seats.
This may seem like a silly one, but the toilets are probably the grimiest spot in a house. Rather than spending your time cleaning them, remove them, clean under there and replace them with a brand new seat. You will have serious peace of mind, sitting on the brand new seats, knowing your family has christened them.
5. Pest control.
Make sure you and your family are the only ones moving into your new house. Hire an exterminator to come by and check for unwanted guests, plug holes for all pests and spray to deter any future uninvited home invaders.
6. Change your air filters.
Since you can’t be sure when they were last changed and you don’t want extra dust clouding up your newly cleaned home and carpets, it’s best to just start with fresh filters. Mark the date you installed them on the filter and your calendar so you can keep track and change them regularly.
7. Safety first!
While conducting that deep clean, take some time to make sure your home is safe. While in the laundry room, vacuum out that dryer vent. As you are clearing dust from walls and ceiling fans, change the batteries in your smoke detectors. When you clean out your kitchen cabinets, find a proper place to store a fire extinguisher.
How to clean a new bedroom
Cleaning bedrooms thoroughly before you move-into a new house is important as you’ll be exposed to any lingering allergens here when you sleep. As with all rooms, we would recommend working from top to bottom so you can easily keep track of what areas you have already cleaned and avoid transferring dirt to previously cleaned areas.
Pro tip: If there are multiple bedrooms in your new home, dust and clean them all and leave the floors until last. This way you can quickly move from room to room with the vacuum cleaner or mop without having to prepare your floor cleaning tools each time.
Simple tips and techniques for move-in/move-out cleaning services.
- Begin cleaning by removing all large trash pieces. Pick up all trash that is too large to vacuum. Vacuuming will be quicker and more efficient not having to stop, pick up or move large waste materials.
- Remember to vacuum from high to low, including light fixtures, window tracks, blinds, ceiling vents, heat registers, and along the baseboards.
- Use a microfiber flat mop for cleaning ceilings, walls, baseboards, and doors.
- After picking up trash and vacuuming, start cleaning the stuck-on grime and dirt. Chemicals to have on hand include: bowl cleaner, fume-free oven cleaner, window cleaner, all-purpose cleaner, degreaser, neutral pH floor cleaner, stainless steel polish, and furniture polish. Save money by using concentrated chemicals rather than RTU (ready-to-use) chemicals.
- Windows and glass entrance doors should be washed with an applicator and squeegee. Use scrapers or steel wool to remove stickers and bugs. Be sure the window is wet when using these tools or you could scratch the glass. Window frames and tracks should be vacuumed and then wiped down.
- Provide appropriate dwell time so the chemicals have time to work. Make sure that your employees have the correct personal protective equipment (gloves, goggles, etc.) and safety training when working with chemicals.
- If you need to loosen build-up, use the correct cleaning tools – scrubber pads, brushes and scrapers. Use caution when using these tools – you don’t want to damage surfaces.
- Use paper towels, terry cloth rags, or microfiber cloths for most cleaning tasks. Use a green microfiber cloth for dusting; blue for windows, glass and polished surfaces; red for cleaning restrooms and yellow for counter-tops, sinks and walls.
- Have a variety of different hand brushes on hand for general and specialty cleaning. Use grout brushes for cleaning up grout on counter-tops and ceramic tile floors. Toothbrushes can be used for detail cleaning around faucets and other fixture.
- Scrubbing pad can be used wet or dry. Use for cleaning, scouring, and scrubbing a variety of surfaces, including floors, stairways, walls, railings, and counters.
- Use white pads for surfaces such as glass, chrome, stainless steel and plastic surfaces. White pads are not as abrasive as green pads.
- Save time by pre-spraying the inside of the microwave and refrigerator with a pump-up sprayer rather than using a spray bottle. When cleaning break rooms/kitchenettes, be sure to pull out the stove and refrigerator. Clean the walls, sides of appliances, sides of cabinets, floor, vacuum the coils, and underneath the microwave. Also clean the oven hood and filters.
- Clean the floors last.Use the backpack vacuum to give the floors a final vacuuming, and then mop all hard surface flooring. The first thing most people notice is a nice looking floor. It will project cleanliness throughout the rest of the location.