A new home can present so many opportunities and possibilities with bare walls to hang art, an uncluttered space to fill with your belongings, and a fresh canvas with which to make yourself a home.
However, particularly in the age of COVID, an essential task before moving in is to give your new home a deep clean, as US President Joe Biden is likely having to do at his new residence, The White House.
Whether you’re renting or buying, a pre-move in cleaning is an essential task. No matter how well-intentioned the previous occupants, you will want to take care of the inevitable dirt and dust before you unpack and settle in.
Here are some handy tips to get you going.
Clean high before cleaning low
Dust can gather on ceiling fans, overhead lighting fixtures, and shelving. Cleaning areas up high will lead to dust and grime falling to areas below, so save having to clean twice, and start on a high note!
Next, the kitchen
The most important task when you’ve moved in is to make a cuppa, or at least have a cold drink in the fridge, but before you stock it up with milk, champagne, or beer, make sure you have sanitised it first. Wipe it down with equal parts of warm water and white vinegar, and don’t forget the freezer.
After this, clean the other appliances, followed by the countertops and then the cabinets.
Cleaning the bathroom is more about disinfecting that it is about getting it spotless. Use dish soap and a sponge for a wipe down, then use an antibacterial spray to get rid of any lingering germs. It’s worth simply replacing the toilet seat, as it isn’t a big expense for a new one.
Room by room
The rest of the process should be done room by room. As before, start with the ceiling, and don’t forget places like on the top of doors, light switches, and windows.
Finish with the floors
Vacuuming alone will make a big difference, and follow that with steam mopping everywhere, including carpets.
The last part? Get that cold beer out of the fridge, sit down, and enjoy your new home!