After a big move, unpacking all your boxes will undoubtedly be the first thing on your to-do list. But if you didn’t find the time to clean your new home before moving in, you will have to postpone this task and prioritize tidying up your place first.
Seasoned interstate removalists from Adelaide share below some helpful tips for cleaning your home post-move:
1. Clean your new home from top to bottom
This is an important tip to remember when cleaning any room in your new house.
If you begin by sweeping or vacuuming the floor first, the dust, dirt, and debris you will remove from the ceiling or uppermost walls and shelves will fall on the clean floor which you will then have to clean again.
But if you clean the ceiling and topmost surfaces or shelves first, you can sweep or vacuum all dirt together later, thereby needing to clean your floor only once.
2. Start with the kitchen
Since you will be spending a lot of time in the kitchen, you will do well to start cleaning this room first.
Be sure to clean the refrigerator first. Remove the shelves and drawers and clean them individually with warm water and soap.
Clean the inside of the fridge using a solution of equal parts water and white vinegar. Add a couple of drops of lemon oil for that extra fresh scent. Use a clean rag to wipe all the surfaces.
Next, clean the stove, kitchen counters, cabinets, and drawers. Use warm soapy water for cleaning them and add a few drops of non-corrosive bleach to disinfect them.
Lastly, scrub the kitchen sink and faucets to make them look like new again. You can use chlorine-free bleach to disinfect them as well.
3. Clean the bathroom
Once you’re done with the kitchen, move on to the bathroom – another room that you will be using frequently.
Give the walls, the sink, all surfaces, the floor, and all fixtures including the toilet paper holder and door handle a good scrubbing by using a sponge and water with soap. Next, use an antibacterial spray to get rid of any germs.
Hard water stains on faucets and showerheads are often hard to remove. To get rid of these stains, rub some fresh lemon juice on these fixtures. The acid will break down the water stains making the metal surfaces shine like new.
Lastly, consider replacing the toilet seat to ensure that it is really clean. If you’re not up to doing this, call a plumber to do it for you.
4. Move on to the bedroom
To ensure you will have a clean room to spend the night, clean your bedroom next.
Use an antibacterial cleaning product to clean the bed, cabinets, shelves, and other furniture pieces. Use the same product to clean and disinfect the bedroom door, doorknob, and light switches.
Don’t forget to dust all light fixtures as well.
5. Tackle the areas you won’t be cleaning regularly
There are certain areas or features in your home that you may clean only once or twice a year. While your home is still free from furniture and large appliances that will make cleaning harder, give these areas and items a good scrubbing:
- Baseboards and moldings
- Vents and fans
- Garbage disposal unit
- Inside cupboards
6. Clean everything that is frequently touched or handled
After cleaning the areas you are unlikely to clean frequently, move on to the ones that are regularly handled or touched.
- Door handles
- Light switches
- Other appliances such as the microwave, dishwasher, washer, etc.
Use a multi-purpose cleaner and sponge to clean these areas and items and finish off the task by using an anti-bacterial spray to kill any lingering bacteria.
7. Clean the floors
Although you will still need to clean your floor after you have unpacked, you can ensure you will only need to sweep or vacuum it by deep cleaning it after you have tackled all the rooms and other fixtures.
Make sure you clean all the floors in your home. If your home has wall-to-wall carpets, consider hiring a professional cleaner to steam clean them.
In case you have wood, vinyl, or wood tile, use the vacuum attachment to clean corners and edges, and then sweep the floor well. Next, mop up the floor using a mixture of water and mild soap to remove any remaining dirt and give the floor a brilliant shine.
When you follow these cleaning tips, you will have a safe, clean and healthy home.
You will also ensure it is ready for the next steps of your move-in like unpacking your clothes and all other personal items you have taken with you to make your new place feel like home.