Deep Cleaning Tips
Moving into a new rental is an exciting process, and an empty space allows for many new opportunities. But even if it appears that the previous renters left the unit perfectly clean, you should still perform a deep clean to ensure all areas are disinfected to give you a clean slate to live in. So, before you start to move in furniture and unpack all your belongings, use this guide to make sure your new home is sparkling clean!
Start from the Top and Work Towards the Door
Professional cleaners recommend cleaning one room at a time to make sure the dirt and dust does not spread to other areas of the home. The type of room you start in does not matter so much as the order you clean the rooms in. It is wise to first clean rooms that are at the back of the house to prevent backtracking and carrying dirt from dirty rooms to clean rooms. Also, when you start to clean, be sure to always start all the way at the top and work your way down. Items that are high up are likely to generate more dust; when these items are cleaning, this dust will likely fall onto the items below, causing more dirt to build up. For this reason, start by first cleaning your ceilings, ceiling trim, fans, and high cabinets. Next, move onto the walls, baseboards, countertops, and furniture; and lastly, clean the floors.
The kitchen is one of the most heavily used areas of the home and should be cleaned as soon as possible before you begin to unpack. Start by first cleaning the dishwasher by running a hot water cycle with only a cup of white vinegar in the top rack. Once this cycle is complete, run a second hot cycle by sprinkling a cup of baking soda on the bottom rack. It is also important to pay close attention to disinfect appliances like microwaves, ovens, and sinks to ensure all evidence of old food is gone. When cleaning the oven, you can clean the buttons, racks, and drip pans in the dishwasher for a deep clean (if they fit). If the racks are caked with grease and grime, you can soak them overnight in a sealed bag of ammonia. To clean the fridge, remove all the shelves you can and clean them by using a disinfectant wipe or soaking them in a vinegar and water solution. Finally, do not forget to wipe down all cabinets before you start placing your dinnerware inside.
The bathroom is a very personal space in the home, so it is important to make sure it is fully disinfected before you get comfortable. To start, replace the toilet seat for a fresh start and sanitize commonly touched surfaces such as the toilet handle, toilet paper holder, light switches, faucets, and door handles. Also make sure to disinfect the shower and/or bathtub. Wipe down these surfaces by using dish soap and a sponge, or mix equal parts soda, borax, and kosher salts to make a natural cleaning scrub. Be sure you do not overlook any areas and remember the more in-depth you clean now, the better you will feel later.
The bedroom is another personal space in the home, and fortunately it is an easy room to clean. Be sure to follow the cleaning order discussed earlier, starting with the ceilings, and working your way down to the floors. When cleaning walls, a simple wipe down with a moist rag and all-purpose cleaner can get rid of most fingerprints, dust, and stains. Hardwood, linoleum, and tile can easily be swept and mopped with a floor cleaning solution. If you have carpet in the bedroom, vacuum the area and use a carpet cleaner to shampoo the carpet. If strong smells still linger, sprinkle a carpet deodorizing powder or baking soda; let sit and vacuum again
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