After all of the excitement for moving into a new home settles, you’re realizing you’re just a halfway there. The first obstacle is cleaning. Who in the world enjoys cleaning? If it is occasional tidying up your living space, ok. But when you move into a new house, it all comes to thoroughly sweeping and rubbing. Since there is no escaping from that, it is time to roll up the sleeves and get started with a cleaning checklist. It can be tough work, but once you’ve finished, the feeling of accomplishment and pride will be quite rewarding.
Cleaning of your new kitchen is deservedly first on this list. A properly organized, well-maintained kitchen is a sign that you are taking care of your family’s health. Deep cleaning with no excuses is the way to go. It is not news that cooking smell lingers long after it is emptied. So put a lot of effort into rubbing off every surface. Don’t settle for a quick wipe-down. One of the best tips for cleaning the kitchen is to spray every surface with an all-purpose cleaner, leave it for 10 to 15 minutes, come back and wipe-down everything.
Sink the Dirt
It’s probably not necessary to tell you that the unpleasant sink odor can be a real nightmare. But the recipe for removing it is a lot simpler than you might have imagined. Just mix a little baking soda and water, and down the drain, they go. For cleaning your new, and someone’s old sink, use a mixture o chlorine-free bleach and water.
Mind the Appliances
For the appliances, you’ll need a heavy-duty cleaner, like paste or wax. A net trick is using baking soda with water to remove rust. The stove will probably be your hardest task, but fear not, with a little persistence, and the right products, it can be a picnic. If the previous owners didn’t clean their refrigerator, you’re stuck with this yuck duty, so do it well. Remove all of the drawers and bins, and wash them out, and wipe down the fridge from the outside and the inside.
The Easy Part: Cabinets and Counters
With a few tips, you’ll be finishing up in less time than you could imagine. But be careful not to use the same products as you used on the appliances. In a recent conversation with established Sydney-based house cleaning professionals, I learned that a mild cleaner must be used to clean the inside of cabinets, primarily if they’re lined or painted. If you’re, however, facing a wooden surface, you can use a wood cleaner or even a mild soap.
The Ground You Walk on
If the previous owners of your newly acquired home have left you some carpets, you should call a professional, or reach for the vacuum cleaner yourself, and get started. Use carpet cleaning products. If you don’t have enough time, the recommendation is to opt for powdered cleaners, which can be vacuumed up, and there is no long drying process involved. For wooden floors, you can use mild soaps.
The Big One for the End: The Walls
Unless you’re lucky enough that the previous owners have painted the house before leaving, you’ll have to take some time to gently rub of the paints, stains, and dirt from your walls. Cleaning with a sponge mop and water with soap is often sufficient. Make sure you don’t have a single corner left to its chance.
The moral of the story? Nothing can escape your sponge, and nothing can stop you from having your well-deserved clean home. All it takes is a bit of time and effort and you’ll move into a spotless living environment.