Apr 22

What to clean before you move into a new property

Moving into a new property brings with it so many possibilities. It’s a clean slate, with no clutter, and a blank canvas in which to start a new chapter of your life. While it can be exciting, before you can relax and feel at home, you need to first clean the slate. Cleaning your new home or taking advantage of cleaning services is the perfect way to do so!

Before the removalists arrive to move everything to your new home, you should first take care of giving your new property a deep clean.

Whether you are renting or buying a new house or apartment, move-in cleaning is essential. You have no idea the way the person who lived there before you treated the place. While most people have good intentions with their move out cleaning, it’s highly likely they left behind some dust, grime, and dirt.

When To Clean Your New Property

Ideally, if you have some flexibility with moving dates, it’s best to clean your new property before you move in.

The easiest it will ever be to clean your new property is when you’ve been presented with the keys for the first time. With no

clutter to get in your way, or hundreds of boxes and large pieces of furniture, it’s the ideal time.

Many people are busy around moving time, and packing is not to be taken lightly! What if you don’t have much time to work with between moving out and moving into your new property? Then it’s a perfect time to consider hiring a professional cleaning services company.

With empty rooms, they will be able to clean your home faster. They can even do a pre-clean the same day the movers are packing at your old property! What better feeling than walking into a new sparkling home as soon as the movers arrive!

But, if you’d prefer to clean DIY, let’s take a look at the essential things to clean before you move into a new property

Cleaning Supplies You Will Need

Before you get started, you should make sure you have all your cleaning supplies with you once you arrive at the new property. Without them, things will take a lot longer to clean.

You will need:

  • Rubber gloves
  • Scrubbers
  • Sponges
  • Microfiber cloths/Cleaning rags
  • Paper towels
  • Duster
  • Vacuum
  • Dust mop
  • Bucket
  • Broom
  • Step ladder
  • Cleaning products

Pro Tip: Are you cleaning on a date before you move into the new property? Make sure that you have the utilities such as water and electricity already set up. Otherwise, it’s going to be impossible to clean without them!

Start Cleaning From The Top Down

The best way to get started when giving your new property a deep clean is to clean each room from the top down. First dust any ceiling fans, overhead lights, and the corners of the ceilings. Then start to clean your way down – clean the walls and baseboards, then clean all the floors at the end.

Pro Tip: Cleaning each room one at a time from top to bottom, and then doing the floors of all rooms last will save you time.

Clean Towards The Door

Another way to clean your property is to begin at the furthest room away from the front door, then make your way room by room towards the entry.

This becomes important when you are cleaning the floors. The last thing you want to do is to walk over freshly vacuumed carpet in dirty shoes, and have to start all over again.

Clean The Closets

It’s unlikely that once you’ve filled up all your closets with your clothes and bits and pieces, that you’ll ever take everything out and give it a thorough clean.

An empty closet is a perfect time to get rid of the build-up of dust, spiderwebs, and dirt.

Start by dusting out all the corners and the shelves thoroughly. Consider using either decorative paper or vinyl to line the shelves in the corners. Make sure you don’t use a permanent liner.

Not only does it look good, it is quick and easy to clean. It also helps to cover up any unidentifiable stains which were left behind from the previous owner.

Change The Toilet Seat

Think about it, you’re bringing your own chairs and couch to your new property, and they are easy to clean. Even after giving your toilet a thorough clean, who knows what germs may remain. Give your property, and toilet a fresh and hygienic start, and do yourself and your guests a favour. Replace your toilet seat!

Scrub The Bathtub

When you’re having a bath for the first time in your new property, you’re more likely to relax and enjoy yourself, if you’ve scrubbed away all traces left by the previous owner in the bath.

To clean the bathtub easily, use a sponge with dish soap to scrub down the tub. For any tougher stains, you may need to use a professional bathroom cleaning services product.

If you’d rather not use harsh chemicals, you can create a natural cleaner instead. Use equal parts borax, baking soda and kosher salt for a great scrub solution.

Clean The Appliances

You should clean all your appliances, starting with the dishwasher. Run a cycle using only a cup containing white vinegar. Place it in the top rack and set the hot water setting on your dishwasher.

After the cycle has finished, take a cup of baking soda, and then scatter it over the bottom rack of the dishwasher. Now run a second hot water cycle.

Next, disinfect your microwave. Be sure to clean it inside and out. Then once it’s sparkling like new, move onto the fridge next.

Remove all the shelves from the fridge, and scrub them down. Consider letting them soak in your sink or bathtub. A food-safe all purpose DIY cleaner is water and vinegar.

Lastly, tackle the oven. If there is room in your dishwasher, put all the racks, buttons, and drip pans in for a deep clean cycle. Also, don’t forget to degrease the hood of the oven.

Pro Tip: If the racks have a layer of grime, soak them in a sealed bag of ammonia overnight.

Make The Floors Sparkling Clean

Floors are the area of a property which perhaps get the dirtiest. Do you want to keep the last owner’s footprints on your floors? An easy way to clean hardwood floors, tiles, and laminates is by using steam mops.

If you need to use a regular mop on hardwood floors, double check that it is only damp, and not dripping wet. Also, use a cleaner which has been specially designed for the type of finish of the floor.

For the carpet, it’s essential to clean it thoroughly. Who knows what the last tenant was dragging across the floor on their shoes.

You can rent a carpet cleaner from your local hardware or grocery store. Although this may be a better job for professional cleaning services to give you peace of mind that your carpets are cleaned correctly.

With the excitement of moving into a new property, it’s important to make sure that you give it a thorough and deep clean. This lets you settle in, relax and create a new home faster.

Do you not have enough time to clean before moving into your new property? Handypal Cleaning Services can help. They provide the best house cleaning services in Adelaide. Save your time and make moving into a clean property as easy and affordable as possible.

Top Move Removals are budget local & interstate removalists who provide an incredible removalist service at affordable prices. Whether you are looking to move interstate, country or require backloading removals services for home or office, we can help. Contact us today for an obligation free quote. Call 1300 560 665 or contact us online.

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