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7 Tips To Deep Clean Your Home Before Moving In

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Bare walls, uncluttered spaces, and super clean spaces – that is what we all like to imagine when thinking about moving into a new house. But sadly, in most cases, things cannot be any farther from the truth. Whether you're renting or buying, moving into a new home means that you'll need to spend a day or more scrubbing every surface. 

There are quite a few things you can do to clean your new home more efficiently. Here are 7 tips to help you clean your new home in the most efficient way possible. 

1. Gather the necessary tools 

You need to get your hands on a few supplies – and we're not just talking about detergents. You need sponges, microfibre cloths, gloves, a toothbrush, a steel sponge, wipes, dusters, mops, vacuum cleaners, a broom, a dustpan and heaps of garbage bags. You also need to get your hands on a good all-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner and also a stainless steel cleaner if you have stainless steel appliances in your new home. 

2. Start from the bathroom

Realistically speaking, the bathroom is the room you will need most while you are cleaning up your home. Right after the movers depart, you should clean up this room in a very thorough manner. Start off from the ceiling and dust any ventilator fans in the room. Replace your toilet seat cover if needs be, and apply cleaning detergents to your sink, tub and toilet. Remove any old shower curtains as well and scrub behind the toilet, sink and shower corners. If there's a medicine cabinet or a storage cupboard in the room, empty it out and clean it thoroughly. Consider replacing any worn-out faucets and mixers and clean all light fixtures, tower racks, windows and mirrors. Finally, vacuum the bathroom floor and mop it up until it's clean and shiny. 

3. Declutter your new home 

Remove everything that does not belong to you, or you want to get rid of. You can donate any items that are still in working condition to local charity shops, so you can sort out everything in piles – to keep, to donate and to throw away. You can place your items in boxes, just make sure that all surfaces, cupboards and drawers are completely empty. Empty the fridge and freezer completely and wipe down shelves with a non-abrasive cleaning agent.

4. Work efficiently 

Spray detergents and cleaning products on all surfaces before you get started. Start from the topmost floor and move from room to room until you get downstairs. This will give the cleaning products ample time to do the work for you. After you are done spraying all surfaces with suitable cleaning products, go back to the room you started from and start putting in some elbow grease. 

5. Always work from top to bottom

Dust off all surfaces starting from the top of the room – dust off fans, fixtures, shelves, blinds and window sills. Clean out windows and any cabinets or appliances from inside and out.

6. Thoroughly clean the kitchen 

Get scrubbing the oven and stovetop, wash any dishes and tackle small appliances such as coffee makers, toasters and drip pans. Drain your sink and clean it using hot water and a suitable detergent – do not forget to wipe down faucets and handles well. Spritz countertops, cabinets, drawers and handles and wipe them clean. Use a toothbrush to get into difficult-to-reach nooks and crannies. 

7. Leave the floor for last

Mopping, sweeping and vacuuming should be left for last. This will allow you to just dump any debris you collect while cleaning any surfaces onto the floor. If you have construction dust or debris on the floor, it is best to wash your floor rather than sweeping it, as this will only cause puffs of dust to settle on any surfaces in your home. 

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