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The moment your move becomes the thing of imminent certainty is when the chores and task start piling up. You need to find the right moving company, get proper packing materials and moving boxes Manhattan, sort out things at work, and make sure that everything in your future home is well and functional. In addition, as if the whole process of moving wasn’t arduous enough, one has to deal with post-move cleaning. Luckily, this text has found you well and will provide some guidelines, so as to help in this time of need.
The overall approach to this whole ordeal
In order to ensure the most desirable outcome, it would be best that you follow these basic post-move cleaning guidelines:
- acquire all the cleaning supplies you will need before the cleaning commences. You ought to have at least the majority, if not all of the following: disinfecting cleaners, glass cleaners, baking soda, white vinegar, cleaning cloths, dusting cloths, plastic or nylon bristled soft scrubbers, furniture polish, fabric protectors, a step stool, and various kinds of brushes. Other than that, we believe it’s safe to assume that you already have a mop, a vacuum cleaner, a broom and a dustpan, a bucket, and a pair of rubber gloves.
- the items you plan on taking to your new home ought to get a proper scrub. Besides entering into a completely clean home, you are also preventing all that accumulated dust and dirt, stains and grime, bacteria and germs from joining you. Wiping your belongings clean prior to the move will also make your job much easier when unpacking and arranging of your new home take place. As for the items you don’t intend to keep, simply call for furniture removal NYC services, and declutter with ease.
- start with cleaning once all of the household items have been loaded onto the moving truck. With all of the bulky furniture and heavy boxes laying around, cleaning will turn out to be much more difficult and time-consuming than necessary. However, with your floors and walls free of any obstructions, cleaning can prove to be quite satisfactory and even pleasant.
- always clean top to bottom, back to front. Otherwise, you may soil a surface that you have already cleaned. And the last thing you want is to double your work.
- “dry” cleaning tasks go before the ”wet” ones. Make sure to dust, vacuum and sweep before you mop and wipe.
- instead of going room to room, try to take the task-by-task approach. It will ensure efficiency and speed.
The post-move cleaning tasks
As you are moving into a new home, it’s safe to assume that someone else will, likewise, move into your old home. In order to show your solidarity, make sure that these are done with great care and attention to detail:
- Tend to the walls. See that any nails, hooks, and screws you have put on the walls are removed. You’d also want to conceal the holes, as well as any visible marks, dents, scratches, with the help of a specialized product. Try your best to clean any stains and smudges. Use a wet washcloth to freshen up baseboards, doors, and doorknobs.
- Wash the windows. Quality glass cleaners are highly affordable, whilst providing a rather pleasant outcome. Besides cleaning the windows, don’t forget to wipe the mirrors, glass doors and all other glass surfaces you might have.
- Take care of all the floors. Vacuum the carpets, and see if you can use carpet cleaners to take care of any stains. You would first sweep, and then mop all the tile, vinyl and/or hardwood floors.
- Get rid of any dust and cobweb. Tend to every nook and cranny, and try your best to eradicate any dirt you can find. Dust all the surfaces and vacuum the upholstery and the drapes so as to ensure the best outcome.
Additional useful tips
In the kitchen
After you’ve neatly packed your kitchen, it’s time to clean it. When scrubbing the sink and faucets, you can use the appropriate powdered cleaning product. However, if you want to make them look brand new, use chlorine-free bleach. Simply put some bleach into a spray bottle and add water. Spray all over the sink and after it has soaked for a while – rinse thoroughly. If your garbage disposal has any accumulated grime and unpleasant odors, use slices of lemon, some salt and ice cubes to get rid of it. When cleaning the stove, make sure to wear thick gloves and ensure good ventilation. Degreasing agents can be harmful to the skin and the respiratory system, so it is wise to take all the precautionary measures.
In the bathroom
If you have any mold growth on the shower curtain, consider replacing it instead of trying to clean it. When it comes to the glass surfaces, we suggest that you use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. Apply the paste on the surface and let rest for an hour before removing it with a damp cloth.
Bedrooms and living room
Don’t forget to wash or dry-clean the curtains. The same goes for the air conditioners and vents. Once you empty the wardrobes, closets, and drawers, make sure to clean them on the inside, as well as the outside.
The outdoor area
Do not leave the items you have stuck in the ground or hanged on the trees behind. Tools and equipment, toys and pet items, all should be removed from the backyard. Check that the gutters are free from debris. See if the letterbox and compost bin are clean.
A good thing to have in mind when venturing into the post-move cleaning task is to check if the cleaning list for tenants has any particular requirements. See if the lease contract has any specific conditions listed. When you’ve finished cleaning the place, take some pictures of it, in order to have proof of the excellent condition you’re leaving the place in. Other than that, happy travels and much luck in the new chapter in your life.