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Cleaning Tips For A New, But Used Home

Cleaning Tips For A New, But Used Home SimpleMoves.ca
Cleaning Tips For A New, But Used Home SimpleMoves.ca

One of the worst feelings you can get when first walking into your new home is the feeling of disgust. The floors are dusty, the walls are black, the bathroom is grimy and filled with hair from the previous tenant, the kitchen has dried up food stuck to the floor, and your head is spinning from that noxious odour. Don’t panic. You can do several things to turn this current mess into a home where you can feel comfortable and relax.

Preparation

Before you do any cleaning, you have to be physically and mentally prepared. Physical preparation includes putting on some clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and smelly. Wear comfortable shoes. Have cleaning materials ready.

  1. Spray cleaners
  2. Rags
  3. Paper towels
  4. A dull knife
  5. Broom/Dustpan
  6. Mop/Bucket
  7. A large trash bag

Mental preparation includes telling yourself that cleaning now will give you the home you want. Once you do these things, you will be ready to start cleaning your new home.

Clearing the space

Before you get down and dirty, you have to get rid of the garbage that’ll get in your way of cleaning the messier and dirtier areas. Stuff like old newspapers left behind, a toothbrush found under the bathroom sink, or a broken clock left on the wall, all must go immediately. With the removal of these wayward items, access to the rest of the house will be made more accessible.

Sweep, sweep, then sweep some more

If you couldn’t guess, it’s time to sweep. Often, used homes acquire an abundance of dust. You should clean this dust away immediately. If you go directly to the spray cleaner stage, you will end up with clumps of wet dust sprawled all over your floor. By sweeping at least two times, you can make spraying a lot easier.

Spray, wipe, spray, wipe

When using a spray, make sure you have one window cleaner and one all-purpose cleaner. With the window cleaner, you can clean windows and glass to ensure that they’ll shine. With the all-purpose cleaner, you can scrub everything else. Make sure you spray and wipe multiple times. This will ensure you get rid of the slime and grime.

Using your hands

You can indeed use a mop to wet the floor or disperse cleaning liquids, but this doesn’t mean you can get out of getting on your hands and knees. Using paper towels or rags, you can scrub the floors and walls much better than a mop. But using your hands does not end here. With a dull knife, you can scrape away all the dried food and gum wads left behind by the previous tenant.

Garbage

Take your large trash bag and use it for all the scraps, dust, used paper towels, grime, food, and everything else you need to throw away.

Look it over

Once you do all of these things, look over what you’ve cleaned. You may see that it needs to be cleaned more and take back some towels and cleaners. But when you’re finally happy with what you’ve done, just sit back, relax, and enjoy your new home.