You’ve bought a house and you’re ready to move in. But despite how eager you may be to start the next chapter in your life, there’s a critical part of preparing your new home that can’t be overlooked: cleaning.
We know. The previous owners probably cleaned before they left. But do you really want to leave it to chance that there aren’t any hidden allergens or pollutants hanging around? The only way to be sure is to do a thorough cleaning yourself and take any measures necessary to boost air quality.
Before you show up with the moving truck, you want to make sure your new home is clean and healthy. At The Weiland Group, we thrive on helping our clients get the most out of their home purchase, which is why we’ve provided these simple-yet-significant cleaning tips:
Embrace Air Purification
It’s likely that there are many more pollutants and allergens circulating through your home than you are aware of. Dirt, dust, pollen, and chemicals from furniture (VOCs) are just a few examples of substances that can harm your indoor air quality.
Deep cleaning your home goes a long way in reducing issues, but sometimes it’s not enough. One thing to consider is investing in a whole-house air purification system. Not only will this do wonders for improving air quality, but it’s one of several ways to give your home’s value a boost!
Get the Supplies
Before you start cleaning, you’ll need to make sure you have all the supplies necessary to get the job done. Some products to consider gathering include a vacuum, a broom, a mop, a bucket, a duster, rubber gloves, sponges, and garbage bags.
When it comes to cleaning solutions, it’s best to go with green products (otherwise, you risk messing up the indoor air quality you’re working so hard to maintain!). There are many natural, toxic-free cleaning detergents and solutions on the market. But Family Handyman points out you can also make your own solutions from household ingredients. For example, salt works great for scrubbing, vinegar can remove stains and neutralize odors, olive oil can polish furniture, and lemons can make your home smell fresh and vibrant!
Go Room by Room
OK, so you’ve installed an air purification system and gathered your cleaning supplies. Now, it’s time to start the actual cleaning process. Since your moving boxes and containers will probably have dust and dirt on them, move them in before you begin cleaning. Clean one room at a time, and unpack and organize your belongings as you go. This will make for a smooth move-in process.
Hit the Essential Rooms First
If you’re like most homeowners, you plan to unpack the kitchen, bedrooms, and bathrooms first. So, it makes sense to clean those rooms first! After all, you don’t want to start unpacking and setting up your belongings in a dirty room. Once your most frequently-used rooms are taken care of, you can take your time cleaning and unpacking the other spaces in your home.
Clean From Top to Bottom
Have you ever spent valuable time vacuuming and mopping the floor in your living room, only to make it dirty again after dusting your ceiling fans? As Popular Mechanics explains, the best strategy for cleaning a room is to begin at the top and work your way down. Start with the ceiling, chandeliers, upper wall trim, and other areas up high. Then, clean the walls, furniture, and floors.
Address Your Furniture
For all of your furniture, it’s wise to give everything a thorough wipe-down from top to bottom. Look for air-friendly furniture cleaning products, or consider using special oils to help bring the luster back to wood pieces. Note that anything with fabric cushions should be cleaned by a professional to ensure allergens and any other particulates are removed. A simple Google search for “upholstery cleaners near me” will help you connect with local furniture cleaners to find top-notch cleaners with a reputation for great work. Be sure to ask about the types of products they use, and confirm they don’t use a single portable steam cleaner.
Few things are more exciting than moving into a new home. But to make the most of the experience, you need to ensure the home is clean and healthy. Remember to consider investing in an air purification system and acquire any cleaning supplies you need. Clean one room at a time, and clean from top to bottom in each space. Then, you can begin your next chapter in life with confidence and clean air!
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