One of the last things many think about when moving home is cleaning. However, it should be one of the first things on your list when arriving at your new property. According to livescience.com:
‘More common sources of dust pollutants, including animal dander, sand, insect waste, flour (in the kitchen), and of course lots of good, old-fashioned dirt. Humans do shed dead skin, but most of it is carried away by water when we shave or bathe’
Although there may be significantly less in the way of dead skin matter clogging up our carpets; the other materials listed do encourage a breeding ground of micro-organisms that live in dust and contribute to common allergies. Our guide on ‘cleaning your new home’ will act as a cleaning check list for some of the biggest areas you may had overlooked.
Wipe over the walls, picture rails and skirting boards
If you’re moving into a home that has previously been lived in; you may see evidence of where pictures were hung on the wall, or where cupboards and wardrobes may have been situated. Often, walls conceal dust and dirt well, meaning they are overlooked. Many home owners are surprised at the difference wiping down your walls can make.
Before you start; ensure that you have prepared your walls by dusting them (or even vacuuming them). This reduces the likelihood of dirt being spread when you apply the damp cloth as it removes any excess dust. After dusting, you can use a damp sponge, dipped in a solution of warm water mixed with a couple of drops of mild detergent. For tougher stains, try mixing some warm water with a few drops of lavender oil. Ensure that you wring your sponge or cloth out well before applying it to the walls.
Tips: Don’t forget to wipe over any vents and fans.
Carpets are another feature in the home that mask dust and dirt relatively well. A deep clean with a carpet washer is very much advised, especially if you have little ones, who may be placing their little fingers or toes in their mouth after having had a crawl. Carpets are a breeding ground for parasites, germs and dirt. By washing them regularly, such bodies can be significantly reduced. And what better time to wash them, than before they are covered over by furniture.
Radiators are often scuffed by rubber from shoes, mud, dust and dirt. After being on for a few hours, such substances become sticky and can leave a musty stale smell in the house. Wiping them over after every season makes for a cleaner and fresher room.
Wash the curtains
Curtains also harbour dust and are often left uncleaned by many households. Having them dry-cleaned prior to moving property will mean that they are fresh, clean and ready to be hung on moving-in day. Many families have good intentions, and plan to have their curtains washed ‘at some point’ after the move, but then postpone the task when life becomes busy.
Inside cupboards and wardrobes.
Cupboards and wardrobes that have been transported via a removal van will require cleaning. Even those that have been left in the property for the new owners will benefit from being wiped over. Cleaning behind other large fixtures and appliances is also advised. This process is especially important as dirt, dust and grime harbours parasites. Keeping these fixtures clean will keep your clothing and food fresh.
Lamps, pictures, bedframes and other such accessories.
Similarly, if other pieces of furniture such as; cots, bed frames, lamps or wall accessories have been transported via a removal van, it is worth wiping such items over with a damp cloth dipped in warm water and a couple of drops of mild detergent. Starting from ‘fresh’, so to speak, will allow your home that ‘new’ feeling both internally and externally.
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