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How to Clean a House Before Moving Out

Moving out is a cumbersome and time-consuming process. You have to arrange a new place to live, pack your belongings, manage the transportation, and clean the house to secure your bond money. Apart from finding a new place to live, you can hire professionals to take care of the rest. However, due to budget constraints, some people undertake the tasks involved in moving themselves, especially house cleaning. It is crucial to ensure the house is in the same spotless condition you moved in to get your entire bond money back. To do so, here are the steps on how to clean a house before moving out.

Get Cleaning Supplies

Before you start, get your cleaning supplies. You can make DIY cleaning solutions at home or buy green cleaners from a nearby store. To clean, you’ll need the following:
  • Disinfectant and detergent
  • Cleaning spray
  • Soft brushes and scrubs
  • Mop
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Rubber gloves
  • White vinegar and baking soda
  • Bucket and small containers
  • Broom and dustpans

Clean the Kitchen

The kitchen is the dirtiest place in your house, and it requires thorough cleaning. You have to be meticulous in your approach. Start by cleaning the oven and stove. Use a solution of white vinegar, lemon and detergent. Make sure you wipe the surfaces clean with a dry cloth after cleaning. Use a cleaning spray and cloth to wipe dirt from cabinets, countertops, drawers etc. Scrub the sink using detergent and disinfect after washing. Mop the floor with disinfectant.

Clean the Bathroom

Make a paste of white vinegar and baking soda to apply on mineral stains, dark stops, or grime. You can spray vinegar directly over sinks, toilets, walls, tiles, showerheads, faucets, tub, etc. to clean them. After you wipe away the stains, clean the areas with detergent and wipe it dry. Don’t use vinegar on granite, stones, and marble surfaces, as it can cause damage.

Clean The Rooms

Take a top to bottom approach and clean each room in a circular pattern. Take a cloth, cleaning spray, and scrub. Dust the surfaces first to get rid of dirt. Spray the cleaning solutions and scrub the surface if necessary. Wipe with a dry cloth. Make sure you clean the walls, ceiling fans, windows, and furniture. You can clean the window blinds or curtains by washing them with soap and warm water. Use a solution of white vinegar, detergent, water and a few drops of essential oils to mop the floors.

Clean The Outdoors

Remove any decorations, ornaments, or other items you may have hung on the outside. If you have a lawn, rake it, pull out weeds, and cut the grass. Clean the balcony or porch with water and detergent. Then disinfect the area.

Take Care Of Little Things

Do a 360 sweep and make sure you take care of little things. Also, do the following:
  • Take out the garbage
  • Patch up holes in walls caused by nails, screws or by accident with spackle.
  • Remove any stickers, tape, or other adhesive residues from walls, cabinets etc.
  • Wipe the fixtures, handles, knobs, electrical outlets and switches.
  • From the end to the start, mop or vacuum the entire floors area.
Lastly, take pictures of the clean house. Make sure you take photos before you start cleaning as well.

01-08-19 | 0 comments | in blog