How to Really Make Your New Home Clean Before You Move In
After the rush of finding your new home has settled down, then comes the daunting task of making your home move-in ready. Preparing your new home should involve more than bleaching the tubs and vacuuming the floors. This article will help you identify some additional ways to make your home clean and safe.
Take steps to reduce allergens
Allergens are a fact of life and can be found everywhere, but you can reduce your exposure by being proactive. Before moving into your new home, remove or thoroughly clean all of the carpeting, which harbors dust mites, pet dander, waste, and smoke, and dust every surface in the home. When it’s time to move in, examine your mattresses. If a mattress is five years or older, there are dust mites, bacteria, and other microorganisms that have crept their way into your mattress layers (no matter how clean you think you are), so it may be time to consider buying a new one so as not to bring those unwelcome microorganisms into your new abode. Also, routinely wash fabrics like drapes, table cloths, bedspreads, and couch covers. If you’re moving in with pets, make sure they are regularly groomed and that their cages, crates, or litter boxes are routinely cleaned.
Consider air quality
When most people think of air quality, the first thought goes to outside air, but the air quality in your home—where you spend most of your time—is important to consider. Poor air quality can cause and exacerbate health issues such as asthma, respiratory infections, and sinus problems. Before moving in, open the windows to let fresh air in and stale air out, change your air filters, and sweep, dust, and mop to clean pet dander and waste. To mitigate hazards from pests, issues caused by indoor smoking, and chemicals from cleaning products and building materials, you can rent or buy air cleaners that purify and filter the air.
Identify and remove pollutants
Before moving in furniture and decorating your space, you should inspect your home for possible pollutants and research how to reduce them. If your house comes with carpet, consider replacing it with wood or tile in order to eliminate those pollutants hiding within or under it. The outdoor space of your home will need some TLC, such as cleaning the drains and gutters, caulking the windows to seal out moisture, and ensuring that plants are at least three feet from the house to prevent water from accumulating under your home’s foundation. Eliminating pollutants is an investment for your health and home, so stock up on quality filters, air cleaners, house plants that absorb harmful pollutants, and non-toxic cleaning chemicals.
Create a routine
To help keep allergies at bay, you should establish a cleaning routine. For example, clean bedding once a week, clean blinds and curtains monthly, and vacuum and dust twice a week. Your health is worth protecting, and your home will be easier to maintain if you keep up with maintenance from the beginning instead of letting the tasks accumulate, which could potentially result in larger issues, such as mold.
Clean the home you’re leaving
Whether you’re moving out from a rented space or just want to be a good home seller, you should clean the home you’re leaving. Start by thoroughly cleaning the items you’re taking to your new home, and clean the entire living space from left to right by task, not by room. If you dread cleaning and have some extra funds, you can hire a cleaning service to clean your old and new homes.
Keep a checklist
Whether you’re cleaning your old or new space, a checklist is helpful to keep track of what you’ve done and what you still need to do. Besides cleaning left to right, also make sure to clean high to low so the dust from high areas of your home falls before you vacuum. Don’t forget that the appliances need to be cleaned thoroughly, not just for the sake of cleanliness, but also to prevent fire hazards.
Your new home is full of potential and is a space to make your own. Before you begin the process of decorating, unpacking, and arranging, you should start off with a clean slate by removing pollutants, reducing allergens, and conquering the cleaning with a plan. Your new house is just steps away from becoming a safe and functional home.
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