A Guide To Cleaning Your Cleaning Your New Fort Myers Home
by: Suzie Wilson, HappierHome.net
Before you get carried away,
there is another step to the move that needs to be done: the pre-move clean.
While it might seem trivial, or you figure the previous owners or tenants cleaned, you can’t be sure it’s up to your standards. Here are some tips on Cleaning Your New Fort Myers Home!
Here are the areas you need to be focusing on to get your new home ready.
Cleaning before all the stuff is unpacked and brought into the house is a good opportunity to get to those places that are usually a hassle to reach.
Things like ceiling fans, light fixtures, and the tops of kitchen cabinets are all easier to clean when there’s no furniture in the way, so this is your chance to dust and wipe down everything.
Even with this advantage, you might still need to use some specific tools and techniques.
This article by The Spruce covers the best ways to tackle all the hard-to-reach areas in the home, from the garbage disposal to that dreaded area behind the toilet.
It’s best to make sure your kitchen is perfectly clean before you start using it.
The biggest job is the fridge, which should be fully cleaned and sanitized.
Make sure to use natural or purpose-made products and no heavy disinfectants – you don’t want your food coming into direct contact with harsh chemicals.
Also take this opportunity to clean the oven with a specialized oven-cleaning kit, and you may also want to tackle the inside of the microwave. This is very easily done with some vinegar or lemon essential oil.
You may not want to clean it, but this is one of the most important areas…
The bathroom is another area to focus on, since it’s by far one of the dirtiest and most bacteria-prone in the house.
A proper deep clean will curb any growing mildew problems, remove limescale, and sanitize the entire area for your family’s use.
Real Simple has a useful guide to deep cleaning a bathroom top-to-bottom, including the shower, toilet, sink, tiles, and even the vent.
You can use non-chemical products like vinegar or lemon juice for many jobs, but the bathroom is definitely the place where you’ll occasionally need to get the bleach out.
Another area to focus on is the matter of air quality.
Your pre-move clean is a good opportunity to rid the house of any harmful airborne pollutants. These include allergens and irritants like dust or pet dander, but also more serious problems like mold.
The latter could make you seriously sick, with asthma and chronic coughing being common symptoms.
Reducing indoor pollution is about minimizing the presence of these allergens, but also about controlling moisture, using the right heat sources, using non-toxic cleaning products, and ventilating regularly. Implement this into your ongoing cleaning routine along with allergen-reducing products to keep the air in your house safe and healthy.
You may also want to invest in an air filter or purifier if your home does not already have one.
If you already have an HVAC, consider upgrading it to a more eco-friendly model and remember to replace the filter every three months.
If you’re not the sort of person who enjoys cleaning, the pre-move deep clean can feel like a pain in the neck (sometimes literally).
But it’s simply the best way to start out life in your new home on the right foot.
Not only are you making sure everything is as spic and span as you’d like it to be, but you are also making the ongoing maintenance as easy as possible for yourself.
It is also a chance to get to know the house from top to bottom – you’ll be surprised at how much more it feels like home once you’ve wrapped up a job well done.