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Moving Made Easy - Cleaning Checklist & Tips

Cleaning

Cleaning checklist & tips

Make sure you have everything you need before you move into your new home with this handy supply checklist. Plus find helpful cleaning tips to keep your new home clean.

  • Air Freshener
  • All-Purpose Cleaner
  • Automatic Dishwasher Detergent
  • Baking Soda
  • Bleach
  • Broom
  • Bucket
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Dishwashing Soap
  • Disinfecting Spray
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Dust Mop
  • Dustpan
  • Extendable Duster
  • Floor Polish
  • Glass Cleaner
  • Hamper
  • Labels
  • Laundry Soap
  • Laundry Stain Remover
  • Microfiber Cloths
  • Mild Abrasive
  • Mopping Solution
  • Oven Cleaner
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Scrub Brushes
  • Sponge Mop
  • Sponges
  • Spray Bottles
  • Storage Containers
  • Toilet Brush
  • Trash Bags
  • Upholstery Spot Remover
  • Vacuum
  • Wood Polish

cleaning your bathroom

Eliminate all clothing, towels, wash cloths and other linens from the bathroom. Put dirty clothes in hampers, and place clean clothes in a basket to put away later. Remove all trash from the bathroom. If your bathroom trash can could use a cleaning, spray it with disinfectant and scrub it out.

Scrub the inside of the toilet with a toilet brush and toilet cleaner. Wipe down the outside of the toilet with a disinfectant wipe or washcloth. Don't forget the handle, hidden crevices and the underside.

Wipe down the mirror with glass cleaner or vinegar.

Collect any items that don't belong in the bathroom, such as stray coffee cups or jewelry, and return them to their proper place.

Wipe down the sink and vanity with a washcloth and disinfectant. Pay special attention to handles and other areas with small crevices.

Wipe down the insides and outsides of medicine cabinets, toiletry cabinets or other storage areas. If linens are stored sloppily, take the time to refold and reorganize.

Wash or shake out bathroom rugs. Sweep and mop the bathroom floor. Wipe down any baseboards.

Look up and clean the ceiling. Dust corners, vents, fans and other areas that you neglect in a general cleaning.

Wash and replace any decorative linens or soaps.

Scrub out the bath tub, paying attention to crevices, handles and faucets. Wash shower doors, or remove the shower curtain to wash it. It might be a good time to replace a shower curtain for an easy, affordable style update.

cleaning your kitchen

Start out by eliminating any clutter. Get rid of any items that don't belong in your kitchen, and make sure your dishes are all clean and properly put away.

Dust the ceiling, corners, walls, cabinet and pantry doors and any other surface. Look out for particularly dirty spots from spills, and scrub those with extra care. If you have art, other items hanging on the walls or a ceiling fan, wipe them down as well.

Clean any window treatments, and wipe down the blinds. Clean the windows inside and out.

Apply oven cleaner to your oven, or use the self-cleaning mode to clear it out.

Clean out the inside of your refrigerator. Throw away any expired food or unused items. Wipe down shelves with disinfectant and replace. Wipe down the outside of your refrigerator and vacuum the coils (unplug your refrigerator first).

Follow the manufacturer's instructions to clean your stove. Remove burners and spill catchers, and clean them or soak them.

Wipe down small appliances like toasters, microwaves, etc.

Reline kitchen cabinets with fresh paper and reorganize. Get rid of any dishes or storage containers that you don't use.

Run the dishwasher on empty, and clean out its food trap.

Wipe down all remaining surfaces, paying special attention to corners.

Clean the floor including the baseboards.

cleaning your bedroom

  • Clear all clothing that's out of place. Put laundry in hampers, and hang or fold clean clothes and put them away. Donate or throw away clothes that you don't wear.
  • Collect all trash and put it in the trash can. Be ruthless in your trash collection; get rid of old magazines or other items that are taking up space.
  • Wash all bed linens and the mattress cover. Replace them with clean ones or update with new. Store heavy winter bedding and replace it with lighter material for spring and summer.
  • Declutter any surfaces. Dressers and bedside tables can collect dishes, books, jewelry and other items. Move or throw away anything that's out of place. If you aren't sure what to do with a particular item, set it aside to deal with later.
  • Dust all surfaces and wipe down the sides and bases of furniture.
  • Clean any accent lamps or other decorative items.
  • Clean the floors by sweeping and mopping or vacuuming. If you have carpet, consider steam cleaning. Wipe down any baseboards.
  • Dust corners, ceilings, vents, doorknobs, switch plates and pictures. Look up and around the walls for any areas that you neglect in day-to-day cleaning. If you have a ceiling fan, clean it.
  • Take down curtains or other window treatments and launder them. Clean your blinds and wash your windows on the inside and outside.

frequently forgotten places to clean

It is easy to overlook certain items and areas in our homes that can be breeding grounds for bacteria, such as the light switches, door handles and the remote control. When you clean any room, a good practice is to go through the room with a disinfecting wipe and swipe the areas you might have missed the first time around.

Don't forget about your laundry basket and hamper, which can be a breeding ground for germs. Disinfect these areas regularly. Also, your computer keyboard and the under-side of your garbage can are areas that need disinfecting. Don't forget to wipe them down when you are cleaning.

Mould-resistant paints contain agents that can inhibit the growth of mildew on the surfaces to which they are applied, making them an excellent choice for painting humid areas like the bathroom or the basement.

Make sure you remove any existing mould before you apply a new coat of paint. Mould can eat through paint, so clean the initial surface thoroughly before painting. Prevent moisture in your bathroom by installing a bathroom fan. Run it for 10 to 15 minutes after showering to prevent mould from growing on the walls. Even the most mould-resistant paint will not work if you fail to remove moisture problems.

best practices for dusting and mopping

Keeping up with dust seems to be a never-ending job, but it is essential to the overall health of your home, especially if you or a family member suffers from respiratory problems like asthma. One of the most important changes you can make to help your home is to stop using a dry dust rag or a dry mop to deal with dust. This ineffective practice scatters dust particles around without removing them. Using a damp mop or rag will catch more dust and keep it away longer. Also, don't forget your ceiling fan as a source of dust, and look underneath your furniture for the elusive dust bunnies hiding there.

  • Toss a throw rug at your entrance, and encourage people to remove their shoes before coming in your home to prevent unnecessary dust and dirt from coming in.
  • Use the beater bar on your vacuum to kick up the dust that is hidden in your carpet.
  • Bathe and groom pets often to prevent pet dander adding to the dust levels in your home.
  • Wash bedding and blankets weekly to keep dust mites in your bedroom at bay.
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