Moving House? Cleaning Tips for Before You Move In 

Moving House? Cleaning Tips for Before you Move In

So, you have just gone through all the admin of buying a house or finding a new rental. You’ve packed up, got the movers ready, all the paperwork sorted, the last thing you will have on your mind is whether your new place is clean or not. 

With any luck the previous owners or tenants would have given the place a good clean before you move in, but unfortunately, this is never really the case. Cleaning a house when you move in is often not thought of during the excitement, and can get forgotten. Moving house can be a fresh start, and what better way to start than by sorting the place and making it your own.

Taking the time to give your new place a thorough clean before you move in will save time, effort and be much less stressful than when everything is moved in. Before you get stuck in, here are a couple of tips that will make a world of difference when tackling a full house clean.

  • Make sure you have all your cleaning supplies ready to go. The last thing you want is to have to stop cleaning to run to the shops. 
  • Open spaces with no furniture in the way make cleaning easier, and more comfortable – so get onto cleaning before the movers get there, especially carpet cleaning
  • Playing music while you clean will keep your mood upbeat, and podcasts or audiobooks take you mind off the task completely. 

One of the most efficient ways to make sure your new place is clean from roof to floors is to work through it methodically. Breaking the cleaning down by rooms can make the task feel manageable and easy to delegate to family or friends.   

Here’s a quick guide to the main things you should look for. A good tip for tackling large cleaning jobs is to work your way from top to bottom in each room, that way you will not be making anything else dirty while you clean other things. 

Start with the Kitchen

The heart of the home is usually the dirtiest. Here is a list of things too clean in the kitchen that are usually left unclean.  

  • Stove and range hood – Scrub and soak the elements if needed.
  • Fridge, Microwave – Appliances like fridges and microwaves can hide a ton of dirt so be sure to clean behind and under them.
  • Drawers, cupboards, shelves – Dust and crumbs love these places, so clean thoroughly. 
  • Splashbacks and walls – wipe clean, simple spray and wipe will do the trick.

Next, Bathrooms

Bathrooms are often just given a quick once over, so it is very important to give them a deep clean to remove any evidence of previous inhabitants. 

  • Toilet – Scrub the toilet inside and out with disinfectant.
  • Cupboards and drawers – wipe these out thoroughly
  • Walls – wiped clean
  • Shower and bath – use soap scum remover to get rid of any residue mould or scum, particularly in the corners, on grout and around the taps

Living areas and bedrooms

On the surface these spaces can look tidy, but whether they are clean is a different story. Here is a short list of things to consider when cleaning

  • Walls – wiped clean, and look for any holes left by picture screws
  • Light fittings and fans – give these a wipe or dust
  • Shelves and other surfaces – dust with a microfiber towel
  • Floor – vacuum thoroughly and, depending on the surface, a mop too

Entry and exit ways

Entry and exit ways are usually overlooked completely, and with a little bit of effort can make your new place feel warm and inviting. 

  • Move debris by hand, with a leaf blower or a good ol’ fashioned broom. 
  • Clean outdoor windows using a clean cloth and window cleaner.
  • Make sure grass, bushes, potted plants, and trees aren’t overgrown.

Finish with the floors

Floors are easily the most important space to clean in any house, and the space that will benefit the most from cleaning it before you move in. For non-carpeted floors such as wood, linoleum and tile floors, give the space a quick once over with a vacuum, then using a cleaning product that is safe for the surface type you have, mop the floors.  

Giving carpet a really thorough vacuum is a great way to clean the majority of debris, but it won’t do much towards removing fine particles, pet hair or improving air quality. For really efficient carpet cleaning you’ll want to use a steam cleaner, although sometimes these don’t always work the way you would like. 

With carpet, there is not much use in doing a half good job. Professional carpet cleaning is the only way to get a really deep clean. Drytron is a carpet specialist offering comprehensive and deep carpet and upholstery dry cleaning that won’t damage your floors like steam cleaning might. They offer carpet cleaning services throughout the greater Melbourne metropolitan area and also operate in all the large regional centres around Victoria.

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For carpet cleaning Melbourne, call or contact the team at Drytron to discuss your needs: 13 12 50.