These are the top five items that because they are out of sight are often times out of mind when as va beach home cleaners are going through our move out cleaning checklist. Lets start with talking about the kitchen..
1. on top of and underneath the FRIDGE!
This is often times one of the dirtiest places in a move out cleaning that we come into contact with. Simply put, the refrigerator is heavy and often never moved out of the way to allow cleaning. This is also bad for the filters on the back which are almost always caked with a thick layer of dust.
2. under the STOVE...
Yes, whether you have a gas range or an electric oven the drawer on the very bottom can be removed, go figure right! Although oven deep cleaning is an additional service, we clean the underneath with every cleaning as found on our checklist.
It is here where we find again one of the heaviest soiled areas in the entire home. No one thinks to ever remove this drawer and take a peak, but its amazing if you do not have bugs and ants with a ton of left over food and crumbs accumulating under here.
3. door ledges.
Do me a favor and walk over to the nearest door in your home and run your finger along the top ledge of the frame. I am willing to bet you have never done that before but are finding it to be extremely filthy! Yeah, it's again an area we seldom think to clean when we are in cleaning mode but a few of the most unfinished areas in the home that collect allergies.
If the baseboards directly behind your toilet are not spotless, well why not? Is it because no one likes to bend down, grab the bowl of the toilet for leverage so that you can get your face down in there to really clean that small area, maybe! If you have kids, forget having a spotless bathroom at all right.
But if urine is an issue on the bathroom floor around the toilet a trick that works to lift the smell is actually, are you ready for this.. shaving cream foam! Set it on the floor and leave it on for a few minutes and it will soak up urine smells!!
5. ceiling fans
Unless you have take out the step ladder you're not reaching most ceiling fans or light fixtures well enough to thoroughly clean them. Anything that involves cleaning above the head is at times the dustiest items in a deep cleaning that we will encounter. Even when everything else is generally clean, no one wants to kill their shoulders apparently with all those pesky ceiling fans!
If we could keep going I would categorize everything on our move out cleaning checklist as base=boards would be next on the dirtiest list. If it involves bending over and scrubbing things like baseboards you can count on a deep cleaning service like So Clean Virginia Beach to get the areas often times are out of sight and out of mind!
If you’re moving home, there are many reasons why you should leave your old place in sparkling condition. Here are 10 top tips for a thorough final house cleaning.
1. Start your home cleaning after your furniture has been dismantled and the moving boxes have been packed. It’s easier to clean uncluttered spaces – plus you’ll be less likely to trip over things. It is also very time consuming and strenuous having to lift up heavy couches and bed frames so that you can clean under them.
2. We always recommend hiring a professional cleaning company to do your final clean. The reason for this is it needs to be really thorough as this is not just a regular weekly clean. Experienced cleaners know where dirt and grime builds up and which areas to focus on. They also have the right products and equipment for every room. If you were renting the property, having professional cleaners do the final clean will mean there is a far greater chance of receiving your rental bond back from the real estate agent.
3. Having made the previous point about hiring a cleaning company, should you want to go it alone, ensure you have the following essential cleaning supplies before starting:
• Broom, dustpan and brush
• Vacuum cleaner
• Glass cleaner
• White vinegar
• Bicarb soda
• Oven cleaner
• Cleaning cloths and rags
• Sponges and scouring pads
• Rubber gloves
3. Remove any hooks, nails, etc. from walls and doors. Patch up any holes and paint them.
4. Dust every room. Pay attention to:
• Built in shelves and wall units
• Skirting boards
• Window frames and sills
• Door frames
• Light fittings
5. Tackle one room at a time. Vacuum each room. Mop any non-carpeted floors. The kitchen and bathroom will probably require the most work.
6. In the kitchen:
• Clean inside cupboards. Get rid of stains, grease spots and crumbs.
• Clean inside the oven. Use heavy duty products to get rid of built-up grease and grime. The inside of the oven is usually checked during inspections, so get it looking good.
• If possible, move white goods and clean areas that are usually hidden. This will save you time on the day of moving house.
• Give dishwasher filters and extraction fans a good wash.
7. In the bathroom:
• Scrub every area.
• Use a specialized cleaner for moldy sealant in baths and showers and leave it on overnight.
• Remove debris from drains.
• Immerse the shower head in white vinegar to eliminate limescale.
• Deep clean the toilet.
8. Clean the windows inside and out with newspaper and glass cleaner
9. Prepare a fun playlist or podcast to keep you company while you clean. This will lighten your mood - you might even forget that you're cleaning!
10. Finally, if your removalists have not moved all your furniture yet, ensure you let them know that the final clean has taken place. If possible they can clean their boots to keep the floors clean and ensure they don’t scrape or mark any walls or door frames when moving all the furniture out.
This article was written in conjunction with Hire A Mover, a Sydney Australia removalist company.