Making a moving plan is hard enough, without worrying about how to best leave your old home spotless. If you’re a renter hoping to get your deposit back, the cleaning process will be essential in making sure you get your money back. Even if you’re selling your own home, you might be stressed to thoroughly clean everything before the next family moves in. Try these techniques to clean up without a fuss:
Make a Cleaning Kit
Before you do anything else, put together a cleaning kit. Once the packing and moving process gets started, things will get moved around and it could become impossible to find those cleaning items you might need. Make a simple list of the cleaning supplies you want on hand and put them in a transportable bucket for easy access.
Travel with Garbage Bags
In your bucket, make sure to place a number of plastic grocery bags and larger garbage bags. Then, always have one of those bags out and on hand. Each room you exit, or every time you clear a corner, throw the little bits and pieces of garbage into the bag–crayons, pen tops, paper clips. Pick up the garbage as you go to save time later. You don’t want to be left with a bunch of trash and have to run out at the last minute to get garbage bags.
Wet Wipes Are Your Friend
You’re going to want surfaces like counters and sinks to look clean when you leave, but moving can drudge up dormant dust. Have some basic wipes with you to do quick surface cleans. It literally takes just a few seconds to do a swipe, but it will make the space look so much cleaner. This will also help in disinfecting all the surfaces of you home, making it both clean and sanitary for the next inhabitants of the home or apartment.
Carpet Prep Early
Once all the boxes are packed, it is going to be nearly impossible to clean carpets if you don’t have anywhere to put them. So get an early start. The BC Alberta Movers, professional movers in Vancouver, BC suggest that you spray some liquid deodorizer over the carpet before you pack anything, and spray a bit of heavy duty stain cleaner over any stains. Then, as you pack, the stain remover has time to settle in. Once the boxes are moved out, the hard work has already been done for you and you can use a carpet cleaning kit to get the floors spotless and smelling good. Or, the clear home will allow room for carpet cleaners to come if you decide let professionals take care of it.
Attack the Walls
Nothing makes a space look dirty like spots and smudges on walls. It can even make otherwise clean walls look like they are in need of a new coat of paint. Luckily, there is a secret weapon. Use any brand of magic eraser you like and wipe it across any spots you see as you walk out of each emptied room. If you have children, there will likely be scuffs, crayon marks, and hand prints on most of the walls in your home, so the magic eraser will help you home look less “lived-in.”
Walk Out with the Vacuum
Finally, make vacuuming the last thing you do. Make sure not to pack it, and as you close up each room, exit by going over the floor one last time. Even if you deeply clean the carpets, moving things around will likely track things around the house so you will have to vacuum one last time to make sure you got all of the dust and garbage. Clean floors make the house look even tidier, so don’t forget the final vacuum run-through before you rush out the door and into your new home.
Moving can be stressful, so make the process easier with quick cleaning tips. These strategies will get you out the door and into your new home. If you have been renting, a thorough, deep clean of your place will surely give you a better chance of getting your full deposit back. If you’re selling your home, cleaning up after yourself will provide a sparkling, welcoming environment for the next family that moves in after you.