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Guide to keeping your home clean while moving

A clean home is the best start to a new life.

Congratulations on your upcoming move! You are beginning a new chapter of your life. However, there are still things left to do before you can enjoy. First, you have to deal with the process of moving. It can be very stressful and keeping your home clean while moving might seem impossible. But there are ways to reduce the stress as well as the time you spend cleaning. You just have to know how to organize. Check out our tips to have the smoothest, and cleanest, transition possible.

Start on time when you are keeping your home clean while moving

The key to keeping your home clean during a move is to start on time. At least a month ahead you should declutter your home. Donate or sell the things you don’t want in your new home and think that you should leave behind when moving. This will save you money, too, as you won’t have to move those items. Additionally, pack each room as you prepare for the move. That way, you will have the space cleared for cleaning and you won’t have to walk around the furniture. You should also keep cleaning supplies handy at all times. Here are some things you will need:

  • Cleaning bucket
  • Disinfectant cleaner
  • Glass cleaner
  • Microfiber scrub pads
  • Cleaning apron
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Laundry bags
  • Baking soda
  • Latex gloves
  • Over cleaner

If you have bulky furniture or other items you can move by yourself, you should consider hiring professional furniture movers. They have the equipment and experience necessary to this kind of job safely and in a short time.

Protect your floors before the move

One of the easiest things to get dirty or damaged during a move the floors in your home. Whether they are hardwood or carpet, you should know how to protect them properly. Before the movers arrive, you should cover as much of your floors as you can with a protective layer. These can be plastic sheets, old fabrics, newspapers, or even old towels and rags. Whatever you can put down to keep them protected will help. There is no need to cover your entire house with this material, just the parts which will be used the most during the move.

When you are keeping your home clean while moving, pay special attention to hardwood floors and rugs.
Hardwood floors are sensitive and you should protect them with a cover.

You should clean as you pack to keep your home clean while moving

If you start packing on time, you will have more time to decide which things you want to take with you, and you are likely to avoid the common packing mistakes people make. The longer you put it off, the harder and bigger the job will get. Instead, start packing a room at a time. That way, you can clean the items before you pack them. Moreover, if you pack room by room, you can also clean this way.

If you need a place to store your items during the move or even more permanently, you should consider a storage service. Some reliable moving companies offer to rent out storage space, where you can keep your items safe and out of the way.

Have a logical cleaning plan

Before you start to actually clean, you should come up with a logical plan to clean your house. For example, you will want to clean room by room. If you have packed this way too, you will find it much easier to clean. You won’t have to run from the other room to get the cleaning supplies you need. You will have it right with you in the room. Moreover, you should clean from top to bottom, from the ceilings to the floors. If you clean the floors first, you will get it dusty and dirty again when you clean shelves and other furniture. So, start with the light fixtures and sconces and work your way to the carpets and floors.

Your light fixtures are much dirtier than you might think.
Clean the molding and lights first, so you can collect the dust later with a vacuum.

Additionally, you will need to clean your new home once the move is finished. Learning how to clean your home properly before and during the move will make your job on the other side easier.

How to clean your bathrooms

The first thing you want to do when cleaning the bathrooms is to clean the exhaust fans. They might make a mess after you have cleaned the rest of the bathroom. Next, apply grout cleaner to tiles and the shower head, and leave it on for at least 10 minutes. During that time, dust any shelves and empty out your medicine cabinet. Clean the toilet bowl and the bottom of the toilet. Mop the floor of the bathroom and wash the shower curtain. Finally, clean your mirrors and any windows with a glass-safe cleaner.

Keeping your kitchen clean while moving

A couple of days before the move, unplug your fridge and freezer so that they defrost. It will be much easier to clean them once they are unplugged. While you are keeping your home clean during moving, you should have a protective sheet on your kitchen tiles. It’s best to clean them before the actual move so that you don’t have to do it after when you are exhausted. Scrub your kitchen cabinets and dust any shelves. Wipe down counters and clean out any drawers. You should also clean your microwave, first on the inside and then on the outside. Before you pack any appliances, wipe them with a damp cloth. Finally, don’t forget to empty out the garbage disposal.

Cleaning the bedrooms and living room

To begin with, you should dust any lights and wood or glass surfaces. Second, with a damp cloth, wipe down all windows sills and picture frames, as well as shelves and cabinets. You should also use a safe glass cleaner to clean windows and mirrors, as well as glass frames that you might have on photos. If there is a fireplace in your living room, you should give it a proper scrub. You don’t want any gunk stuck to the inside of it. Next, you should clean out and if possible vacuum any air vents and put in new filters. Finally, vacuum the entire room and give the carpets a deep clean.

You should be careful with the products you use on your rugs.
If your rugs are expensive, try to hire a professional cleaner, rather than do it yourself.

Cleaning out your garage

Your garage is most likely the place where you put everything you don’t need right now but might need in the future. It’s the junkyard of the house. For this reason, it’s important that you start to clean it out as soon as possible. You will probably end up disposing of or donating most of those items. When this is done, dust all shelves and clean light fixtures. Sweep the floor of the garage and vacuum it. If you have a cement floor with stains on it, you can easily scrub them out using detergent and a degreaser. You should clean your garage last when you are keeping your home clean while moving.