If you are moving or just bought a new place, cleaning is probably a task that does not make you a happy camper. However, it must be done. The upside is that the entire process will be much easier if you can clean the property while empty. Cleaning an empty property is quicker, and there are many reasons to do it.
You can get things done quickly
A pre-move purge is a common step. You start throwing away everything you won’t be taking to the new place. However, you should also start thinking about what to do with the items you are taking with you before the moving day comes. It is a good idea to pack everything into boxes and ship it to the new location. However, if you want to clean your new place thoroughly, you don’t need a bunch of boxes or furniture lying around the house.
The best advice is to rent a storage unit for a few days. This way, you can clean both the old place while empty before you move out and the new place before you move in. The cleaning process will be quicker because you won’t have to move everything from one corner to another.
You can easily access all the corners
The dirtiest places in your home are usually the most difficult ones to clean. That’s another reason why you should use this chance to clean your property while empty. Free up all the corners, and scrub the floors and walls thoroughly.
What is the first step?
Before you start cleaning your place, you need to gather your cleaning equipment;
- purchase cleaning supplies;
- get a face mask and gloves to protect yourself from chemicals;
- you will also need sponges, brooms, dusters, anything you can use for sweeping or scrubbing;
- prepare a bunch of dirty rags or old clothes and sheets;
- get a bucket and a mop.
Prepare the place before cleaning
Start with the packing process. When it comes to the furniture, prepare it with ease for moving by disassembling it. It will be easier to transport it that way.
Pack all the boxes, empty out the dressers and drawers and move everything into a storage unit.
Even though the place is empty, you still need to do a couple of things. First, get all of the cleaning equipment inside. Have everything at hand’s reach before starting, so you don’t have to make unplanned pauses.
Second, change your clothes into something you don’t mind messing up. You will be spending all day on your knees cleaning floors, so it’s best not to wear your fancy clothes.
Third, create a plan of action. You don’t want to mop floors first, only to have to clean them again when you start doing the ceiling, and a bunch of dust falls down.
Finally, think about the cleaning order of rooms. For example, cleaning the hallway to the front door should be the last section. You should always start with the room farthest from the front door, so you don’t have to walk across clean rooms to get to a dirty one.
This is a step that people usually forget. Even though you will have a protective mask on your face, you don’t want to be inhaling fumes all day.
Open windows in all rooms to create a flow of clean air. You need to be mindful of your health because cleaning products are usually very toxic.
When creating a cleaning schedule, include a couple of breaks as well
There is no reason to clean the entire property without taking a break. If you have bad knees or back pain, a break is simply a must. If you feel like you cannot keep up with the schedule, it is better to come back again tomorrow than overwork yourself. Cleaning is difficult, so do not take it lightly.
One of the pieces of information we got from our friends at Family Affair Moving is how much their clients struggle with cleaning their homes before or after the relocation. Have that in mind because you can easily tire yourself out without even realizing it until it is too late.
Have you considered hiring professional cleaners?
If you don’t think you can handle cleaning the entire property on your own, consider hiring professional cleaners.
A professional cleaning company is used to cleaning large properties, and they have a team of people to do it. They also provide all the cleaning supplies, so you don’t have to spend your time or money purchasing cleaning equipment.
This is a real-time-saver in these situations. If you are already struggling with keeping up with the moving schedule, getting someone to clean your place will reduce your workload.
Even though it will cost a little extra, you will buy yourself some time. And, you will not be tired on the big day.
Tips for cleaning an empty property delivered
Cleaning an empty property might prove to be more challenging than you think. However, it is far easier than cleaning a house filled with things. Just remember to take your time and don’t tire yourself. Clean the place at your own pace, and always get some help!
Nicholas Maxwell is a moving consultant and a freelance blogger. He aims to help people by offering advice and creating guides as a result of his experience in the moving industry.