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How to disinfect your home before and after relocation

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Before you get started on the fun parts of moving to a new place, you have to cover the basics. Namely, the new home deep clean. Whether you’re renting or buying and are in need of premium moving and storage Florida services, call us! We can also show you how to disinfect your home before and after the relocation. The people who lived there before you have probably accidentally left behind some dirt, grime, and dust that you’ll want to take care of before you really settle in. Cleaning your old house as well as your new one is the ideal way to go since you have a blank slate. You won’t have the added difficulty of needing to work around furniture and boxes.

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Don’t wash the windows when the sun is at its height, as it will make it difficult to see grime and streaks.

You should always do the fridge first

Before you get to anything else, start by sanitizing your fridge. Since it’s already clear of any food, it shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes to disinfect your home before and after the relocation. So, before your military movers arrive, you can remove the shelves and drawers if you can and disinfect them individually with soap and warm water.

  • For the inside of the fridge, make a solution of equal parts water and white vinegar, and scrub down all surfaces with it.
  • If there’s any stuck-on gunk to remove, let the water/vinegar solution sit and soak in for a bit. Note that cleaning everything yourself is a great way to reduce moving costs.
  • Only after you’ve made sure shelves are completely dry, and then return them to the fridge.

Clean high before you clean low if you want to disinfect your home before and after relocation properly

Because cleaning any high up features in your home will inevitably lead to the area below them getting a little bit filthy too, you should start at the top in each room and then work your way down. For example, ceiling fan blades are notorious for raining down dust. Just slip an old pillowcase over each blade. Most of the escaping dust should remain in the case, and you can just clean or toss it once you’re done.

Disinfect your home before and after relocation: the kitchen edition

Did you know that baking soda and hydrogen peroxide make a powerhouse solution for getting rid of stubborn stovetop stains? Pour baking soda in a small bowl and add hydrogen peroxide. It also goes if you just want to keep your house clean every day. Make a paste out of the two ingredients. Spread it over your appliance and let it sit for 15 minutes. After that, you can scrub anything off.

Tackle your bathrooms before and after moving

Bathroom cleaning is as much about disinfecting your home before and after relocation as it is about spotless surfaces. You’ll need an antibacterial spray to get rid of any lingering germs. For toilet seats, you should, in fact, replace them altogether. It’s a small expense, but a very efficient way to ensure they’re really clean.

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Even if you have to wait until after you move that’s fine – just don’t skip the clean entirely.

Finish with the floors

You started at the top, so end at the bottom. For wood, tile, and linoleum floors, you can simply vacuum them. Always finish up by mopping, but if you have a really efficient carpet clean you’ll want to use a steam cleaner.