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Moving has always required preparation and planning. Individuals planning a move need to take many factors into account. They need to figure out the ideal, least disruptive time to move. For larger families, this can be one of the most complex factors. Often, there are also budget constraints and sometimes, if one is downsizing, there are storage considerations.
However, during the novel Covid-19 pandemic, there is one aspect of moving that has, overnight, become many people’s number one consideration: cleanliness. In today’s times, staying clean and safe is top priority. While many individuals are staying home in an effort to stay as safe as possible, there are those that either need - or choose - to move homes during this time. And although it may be a more daunting process than it was in previous times, moving now can be done safely with proper preparation.
Tips for a Clean Move from Start to Finish Part I: Moving Out, the first part of this series, covered how to stay clean while packing up and moving out of your old home. It is important to leave your old home - whether it was a home you rented or owned - in clean, move-in condition. The easiest way to do that is by hiring a cleaning crew to come in after you leave. While packing up and moving out, it is very difficult to also be busy with cleaning. Spending a little more and hiring a professional service is, ultimately, the simplest way to go. There will be plenty of other cleaning to get to in your new home!
Also in Part I, we discussed how to stay clean and safe on moving day. While there are definitely steps you personally can take to stay safe on moving day, it’s also very important to partner with movers who take cleanliness and safety seriously. At All Jersey Moving & Storage, we are taking every necessary precaution to ensure that your move to your new home is done in the safest, cleanest way possible.
Finally moving into your new home is a very exciting time. Whether you’re renting or purchasing a new house or apartment, a new home brings with it a fresh start and new opportunities. One of the most exciting parts about moving into a new home is the chance to redecorate and make it your own. Blank walls, empty rooms and a totally fresh space give you the chance to start over and play with new decorative ideas. However, before getting to the fun part, there’s one crucial step you can’t skip - the new home deep clean.
Every house, regardless of how clean the previous owners were, comes along with some dirt and grime. A good idea might be to hire a cleaning service here as well, so that your new home is move-in ready when you arrive. But, if you’re looking to save, especially if you paid to have your previous home professionally cleaned, or if you want to do the job yourself to feel confident that it was done up to your standards, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and break out the cleaning supplies.
Of course, it’s much easier to clean an empty space. All Jersey Moving & Storage offers both long- and short-term storage options - so if you want to really give your new home a thorough, deep-down clean, consider storing some of your non-essential belongings or furniture with us for a few days. That way, you can have peace of mind that you were able to really clean your new home, nooks, crannies and all. Whatever you choose to do, when you’re ready to start, here are some cleaning tips to get you going.
Firstly, Keep Clean while Cleaning! While some might think that it goes without saying to wear gloves while cleaning, others might dismiss the idea as a hassle or an unnecessary precaution. In today’s times, however, it is important to take whatever steps you can to stay safe and minimize your risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus. Wear gloves while cleaning, and change them often. If you don’t want to wear gloves, at least make sure to wash your hands often. The last thing you want to do while trying to rid your home of bacteria and grime is pick up and/or spread it by neglecting to practice proper sanitary measures.
Start your Cleaning from the Top. Whatever room you’re cleaning, always move from top to bottom. Things such as ceiling fans, overhead light fixtures, high shelving and/or cabinetry and even windows tend to collect dust and also do not get cleaned as often. When you do clean them, they will inevitably sprinkle all that collected dust and grime onto the floor below, so, to save time and energy, it is always best to start your cleaning high and then move lower.
Finish with the floors. Save the floors for last in each room you clean. For wood, tile, and linoleum floors, use a broom to sweep up the dirt and then finish by mopping. Don’t use a vacuum unless your vacuum is specifically designed for use on bare floors as doing so may scratch or otherwise damage your floors. For carpeted floors, you may want to either rent a steam cleaner yourself or hire a professional to do the job. Vacuuming alone - while fine for daily maintenance - won’t give your carpets the same deep clean that a steam cleaner can. Although it’s impractical to steam your carpets regularly, now, right before unpacking and arranging furniture, is one of the best times to give all your carpets that thorough cleaning.
Now that you know the “start from the top and finish with the bottom” rule for deep cleaning, it’s time to discuss the details. Here are a few pointers to get you started on the rest of the house:
Start with the Kitchen. The first room you’re going to want to tackle will be the kitchen, and specifically, the fridge. While other things can wait a bit before being put away, your perishable food items cannot. But who wants to put away their food in a dirty fridge?
Give your fridge a deep clean (an easy task with a totally empty fridge!) by first removing all the removable shelves and drawers. Clean those individually with soap and warm water. Then, clean the inside of the fridge with a rag and cleaning solution of your choice. For stuck-on gunk or hard to reach places, toothpicks will come in handy, so make sure to have a few of those within reach. Once the inside of the fridge is clean and the removable shelves have dried, return them to their place in the fridge. Follow the above steps for the freezer, as well.
When your food is safely stored away, it’s time to move on to the rest of the kitchen. With a rag or a sponge and some cleansing solution, scrub down all the appliances, including the stovetop, oven, microwave, dishwasher and sink. Pay attention to details like sink faucets, stove knobs, and dishwasher door gaskets.
Next, scrub down the countertops, making sure to use a cleaning solution that’s safe for their surfaces.
Finish by giving the cabinets and shelving a good scrub-down on both the inside and outside, making sure not to forget about any cupboard handles.
Start with the Bathrooms, too! The next item on your list, in order of importance, is the bathrooms. Actually, if you have an extra set of hands helping you, it would be ideal for bathrooms to be first on the list, too! Just as important as the kitchen, the bathrooms are high-priority areas that need a thorough and immediate cleaning.
With a rag and cleansing solution, scrub the sink and the shower/bath (don’t forget the faucets!). Clean the whole toilet well, but save yourself the headache and just replace the toilet seats. It’s inexpensive and the best way to make sure they’re really clean.
Wipe down any vanities or cupboards, both inside and out.
Once you’re done with the initial scrub-down, go over everything with an antibacterial spray to rid your bathroom of any lingering bacteria and germs.
Don’t Forget the Laundry Room. As a room that is associated with cleanliness, the laundry room is often overlooked as an area that actually needs cleaning. But the truth is, this room, especially the washer and dryer machines, should be treated to the same deep clean as the rest of your new home. Although in most people’s minds, the washer and the dryer are the things that do the cleaning, not things that need cleaning, these appliances can actually be hotbeds of bacteria! So, if you inherited machines from the previous owners, it’s time to give them a deep clean.
Start by running a regular washing cycle, but swap out the detergent for two cups of white vinegar. The vinegar will clean the machine and simultaneously rid it of any bad odors. Wipe down the washer’s rubber seal and soap dispensers with more vinegar or your preferred cleaning agent. Then, run one more hot cycle without vinegar or detergent.
Don’t forget about the dryer! Clean the lint trap and vent hoses and mist the inside of the drum with a 1-part vinegar, 1-part warm water solution. Wipe down and leave the door open to let it air dry.
Finally, clean the laundry sink if you have one, and scrub down any shelving and closets.
Lastly, the Bedrooms and Common Rooms. The remaining rooms should be a breeze! Without furniture and clutter, these rooms should take no time at all to clean. Just remember to start at the top with the dusting and make your way to the bottom, finishing off with the floors. In areas that don’t get cleaned as often, like attics and basements, it’s especially important to get into all the nooks and crannies of the floors to get rid of the accumulated dirt and dust.
Settling into your new home definitely comes along with a certain amount of dust and mess. And now, during the Covid-19 pandemic, that dust and mess can cause more worry and stress than it ever did before. Currently, individuals who are moving want to feel confident that they’re doing everything they can to make their new home as clean and safe as possible. At All Jersey Moving & Storage, we understand and respect those concerns. And while the cleaning itself will be up to you, we will do everything we can to help you get into your new home in the cleanest and safest way possible.
We’ll even start by helping you get out of your old home safely and neatly. That’s right, we can handle all your packing! If you’re worried that you’re not a neat packer, All Jersey Moving & Storage can help. We offer a full range of packing and unpacking services. We come prepared with all the necessary packing equipment and we’re experts at what we do. We can pack up everything from dishes to antiques to linens in a neat, orderly and professional manner so that when it comes to unpacking, there’s no unnecessary mess and clutter to sort through. And of course, whenever we’re on site, we do the job safely and in strict keeping with current CDC guidelines.
On moving day itself, you can once again rest assured that your belongings are being transported with the highest regard for cleanliness and safety. Our movers are always equipped with masks and gloves, and are constantly disinfecting trucks and moving equipment. With All Jersey Moving & Storage, you can be certain that all of your belongings are being handled in a clean and sanitary environment.
Once we have ensured that all your belongings are safely in your new home, we’ll be ready to help with the unpacking as well. However, some individuals prefer to hold off on the unpacking until their new home has been thoroughly cleaned. All Jersey Moving & Storage offers both short- and long-term storage solutions to help with that. Safely store your belongings with us until you feel ready to bring them into your new home.
Call All Jersey Moving & Storage now for your complimentary, no-obligation consultation! Not only do we have decades of experience in all aspects of both residential and commercial moves, and award winning service, we are also ready and able to help you move in today’s unique and often challenging climate. All Jersey Moving & Storage is constantly monitoring the current health situation and doing everything we can to continue to provide you with professional, efficient and, above all, safe and clean service. For a safe, less-mess, and hassle-free move, give us a call today!