These days, we are encouraged to self-isolate at home. This is to help reduce our risk of getting infected with the COVID-19 virus.
Nonetheless, that should not stop you from moving into your new home. After all, there is nothing more exhilarating than moving into your new home.
However, we understand that it can be extra stressful to move in during a pandemic. Other than the usual stuff, you also have to ensure that the entire house is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
That said, we have listed down seven cleaning tips you should do when moving into your new home during a pandemic:
Disinfect “Touch Access” Spots
Touch access spots are items and areas in your home that are often touched or accessed. This includes your kitchen, dining table, and sink.
Other touch access spots are:
- The doorknobs inside and outside your home
- Light Switches
- Electrical covers
- Banisters and railings
- Toilet levers and taps
- Electrical panels and thermostats
- Blind cords
- Window clasps
- Mailbox handles
You should disinfect these spots repeatedly, most especially if you’ve hired professional movers.
Sure, all you want to do is move in your belongings and rest. However, we always advise our clients at Maid Sailors Maid Service NYC to clean and disinfect after the move-in. Doing so ensures the cleanliness and safety of your new house.
Suppose you feel that you don’t have the time to don your cleaning gloves or grab a mop, consider calling professional cleaners instead. Although this might cause added expense on your part, starting with a clean slate with your new home is worth it.
Leave Your Shoes by the Door
Shoes can carry dirt into your home, potentially introducing germs and viruses. That’s why you should make your home a shoe-free zone.
You start by vacuuming or cleaning the floors to get rid of dirt, then mop it afterward with a disinfectant solution.
Wipe Down Everything in the Kitchen
Your kitchen is one of the most frequented rooms in your home. That’s why you should wipe down every surface you see.
You can use an all-purpose cleaner and a paper towel. When getting into the kitchen sink, make sure that you wipe all faucets and knobs. Then spray with disinfectant on all counters and handles.
Once you cleaned every surface that you see, the next thing that you need to do is to deep-clean your appliances from the toaster to the stovetop.
Ensure that you thoroughly clean your dishwasher, scrub out the oven, and clean the refrigerator. You should also pay attention to small appliances like the standing mixer, microwave, and toaster.
Scrub Every Surface in the Bathroom
Your bathroom is covered with germs and viruses. So make sure that you take your time cleaning every surface as well.
You can focus on cleaning significant fixtures like the toilet, lavatory, tub, and showerhead.
It would be best if you also scrubbed out the shower head up to the kitchen sink. As much as you can, take out the fixtures and soak them in warm vinegar to help get rid of the build-up.
You should pay attention to the shower curtain, too. If it gets wet, daily then it probably grows dirt and mildew. Don’t forget to clean and wash the towels and bath mats as well.
Thoroughly Clean Your Laundry Room
If you have a washing machine whose primary purpose is to clean, then there’s probably no need to clean it, right? Well, wrong.
Washing machines need to be cleaned regularly as well.
When a washer starts to smell, then it has probably accumulated a lot of mildew. Therefore, you need to clean out to gasket to make it smell fresh.
It would be best if you cleaned the door and the exterior portion of your washing machine as well with an all-purpose spray. Wipe it down the surface, and then wash it.
Now, when cleaning your dryer, clean out the lint trap, then with soapy water and a damp microfiber cloth, wipe the drum down. Ensure that you clean the dryer vent, too.
Use Steam Cleaner
When it comes to cleaning germs, steam can be your biggest ally as it gets rid of dirt and grime at the same time.
Just note that steam cleaners are often used to waterproof and sealed surfaces only. So they couldn’t be used with wooden floorboards. So, if you have vinyl flooring in your home, make sure to check the manufacturer’s guide.
With proper attachments, a steam cleaner can be used to clean out ovens and hobs as well.
Check for Sanitary Practices
Finally, check whether the companies you want to hire have safety protocols. These companies include your moving company and professional home cleaners.
The same thing goes should you decide to do the moving yourself. After all, you will need to rent a moving truck. And you will likely ask your family and friends’ help.
That way, you are not only assured of your new house’s cleanliness but also of everyone’s health and safety. It also assures you that no one is spreading viruses in your new home.
Moreover, companies also have the responsibility to ensure the health and safety of their employees. That’s because doing so also ensures the health and safety of their clients.
Moving into a new house during a pandemic can be challenging. Nonetheless, that should not stop you from fulfilling your dreams of a better life. All you need is to follow the cleaning tips on this post, and you will be set.