Your move to Toronto has been cooking for a while now. First you had to choose the best neighborhood to move to. Then after numerous visits to the bank and your real estate agent, you became a proud home owner in one of the best cities in the world. Congratulations! You must be eager to get to know this lovely city inside and out. But before you go on exploring Toronto after the move, there’s one thing that needs to be done – cleaning. Moving in your Toronto home won’t be done until you buckle down and give it a good scrub. We are here to offer you some advice on how to do it!
Make a solid cleaning plan
No matter how clean the place looked on open house day, it’s bound to be dirtier on the moving day. Count on that and be ready to clean it. You won’t feel at ease until you personally make sure the place is sanitized. Depending on the size of your home and your income, you might want to hire professional help. If the house is too big for you to clean it yourself and your budget allows it – go for it! Hire professional cleaning crew and speed up the process of moving in your Toronto home. But, it’s more likely that your budget will be strained and that you will have to do it yourself. With the help of your family, of course. Make a good plan, set aside a day or two and start cleaning room by room.
Moving in your Toronto home will require cleaning supplies
The first thing you need to do prior to moving in your Toronto home is stock up on cleaning supplies. These include:
- mops and buckets
- brooms and dust pans
- vacuum cleaner
- cloths and sponges
- multipurpose scrub
- glass cleaner
- floor cleaner
- carpet cleaner
- furniture polish
- paper towels
It’s best to buy a new set, rather than bringing the old one with your from your previous house. Fresh supplies for a fresh start! Once this is done, you can commence your cleaning spree. Top two places to start are the kitchen and the bathroom. Both of these rooms are very frequently used, so it’s important to sanitize them first and then move on to other rooms.
Cleaning the kitchen
Kitchen is usually the soul of a house. Families spend a lot of time in them – cooking and socializing. That’s why a lot of dirt and grease is accumulated right there. Begin by cleaning the appliances.
Tips for cleaning your stove
First, you can apply grease remover on your stove. It usually takes 20-30 minutes before you can wipe off the grease. Use that time to clean the rest of the stove. To avoid scratch marks, use a soft cloth and some elbow grease. Scrub it on the sides as well, given that they are normally overlooked during regular cleaning. Also, don’t forget to clean the temperature dials and the front panel.
Moving on to the fridge
Take out the shelves and any other removable parts. Let them soak in hot water and detergent, while you wipe the inside of the fridge. Your fridge has been unplugged because of the move. This means your freezer has defrosted and you can clean it right away, instead of waiting over night for it too defrost. Go over its sides and top as well. And don’t overlook the door handle – a lot of dirt can get stuck under it.
Cleaning the microwave
Microwaves can get especially dirty so you will need to apply grease remover on it too. Maybe even a few times. Let it work its magic and after half an hour, try to remove the grease with a cleaning wire. If you don’t succeed at first, do it as many times as necessary.
These will be empty when you move in your Toronto home. That’s one step less when cleaning them. Vacuum the inside of kitchen cabinets before moving on to washing them with hot water and soap. If there are some tough stains, you can apply baking soda and water. For wooden cabinet doors, use some wood polish to make it shine. Finally, mop the floor and wash the windows.
Bathroom cleaning tips
Before properly settling and moving in your Toronto home, you will want to make sure your bathroom is completely clean. To protect yourself from catching any disease, it’s mandatory to wear cleaning gloves. You can start by scrubbing the toilet, inside and outside. Using a bathroom brush, scrub it thoroughly, then rinse and repeat. Then scrub the bathtub or the shower floor. Use diluted bleach and a toothbrush to get the mold out of the spaces between the tiles. Clean bathroom tiles will make a world of difference to the bathroom’s aesthetic appeal. Further on, you should replace the shower curtains white fresh ones. Clean the mirrors with glass cleaner and old newspaper. For cleaning the medicine cabinet you can reapply the same technique as for cleaning the kitchen cabinets.
Cleaning the floors
If your new Toronto home has wall-to-wall carpeting, then it’s necessary to call in for professional help. They will get the job done much more efficiently and quickly then you ever will. When it comes to wooden flooring, you want to be gentle when cleaning it. First vacuum the floor and then apply wood polish afterwords.
Making your new bedrooms your own when moving in your new Toronto home
To completely clean your new bedrooms, you should vacuum not only the floors but the walls as well. Not entire walls, but the corners where spider webs can form. When washing the windows, clean the window sills. Prior to unpacking your clothes, give your closets a through cleansing as well. Again, you can apply the some routine as for the kitchen and medicine cabinets.
It will probably take a couple of days to do all this, but once you are finished you can go out and make friends in Toronto.