What to Clean Before You Move in to a Rental Home
If the question is ‘what to clean before you move in to a rental home?’, the answer is ‘everything’! Even though you may not see it, a secondhand home can be crawling with germs and hence, needs a thorough cleaning before you move in. It may seem overwhelming at first but it’s actually rather easy to disinfect a new home. Unfurnished or semi-furnished houses, in particular, are easier to clean since there are lesser things getting in your way! Of course, even a furnished rental home isn’t difficult to clean since there won’t be any clutter to worry about; just empty surfaces that need a good wipe down.
So, where do you start? Well, we’ve got all the information to guide you through cleaning a rental home from start to finish! Read on.
It all Begins with the Kitchen!
Assuming that you’ll want to start using the kitchen as soon as possible to prepare meals, it’s important that you clean and disinfects this space first. Start with storage spaces such as the kitchen cabinets and the pantry; clean them thoroughly by spritzing the interiors and exteriors with a disinfectant and wipe with a clean cloth. This will be the general step for most surfaces around the house so make sure that you’ve got enough antibacterial spray and a bunch of clean rags! Don’t forget to put fresh shelf liners in the cabinets once the surfaces are dry.
If there are any appliances that came with your new rental homes such as a microwave, refrigerator, oven and coffee machine, these will all need cleaning too.
Next up, the counters and kitchen sink. Using a natural or eco-friendly disinfectant spray and a scrubber, clean every inch of the countertops before moving on to the sink. For this, choose a good all-purpose cleaner which can also be used to clean other household surfaces. Begin by wiping down the faucet and other fittings, followed by cleaning the surrounding granite (if any). Clean the sink last. Finish off your kitchen cleaning by sweeping and mopping the floors.
Next Up, the Bathrooms
Treat the bathrooms of a new rental home like a public washroom because, after all, they were previously used by strangers. Moreover, you don’t know what measures were taken to clean the bathrooms and hence, are advised to take it upon yourself to disinfect them! Here is a checklist of things to clean in the bathroom of your new rental home:
- Wall tiles
- Medicine cabinet
- Underneath the sink
- Toilet bowl interiors and exteriors + seat and lid
- Interiors and exteriors of the sink
- All bathroom fittings
- Window + window sill
As an extra precaution, you may want to replace the toilet seat and lid.
Move on to the Bedrooms
For an unfurnished bedroom, it’s fairly simple; dust the walls, clean the floor, wash the windows and you’re done! Well, almost; to finish off, you need to wipe down switchboards, doorknobs, and any handles or other handheld places in the room. In case there are furnishings in the bedroom such as a bed, closet, dresser, etc; it’s best to clean these items with a strong disinfectant. It’s also advisable to change the mattress (if applicable) and use fresh liners for the closet and dresser drawers.
Take Your Time with the Living Room
If your new rental home came with sofas and other furniture, you’ll need at least a day to finish cleaning the living room. Start by deep cleaning upholstery; this includes the sofa cushions and any upholstery on chairs. Use an all-purpose cleaner to wipe other furniture pieces in the room including the TV stand, coffee table, side tables, cabinets, and shelves. Next, wash the windows and wipe down switchboards and handles. When it’s time to clean the floors, be sure to move furniture away from the walls and clean behind them.
Finish Off with the Dining Room
Along with hallways in the house, the dining room is the last place to clean in your new rental home! Begin with wiping the dining table using a natural disinfectant and deep clean the upholstery of chairs (if applicable). Any existing storage units where you plan to keep and cutlery and plates must also be disinfected with an eco-friendly product. Wipe down other furniture pieces before cleaning the floor. Finish off by washing the windows and wiping down switchboards.
With that, you can happily move into your new rental home knowing that it is 100% sterilized thanks to your relentless efforts and this helpful cleaning guide!
Adriana Aziz is the operations manager at MaidForYou. With over 6 years of experience managing cleaning operations, she knows all the best hacks when it comes to cleaning residential and commercial buildings. With expert experience in managing house cleaning operations, interior design and logistics. She spends her free time with her family and as a freelance food critic.