Eco-Friendly Move Out Cleaning Tips

  • Eco-Friendly Move Out Cleaning Tips

Moving is always a stressful life event. Changing homes means packing up all of your belongings, transporting them to your new home, and hoping you packed the things you need immediately in an accessible place. It also means ensuring that the home you’re leaving behind is in good shape for its next occupant. The stakes for this task are high. If you’re selling a home, failing to leave your old home “broom clean” can jeopardize the final walkthrough and maybe your sale. If you’re renting, this part of the job may mean the difference between recovering your deposit or being left hanging.

Learning some eco-friendly moving — and cleaning – tips can make your transition smoother, easier, and more environmentally friendly. 

Eco-Friendly Moving

The process of moving seems destined to be wasteful. From the cardboard boxes, plastic packaging material, and yards of tape to the household items and foodstuffs that are discarded as too cumbersome or annoying to move, there’s no question that the simple process of moving generates waste.

Avoiding waste in moving can be as simple as planning ahead. Instead of buying wasteful cardboard boxes, consider renting moving supplies. Companies like Chicago Greenbox or Box Beaters will rent reusable, eco-friendly moving boxes and moving supplies, helping you to avoid both the waste and the hassle of disposing of cardboard boxes and other packing materials.

Going through your items and planning ahead can also help to avoid waste. Anyone who has ever packed at the last minute knows that a lot of donatable items, like clothes or household items, either get thrown away or thrown into a box to be moved and dealt with later. Sorting through things early and making a moving plan can give you enough time to donate items before the big day arrives.

Cleaning Up After A Move

Once you’ve cleared your things out of your old space, leaving it as clean as possible is important. For renters, cleanliness can mean the difference between getting your deposit back and losing it, and for homeowners, leaving your home clean can make a big impression during the buyer’s final walk through, and can help keep your home sale from falling through.

Deep cleaning an empty house generally might seem easier than cleaning one stocked with furniture, but a number of areas are easy to overlook, especially when you’re stressed with the million little tasks that come with completing your move. A few areas that are easy to neglect in your move-out cleaning:

Inside Your Cabinets 

Cabinets, particularly cabinets under sinks, are the most frequently overlooked area in a move-out cleaning. To get your cabinets in shape, brush out any debris with a handheld sweeping brush and dustpan, and then use a microfiber cloth to wipe out any other dust or debris. If the cabinets are dirty inside, use a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water in a spray bottle to spray out the cabinets, allow to sit for a few minutes, and then wipe out with a clean microfiber cloth. The acidic nature of the vinegar will help to break down any grime or grease inside the cabinets and make them easier to clean thoroughly.

Behind and Underneath the Refrigerator and Oven 

Many homeowners or renters can live in a home for years without ever cleaning behind or on the sides of their refrigerator or oven, and these areas can be magnets for dust, grime, grease, and germs. To clean the areas underneath and behind the refrigerator and your electric oven, unplug the unit and pull it away from the wall. If you are using a gas oven, this may be more complex — always follow the manufacturer’s guidance before moving any gas range.

Use a broom to dislodge any larger debris, and then use your 50/50 vinegar and water spray to spray down the walls, cabinets, and floor. While that mixture sits, you can use a refrigerator dust brush to brush dust and dirt off of the coils of your refrigerator, and use your vacuum’s attachments to thoroughly remove any dust and grime from the back of the unit. Wipe or mop down the walls and floor surrounding the refrigerator and stove, and replace the units. For more tips on cleaning the inside of your refrigerator and oven, check out our guides here and here.

Once you’ve tackled these tricky areas, you can attack most other jobs in your home as normal. Make sure to clean your windows, ensure all baseboards, crown moldings, and trim are in tip top shape, and to vacuum or mop as you usually would. 

Consider Bringing In A Professional

If you’ve ever compared the time and trouble of moving with and without the assistance of movers, you know that every job associated with a big move can be simplified with the right professional help. Move-in and move-out cleanings are no exception. Consider hiring a professional cleaning service with years of experience in the area, to ensure your home sale closes on time or your deposit is returned in full. 

Sweeping Dimensions Is Here To Make Your Move Easier

Whatever challenges lie ahead, you can rest assured that Sweeping Dimensions Cleaning Service will always be here to help. 

Our cleaning experts can tackle the little things, so you can focus on the bigger parts of moving. Our teams of professionally trained cleaners offer flexible time windows, unparalleled attention to detail, and can bring all of the cleaning supplies needed to sanitize your home or workplace.

We can help take some of the pressure off, giving you back time to focus on what matters most — while staying safe and healthy, at every step of the way. 

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2021-10-26T12:39:29+00:00 October 25th, 2021|Residential Cleaning|