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The face of it, move out cleaning

End of Tenancy Cleaning

Moving Houses, wondering with what it takes to do move out cleaning yourself? Learn what you need done and how you can make your move easy, easy to follow simple tips which can help in move in and move out cleaning, make a list, ask your friends, family, colleagues or loved’ ones to help, it’s easy, there are lot of things that need done before you move in or move out, but if you are passionate about move out cleaning, you will definitely make it, well – at least with some friends help.

When you come to move out of a house, whether it is at the end of a tenancy, or after you have exchanged and sold a property, there is a hugely long list of cleaning tasks to do to ensure you leave the premises as fresh, hygienic and neat as you can. Some jobs take longer than others;

some have more of a visual impact than others. However, one job that is unavoidable is the tackling of various surfaces around the home, from the kitchen sink to the marbled hallway.

Here are some ways to get started on ten types of move out cleaning and surface cleaning done.

Sinks and basins
These are very well used areas of a home, and can be subject to a great deal of lime-scale, germs and general dirt and grime. Different finishes require different treatments, from weak bleach for acrylic treatments and cream cleaners for stainless steel to a splash of vinegar for stains on porcelain basins. Use an old toothbrush to get to tricky areas such as behind the taps or around the overflow.

Paintwork
Gloss paint will sparkle with a quick wipe with an absorbent cloth and a mixture of warm water and washing up liquid. Another good method is to use sugar soap or liquid soda crystals. Stubborn dirt can also be removed by rubbing them with a piece of white bread, while crayon marks can be tackled with a blob of white toothpaste.

Wood
Methods depend on whether the wood is polished or not. Polished wood can be prepared with a gentle wipe down with a damp cloth to remove dust, before applying polish and buffing with a soft duster. Oiled woods, such as teak or beech can be further treated with linseed or teak oil, allowing it to soak in before being wiped off and buffed to a shine. Marks on unpolished wood can be sorted with a gentle rub with wire wool and some methylated sprits – going with the gran of the wood, not against.

Stone
Natural stone can look wonderful in a home, but it gets dirty quickly, due to its porous finish. The best way to sort this during move-out surface cleaning is to invest in a sealant product to protect the stone and then clean it occasionally with a vacuum cleaner or mop dampened with a mild detergent.

Tiles
Baking soda mixed to a paste with a little water will bring a shine to tiles that have been dulled with lime-scale or grime. Or another natural solution is a mix of vinegar and water. Use bicarbonate of soda and bleach on an old toothbrush on the grouting to bring back a sparkling white.

Metal
Remove tarnish from copper by wetting the surface with vinegar, sprinkling on salt and then rubbing it gently with a clean rag or paper towel. Clean brass by sprinkling salt onto half a lemon and rubbing it onto the surface of the brass. Tackle less than pristine taps with a freshly sliced lemon rubbed all over, then rinsed off with some warm water and polished. And have you packed your silver cleaner already? Don’t panic – a small amount of toothpaste will do the job just as well.

Plastic
Plastic was created to withstand the dirt, however, it is also designed for hard use. Most hard plastics can be cleaned by scrubbing it in a bucket of warm water and a small amount of disinfectant. Wipe the item from the top down, cleaning visible dirt until the item comes up clean. Clean plastic shower curtains by soaking it in the bath in warm water mixed with baking soda and vinegar – trample it with bare feet until clean. Rinse and dry completely before packing the curtain for the move.

Glass
Use vinegar and water to bring a shine to glass surfaces, not forgetting to rinse afterwards to get rid of the smell. Clear candle wax from glass by scraping off the easily reachable pieces, with a razor blade then immersing the area in boiling water to melt the wax off, o by using some window cleaner.

Fabrics
When cleaning fabrics using any method, always start by testing a small, hidden area to ensure no further damage occurs. Professional steam cleaners can be hired, or purchased to get the best results. Dry cleaning is another option for removable fabrics, such as curtains and cushion covers.

Marble
Finally, if you have been fortunate enough to live in a house with marble surfaces, treat these with care by cleaning it with a soft sponge and warm water, followed by a natural stone or marble polish. Dry with a chamois to avoid streaks appearing for a top class move-out surface cleaning process.

Child’s play, house cleaning with a baby

Housework can be time-consuming, whether it is the main part of your daily to-do list, or an add-on after a day spent in a job outside the home.

There always seems to be something to do and somewhere to wipe. Throw a new baby into the mix, and your time is squeezed even further while the mess factor increases by ten.

So how do you juggle the demands of caring for a baby with the essential work of keeping the house clean, hygienic and pleasant?

Lower your expectations…
Don’t dwell on your previously spotless, tidy – and childfree – home. You have a new demand now, and they are adorable, fascinating and constantly there. They must come first and your stream of health visitors, family, friends and baby worshippers should realise that.

Don’t tire yourself out making everything perfect for them. And most importantly, if your visitors offer their help to clean the house, take them up on it!

… but try to stay organised
Take advantage of the famed nesting instinct to get ready as much as possible before the birth. Health and time permitting, clean the house while you have the time and stock up with baby essentials. Make sure you have the hygienic basics covered, such as emptying bins, wiping food and bottle preparation surfaces.

Have plenty of spare baby gros and bed lined to avoid endless washing and work out how you are going to handle the dirty nappies – be they disposable or made of terry cloth.

Tackle things in chunks
Don’t tackle everything in one go when it comes to house cleaning with a baby. Do it in chunks, perhaps tackling one room at a time. Or allocate one or two evenings per week to the laundry. Tidy up as you go, rather than leaving it all to sort in one big tidying session. Try to multitask too – fold clothes while watching TV or chop vegetables while planning your next online shop.

Baby safe
Always have your baby’s safety in mind while cleaning the house. Place them somewhere safe where they can still see you while you clean, such as in a car seat or appropriate age bouncer. You could even place then in a baby carrier that straps to your body, so they can come along with you as you clean. Or time your cleaning sessions round their naps when you can place them quietly in their cot with the baby monitor on.

Avoid spraying cleaning products in the same room as the baby and keep products well out of their reach when not using them. Alternatively, treat yourself to a professional cleaner and take your baby out for a stroll while they get on with making your house sparkle for you and your new family.

Never too early…
Finally, use the housework to your baby’s advantage. Vacuum just before their naptime so that the white noise of the cleaner can lull them to sleep. Gove your baby a clean duster or plastic bowl to play with while you are cleaning and sing as you go around the house to keep them entertained. Or play peek-a-boo with your baby as you fold the towels. What better way to combine crucial bonding time with house cleaning with a baby?