How to Clean Your New Home from Top to Bottom
One of the most exciting times in the life of a family is when you are about to move into a new home. However, whether your new residence is a recent build or an older house, it is important that you take steps to make sure that it is clean from top to bottom before moving your family in. A full cleaning means more than simply sweeping and mopping the floors – you have to take into account the quality of the air and the presence of allergens, all while factoring in your family’s health needs. Here are some ways you can navigate the world of residential deep cleaning while you plan to move into your new house.
Research before moving in
Before you move into your home, you should be sure to acquire all the relevant information about the home’s background, particularly as it applies to your family’s needs – were the previous owners pet owners or smokers? If so, and especially if your family is sensitive to pet dander or lingering cigarette smoke, you may want to start cleaning well in advance of your actual move.
Causes of poor air quality
The easiest way to ensure your family will start off their lives in their new home on the right foot is by making sure that the quality of the air inside the home is as high as possible. There are several different factors that influence air quality. First, as discussed, is cigarette smoke, which is the number one cause of poor indoor air quality. Pet dander can also cause breathing difficulties in people who are allergic to it. Mildew and mold can lead to dangerous health conditions with prolonged exposure, and can even affect your mood. Chemicals and paints can also affect your air, particularly in older homes; the same is true of household pests. Exposure to any or all of these causes for long periods of time can lead to allergic reactions, breathing problems, headaches, fatigue, and even lasting respiratory conditions. This is why it is critical to get your home’s air quality under control.
Change your filters
If you know your family is particularly sensitive to airborne pollutants, you should begin by changing the filters on your new home’s air conditioning system and furnace. Be sure to check your furnace filter’s MERV rating when purchasing a new filter – MERV ratings range from 1-4, with 4 being the highest level of filtration that even removes pollen, dust mites, and fibers. When choosing a filter, consider your family’s health needs, as well as the environment and your overall budget. For your air conditioning, try using a high quality filter along with an air purifier to make sure you are getting your air as clean as possible.
Check for hidden allergens
You can begin to reduce allergens in your home by checking for mold on all surfaces (including things you may not think about, like the undersides of household plants), keeping your counters and floors free of dust, and regularly cleaning your blinds and curtains. Wash your bedding regularly, and don’t neglect your curtains, light bulbs, and fan blades when cleaning – curtains in particular catch a large amount of dust and often are not washed frequently enough.
Create a cleaning checklist
It may be helpful to follow a cleaning checklist so that you can be sure to hit all the important spots before moving in. Make time to clean before the movers arrive, as well as after they leave. Go room by room before you ever move your personal belongings in so that you can be sure to clean every available surface. If you divide the task up into subsections, it will seem much less overwhelming.
While it is tempting to get settled in your home right away, it is critical that you take the time to clean it from top to bottom before you move in. Take particular care to improve your new home’s air quality if your family is sensitive to allergens and pollutants, and don’t forget to change out your filters.
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