Whether you’re a flipper or a real estate agent selling a home, or a homeowner renting your place long or short term, you’ve certainly had to deal with cleaning up before a sale or before new tenants move in. While it may be one of the more mundane aspects of a home sale or rental, deep cleaning is also one of the most important things you need to do, especially with the current pandemic situation on everyone’s minds. So what kinds of products should you have on hand to be able to deep clean a home effectively? Here are 9 things we consider home cleaning essentials:
- Magic Eraser
While these may have seemed a bit gimmicky when they first came out, these little sponges are great to have on hand for cleaning a home. They are capable of removing stains from many different hard-to-clean areas, from grime on grout to permanent marker or crayon from walls.
- Steam Mop
When it comes to cleaning and disinfecting hard flooring, it’s hard to beat a steam mop. While more expensive than a standard mop, these machines clean up even the toughest grime on flooring, leaving them sparkling and germ-free.
- Electric Toothbrush
Cleaning grout and caulk around sinks and tiles can be quite a chore with the wrong tool. An inexpensive battery-powered toothbrush is a great way to help get into these small spaces and scrub away soap scum, mildew, and even mold that accumulates in these areas. It can also be helpful in removing stubborn dust and dirt from around floor moulding and base cabinets.
- Carpet Freshener
If you’ve had pets or small children in your home or rental, odors can easily build up in carpeting from hair, dander, and food spills. A quality carpet freshener will not just mask these smells, but actually help to remove them from the carpeting. The fresh smell they leave will go a long way in making your buyer or renter feel as though the space is clean and ready to be inhabited.
- Carpet Cleaner
While purchasing your own carpet cleaner may be too big of an investment, these machines are easily rented from a local vendor. They’re great for removing build-up dirt and stains from carpeting, which can save you from having to replace the carpeting for a picky buyer.
No matter what kind of disinfectant you chose to utilize, it is a very necessary product to have on hand. Ensuring a home is germ-free not only protects you every time you have to enter the home, it also protects your renter from being exposed to the germs of previous tenants, especially in a short-term rental.
- Scrub Brushes
Scrub brushes in various sizes are vital for cleaning messes that need a little extra elbow grease. They’re especially handy for cleaning tile, which can accumulate grime that is hard to see. Be careful to avoid using them on fiberglass showers or tubs, however, as they can scratch the surface, causing damage and actually encouraging germ and mold growth.
- Soft Sponges & Microfiber Cloths
Soft sponges are a great tool for cleaning less messy areas, as well as surfaces that would be damaged by scrub brushes. You could opt to use microfiber cloths instead, which have the advantage of being easy to throw into the wash in order to keep them sanitized and ready to use for years to come. Microfiber is also great for dusting things like ceiling fans and blinds, which help reduce allergens as well as germs.
- Window Cleaner
One of the most overlooked places for cleaning is often windows, which can become covered with dust and fingerprints over time. In order to ensure your home is thoroughly sanitized, make sure windows are cleaned between each tenant or before a sale. This also goes for mirrors and stainless steel appliances, which can also harbor germs as well as show fingerprints and other marks.
Giving your home a good cleaning between renters or before it’s purchased doesn’t just ensure the home looks its best, it also ensures people are going into a place that is safe and sanitary. And if you’re someone that is also concerned with using an environmentally-safe cleaner that doesn’t give off harsh fumes, give our Green Gobbler 20% Vinegar a try! This all-natural cleaner can tackle even the toughest messes in kitchens and bathrooms, as well as shine appliances, give you streak-free windows, and help remove stains and odors from carpeting. It also helps to keep your home germ-free for your renters or buyers. Give it a try today, and see the difference it can make in your cleaning regimen!