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Clean for Your Health this Fall

A deep fall cleaning is a great way to prepare your home for a long winter. Just like a spring cleaning opens up your home following the cold, frigid temperatures, a fall cleaning is really your last opportunity to clear your home’s air before being shut tight again. Not only does a fall cleaning get to those areas you’ve probably ignored all summer (we see you crisper drawer and back of closet) but it can actually improve your health by mitigating respiratory issues and helping to prevent colds and flu. 

Deep Clean to Breathe Easy 

According to the CDC, the inside of our homes has numerous forms of air pollution; bacteria, mold, animal dander, cat saliva, dust mites, cockroach and pollen can be related to serious health effects like allergies and asthma. 

Combat these pollutants by: 

  • Using synthetic rather than feather down pillows to cut down on dust mites. 
  • Vacuum your bed base and mattress weekly. 
  • Change your bedding weekly and wash all comforters, mattress covers, pillows, blankets in the hottest water possible per the manufacturer’s laundering guidelines. 
  • Vacuum your blinds and curtains. Consider eliminating fabric wall hangings all together. 
  • Purchase stuffed toys that are machine washable. 
  • Use a HEPA filter vacuum (like The Maids does) to control airborne dust. 
  • Keep pets away from upholstered furniture, carpeted areas and reduce their exposure where you sleep. 
  • Thoroughly vacuum and wipe down your pet’s area.  
  • Clean all your ceiling-mounted light fixtures, including fan blades and lights. 
  • Change your HVAC filter frequently to mitigate mold. 
  • Check and clean drip pans in air conditioners, refrigerators and dehumidifiers. 
  • Maintain an ideal humidity temperature in your home of 40 to 60 percent. 
  • Use exhaust fans when you can’t open windows.  

Deep Clean to Stop the Spread of Viruses 

When fall arrives, so do coughs and colds and if one person in your home gets sick, it seems like everyone gets sick. A good fall cleaning helps clear away months of clutter so you can easily disinfect those areas everyone touches. Which is good because cold and flu viruses can survive on items for a few hours up to a few days. For this cleaning job, use a disinfecting cleaner and paper towel to eliminate germs and throw them in the trash when done. 

Be sure to wipe down: 

  • Mobile and landline phones. 
  • Remote controls (one of the most touched and least cleaned items in your home). 
  • Bathroom faucets, light switches, toilet seats and handles. 
  • Computers, including keyboards, screens and mouse. Be sure to check the maker’s instructions so you don’t damage your machine. 
  • Kitchen tables, coffee tables, end tables, play-area tables – all the tables. 

Everyone wants a clean, healthy home but some just don’t have the time to get the job done right. That’s where The Maids come in. Our Fall and Spring Cleaning Service is more than just a regular house cleaning. We’ll delve into the nooks and crannies of your home, clearing out dust from places you had forgotten. We’ll also clean your carpets and furniture with our HEPA-equipped backpack vacuums, which can capture up to 99 percent of pollen and allergens from your home. 

Enjoy the weather while it lasts and contact us instead for a free estimate for a professional fall cleaning.  

Why You Should Hire a National Cleaning Service

Hiring a cleaning service comes with a lot of perks like having a spotless home you didn’t have to lift a finger to get. But even though everyone loves to come home to freshly vacuumed floors, clean, wiped countertops and disinfected, sweet-smelling bathrooms, some homeowners are still leery about hiring someone to do it. Questions can arise when you’re considering hiring a cleaning service like, “Can I trust whose in my home?” and “What if something gets broken?” When you hire a national cleaning service you get all the perks, but none of the worries. Here’s why:

Great Reputation. A national service is transparent about its customer experience, after all a good reputation helps the business grow. The Maids has more than 140 franchisees serving more than 90 major U.S. and Canadian cities. We’ve been around since 1979 and our customers know we only work with experienced cleaners who have their best interests in mind. We use state-of-the-art equipment, like HEPA-filtered backpack vacuums and a thorough 22-Step Healthy Touch Deep Cleaning System.

Team Effort. A national cleaning service doesn’t just rely on one or two people. Every cleaning crew The Maids send out, works as a team, including the team leader. The Maids’ team leader’s job is to learn your home, be familiar with it, and to train the other team members how to deliver the quality that you expect. The team doesn’t leave until the team leader ensures all tasks are completed and managers visit periodically to ensure we’re meeting our commitments. We also thoroughly train our teams before they are permitted to enter a home. And, training continues as new products and methods emerge on the market.

Bonded and Insured. Our customers never have to worry about liability when our teams enter a home. We have the best-available insurance, including liability, crime and employee accident coverage that includes your home, our team members, and The Maids. We can even send you a certificate validating our insurance. We also handle all worker’s compensation and insurance. Can an independent cleaning service say the same?

100% Guarantee. A national cleaning service like The Maids is so proud of their work, they guarantee it. The Maids provides a 100 percent guarantee on all our cleaning services, and solicit feedback and reviews from our customers to help us find better ways to assist you in cleaning your house. If you’re not pleased with any area we’ve worked on, call us within 24 hours and we’ll re-clean it!

You can see for yourself just how great a national cleaning service can be. The Maids is upfront about the services we provide and the cost. Give us some information about your home and we’ll give you a free estimate.

Why We All Need a Little Self-Care

Self-care is taking care of your physical and mental health; making you a priority. And while you may ask yourself, “Don’t I already do that?” You probably don’t. We’re so consumed by daily stress that most of us probably don’t recognize just how little care we give ourselves. According to Psychology Today, self-care starts by knowing your limits, knowing how to rest, finding a way to decompress throughout your day, integrating fun into your day and taking time to love yourself. Self-care does not mean forcing yourself to do something you hate, just because you think it’s good for you. 

Your Self-Care Checklist 

There are different ways to provide self-care and they vary with each of us. It all boils down to taking care of our bodies, relationships, minds and emotions. Here’s an easy checklist to get started with self-care: 

Go to bed. You can’t function properly if you’re exhausted. By starting each day completely refreshed you’ll be more productive than if you’re burning the midnight oil. Shoot for at least seven hours of sleep per night, according to the CDC.

Eat a healthy diet. The food we eat directly impacts the health of our bodies; you’ve heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” The Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest emphasizing more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products.

Take an exercise break. You don’t have to join a CrossFit gym to incorporate physical activity in your life. Go for a walk, take a dance class – just get moving. Adults should do at least 150 – 300 minutes of exercise per week.

Make a lunch date. Make time to interact with someone face-to-face whether it is a friend, child, spouse or parent. Build time in your schedule to nurture these relationships. Positive social interactions not only boost your mental health but your physical health, according to Psychology Today.
 

Solve a puzzle. Research shows mental self-care helps keep the mind sharp and mentally healthy, helping to prevent dementia conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. If crosswords aren’t your thing, try a jigsaw puzzle or watch a biography or read a book on a topic that fascinates you.

Find some inner peace. No matter if you’re religious or spiritual, finding time to self-reflect nurtures our spirit. Meditation, attending a spiritual service allows our minds to shut out the rest of the world, reducing anxiety and possibly preventing depression, according to the American Psychological Association.

Say no. It’s ok to be selfish and say “no” to things, especially when saying “yes” would push you to your limit. Be firm, direct and remember you’re not turning down a person but a request.

Do one thing you love every day. This is different for everyone, but the key is making it something you enjoy – watching a TV show, going to the movies, cooking, gardening or just laughing. 

Let The Maids Be Your Self-Care Partner 

Scheduling a cleaning service with The Maids helps put you on the path to self-care. Think about it – having our team take over your cleaning duties definitely decreases stress and frees up time for you to do something just for you. Plus, relaxing, meditating and even playing is so much more enjoyable in the clean, clutter-free home. Contact us today to get starting on your journey of self-care.

 

Our Most Popular Housecleaning Services

Before we attempt to do something new, most of us ask a friend who’s been there, done that. We get advice on vacations, vehicles and home services, like housecleaning services. When you’re curious about trying a new service, you want to see how others are using it. For example, is your neighbor scheduling a deep clean every season? Or, do they hire a cleaning service to do windows and carpets? No need to ask around, we’ll tell you all about our most popular housecleaning services. 

Recurring Cleaning 

It may not surprise you that when people start coming home to a clean house, they want to keep it that way. Recurring cleaning services mean unexpected visitors, busy work weeks and kids’ afterschool activities can all be tackled head-on without worrying about stopping to tidy up, scrub floors or disinfect the bathroom. Many of our customers love to have us come every other week to keep their homes sparkling, clean and smelling fresh. But a recurring clean can also be scheduled weekly, every third week and monthly. No matter how often you schedule your recurring cleaning you can be assured no dirt, grime or grease will be missed. Our unique 22-Step Cleaning Process ensures a healthy, thorough housecleaning every time we visit. Kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms, bedrooms, floors and even a couple windows get attention and we don’t leave until everything is done. We also use patented Back Pack Vacs with HEPA filtration to capture up to 99 percent of all dust, allergens, bacteria, pollen, pet dander and other pollutants.  

Oven Cleaning 

We give a lot of advice on how to tackle cleaning projects around the home. In fact, some of our most popular blogs are on making checklists that help map out how to get these projects done like our ultimate cleaning checklists, the best cleaning checklist for every room and even a speed cleaning checklist. Yet, it makes sense that oven cleaning is another one of our most popular service. This is a big cleaning job that takes time and elbow grease, which may be out of reach for our busy and/or elderly clients no matter how much they prepare. It’s no problem for The Maids, that’s why our services are so great! We love helping our customers by being their partners in keeping a clean home. Even if you have weekly cleaning under control, we’re happy to lend a hand for these special cleaning services

Refrigerator Cleaning 

Cleaning out the fridge is another special cleaning service that’s popular with our customers. The inside of a fridge can be a scary, bewildering place and cleaning it is no better. Do you have to take everything out first? Where does it go? How long can you have the door open for? Do you need to unplug a refrigerator before you clean it? It is questions like these that can halt this project before it even starts. But don’t stress, our teams are made up of cleaning experts who know just how to hand-wash crisper drawers, wipe up sticky barbecue sauce drops and make the entire inside smell fresh and clean. This job is definitely worth having done professionally. 

No matter if you’re ready to schedule a recurring service or just need someone to clean out your fridge, give us a call. We can give you a free estimate over the phone so you too can start enjoying our most popular services! 

20 Amazing Uses for Mr. Clean’s Magic Erasers

The amazing clean you get when you use Mr. Clean’s Magic Erasers isn’t smoke and mirrors. These little sponges remove the toughest, most stubborn dirt and grime with no extra cleaners. Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser is made with Durafoam, a melamine polymer. Originally used for insulation and soundproofing, when activated with water, this abrasive foam penetrates surface grooves virtually anywhere grime is trapped to remove built-up soap scum, grease, and dirt. The directions are simple – Wet. Squeeze. Erase. – but the uses are many. Here are 20 ways to use Magic Erasers to make messes go poof. 

  1. Remove scuff marks from walls and baseboards. Be sure to test a small area first.
  2. Power out dirt and germs from light switches.
  3. Remove layers of baked on grime from oven doors.
  4. Scrub off the ring around your bathtub that’s been there for years.
  5. Remove marks from crayons, pens and markers from walls, furniture and surfaces.
  6. Make stains from fruit-flavored drinks on countertops disappear.
  7. Remove dirt and scuff marks from the soles of shoes.
  8. Use it to make your plastic outdoor furniture look like you just bought it. 
  9. Make a greasy, messy stovetop shine again.
  10. Use it on your computer’s keyboard and laptop cover. Just be sure to unplug it first.
  11. Scrub off years of styling cream build-up from flat irons and curling irons.
  12. Quickly remove stuck-on splatters from the inside of your microwave.
  13. Turn your gray grout white again and scrub your tiles while you’re at it.
  14. Make your bathroom faucets and handles shine like new.
  15. Remove layers of soap scum from sliding shower doors.
  16. Scrub off sticky residues from glass jars, wine bottles and photo frames.
  17. Scrub stains off plastic storage containers.
  18. Bring the sparkle back to your sterling silver.
  19. Remove baked-on grease from glass baking dishes.
  20. Use on the refrigerator and freezer handles to remove years of build-up. 

Mr. Clean’s Magic Erasers cleans all these things with just water. It out-performs the leading all-purpose bleach spray so you can clean messes, without worrying about staining your fabrics or using harsh chemicals around your family. It may be magic, but it’s no trick. Seeing is believing.  

The Maids cleaning teams proudly use Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser to scrub out hard-to-remove dirt and grime from the homes they clean. See for yourself. Contact us for a free estimate to see just how clean our partnership can make your home. 

5 Tips For Preparing to Sell Your Home

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A home’s appearance can make all the difference when it comes to how fast a property sells. If you do a thorough and careful job, you will see a payoff in your efforts. Here are some tips for prepping your home before putting it on the market. 

 

Clean The Exterior

When it comes to first impressions, the exterior of your home can make or break its value. Even if you’ve prepped your home with impressive staging and polished floors, interested home buyers will still see the overgrown yard on the outside first. 

 

Don’t make the mistake of leaving out your exterior when it comes to budgeting or revamping. Remove the dead plants sitting outside and fix the wobbly steps so that it shows that your home has been cared for. Even wiping down the windows on the outside, adding a fresh coat of paint on your door or placing a small pot of greenery can make your place look well-maintained.

 

Touch-Up & Repair

Ultimately, home buyers are looking at the value of the house and the property, so when it comes to touch-ups, leave nothing that is visible in poor condition. For example, many Vancouver homes for sale and houses for sale in Toronto are older and will require more upkeep than homes built in younger cities. Common areas that are overlooked include scratches or cracks in crown molding, walls, floors, and doors. 

 

Making small investments in home improvements like repainting the walls, replacing door knobs or getting new blinds will add to your home value and pay off in the long run. Consider doing bigger renovation projects if your home needs it – consider if you would purchase your home in the condition it is in. For example, uneven flooring can become your greatest enemy when it comes to selling your home. 

 

Even when you think you got everything, do a quick walk-through of your home to see if there is anything that stands out. 

 

Remove Odours

For pet owners especially, remember that even bad odours can deter potential home buyers from wanting to buy your home. Get rid of any furniture carrying a bad smell and use light, naturally scented items, such as an indoor plant to freshen up the air.

 

Avoid lighting up scented candles in every corner of the home, making it obvious that you’re trying to cover up the smell. 

 

Depersonalize and Stage

While one or two family photos can add a nice touch to portraying a warm home, you’ll want to depersonalize the rest of your furniture. Remove your children’s latest art class project from the fridge, and your dog’s chew toys. You’ll want buyers to be able to envision a life in your home and unfortunately these items often clash with the latest interior trends

The importance of staging comes hand-in-hand with presenting a well-maintained and presentable home. Typically, simple and neutral furniture are the easiest to work with, and it’s always better to declutter than to add. Another option is to hire a professional home stager, who can bring out the best qualities of your home. 

 

Hire a Cleaning Service

While some feel that hiring a cleaning service isn’t the best investment of their money, a team of cleaners can provide more value to your home than you can imagine. A sparkling home is essential and if you’re short on time or manpower, this is the most efficient solution. Preparing your house for viewings mean that you need more than a quick sweep. From window blinds to lamp shades, there are many areas that can be easily overlooked if tackling the job on your own.

Win The Battle Against Summertime Sand

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Memories are made at the beach. Days spent splashing in the surf and building sand castles in the summer sun are treasured times. That is until it is time to leave and the sand comes with you – in your clothes, shoes, bags, coolers and eventually every square inch of your home. For many that leave near sandy recreational areas, it is an ongoing summertime battle to keep sand out of your home. Try our tips to win this fight.

 

Leave It Outside

Prevention is your biggest weapon – keep the sand where it belongs, outside.

 

 

  • Attach a hose near the door or patio to allow everyone to quickly spray off before heading indoors. Use an attachment to spray out coolers and wash off flip flops.
  • Consider installing an outdoor shower. Outdoor showers can be as simple (a hose and showerhead) or as complex (a completely new space) as your needs and budget allow. Plus, they allow you to soap up outdoors when sand is really caked on.
  • Enforce a shoe-free home. We happen to think every home should be shoe-free, as many other cleaning culturesdo, but especially during summer. Have an area to drop shoes immediately inside and place signs reminding guests of your shoe policy.
  • Set out a natural fiber mat. This type of bristly mats help scrub the sand from the bottom of shoes.
  • Sprinkle baby powder on hands and feet. Baby powder aids in getting stubborn or fine sand off of hands and feet.
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Keep It Contained

Sandy items (and people) should be corralled together in designated spaces to stop sand in its tracks.

 

 

  • Use a specific basket or bin to gather up swimsuits, coverups and towels. Label the container so no one is confused about where beach gear goes.
  • Ask everyone to stick to the laundry room, bathroom and kitchen until they’ve showered and changed. Keeping the sand contained in certain areas lessens the chance it will travel throughout the house.
  • Use mesh bags for the beach as their holes allow more sand to fall out. Give the bag a good shake before leaving the beach.
  • Install hooks and/or bars on decks or patios to hang chairs, towels and play equipment. Use an area where these items can “live” until your next excursion.
  • Have a place to keep pets outside until they’ve dried off and de-sanded. Dogs don’t understand why they can’t jump on your clean bed with their wet, sandy paws. Do yourself a favor and put them in a dry, preferably grassy, spot before bringing them indoors.
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Suck Up The Sand That Made It Through Enemy Lines

Grains of sand are so small, from two millimeters to 64 millimeters, that inevitable some will make it past your defenses.

 

 

  • Plug in the vacuum. Many vacuum cleaners have attachments for hard floors that allow you to suck up more particles. A broom will work in a pinch, but it’s nearly impossible to get all the grains into the dustpan.
  • Invest in a hand-held vacuum. These handy little suction machines make it easy to get rid of any rouge sand grains. Perfect for car-use as well.
  • Stock up on wet wipes. Use cleaning wipes for sunscreen bottles, sunglasses, phone cases and anything else that’s made it past your defenses.
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Staying vigilant against sand will have you ultimately winning the war. When you’re ready to concentrate on summer fun, instead of cleaning, think about hiring The Maids. We will make your home or vacation home sparkling clean so all you return to is relaxation. Contact us for a free estimate!

 

 

 

 

Why Last-Minute Cleaning Services Are a Lifesaver!

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Surprises are great – receiving a bouquet of flowers at work or being treated to lunch but there are some surprises that come with unwanted stress and anxiety. Take this example, your best friend from out of state calls to let you know she’s in town for the night (yay!) and then asks to stay in your guest room (uh oh). Of course, you say yes, even though your home looks like a tornado just came through. Dishes are stacked in the sink and counter, towels are heaped on the bathroom floor, the cat disappeared under a mountain of laundry a week ago and you could write your name in the dust on every surface you own. You start to sweat because it will take hours to get the house close to ready and you’re only one person, it’s not like you have a team behind you. Or do you?

Let The Maids be your team. We understand you get busy and cleaning sometimes gets put on the back-burner. We don’t judge. Instead, we offer solutions like our same day cleaning services.

Last-Minute Cleaning is Quality Cleaning

With our staff size, equipment and team organization, we’re equipped to handle any last minute cleaning service. Simply give us a call, tell us some details and we’ll quickly assemble a team to come to your home and make it shine.

Our 22-Step Cleaning Process works the same way no matter if you call today or a week ago. It ensures all the rooms of your home get attention. Kitchen cabinets are wiped down, bathroom toilets are disinfected, counters are wiped and all floors are vacuumed.

Or maybe you have a special cleaning service request like carpet that is begging to be cleaned or windows that have lost their brilliance. We can even clean the inside of your fridge, your walls and furniture. All you have to do is contact us, tell us your needs and we’ll provide the solution.

Bring Us Off the Bench Anytime

A same day cleaning service isn’t just for getting out of sticky situations. Take this scenario, you keep your home neat and tidy most of the time but you’re planning a big party and between buying decorations, planning the menu and setting the table, you just don’t have a spare minute to clean. Call us off the bench and we’ll make sure your party is a home run with dirt, bacteria and grime called out. We can handle the cleaning while you focus on being the perfect hostess.

The best part is you’ll always know the cost up front. In fact, we’ll give you a free estimate over the phone. You don’t have to do it all. Let The Maids be your cleaning team.

 

Mother’s Day Gift Certificates Are Perfect For Every Mom

Flowers, candy, jewelry, bath products, a fluffy robe – these are all great (but predictable) Mother’s Day gift ideas. They are so common, the mothers in your life have probably already received them numerous times. And, let’s ask ourselves, is this what mom really wants? Even if you just stick to traditional holidays – birthdays, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, anniversaries – there are a lot of opportunities to give gifts that mom neither wants nor needs. Consider instead gifting mom with a housecleaning service. Hear us out, there are a lot of reasons a gift certificate from The Maids is the perfect present.

Why Buy Mom A Gift Certificate From The Maids 

  1. It’s the perfect size.There are no guessing games to play as to mom’s size or taste. Guess two sizes too big, and mom may not appreciate the sentiment and guessing on taste has its pitfalls as well. For example, it is adorable to have the kids pick something out. But they love cutesy things – like cartoon characters – and as much as they think mom would also love to wear Chase from Paw Patrol on her PJs, she probably doesn’t. A gift certificate always fits, and mom can tailor it to the exact service she wants. The Maids offers several types of cleaning services from one-time to recurring every month.
  2. It’s calorie-free.Our bodies are gorgeous just as they are, but many of us are conscious that we will be showing more skin in the coming months and are trying to cut back on sweets. Gifting mom with a heart full of M&M’s or a box of calorie-loaded chocolate may not be appreciated. Using a gift certificate to hire The Maids frees mom up to focus on herself, whether that means hitting the gym, going for a walk or planning healthy meals.
  3. There’s nothing to keep alive.Not all of us have green thumbs and those that do may look at a plant as something else to take care of. Cleaning services from The Maids are virtually maintenance-free. Our team will come whenever is convenient for you and don’t need to be home or supply any of the cleaning products. Easy.
  4. It never goes out of style.Moms tend to get the pieces jewelry stores promote with hearts, the word “Mom” and birthstones. While this jewelry is thoughtful, it’s probably not the stylish pieces mom would choose for herself. A clean, healthy home never goes out of style. The Maids’ 22-Step Healthy Touch System works by ensuring every surface is wiped and every corner is dusted.
  5. It completes a chore mom really doesn’t like.Very few of us really love to clean. It’s not the actual motion of scrubbing and dusting that dissuades us (although it may be for some) but it’s the time it takes away from the rest of our lives – kids, school, work, soccer games, fun, etc. Our professional residential cleaning services gets your home back to spotless while you get to do the things you love, like using all those bath products to take a bubble bath in a spotless tub!

Purchasing a gift certificate from The Maids is easy on the gift giver as well. Just contact your local Maids office to purchase a certificate in the amount you desire. The recipient can then contact their local franchise to customize the cleaning according to their needs and schedule. Your loved one will be singing your praises, guaranteed. The Maids gift certificates can also be used towards special services such as carpet and window cleaning or pet hair removal. To find The Maids nearest you, visit www.maids.com.

Move-In House Cleaning Tips You Should Remember

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Even if your new home looks clean, there could still be some hidden places harboring dirt, grime and germs. Since there’s no better time to clean a house than before you move in, it pays to inspect every nook and cranny when you’re doing your move-in house cleaning. There seems to always be a few extra cleaning jobs, no matter how great the place looks. You just have to know where to look!

Ceiling Fans and Light Fixtures

Ceiling fans and light fixtures aren’t on most people’s everyday cleaning checklists, so they’re the perfect place to start your move-in house cleaning. Ceiling fan blades are notorious for having a residue on the top side and if it’s been a long time between cleanings they can take a bit of work. Be sure to vacuum those little openings all around the ceiling fan housing and make sure the fan is set to turn in the right direction for the season. Counter-clockwise keeps things cooler in summer and clockwise keeps your home warmer in winter.

Light fixtures can have similar build up that’s hard to notice until you get up there and get a close look. Most light fixtures have various parts you can remove for cleaning. Domes, covers and globes are often made of glass which is a magnet for everything from dust to cigarette tar. Remove them and clean them in the kitchen sink. Let them dry, reinstall them and let the light shine while you continue with your move-in house cleaning.

Light Switches

Light switches and other frequently touched fixtures may not get cleaned often enough and end up looking dingy. But it’s what you can’t see that should be your biggest concern. Germs build up on these fixtures and get transferred to hand after hand. Clean the switch plates and switches and disinfect them. Then add this cleaning task to your regular cleanings to prevent the spread of germs after you move in.

Door Knobs, Cabinet Pulls and Handles

These frequently touched areas are right up there with the light switches. Just think of how many times someone turns a doorknob or opens a cabinet in the course of a day. That’s a lot of dirt and germs getting transferred all around the house and onto your hands as soon as you touch one of them! Clean all these and give them a good disinfecting. Now is a good time to tighten up any loose knobs or handles too.

Floors

For wood, tile, and linoleum floors, use a vacuum attachment to clean corners and edges, and then sweep up all remaining debris. Finish up by mopping, making sure to use a product that’s safe for the surface you’re using it on and clean the baseboards while you’re at it. You can vacuum, but that won’t do much for removing allergens or improving the air quality. Move-in house cleaning is no time to cut corners. Splurge on a steam cleaner rental and get all those carpets fresh and clean.

Kitchen

Your new kitchen may look spic and span, but considering you’ll be storing food and cooking meals, play it safe and give the kitchen a good sanitizing. Equal parts water and white vinegar make a great sanitizing solution. Use this on the inside of the fridge after you remove all the shelves and drawers. Clean the drawers and shelves in the sink, let them dry and put them back in the fridge. Repeat for the freezer.

On to the rest of the kitchen. Start by cleaning the tops of cabinets and work your way down. Clean inside and outside of the cabinets and be sure to sanitize those cabinet pulls. Sanitize the counters and finish up by sweeping and mopping the floor with your sanitizing solution. Go ahead and clean the baseboards while you’re cleaning the floors.

Bathrooms

Maid service pros say that bathroom cleaning is as much about disinfecting as it is about sparkling surfaces. Dish soap and a sponge are pretty much all you need for the initial scrub down of the tub and shower, but follow up with an antibacterial spray to get rid of any lingering germs. You could clean the toilet seats, but why not replace them instead. You’ll have newer-looking toilets and not have to worry about germs and bacteria. Clean and sanitize the toilet paper holder, faucets and door handles and finish up by cleaning and sanitizing the floor.

Follow this move-in house cleaning list, and you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that your new place is clean, fresh and as germ-free as it can be. To keep everything nice and fresh, we’ve got plenty of house cleaning resources for all your housekeeping needs.